I was a Canadian Picker long before anyone ever heard of picking. I was a single mom for 12 years before meeting Brian. And being on my own with 5 kids you have to be resourceful when you don't have big bucks.
I have always looked for treasures in the trash and upcycled furniture from garage sales, barn sales and thrift stores. I have champagne taste on a beer budget I guess you could say. Now that the kids are grown and have families of their own I have turned my thrifty shopping into a hobby and a second income.
Some treasures I keep but most I resell, some I have to give a new look too and some I resell just the way they are. If I see something I can make some money on I buy it and resell it.
I always felt proud when friends would compliment how nice my house looked and how they loved my decorating. I swear when I used to rent places the landlord would hike up the rent after I moved out because I would always spruce the place up.
So when I said a few weeks ago that I was going to TRY to cut back on my thrifty finds.........I really did try. But it is an addiction and I can not walk away from a good bargain or a unique find.
So on that note, here are my treasures for this week................
This is an old sewing desk I picked up for a few dollars, I love the curvy legs. I am thinking I might gut it and make a storage area inside of it and used it as side table. A few friends have said a large jewelry box, but I am not big on jewelry. I am not a girly girl, I wear one ring and that's about it, I am blue jeans and tshirt girl. I have more tools than I have jewelry.
I found another cute little sewing stool and this I will redo and sell.
Here is a pic of the last one that I did
I used a piece of material from another chair for this stool
Isn't this cake plate gorgeous, I scooped this up as soon as I saw it at Salvation Army. I love the mirrored top and the jewels all along the edge. And at $1.75 it was a STEAL of a DEAL
For now I am using to display small nick knacks, a few silver swan and 2 pewter cat statues
I will be painting these as well and save them for our new home in Ontario, I know I will have use for them when I have a place I can go wild and not have to worry about a landlord freaking out because I put holes in the walls for shelves
I sold these ladder back chairs a few weeks ago to a young girl who is just getting into DIY
I asked her to send me a pic once she had finished them
She did an amazing job, the chairs look fabulous
Way to go Stacie
One day I hope to be reading your blog
Brian's son and his girlfriend are here from Ontario for the next two weeks so I won't be painting too much. We are going to tour them around and show them BC. And although I don't plan on shopping I will probably come home with some treasures lol
I will be picking up some ASCP for sure in our travels
hope everyone is having a great long weekend
going to be 100 degrees here all week
good week to take off from painting in the garage