So, i have recently found some items that i am very excited about. Two weekends ago my best friend Melanie and I went to a community wide Garage Sale in Cardiff - i think we must have gone to 20 houses that day and in the rain. It was only 3 degrees above that day so i'm so glad we both found some things we were excited about because it made it all worth it. I wish i would have taken a picture of how we looked by the time we got home - 2 drowned rats!!
Both Melanie and I do alot of scrapbooking (or maybe we just have alot of scrapbooking stuff lol) and the first garage we went to was an old stampin up consultant getting rid of all her stuff - i got over $140 worth of stuff for $20 WOW i was amazed and oh so excited. Melanie got about $170 for $30. So with a start like that we were totally motivated. I wanted to scream when i saw 2 old wood ladders sitting on a driveway in the rain. I ended up getting the smaller one 5' because the other one wouldn't have fit in my car. You'll never guess how much i paid for it.......they wanted $5 for it which is so cheap but i have really gotten into the bargaining of a garage sale and asked "will you take $3?" and they said YES. So we threw it into the car and off we went.
When i got home i brought in the ladder and Kevin was like " why the heck would you bring an old rickety ladder home?" umm hello because its totally shabby chic and cool!!! Our three cats thought it was pretty cool too. I'm going to show you a picture but please please look past the nasty Ikea blue paint on the walls in Kevin's house - and i only just stuck the ladder in the corner so it was out of the way for now - once we finish the living room my other built in will go in that corner and i have tons of ideas for my new awesome ladder. What would you do with it? Share please.
Today i picked up a wing back chair from someone off Kijiji - i have been looking for one for a while now. Actually i did find one a couple of months ago for $20 at one of my favorite thrift stores and i let Kevin talk me out of it. He said i would find another one when the living room was done and we had room for it. Well ya i could find many of them but they were for $100-200 each and there is no way i am paying that for a chair when i saw one for $20. Last night when i found one on kijiji i was very excited because she only wanted $40 and thrifty me offered her $30 and she said yes so woohoo for me. Here's a picture! I am going to get a white ruffle slip cover made for it similar to photo below (pic from in the fun lane). This time i didn't tell Kevin about the chair until AFTER i bought it ha ha
I am 36 years old and in October 2009 within 6 days i lost both of my jobs due to the economy. I know now (it took me a bit )that this was a sign - a way for me to do something BETTER and something that i didnt realize i would love so much. I have always loved antiques and my friends would say i love anything that looks "antiquey" - the older the better. I have learned that alot of people don't see the potential in an old, worn, ugly piece of furniture and alot of the time they just want it out of there life even if they have to give it away. So i have started a small hobby/business. I refurbish the furniture you can't bare to throw out or cant wait to get out and document the experience I have when bringing them back to life. This is how "painted whyte" was born.
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