Long overdue update.

Well, it’s been a while. School started and I got very, very busy.

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Here are a few pics of my classroom. Note the purple rug from IKEA…very frugal buy at a mere $25!

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The sets of plastic drawers were cheap yard sale buys!

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Though I have been pretty occupied, I’ve manage to procure a couple of cool things over the past few weeks…

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Pretty yard sale scarves…25 cents a pop!
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Lovely ceramic vase…$4 from Ryan’s Relics.
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Just a couple of bucks for blue and white. Gets me every time.

Hoping to go on a thrifting adventure soon. Stay tuned. 🙂

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Finds for friends.

Yes, yes, I’m still reeling from my most recent yard sale win, but I wanted to share two other items from my weekend hunt that I bought for close friends.

Let’s start with Alex, who just got back from what sounds like an amazing trip to France. While in Paris, she had the opportunity to watch the last stretch of the Tour de France as the riders cruised along Champs-Élyséés. As Alex is an avid cyclist, this was a special experience for her. Moreover, she loved exploring the city and found Parisian culture incredibly charming and alluring (as I’m sure many of us do). Thus, when I came across this lovely wall art, priced at a whopping $3, I felt compelled to buy it for her!

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Painting? Print? Reproduction? I found it adorable and hopefully it’ll serve as a nice reminder of her Paris experience. I honestly have no idea if it’s her style (I told her that she is totally allowed to hide it in her basement), but I’m confident that she appreciated the thought.

On to Katie, whom you might remember from a previous post. A full-time doctoral student, Katie spends her (limited) free time baking, playing with her new puppy, and, well, baking. I immediately thought of her when I saw these cute ceramic measuring cups at a yard sale for just a few bucks.

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Katie absolutely loves them! I suppose they’re more decorative than practical, but who cares?

I truly love thrifting and gifting. It makes loved ones smile and gives you an excuse–I mean, a purpose–to wake up at 7 AM on a Saturday or spend happy hour at Goodwill. 🙂

Yard sale spoils.

Folks, the yard sale gods were on my side this weekend.

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I went to a multi-family neighborhood sale on Saturday morning and a single home sale today. Arrived at both of them at 8am–right at the start–and it was good I did! It always seems like everything’s been picked over if I get there any later than 3o minutes after they start.

On Saturday morning, I scored a funny sign that I plan on hanging in my classroom (only 75 cents!), and a pretty silver necklace ($3). I also picked up a great pair of brass candlesticks for $5, but I don’t want to post a picture of them here until I’ve had a chance to polish them.

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75 cent sign 🙂
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Looks and feels like sterling silver. Goes with everything!

 

This morning, I picked up an imitation Fiesta™ serving plate in one of my favorite colors (only a few minor scratches), and a secondhand copy of the novel Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, by Jonathan Safran Foer. If you haven’t read it, you absolutely should.

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Only a buck each!

 

I also found this small dry erase board in good shape–only paid a few bucks for it! Another win for the classroom, since I only have chalkboards.

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Playing with the meme feature on my photo editing app.

 

I’d say it was a pretty successful bargain-hunting weekend! Stay tuned for a photo of the brass candlesticks in the near future.

Happy thrifting! 🙂

Throwback time.

So a few weeks ago, I spotted a prime posting on the NextDoor app: a neighbor was generously giving away this gently used IKEA kitchen cart! She was kind enough to deliver it right to my doorstep, to boot.

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I’ve adorned my cart with a couple of small vintage faves: a cute (and FREE) recipe box, and a unique olive oil container (it reminds me of a watering can!) that I picked up for a few bucks at a recent yard sale.

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Hope you enjoy these great finds as much as I do! ♥