June Thrift Haul

I have an ongoing thrifting list of things I’m looking for saved in my phone notes, so if I ever find some thrifting time I can take a few minutes to check for things I want. However, when it comes to thifting, you really just have to trust the process. Oftentimes I’ll find NOTHING on my list, but other treasures that I now can’t live without.

Which brings us to this month’s thrift haul. Nothing on my list, but quite spectacular nonetheless!

Garfield Virgo Mug, $2

Did I need a smaller sized coffee mug? Nope. But this Garfield mug was calling this Virgo’s name. And this picky worry-wart feels seen. And a bit called out.

Garfield McDonald’s Mugs, $2 each for 4

This was a total bummer because I picked up these mugs knowing Jack would love them. He loves the Garfield show and also has a couple of the comic books. However, when I got them home I googled them and found that they test high for lead. So sad! Instead of using them as drinking glasses, Jack has claimed them to display in his room.

Hudson River Inlay, $3

I thought this fun lighthouse picture was so cute and when I turned it over, I was thrilled to find out that the picture was made by inlaying different kinds of wood to make the different colors. So, so cool. I couldn’t pass up this fun piece of handmade art for just $3, so now I just have to decide where it will end up in my house.

Original art, $3

Another handmade piece for just $3! This little unsigned original painting called to me and someone even custom framed it too. I love the brush strokes on the canvas. And while I’m sad that someone threw this in the donate pile, I’m happy to add it to my collection.

And here is where it ended up (check the bottom boot shelf):

Longaberger basket, $8

I remember back in the late 80’s/early 90’s that my mom collected Longaberger baskets and now when I see one at the thrift the nostalgia takes over and I have to buy it. This little basket with leather handles is signed on the bottom by the maker and in perfect, unused condition. It even has spotless blue cloth lining and a plastic cup so you can use it as a planter. I kill all plants, so I’ll probably use it for something non-living.

Handmade vase, $1

ONE DOLLAR? For this adorable hand painted vase? Are you CRAZY? Mine.

Metal and Wood Sculpture, $6

I love this sculpture. It’s the circles and the tree-like bottom and the metal and the mounting. Just everything about it is pleasing to my eyes. There are no markings anywhere on this, so I’m not sure if it was made by an artist or sold at Homegoods.

Either way, I knew exactly where it was going to go in my living room:

Flower picture, $6

I used a banana for scale so you can see how big this picture is. I love the way it’s mounted in the frame with a bit of space around the picture before the mat. The flowers are beautiful and the colors are vibrant, what’s not to love? I’m thinking this one will end up in our new bathroom or toilet closet.

Tie Dye skirt, $7

I love the swish of this skirt, but I’m not sure how long it’s going to stay in my wardrobe. The waist is quite stretched out and even with the drawstring it tends to get looser as you wear it. It’s quite cute though and looked adorable with a t-shirt when I was at the beach last week. I may be able to make it work by adding a belt, but this kind of skirt is more of a throw-on-in-the-summer skirt and adding a belt feels a little higher maintenance that I like for hot days.

Who What Wear x Target Birdcage Midi Skirt, $9

Another blue skirt found on the same day. This fun polka dot midi skirt still had the tags on it from Target’s Who What Wear collection. I thought it was super cute to add to my work outfits and can’t wait to style it for work soon!

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Home Update: Walk-In Closet

Whew, this closet project has been A PROCESS and I’m so thrilled that it is finally done.

Here are all the catch-up posts:

If you don’t feel like clicking through, here is a quick recap: We had a spare bedroom and decided to turn it into a master bathroom and walk-in closet. However, I was impatient and decided to start on the walk-in closet first. I figured that way I can pay for some of the components and start using it early, rather than having to do everything and pay everything at the same time as our master bathroom project.

So we went from here:

To here:

Okay, all caught up!

I lived with my partial closet from December 2021 to May 2022, so about 6 months. Then, we covered the closet area with a sheet and demoed the rest of the room.

Over the next few weeks, walls slowly went back up:

I painted the first weekend in June and then the following weekend I was able to build the rest of the closet. And it is MY DREAM CLOSET!

I did a walk-through video here:

But you prefer photos, here is a look:

Whenever I read these posts online I just want to know… how MUCH did this actually cost? I mean, I’m not a famous influencer so none of this was gifted to me. For someone who wanted to recreate this in their home… let’s break it down.

From Ikea:

From The Container Store:

From Amazon:

If I would have purchased everything all at once, the cost would have been: $1,394.

As it was, I had 2 of the shoe organizers from 2014 (back when they were just $40 each), I spent about $600 on the one side of the closet back in December and then bought the remaining pieces in May. So, it was nice to spread the costs out a bit.

I was still able to get the results I wanted at a lower price by using Ikea rather than doing a full closet with The Container Store, or any of those closet companies that charge you your firstborn. I did a quick mock-up of the Elfa on The Container Store webpage and it was more than double the price for something similar.

I am very, very happy with how it all turned out. Just being able to see all my winter stuff and summer stuff at the same time feels pretty magical. Not to mention that I no longer have items stored under my bed, in my office closet, or packed away in boxes. Everything is accessible and organized, just the way I hoped it would be!

And since we are talking about money, let’s be clear with the items in the closet too. I estimate 80 – 90% of everything in that closet is secondhand (I’m actually thinking it would be fun to count up exactly how many items are secondhand vs store bought… so let me know if that’s a blog post you’d be interested in reading). While some of the items are obviously new to me (as you can see in my monthly thrifting posts), many have been in my wardrobe for 10+ years. As for the shoes, back when Rothy’s were a new thing I was lucky enough to be one of the bloggers who had a lot of readers use my special referral code. So my entire Rothy’s collection was free to me.

Next up, the master bathroom…

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Home Update: Living Room

I’m so happy to be able to share another update post with you. Especially because my living room was a disaster for 4 weeks and now it’s back to normal. Actually, it’s not back to normal… it’s better than ever!

As I mentioned in my previous update post, in order to get the plumbing and heat up to the new bathroom, we had to run them from the basement, through the first floor and up to the second floor. This impacted the opening between our living room and kitchen, as well as the living room ceiling.

Part of the ceiling came down on April 24th and then on May 7th, the couch got covered and moved and the room turned into a disaster and stayed that way until June 4th.

Once the plumbing was fully completed, my dad put new drywall up in the ceiling and wall, taped it, spackled it a bunch of times, and then primed everything and painted the ceiling. Over the weekend, I spent six hours in the living room and the connected entrance area edging, rolling, edging again and rolling again.

{Actually, I spent 10 hours painting that day, but the rest of the time was spent upstairs. And yes, my body hurt afterwards}

Once again, I chose Behr Greige for my paint color. I love that it is a nice, clean neutral and it really brightens up the room. I had no idea how dirty and marked our walls were until we moved everything away from them and I started painting!

Once the paint was dry, Travis and I moved back the couch. Then the following morning, I built a new console table and put everything back up on the wall. Most of the same pictures went up, except for the area over the bookcase.  I used the opportunity of filling holes and painting to put up new stuff on the wall and I love how it turned out.

If you’d like to see a fun Before/After Reel I did on Instagram, you can find it here:

And here are my After photos:

The pictures stayed the same on this wall (below), but I switched out an old black fake fireplace/space heater thing with this pretty console table. It gives us better storage options for Jack’s video games and chargers and also sticks out less from the wall so it doesn’t block foot traffic.

And here is the updated area (below). We’ve had the organizer since Jack was a baby and it now houses a mix of toys and games. I picked up the two hand drawn pictures at a consignment shop, thrifted the sculpture, found the drawer at an antique shop and the mirror was a clearance find at T.J. Maxx.

And I let Jack decide how to fill the drawer slots.

LOOK! He made mini Lego figures of our family! And of course Travis and I both have gigantic cups of coffee:

Having our living room back together feels fantastic. I’d been holding off on repainting for awhile since it was going to be such a pain to move everything, so I’m so happy that the huge job is done and everything looks so nice and clean again.

Next up, the walk-in closet!

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