Monday, November 16, 2009

i am a changed woman

Thrifting has changed my life. Seriously. It’s opened up so many doors and a whole new way of life. I look at things differently. I actually LOOK at them….I try to see what it CAN be….The old Loulou used to think nothing of dropping down cash (or credit) for anything that struck my fancy. I had TONS of stuff but stuff that really didn’t mean ANYthing to me. Then life changed…2 international adoptions…one disability… early retirement…..2 NICE incomes to 1 nice income….a 3 yr. fight with social security. I’m sure you get the picture. I had resigned myself to the fact that I just couldn’t have things anymore. I had to make do with what I have….that was fine for a while, but I got bored. My house got boring. I lost my zest. Then you know what happened?? The fog lifted. I started visiting Good Will and thrift stores that I would have just ridden past in my old life. Now I stop. I stop, and I look, and I dig. Sometimes I find treasures….sometimes I walk away empty handed (except for my hand sanitizer). The result is a house that I am making a home. A house with beautiful things that I take pride in….things that mean something to me. They mean something to me, because they’re things I’ve worked on….things I’ve restored or revamped. They’re my things. I love this life. I love not wanting to pay $3 for something that I know is worth only $1. I still splurge here and there on pieces that really speak to me, but even those things mean more……If you don’t get everything you want then the things you get are more precious, more appreciated. I hope I am teaching my children lessons….We need to look around us at the things that are already here….Brand new doesn’t always mean better. Good Will isn’t a store for “those poor people”. We are those people now….We are the ones who are careful with our money trying to make every penny count, and you know what?? I LIKE being this person.

You all have been such an inspiration to me….showing me all the wonderful things you’ve done and the places you’ve been. You guys are my inspiration and have played a part in who I am today. Thanks for sharing and inspiring me, and thanks for following this journey with me…….

I thought I’d share some of my favorite thrift finds and show you the befores……The afters will be revealed in a few posts this week.


This baby came from my favorite antique store….. Price? $3. It’s been painted and antiqued….thinking of making it a stand for a cloche…..


I found this piece at an antique store downtown. It’s a smaller version of a piece my mom had and redid YEARS ago….That woman has been a furniture rehabber for decades…. I did pay $300 for this piece, but it is SO worth it. Solid wood construction….velvet lined drawers, and the bottom line was that I loved it. It now looks like a million bucks.


I got these iron crosses on clearance at Hobby Lobby. They were around $2 each…..They’re sitting on a diaper box my spray painting area…..they look fabulous now……


$2.12 clearance. Enough said. I’m thinking about painting the frame and covering the back with scrapbook paper…..


I think I ran into my antique store when I saw this sitting up front…price? $6. Look at the precious details……


$12 old window in perfect condition…. I have some vintage botanicals just waiting to find their new home in here…..


This FANTASTIC urn?? $4.99 at GW. You can’t tell in this picture, but it was a hideous pukey yellow….You’ll croak when you see it after it’s redo……


My $5 oil painting from Sister Julie’s


2 wrought iron wall hangings all dinged up and on sale for $3 each….


A year ago I would’ve walked right past these things and driven right by most of these stores….. I would’ve missed out on all this wonderfulness….. Let me tell you something my peeps: Change. Is. Good.


Mandy said...

I adore thrifting! Its such a great way to spend a Saturday morning. One of my friends and I go get coffee and literally spend hours meandering in and out of antique and thrift shops.

Anonymous said...

Wow what great finds!! I so agree with you about thrifting. We have always been in business for ourselves and I did not work outside of the home to be with our boys when they were growing up. Thrifting was a way of life and still is even though the funds have loosened up a little bit. I think it is so much fun to say the outfit everyone is complementing on cost $3.00 total or that I furnished my entire living room for around $500.
I don't even set foot in a mall anymore.

merkley4 said...

Thanks for sharing... you are an inspiration!! I love your fun work!!

~ RM said...

Wow. That's all I can say at the moment. I got your link from Frugalicious Friday. I just spent the last half hour (or longer) reading throught your blog. I love it!! Your family is so beautiful and happy! All of your projects are wonderful. I will be visiting your blog more often! *followed*!

Danielle @ Transforming Home said...

Isn't thrifting fabulous? I am new to the whole thing and cannot believe how much great stuff is out there! I will never go back...

Have a great day!


Natalie said...

Hun, all your stuff looks absolutely fabulastic! But one thing....what the heck is a cloche?!!

Lorie said...

It is so fun! And SO AMAZING what a coat of paint can do!!

Gina Sisco said...

Wow, your post almost mimicked the thoughts and a smaller post I did. I grew up with a mom who thrifted and repurposed and I thought it was because we couldnt afford anything (which was part of it), but I didnt realize until I got a family of my own why she did it and now I am loving it too. I want your urn, I have been searching every thrifty store digging for one. You scored big time CONGRATS.

kiakai/Kelly @ Much To Do With Nothing said...

What a wonderful post. You said it so perfectly. I was a single mom for 20 years. I remember Goodwill calling me. Really, I couldn't get it off my mind. I even told people "the Goodwill is calling me ,it's so weird" So I went. And that's all she wrote. I've been thrift store shopping for about 13 years now. I remember the days when they couldn't give the furniture away. Now the prices are so high. One year all of my Christmas gifts were refurbished thrift store items. I'll never stop going.
I love the way you think. Very inspiring. Your children WILL appriciate it.


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