I ventured down into the hellish heat of Phoenix on Saturday for the first (hopefully annual? semi-annual?) Arizona Bloggers Tour de Thrift. Thanks so much to Jax from Aly & Ash and Ashley from Cute as a Fox for doing a smashing job organizing this very successful event. We met for brunch at Mimi’s Cafe, then headed off to three area Goodwill stores. The best part, I have to say, were the full-to-bursting-with-fab-and-useful-stuff swag bags each attendee received! Paint from Krylon and Behr, Gorilla Glue, Mod Podge, just to name a few. Goodwill was excited that we were making the rounds and gave each attendee a $5 gift card for our shopping trip!
I was, naturally, on the lookout for furniture pieces, but didn’t have a whole lot of success on that front. I did, however, find a funky hutch thingy to make another puppet theater out of. It was only $7.50, so figuring in the $5 gift card graciously provided by my bff Goodwill, it only cost me $2.50! :) This one even has a second tier “stage” and little cabinets to store the puppets! Can’t you just picture it?!?! How should I paint it? Colors? Themes? I’d love your clever suggestions.
On Friday, I was at my local Goodwill and came across a fantastic, really (I’m not sure how) old dresser. Normally, when I come across something Friday afternoon before a 50% Saturday, I will defer buying, come back at opening on Saturday, and get said piece for half off. This time, since I was going to be out of town early Saturday morning, I had to act fast. It was priced $50, and I used my 20% off coupon, so I only paid $40. That’s high for me, but I had flashes of Whiteberry, and had to have it! :)
Isn’t it stunning?!?! When I brought it home, I was telling my mom that I wished that it had more of the original hardware. But this morning, as i was starting to get it cleaned up and sanded, I noticed that behind one of the top drawers were ALL the missing knocker style pulls from the bottom portion of the dresser! Score!! So I only have to buy 4 knobs for the top drawers. I’m having the strong inclination that I’m going to want to keep this baby for the Bugga Boo’s room. The dresser I have in there now was a freebie anyhoo, and I’m sure I could sell it as-is on Craigslist for at least the $40 this one cost me, so it would be (financially) an even trade and this one is sure to graduate the refinishing process Summa Cum AWESOME!! (…what? Pardon my rambling…)
Here’s a little sneak peek of a desk I’m just putting the finishing touches on as we speak. Can you say “Apple Green?”
Oh! And I had a few people ask me about how I faired in the local “Idol” competition I posted about a few weeks ago. I did not make it through the first week (where I sang “Something To Talk About” by Bonnie Raitt), BUT I won week 2 singing “Black Horse and a Cherry Tree” by KT Tunstall. So I’m through to the finale, which is (I believe) in the beginning of September. :) I’m stressing about song choice! Any suggestions on that front? Here’s the video from week two for those of you who may be interested. ;) (I just noticed that I’m wearing the same top I wore to the Tour de Thrift, ha!)