Purchasing things to save your sanity

Sometimes, you have to buy things.
About 6 years ago,I picked up this dining room table (and chairs) for um.. I think $45 at a garage sale (I’m so cheap). It was painted badly when I bought it, and then painted badly again (with spray paint. Psh!) after I bought it.

Then after a while, my pug Talula decided that the table legs were her favorite place to dig for buried treasure (kibble she dropped under and on the legs). Ellie then caught onto the game and decided to help (and scratch up the table too).

I had to put furniture mover things on the feet as I had to move the dining room table EVERY DAY to pick up kibble because there was no stopping Lula.

After 6-ish years of this, it got to the point where the legs were so trashed and covered in dog smudge I couldn’t even keep it clean anymore. I thought about painting the legs again but figured, why bother? I spent 15 minutes EVERY DAY moving this thing and cleaning the bottom of a table and I was FRUSTRATED.  Yes, I tried training my bratty pugs, they’d play Find The Kibble game while I was in the shower, when I wasn’t home and every time my back was turned.  So, after about 5 minutes of mulling it over I decided to buy a different stinking table. (I can’t get rid of the chairs, they’re too cool looking)

(In case you were thinking, “well why have it in the first place? It’s not very minimalist.” We use it every day for eating, as a desk and for family conversation.)

And lo! I found one. For $10. You read that right, see the sticker? 10 DOLLARS on sale (I think I mentioned how stinking cheap I am?). I was also feeling generous and donated an extra $5 to the thrift store (all extra money goes toward domestic violence victims). 

Look at the legs! Where you gonna spit your kibble NOW??? So I spent $15, the dude at the store helped me load and I brought it home. 

Little Miss Hates Change Lula pretty much figured out right away that her Seek-the-Kibble game was over and done for and pouted for about half an hour under the “new” table. LOL try to ignore the mess of dog toys, I’m still working in minimalising their mass of toys)

(I do plan on refinishing this when the weather clears up si it will at least match the chairs a bit.   I have already found a new home for the old table, they will be using it as an outdoor table.

Long story short (too late?), I bought something “new” to save my sanity.



While I’m really trying to work hard at minimalism, sometimes I really truly feel the need to buy things.

I found this adorable Tanuki figure for 99 cents at the thrift store and I had to have him. I NEVER find Japanese items in the area I live in as we really don’t have a large Asian community or people who even know what a Tanuki is. But I was so jazzed to see him he had to come home with me.

Thrift score

It’s official. I am now a fan of Schumann china. It’s beautiful.  My mom actually noticed this one while we were thrifting.  It’s a Dresden Flowers bowl.  I looked up the marker and all I could find online was that these were made “before 1900?”

If anyone could possibly  be tell me a little more about this particular mark or the value, that would be wonderful!  

I don’t plan on selling this because it’s so pretty, but I do admit, I’m kinda chuffed I found this for… Fifty cents.


Waterfall bookshelf

I’ve been replacing ALL the particle board furniture in my house with wood items.  The last thing that needed replacing was the DVD case. I found this beautiful waterfall bookshelf that fit perfectly in the space I needed it for.

(I had been looking for the “right size” for about a couple of months now. See March 29, 2017 post)

Based on the design/color/nails used, I think this is roughly 1930s/1940s (although I could be wrong and would love it if someone could educate me) and I got it for a whopping $28 at my local Salvation Army.

(And I donate the particle board DVD case)

Thrift scores

Sometimes when thrifting, you get lucky.  I saw these and the colors, design and delicacy immediately caught my eyes. I usually don’t buy porcelain or china but I had a tough time putting these down.  There is a local Catholic charity shop, that sometimes I wonder if people have their whole estate donated, for I find some amazing things there. 

Anyway, I hmm’d and hah’d over these, mostly due to their price. The large one was $17 and the small one was $12. I googled the Schumann marker (I really know nothing about porcelain or fine china) and saw that it was a well respected company so… Yep! I bought them.

After I brought this home, I did my research and found out that this was from US occupied Germany and was made in 1945-49.  The gold is hand painted and is in excellent condition. This one is 12″ long. I couldn’t find one this same size, but a similar one (and the same style) at 10.5″ that sold for $120.

This one was much smaller at 6″. It didn’t have the lacework in it but still it was beautiful and from the same time period as the bigger one (1945-49). I saw this same one sell for $55 (in worse condition).
Now, I don’t thrift just so I can resell or anything.but I am always pleased when I get lucky and find really neat, historical pieces for a good price. Do your research in the store, sometimes you’ll find a treasure!

Brass candlesticks

I’m a major thrifter/antique shopper so I assure you, throughout this blog there will be my thrift/antique finds that I will share. 

I’m a sucker for brass. Don’t ask me why, I just love it. I set aside a DAY every year, just so I can polish all the brass decorations, items, knobs, pulls, doodads in my house. I grumble about it every year because honestly, who wants to spend an entire day polishing brass?

I have a sneaky suspicion that people in my area are either a) not donating their brass items like the used to, or b) some weirdo brass junkie like me is buying it all up before I have a chance to.  It had been MONTHS since I had really seen any brass items at all in a thrift shop.  All the stuff I was finding at antique stores were marked WAY too high. 

So imagine my surprise when I saw a nice hodgepodge of brass candlesticks in my local thrift store. They were pretty nasty. The pictures don’t show exactly how dirty gross these were (and the smell. Terrible). But with a little bit of polish and elbow grease, I think they turned out quite lovely. 

Before. Dirty grimy smelly.

After. All shined up and smelling so nice. 

The two in the middle were $2.50 each, the two on the outside were $1. My local thrift doesn’t tax so, not too shabby. Total $7.