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Inexpensive Shabby Chic Storage Ideas


Hello Readers!

I got an email this morning from Better Homes & Gardens DIY newsletter and they had great ideas for new shabby chic storage and organizational ideas.

Here is what I’m thinking I will post some of the photos from Better Homes and Gardens, but the tip I want to give you is: Get ideas before you go and once you are at the auction, flee market, or yard sale take a longer look at the items.  Try to think of what they CAN become rather than what they are, you’d be shocked at what a little paint could do.

This is a vintage jewelry box.  They restained this piece along with replacing the knobs.

This is a beautiful rustic office.  It is essentially an all-in-one flee market find.  I am dreaming of the day I make this happen in our place.

This is an antique tool box.  Depending on the shape you find it in you will most likely need to line the drawers with some type of decorative fabric or wall paper.

How cool is this idea.  It is an old kitchen cabinet.  Again, condition is everything, you will most likely need to sand this and repaint it, if in fact you do find one of these treasures.

Simply BEAUTIFUL.  I have never found a window even somewhat similar to this one, but hey you never know what you will find.  This is a great, creative, way to display dishes or for plants or photo frames, the possibilities are endless.

Old birdcage…. or a mail storage unit?  For the shelving inside this beautiful creation is created by dowel rods and plexiglass.  How fun would this project be?

This is an old Chicken feed bin.  I’m not sure what kind of condition you may find this in, I haven’t ever seen one at an auction, however, I may not have recognized it either.


The weather is beginning to warm up, which means, good old fashion sweaty AUCTIONS! They are a blast, I really think you should at least go and watch one this season.



Pawn Shop Maddness


Mikey and I decided that this year for Christmas we would pool our money together and buy a camera together as each other Christmas gift.  As I began thinking of different styles of cameras and of course immediately became overwhelmed.  We would love to have a very nice camera but we just don’t have it in the budget to buy the ultimate camera right now so after discussing this with a friend of mine she gave me some great advice.  She bought a new camera for their family at a pawn shop, it was in great condition and it was $65.  I started to think more and more about this idea and talked to Mikey about it then we came up with a plan.  I had an white gold necklace from an ex-boyfriend that I hardly wore anymore.  The chain was a little too long for me, so I asked Mikey to sell the necklace and with that money we would then buy the camera.

Off on the adventure Mikey went.  He walked into between 7-9 places for an estimate on the necklace.  They ranged from $25-$110.  We went with the $110.  As Mikey was having the necklace estimated he was looking through their store at cameras and calling me so I can look at each one online.  Mikey walked out of one shop with $120 in cash and walked into another Pawn shop and bought an Olympus camera for $150 (retail price: $230) which means we paid, $40 out of pocket. The camera is waterproof and can be dropped and won’t break.  This is the first time I have really had Mikey take time to get the best deal and he was completely on board with the idea, probably because it involved some bargaining/negotiating, a skill to which he has been gifted.

Tip: Though Pawn shops may be a bit intimidating, that doesn’t mean it is worth it to pay full price for something you CAN find somewhere else cheaper.  Don’t let someone or something effect your effort in living a thrifty life.

Sometimes things might seem frightening, but most of the time a fear or something is due to lack of experience, no one wants to feel silly walking into a place just to feel overwhelmed, however, if you try it at least once, I truly believe the accomplishment of saving money will keep you wanting more.

I hope you feel inspired to try knew things and become independent in your journey of thrift’ing.