Cheap thrills.

While browsing several Goodwill stores over the past couple of days, I picked up some fun little gems to add to my never-ending collection of thrifted decor…


When I came across these brass swans, I knew they had to be mine. Very Mid-century. I posted them on my Instagram, and someone commented asking if they were for sale! That made me feel kinda good. I replied, “Not at the moment, but I’ll let you know if that changes!”

To be honest, at one point I had considered going the thrifting-and-flipping route with a friend. I follow a lot of Instagrammers who do that on eBay. It has always struck me as a fun hobby. Plus, the extra cash wouldn’t be so bad. I guess I ultimately figured it would take up too much time and energy. But, now that it’s summer, I have time and energy.

So… should I sell these, or keep them? I mean, I like them, and they were a great find, but I’m not wedded to them. Out of curiosity, I looked them up on eBay and people are selling them for anywhere between $20 and $100. I only paid five dollars for the pair.



Gotta love pretty little white vases. The one on the right I found at Goodwill for a buck or two, and the one on the right was a gift from my friend and colleague Melyssa (also thrifted). All they need now are some pretty buds.



I know, I know — I’m obsessed with brass, especially brass pots/planters (see here..and here…and here…). This one is fairly small but does the job. Fun fact: the plant inside belongs to my friend Karly…I’m just babysitting it for a while. 😉

I also scored a couple of cool items from a local Salvation Army store, but I’m saving those for a future post.

Enjoy your weekend!

Beth ❤


My first eBay purchase.

Recently, I discovered the exciting world of bidding on eBay. As mentioned in a previous post, I have been on the hunt for a mid-century ottoman. It turned out that there were quite a few mid-century ottomans for sale on eBay–most of which seemed overpriced, especially including shipping. However, I eventually found an affordable one that I liked.

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Photo from eBay.

I sat on it for a couple of days. Then, as if reading my mind, eBay sent me a little surprise…

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Well, folks, I just couldn’t turn down this deal. The ottoman was originally priced at $49. I bid $44, and the seller accepted. Shipping was set at approx. $10, but with my $10 coupon, it cancelled out. So, I spent a total of $44 on both the item and shipping!

The ottoman arrived the other day. I’m pleased with it for the most part–it’s the right size, structurally sound, no damage.


However, it seems to me that the ottoman’s actual color differs from the color pictured on eBay. It’s got kind of a mustard/tan vibe going on, while the seller’s photos made it seem more of a creamy ivory (likely due to using a flash rather than natural light). I was a bit disappointed about this at first, but I’ve come to accept it. I think it looks good in the space.


Well, that’s all for today. Next time, I’ll post some photos of cheap school supplies I collected over the summer, as I’m in the process of setting up my classroom! 🙂

You know you want it.

Tell me you love me.

This adorable mid-century ottoman came into my possession through one of my many Craigslist adventures. I showed up at this guy’s door with the intention of picking up a free table. After he brought out the table, we chatted for a bit. He revealed that he was in the process of moving, and thus attempting to purge as much as he could. Did I want to see what else he was getting rid of? Hell yes! And he whips out the ottoman.


Without hesitation, I accepted this stranger’s gift with metaphorical tears in my eyes. I loaded up my car, queued my favorite jam, and drove away into the sunset. Okay, not really, but you get what I’m saying.