Good morning everyone! I just wanted to share a fun find from my flea market trip this weekend. In our city, they have a big farmers market on Saturday’s and a flea market on Sundays. Since the boyfriend had Sunday off and it was a beautiful day out, we decided to get up early and give it a try! I have always loved flea markets, my dad and grandpa used to take me and my sisters to them when we would visit my grandparents in Cape Cod. Always coming home with some sort of little treasure. But I think that my favorite part of thrifting is really the “hunt”. Looking through tables of old things that all have a story to tell, to find something that speaks to you.
My Favorite thing to thrift for has always been kitchenware. Things like pyrex, serving dishes, and ceramics are expensive, and I love the look of a vintage piece. This weekend, we took home these 2 mugs. They are really pretty, seem to be handmade (have initials carved into the bottom) and are unique! The boyfriend and I LOVE our coffee, preferably in a huge mug, so they were perfect. We ended up paying $3 for the two, so I was pretty happy!
What are your favorite things to thrift for?
Your’s Truly- M
So, I am not sure exactly who told me about it, but about a year ago I downloaded RetailMeNot just to see what it is all about. It is now a staple for any shopping trip I make. Basically it is just an app and website where you can search coupons and deals by location or search by store. Basically all those coupons that you get in the mail for having a rewards card for every store, appears on the app. I find the best deals at Khols (always at least a 15% off coupon) JcPenny (again, usually a 15% off) Famous Footwear, Macy’s, American Eagle, Dicks Sporting Goods, Target, and so on.
The best deal I ever got with RetailMeNot, I was moving into my apartment and wanted to buy a nice set of knives.I looked at Bed Bath and Beyond, Target, JCPenny, and I researched a bunch of brands, and found out that you can buy the same stuff at any department store. I saw online that Bon-Ton had a $200 set on sale for $100. I had a $50 off a purchase of $100 coupon on RetailMeNot, went to the store, and paid $50 for a knife set that would have cost me $300 at Bed Bath and Beyond. This is when I became sold. Before I check out at any store, I check my app. A little 10% or $5 off here and there really does add up! And no, I am not getting paid to post this, I just really wanted to share my love for this app!
What are some of your favorite money saving apps? I need to know!
Your’s Truly- M
When I first moved out of my giant 5 person college house into my tiny 1 bedroom apartment, I came to the realization that I actually didn’t own any furniture. Everything in our house at college was my housemates. Most of my existing furniture was old hand-me-downs; my sister gave me her old coffee table, my parents upgraded their couch and gave me theirs, my dresser came from my grandparents house. Since I had such a mish-mosh of old furniture that I really liked, I didn’t want to go out and spend a bunch of money on furniture that I would have to try and match to my existing pieces. Since it was September when I first moved in, I frequented garage sales and kept my eyes open for curbside finds.
My two “thriftiest” pieces were a plant stand/small end table I found at a local Salvation Army for a few bucks while dropping off some old clothing, and a nightstand that my older sister gave me when she moved. Both pieces were in pretty rough shape, but I liked their shape so I decided to give them an upgrade. The night stand had a chipped off high-gloss black paint, and the end table was white with hand painted christmas trees on it. I took a sunny day and decided to make these babies like new.
The first thing I did was make a stop at Lowes. I picked up a plastic drop cloth, a cheap paint brush, a bottle of spray primer like this, and a quart of paint like this. I picked out a vibrant raspberry color since my living room was mostly muted colors I wanted to make them “pop”. So I went home and set up camp in an empty parking space in my apartment complex parking lot and got to work. I sprayed both pieces down with the primer twice and let them dry for an hour or two. Then I painted both tables with about 3 or 4 coats of paint before I got the deep color I was looking for and I could hide the nicks and imperfections.
When I was just about done, one of the ladies from the “holistic healing” center next to my apartment came up to me and was complimenting my work. At that point I really wondered why the hell did I paint these things bright magenta. But once I brought them upstairs and saw them next to my deep green couch, I loved the way they came out!
Overall, I probably spent about $20 and a Saturday afternoon on the whole project. The best part about revamping old furniture like this is that I know that I can always paint over it with a neutral color if I get sick of it, and if I find something that I like better, or just want to get rid of them and upgrade when I move, I won’t feel like I am throwing away money.
Have you worked on any thrifty DIY projects lately?
Yours Truly- M