A quick note to say I will be taking an indefinite break from the blog and Facebook page.  Nothing dramatic is going on, but rather I am transitioning into something new, yet undefined. 

Thank you for following me on this journey these past few years, commenting on posts, engaging in discussion and sharing the blog with your friends/family. 

Keep searching for those . . .


Redesign On A Whim - Basement Landing

When you are procrastinating cleaning for an upcoming family visit, sometimes you get hit with decor redesign inspiration. Well, maybe not you, but I do and I decided to document my latest "Redesign On A Whim".

I had two pictures waiting for their new wall homes after a recent Facebook Yardsale purchase.  I purchased two coordinating pictures off of the local Facebook page. One replaced the current picture in the downstairs bathroom, while the other was waiting for its new wall home. 

While cleaning the basement yesterday, I decided that the "replaced" picture and the other Facebook yardsale picture would be perfect additions to the basement decor.  Time got away from me and they were still leaning against the basement closet door this morning.

Rather than start cleaning the first floor, as planned, my friend Procrastination whispered, "let's hang those pictures." It is hard to ignore Procrastination, especially when she whispers. So innocent, so inviting . . .

Anyways, this is what Procrastination and I whipped up for the "new" basement landing:
BEFORE: Empty and with a nick on the wall, this space has been unused since we bought the house in '08.
AFTER: The "replaced" picture, hung and covering the nick in the wall, a plant stand, and faux plant arrangement. At least Procrastination is as frugal as I am since all these items were already in my house, some free and some bought so long ago they might as well be free. Now, how long will this arrangement last?  Ha! Who knows, but I will enjoy it until that day comes.
 Oh, did you want to see the Facebook pictures I purchased?  Ohhkkaaayyyy!  Psst, I bought the pair for just $10.
"New" picture in the downstairs bathroom.
"New" picture in the basement.


Local Consignment Sales - April/May 2014

The Spring 2014 Consignment Sale Season is in full swing.  Check out these local sales scheduled in April and May.

If you are a sale organizer and would like to a) rent clothing racks or b) would like to have a sale review post featured in this blog, please contact me at  

4/3 - 4/5 Kid's Closet Connection
4/3 9am-8pm; 4/4 9am-8pm; 4/5 9am-2pm
The Family Center of Gap
835 Houston Run Drive, Gap, PA
Cash & Credit 

4/4 - 4/6 As They Grow Consignment Sale
4/4 9am-6pm; 4/5 8am-4pm; 4/6 10am-2pm
All Seasons Sports Academy
801 Elkton Blvd, Elkton, MD
Cash & Credit 

4/5 Avon Grove Charter School PTO Consignment Sale*
8am - 1pm
Avon Grove Charter School Early Learning Center
1769 New London Rd, Landenberg, PA
Cash & Check
*You'll see my two-tier racks in use at this sale! 

4/5 Children's Spring & Summer Consignment Sale
George Fox Friends School
2009 Gap Newport Pike, Cochranville, PA

4/5 Kids2Teens
Pennsville Middle School
4 William Penn Ave., Pennsville, NJ
Cash & Credit 

4/5 FSMOM Children's Resale
Kirk Middle School
144 Brennan Drive, Newark, DE

4/12 Children's Consignment Sale8am-12pm
Unionville Presbyterian Church
815 Wollaston Rd, Unionville, PA

4/12 Moms Club of Middletown Consignment Sale
Alfred G. Waters Middle School
1235 Cedar Lane, Middletown, DE
Cash & Credit 

4/12-13 Just Between Friends Wilmington/Newark
4/12 9am-5pm; 4/13 8am-12pm
Delaware Sportsplex
326 Ruthar Drive, Newark, DE
Cash & Credit 

4/24-26 Just Between Friends Western Mainline
4/24 9am-8pm; 4/25 9am-7pm; 4/26 9am-12pm
Greater Phila Expo Center, Hall B
100 Station Ave., Oaks, PA
Cash & Credit

4/24-26 Kennett Preschool Co-Op Consignment Sale
4/24-25 9am-3:30pm; 4/26 9am-12pm
Episcopal Church of the Advent
401 N. Union St., Kennett Square, PA

4/25-26 Just Between Friends Middletown
4/25 8am-8pm; 4/26 8am-3pm
Everett Meredith Middle School
504 S. Broad St., Middletown, DE
Cash & Credit

5/9-10 Just Between Friends Dover
5/9 8am-8pm; 5/10 8am-3pm
Dover Indoor Tennis
633 Persimmon Tree Lane, Dover, DE
Cash & Credit

5/10 MOPS Resale
Cornerstone Presbyterian Church
109 Gypsy Hill Rd, Landenberg, PA


Facebook ISO turns into a Retail SIO

Today, I posted an ISO (In Search Of) on the local Facebook page, reaching out to the over 4,000 members, to ask if anyone had 2 or 3 wooden counter stools, similar to the one pictured, in good condition, that they would be willing to part with for between $10 and $20.
This stool, and its twin, was purchased as part of a bar table/chair set at Bed, Bath and Beyond five years ago.  I've been expressing interest in the many counter/bar stool posts on the Facebook yard sale pages, but for whatever reason (condition, people ahead of me, wrong measurement) I just couldn't find what we were looking for, so I posted my ISO request this morning.

I did receive a few responses, and rather than what I wanted ("Yes, I have exactly what you need", like in my Scooby Doo ISO - read about it here),  I got suggestions on where I could buy it RETAIL!

I just rolled my eyes at those first responses, because, if I wanted to pay retail, I wouldn't be posting it on a yardsale page.  Who's with me on this?  Right??!!  The classic, and I know the poster meant well (as they all did), suggested I buy the stools unfinished at a local business. Unfinished??!! I am not going to spend $10-$20 on a stool to then have to refinish it.  I am frugal and DIY challenged.

However, there was one retail response I had to check out.  The kind poster told me she saw "these" stools, the other week, on clearance, at Kohl's for $25.  She even told me which Kohl's location.

Was it a coincidence that the Kohl's location she referenced was just minutes (okay, maybe 12) from where my Just Between Friends (JBF) sale was held (tonight was consignor pick-up as the sale ended at 1pm today)???  I think not. It was the universe speaking to me, yet again.  When the universe speaks, I listen.

Not too long after I loaded my car with my unsold consignment goodies, I left the JBF sale and headed straight over to Kohl's, and without hesitation (okay, I wiped my rain soaked shoes first - those Kohl's floors are unforgiving with wet shoes), walked right back to the Home department. 

I found the clearance stools on the endcap, BUT I hesitated because . . .
the price was even less at $23.99!  No, that wasn't it! They were METAL, not wood.  Sigh.

I tried to check for product reviews online, but none were to be found.  The only thing left for me to do was to confer with the hubs.  I texted him a picture, adding that with my Kohl's store card, this low price of $23.99 could be discounted even further, as much as 30%.  He agreed to the purchase of three, as long as we could return them without issue.  You see, he likes the return option that Facebook yard sale pages just don't offer.  I don't blame him there.

At the checkout, the awesome cashier let me choose another discount scratch off when my first one was only 15%.  My next pick was a 20% discount.  I wonder if they really even have the 30% scratch-offs.  Hmph!

So, for the low price of $19.19 each, I am now the proud owner of new counter stools.  The hubs even put them together tonight!  They don't look too shabby, blend in well with the decor, and are just as sturdy as the other wood ones we have.  Most of all, SIO - Search Is Over!


Thrift Bucket List Addition: The Charlestown Sale

The other week I received an email from the coordinator of The Charlestown Sale.  I had read about this sale once before, but thought maybe there was a typo about the event dates.  I was shocked a thrift/consignment sale would last two weeks! 

Well, it is not a typo, my fellow thrift seekers!  It is indeed, a two-week thrift/consignment sale with new inventory arriving daily, featuring a 50/50 sale day AND a $5 bag sale to boot!  It gets better - the sale is held twice a year - Spring and Fall!

Here is the Spring Sale snapshot:

The Charlestown Sale
Kimberton Fairhouse and Fairgrounds
762 Pike Springs Rd, Phoenixville, PA
Cash/Check/Credit Card
Note: Bring your own shopping bag

March 26 9:30am- 4:00pm (Preview sale)*
March 27 9:30am - 5:00pm (Consignor take-in)
March 28 - CLOSED
March 29 9:30am - 5:00pm (Opening Day)*
March 30 10:00am - 3:00pm
March 31 9:30am - 4:00pm
April 1 9:30am - 8:00pm
April 2 9:30am- 4:00pm
April 3-4 CLOSED
April 5 9:30am - 5:00pm (50/50 Sale)*
April 6 9:30 - 11:00am ($5 Bag Sale - anything you can fit in the bag!)

*Strollers allowed after 12pm on these sale days

This sale reminds me of one of my favorite sales, Whale of a Sale (read about my Whale of a Sale finds here), but, with more shopping days, and guaranteed 50/50 and bag sale! 

More details straight from their press release:

Beginning March 26, 2014, the legendary Charlestown Sale returns for its 37th year, at the Kimberton Firehouse Fairgrounds. A bargain-hunters dream, The Charlestown Sale is a consignment sale featuring an unparalleled selection of items from over 100 consigners.
Unlike other consignment sales, The Charlestown Sale goes beyond children’s clothes and toys to include clothing and shoes for men and women, plus furniture, home d├ęcor, linens, books and jewelry. There is truly something for everyone with unique, rare finds at every turn in this 10,000 square-foot space. New inventory is added daily, which keeps everyone coming back for more.
The Charlestown Sale benefits Charlestown Playhouse, a non-profit, parent-cooperative that has been a fixture of the community since 1936. Charlestown Playhouse emphasizes learning through child-centered play, the importance of supporting social and emotional development in young children, the beauty and value of nature and a strong sense of community. The Sale lasts until April 5, 2014 with 50/50 and bag sales on the last two days. For a detailed schedule of events, visit
Follow The Charlestown Sale on Facebook to get sneak previews of the amazing offerings. The Charlestown Sale, March 25, 2014 through April 5, 2014, Kimberton Firehouse Fairgrounds, 762 Pike Springs Road (113), Phoenixville, PA 19460.  Media Contact: Faith Koons, (610) 933-2762, 
Here are some pictures of present and past sales (courtesy of their Facebook page).

Even though this place is a drive for me (over an hour), I might have to check out the $5 bag sale.  I wonder how early the line starts??!! Who is thinking road trip??!!