Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Spoon Wall Decoration

My husband and I have lived in our home for years now and the only room we have given little thought to in terms of decorating is our bedroom.   It kind of seemed silly, I mean, who would see it besides us?  I would occasionally pull it off my "To Do Someday" list with good intention only to return it a few weeks later. 

Then, I stumbled upon this great little decorating book by chance and my thoughts about decorating shifted a bit as the decorating itch returned.   (The Nesting Place by Myquillyn Smith)

On a cold winter weekend we shipped the kids off to Grandpa and Grandma's house and our project was underway.  Naturally, I wanted to spend as little as possible and am pretty pleased with some of my finds (another post, another time).  One of my most favorite "frugal finds' in the room thus far is the wall decor.  After a walk through Pier One and Target I knew there had to be a better way.

I enjoy crafts although I would not call myself particualrly talented in the area so I was thrilled to find a DIY wall decor piece that was simple and afforable.  Anyone with a glue gun and plastic spoons can pull this one off!

Check out Craftaholics Anonymous for the instructions if you are interested!  I made 2 spoon wall hangings in only a few hours and spent around $10 total in supplies.  I love the result!!!  Now if I could just finish the rest of the room!

Finished Project!

Hanging on the wall!  So simple!!

Friday, January 30, 2015

Persistance Pays Off

If I had to rank my preference when it comes to searching for that frugal find it would be as follows:

1. Garage Sales
2. Thrift Stores
3. Clearance Racks

Since I happen to live in a place where the weather only cooperates about 4 months out of the year for garage sales, I find myself wandering the thrift store more often than not these days.  This past week alone I have walked through my two area favorites for a total of 4 visits!  (This isn't always the case since I am somewhat preoccupied with my kids but I take advantage of it when time allows.) 

I really believe the key to thrift shopping is persistence.  Most of the time you will walk out of the store empty handed.  Some of the time you will leave with something you like, and rarely will you find that "treasure" people so commonly refer to.  When you do stumble upon that unique unexpected find it makes the countless times you left with nothing worth your while.

A few months ago I had one of those "rarely" thrift store experiences.   I was out on a Mommy daughter date with one of my little cuties and we stumbled upon an accent chair with a foot stool that I instantly loved.  I immediately checked the price tag which I was pleasantly surprised to see it was marked $39.99!  After checking the entire chair for stains or tears and of course getting the thumbs up from my little shopping pal, it was purchased and loaded into the van before I knew what had happened.  (Confession:  it turns out mini vans are pretty much one of the most practical vehicles ever made.....although I am still coming to terms with that fact that I drive one.)
Mommy/Daughter pre-shopping "coffee" date"

Fast forward a few months to a date night with my husband.  We sometimes like to wander around furniture stores after a meal out (especially those with free cookies.)  On this particular night we found ourselves at HOM Furniture and as we were admiring all the fun pieces I spotted the exact accent chair that I found at the thrift store.  Naturally, I made a bee line for the price tag....just how much was it originally?  My jaw dropped.  I am pretty sure I started jumping up and down with excitment.  It was marked DOWN to $722.49 and that was without the foot stool!!!  If that was Kohls they would have circled the number $682.50 in bright red marker and proudly stated that was how much I had saved today!  (not a fan of Kohls but thats another post for another day).

I still can't decide what is crazier.  That I only paid $39.99 for the exact same chair, or that someone would pay the original price in the first place.  Still flying high from this frugal find! 

The store from the Furniture Store

Only $722.49.... an takers? 

My $39.99 thrift store chair AND footstool. 

What kinds of treasures have you found at a Thrift Store?  I'd love to hear about them! 

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Real Life in Reverse

Happy New Year!  I hope your 2015 is off to a fantastic start.  Our family ended 2014 with a lovely round of influenza and kicked off 2015 by sharing a nasty stomach bug.  Oh the joys of the season but thankful for a warm, comfortable house and an amazing, awesome, and caring husband. 

Despite our rough start I am super excited for the new year!  Of course, I have a long list of goals,  half of which I am certain I have already forgotten.  One of my goals this year though is to start another blog!  It's called Real Life in Reverse and is going to have a lot of the same elements that the Frugal Find has had.  (Real Food eating, counter cultural living, etc.)  

If you have at all enjoyed the Frugal Find* and don't want to miss a thing head over to my new blog by clicking HERE and follow!!!  Thanks for being awesome and stay frugal people.

Just for the fun of it check out these adorable Christmas dresses I picked up for the girls last January on super Christmas clearance. ($4 each!)  Now's the perfect time to start looking for those cute little outfits to tuck away for next year!

* The Frugal Find will still be open.  I just can't promise I will post as often.