Estate Sale Finds!

I have been casually going to estate sales, getting to know the area and the way estate sales are handled here.  Our guests were here for a little over a week but I still managed to get to a memorial day estate sale right up the road.  I got a small crockpot, (the only size I didn’t have) that is perfect for entertaining.  I was told to get one with the “keep warm” setting because the old ones with just low and high will burn if left on low for a party.  So no vintage ones for me!  I scored this little crockpot for only $6.

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I also spent more than I wanted on this vintage reproduction laundry sign, but it is sturdy and in perfect shape. It reminded me of the signs I would get at my favorite craft store in PA, Pat Catan’s.  They have discounted craft items, and I will miss that place now that I am residing in Florida.  But this is about the same price I would have paid there, so still a bargain.

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Laundry sign: $8

Husband says we can make back the money in quarters when guests come to visit, haha.

Today I headed out on my own to another sale just up the street. This sale was a bit more sucessful And had more personality. Though the prices were high on most things, I found the “junk” I was interested in was pretty reasonably priced. Here’s my haul:

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Now I’m honing in on that corn flower blue corningware. I don’t have much space in my kitchen, but I’ll store it away somewhere. The prices were a bit high, so I only got this pie plate for $4 today, but I’ll return tomorrow to see if they will wheel and deal for the last day.

The table runner, that matches my kitchen perfectly, was only $1, as was that Colonial Sugar tote bag.

You may be thinking why would anyone want old gauze pads, but I have a vignette I’m building in my bathroom of vintage personal hygiene and cosmetics packaging. Those were a steal at 25 cents, and as you can see back in the day they were 49 cents at Page Drugs!

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I also got this evil eye for $1.75

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The best deal was this cool leather jacket. I fell in love with the lining as lately I’ve been on the hunt for an old map.  It’s pretty war torn in areas but I love it.  It was a bargain at $2.

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Hopefully tomorrow I can scoop up some more of the corningware and a few items I saw but could live without.

As always, I’ll keep ya posted!

And the Universe wants me to have a coffee cart too….

I’m so excited because I am prepping for our first house guests.  My mother in law, and her boyfriend are coming to visit us in our new home.  Once friends find out you are staying in a destination/ tourist area, they all start lining up to visit, and I couldn’t welcome that more.  I have been prepping the house to be more like a bed and breakfast, since I want our guests to feel special.
On one such trip to the local Bed Bath & Beyond, I was getting a few items for the guest room, and a Keurig marketer stopped me to ask me if I wanted a free cup of coffee.  Did you say free?  “Of course I’ll take something free,” said the self proclaimed frugal diva. 🙂  I chatted with her at first pretending to care about the Keurig spiel, nodding and thinking in my head that they placed her there to smooth over the bad PR from their new Keurigs that only brew actual K cups.  However, while my inner dialogue progressed, I did begin to consider for the first time in my life, purchasing a Keurig.
I chose a chai latte as my free cup flavor, and since that particular flavor could not be found in regular coffee, or mixes at the grocery store, this may have had some bearing on my decision making process too.  That chai latte was mighty tasty.

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I began to research the new Keurigs, and was met with poor reviews about their monopoly on the the K cup market.  Not my thing at all.  I like my frugal options.  So off to one of my handy dandy frugal sites… craigslist.  I found several versions, and emailed a few people.
You see, since I predict I will have guests, (and I view my home to be like a bed and breakfast) I of course needed a coffee cart!  And with my guests coming next Monday, I needed to put this baby together sooner, rather than later.
Luckily a woman emailed me back very quickly about a Keurig that was only 2 months old, still under warranty, and asking only 50% of what she paid.  Sounded like a deal.  We set up a time and place to meet.
I set my thoughts on how to decorate this cart, and realized…. I needed a cart.  I looked on craigslist, but nothing close or affordable.  I figured I would make due with some buildable wire storage crates, but this was less than ideal for me.
On my way to the bank to get cash, the house around the corner had something out by the curb.  Freebie time!  And I couldn’t believe my eyes when it was a laminate cart!  It wouldn’t fit in the car or trunk easily, so since the bank is up the road I figured if it was there when I got back it was mine.  On the way back to pick it up, the previous owner of the cart was out, and I asked if he was getting rid of it.  He confirmed, so I popped that baby in the trunk and rode around the corner of our housing plan and unloaded it in our driveway.  I was on cloud nine.  It looked like this:
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I got to work taking that extra extension off that was added with some lumber.  I went later to get the Keurig, and came home to formulate a plan.  First I got out a tea towel that had a coffee theme on it that was a bridal shower gift from my sister.  It tied the colors together of the white and black keurig, and the wood.
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Next I made a plan for one of my favorite stores.  The dollar tree.  Seriously, my husband says I should buy stock in it.  I went the very next day, and found matching accessories to my kitchen.
The final result looks like this:
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I was so excited about how it came together, I was jumping up and down.  I love it when something just “poof” comes together, and cheaply too!
For a grand total of $80,(coffee not included) I put together a coffee and hot drink cart that hopefully my guests will love.
Breakdown is as follows:
Keurig:  $60 craigslist
Dollar tree finds at $1 each:  6 mugs, blue containers, sugar dispenser, travel to go coffee cups, powdered creamer, caramel flavor, mini trash can, sugar packet container, plastic blue “milk jug” (was actually a kid cup with a silly straw), and the cutest coffee themed candle too.  My sister told me she saw these at the dollar tree, and I was thrilled they had them at mine, AND that the font exactly matched the tea towel.  Is it weird that totally made my day?  I’m sure these are things no one else would get excited about….
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Cart:  FREE
I even love how the machine lights are blue, a happy coincidence that I hadn’t noticed or planned until I got it all put together!  
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To finish off the look I created a vintage coffee collage, which I still have to hang once I get a frame from… Dollar Tree!!!  I’m thinking I may paint it blue, and distress it.  Once it’s up I will update with a complete finished look. 20150513_225558
Next time I’ll show you how the dollar tree helped me create a spa like guest bathroom too!

The Universe paid me ten cents to take this shelf!

You know when you are insanely obsessed about getting a task done?  I’m like that about most things.  I tend to fully throw myself into the job until it is complete.  That’s exactly how I was about getting this new home in order.  I absolutely COULD NOT REST until I had every box unpacked and everything in its place.  I was panicking a little, as we have a smaller space than we wanted to get, and it was the first time combining a married couple’s belongings.  Even though I donated a ton of stuff before I moved, I still have a huge pile in the garage to donate here.  

But in the last couple of days I was able to turn the corner in the process, and now the fun is starting by decorating.

I know I have promised to do some posts, and they are coming, but today I want to show you the freebie I found a few days ago.  Here it is, the way I found it sitting on the side of the curb.  (There’s Judge Judy setting someone straight in the back on the TV.)

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I was so psyched because I needed a shelf… and I took it home, and peeled off all that contact paper while listening to Judge Judy.  As I was peeling, a dime flew out!  So I got paid ten cents to take this shelf.  I gave it a good scrub, fully intending to paint it, but it actually looked really good in the living room just as this color.  So I left it for now.  I still need to fill the middle shelf, but I wanted to display a few wedding trinkets, and a few books. 

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Now I’m on the lookout for artwork.  As I travel my estate sales, I’ll be on the hunt.

Have you ever found a great freebie?