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7/26/14

Hello, it's me again with . . . #CampMom Series

Ahh, the break was refreshing and timely.  Nothing like summertime with the kiddos to put priorities into perspective.  Speaking of summertime and the kiddos, I decided to host a #CampMom this past week to keep us engaged between Vacation Bible School and SafetyTown sessions.

To be honest, I didn't put a great deal of thought into what we would do during #CampMom week, but I did have a few goals in mind:
  • Engage the kids daily with at least one activity
  • Organize each day around a theme.
  • Keep costs low
  • Find activities that we could do earlier in the day, so that:
    • We were not in the hot July sun at its peak
    • We had time to relax in the afternoons at home.
As you'll see in the upcoming posts, I didn't always meet my goals, but the kids enjoyed themselves each day.  I am not sure my Facebook friends enjoyed #CampMom as much as we did and I wouldn't be surprised if many started "unfollowing" me after the bombardment of posts.  Oh well!  Here is our schedule and once the posts have been published, I will update with links. 

Day One - #CampMom - County Fair
Day Two - #CampMom - Sports Day
Day Three - #CampMom - Super Heroes
Day Four - #CampMom - Kid's Choice Day
Day Five - #CampMom - Community Day

By the way, I really wanted a Pool Day, but the boys have decided they don't like the outdoor pool at the Y.  I don't blame them too much because the water is perpetually teeth-chattering cold, even in the hot July sun.  Lesson learned - no pool membership next year.  I know, some of you are saying, "I would just bring them to the pool anyway."  Yeah, well, I'm one of those moms who does not enjoy getting my kids all geared up for the pool (toys, sunscreen, towels, snacks, showers afterwards) only to stay there for 20 minutes before the complaints start coming, in unison.  Yes, that has happened to me, twice.  We all choose our battles, right??!!


Scene from #CampMom Sports Day


5/13/14

Transition

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 . . .







4/17/14

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.

4/1/14

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 themagicthatisthrift@gmail.com.  

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
9am-2pm
George Fox Friends School
2009 Gap Newport Pike, Cochranville, PA
Cash 

4/5 Kids2Teens
8am-1pm
Pennsville Middle School
4 William Penn Ave., Pennsville, NJ
Cash & Credit 

4/5 FSMOM Children's Resale
8am-12pm
Kirk Middle School
144 Brennan Drive, Newark, DE
Cash 

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

4/12 Moms Club of Middletown Consignment Sale
8am-1pm
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
Cash

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
8am-12pm
Cornerstone Presbyterian Church
109 Gypsy Hill Rd, Landenberg, PA
Cash
credit: wpxi.com



3/30/14

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!