I’m more than accepting of the fact that I’m weird. Odd. Color outside the lines, so to speak. So while seeing those magazine perfect photos like this are fun:
I can’t help but see this:
and that makes me a little nauseous. So while I see some things that I think are pretty or would be nice to collect I don’t want to spend a lot of money.
Or much money at all.
Enter: the perfect compromise.
By shopping for older things I find the best of both worlds, cute things for my house and no sizable dent in the wallet. Like this great bookshelf that I bought for $5 then stained.
Right now it’s sitting next to my swinging bench on the front patio:
along with my $1 Sun Tea jar, a plant holder from Ikea that was $4 and a great vintage basket for my books and magazines that was $8.
It means that I can spray paint or stain the things I find, it’s okay if they’re dirty to start or imperfect. I don’t have to have the perfect thing and pay a ton of money for the magazine perfect look.
I’ve found some fun things lately like two new picture frames that were $3 each and this milk glass collection
The short one on the left came from my Grandma’s house, the largest one was $2 and the the smaller ones were $1 each. Very pretty and easy to store in the garage until I get fresh flowers cut. A nice collection to round out what I already had for $4.
I’m still working on the wall of pictures in my master bedroom, I prefer to use my own prints from my town or travels like this one:
So if I spent $3 on the frame I can buy a custom mat and high quality print and get a great piece of art for under $25.