Wednesday, March 7, 2012

I've Got 99 Problems and This is One

Sweet heavenly hosts, do I ever have a problem with buying other people's junk.

I scooped up this little beauty at a serendipitous estate sale last week. It was serendipitous for a few reasons. 1) My town never has estate sales. 2) I happened upon it during a kidless moment.

Okay, so only two serendipities.

The bracelet set me back $4 and I'm not gonna lie, I wore that baby around the house for an hour or two, even though it's against my rule to wear any adornments (save the cuff) this month. I just love the quirk, that's all. It reminds me of me. And you.


I also came home with a watercolor of a local haunt. Score! 
(This was my big ticket item at $8)

See? It really is a real place!
(Photo courtesy of Meadowbrook Farm Photog)

This spoke to my soul for $0.25. 
I brought his homlier siblings home, too, but mostly just out of sympathy.

Then there's the fabric. I have a big, bad problem when it comes to fabric. The problem is further compounded by the fact that I don't sew. Not even one single stitch. Tell me I'm wrong to buy 3 different kinds of gingham. I dare you. Tell me I shouldn't have scooped up that red and white vintage, button-up VEST. Mmm Hmm.

In the end, I walked out $16 lighter.

I think I've made my point, but just in case...


Yesterday I finally made a stop to our local auction barn. I've wanted to go for ages but never had and I see that now as a real travesty. There was a vintage orange Pyrex bowl that I had my eye on, along with a yellow ceramic deer planter, but in the end, my better judgment and my time constraints collided.


 I call this one, "Oh no they di'int." 

I don't know what was going down, but it was clearly bad news.

But the fabric! 
It's really not even fair to call this fabric.

These are textiles, people. 

 With old, vintagey, yellowed labels.
 
 I see this stitched into a big, bulky shoulder bag. 
A true carpet bag, if you will.

Or, you know, a footstool. 
Because we could all use an upholstered foot stool.

So yes, I hear you. I feel you. I fill you.

We are many in number. We have trouble ignoring the siren call of thrift.

Here's the deal ~ I'm not saying that this is bad. I'm simply saying that for me, it has become more important to be intentional about what I bring home (with the notable exception of the fabric hoarding, for which there is no excuse or exemption.)

I love the idea of a home that is collected and inviting and inexpensive. But at the end of the day, if you already have two perfectly functional bowls that are the exact size as the really cute orange one?

Walk away, sister. Walk the stink away.

In related news, I've decided to extend the giveaway for one more day, since a fantabulous reader has offered to throw a few more copies into the kitty. I need to confirm the exact number before I draw names.

I'm loving being a part of this discussion with all'ayoun's. This is fresh territory. I've been taking notes. I have plenty more to say about it all and I hope you do, too.

What I believe to my core is that intentional simplifying can change us, draw us closer to the heart of Christ. That's the point.

Thanks for walking with me, homies.

63 comments:

  1. Are you ready for this?

    I'm letting Riley skip school tomorrow to go pick up his glasses.

    But really... I'm letting him skip school because I want to take him to a new thrift store that I found that has wonderous treasures.

    what kind of Mama am I?

    The best. I know.

    There is something to be said about thrifting on a Thursday.

    Unruly.

    xxoo

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  2. Thank you for taking us along! I am trying to change myself and become closer to Christ myself.It's not always easy and we don't always understand it but I am willing and ready.
    Love the fabric myself and also scrapbook paper is another addiction and wallpaper could be right up there too! Oh make it STOP! ~Blessings Kim

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  3. Walking away is a good feeling. Good for you!

    It's a deliberate choice but I totally understand the fabric hoarding. You never know when you'll have to whip up a costume or a curtain. :)

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  4. I have a terrible thrift-shopping problem that turns into a hoarding problem. My husband isn't into thrift so much, but he has big love for dirt-cheap-new and will buy clearance items that we don't need just because they're so durn chep. Which turns into another hoarding problem. So I appreciated this post. Brandee

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  5. shoot! i wish i could've read this post before going to the consignment sale tonight. but $6 for a vintage pair of baby gap tennis for Sage was hard to ignore.

    even so, it's so true... LESS is MORE. the end.

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  6. The title had me. Love that you found your inner Jay-Z for that one! Textiles. Awesome! Now I want to find an estate sale asap.

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  7. Oh my goodness! I just saw this GORGEOUS idea on pinterest for fabric! You take it and put it in sewing hoops and then you hang it on a wall. Doesn't that just sound exactly like something you can do? I will see if I can find the link to share with you : ) I LOVE your new bracelet. Love. Love. LOVE!

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  8. I am enjoying this simplifying series of posts, so different from magazine articles about simplifying. Good to know that I am not alone in purchasing fabric, ahem - textiles, when I don't sew at all! I have trouble ignoring the call of the thrifty item - as my husband jokes " I couldn't afford not to save that much money!"

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  9. Love the "Oh No you Di'ent" photo.. Even Ruby's expression says it all! I'd love to be in the drawing for a book! Maybe it would encourage me to make reading a priority... you know, in all my spare time! :)

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  10. It takes a strong woman to walk into an auction barn with her children.

    It also takes a strong woman to walk away from orange pyrex.

    Oh no you di'int!

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  11. Walking away is such a great feeling - but the momentum can be sooo hard to gather. Way to go! Living simply in the culture we are immersed in is anything but simple. We moved recently and made huge strides in getting rid of unnecessary stuff, but we have miles to go before we're done. :) Keep on keepin' on, girl!

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  12. If we were ever at the same estate sale or good Heavens the same auction I'm afraid you and I would end up engaged in hand to hand combat over the treasures. I'd have come home with the same goodies. Honestly blood would have been spilled over that bracelet.
    On a completely different note - do you ever go to the children's resale in Wakarusa? We have the past couple of years although we missed last fall. I usually get WeeMan's clothes for the upcoming season. I'm looking forward to going this spring - especially since he's had a growth spurt and I have no summer clothes in his current size. Anyways just thought it would have been funny if we had been in the same place at the same time.

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  13. I think this is an interesting point. We can convince ourselves that if we're buying things inexpensively, then, well, it's okay. Buy away. It's on clearance. It's thrift. It's VINTAGE. But really, excess is excess, no matter what we label it. A spade is a spade. It hurts, but then, that's the Truth, isn't it? Sometimes it hurts...
    I'm proud of you for walking away!

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  14. Oh my gosh - that fabric is perfect for a shoulder bag!! I can see it in this easy pattern right here... http://tinyhappy.typepad.com/tiny_happy/2006/06/shoulder_bag_tu.html If you don't sew, I'll happily sew it for you, but you like know someone closer to you who can sew too. Have fun. Vintage-y fabrics are the complete best.

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  15. Ca-ute bracelet and that watercolor looks just like you. Would go with the other little ones you used to have in the kitchen. Wish I could have been there too.

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  16. Pink.

    Blue.

    Red.

    Gingham! Bought a bunch of it in November and I luhhs it!

    Had a client who needed some items made with it.

    I also fashioned a kerchief for my baby boy puppy out of the blue.

    He always looks like he's about to hit a jamboree or hot dog cook off while wearing it.

    I am obsessed with fabrics as well and thrifting.

    And cake.

    This whole post made me smile. You look fabulous.

    And Siley's boots are wonderful!

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  17. Oh. My. Lawd. That fabric. Those textiles. Here's the deal, you find something like that again, you buy it, send it to me, I marvel over it, make it into a carpet bag, and ship it back to you. For reals. Done. Oh, its lovely. So glad it's an exemption.

    Also, I picked up a red flower print similar to that top little scrap. Bought the whole pack of scraps just for that print. Cost me a dolla. Holla.

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  18. Love the fabrics. Love even more the "No you di'ent!" look... even Ruby's face says it all! Would love to enter to win a free copy of the book. Maybe it would encourage me to make reading a priority... you know in all this free time we have! :)

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  19. I am flippin' over that blue and yellow upholstery fabric. If you ever want a bag made out of something...I know someone that could HOOK YOU UP!

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  20. I can see why you are hoarding fabric. You need to learn to sew. In your spare time :)

    And I love your little family picture but I do have to say I'm jealous you were able to get Teresa to photograph your family. I have yet to talk her into driving west, just one state over mind you, to do the same for us. A girl can dream, I suppose.

    I must inquire about the orange Pyrex bowl? Was it just orange or white with orange polka dots? I am missing half of the polka dot Pyrex collection, including the elusive orange dot.

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  21. I am laughing at the "walk the stink away"

    Really? I must steal that. Let's both put that in a book and see what happens. lol

    I rarely shop for anything because I'm half agorophobe, but I could definitely scale back on non-necessities like olives. Blue cheese stuffed ones to be precise. Especially since, once I tasted them, I realized they were slimy and gross.

    :( from now on I will "walk the stink away" from the olives.

    Also, does it bother you that I seem to think this is an appropriate place to unravel the inner-workings of my brain?

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  22. lord, help, when i enter an auction barn. #weakness

    love the family photo. made me tear up?! beautiful!
    praying for you! that your rest will be peaceful and long, and your tomorrow will be sunny of soul and joy in every place! I LOVE YOU.

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  23. i love the family photo. and the fabric. and the paintings. they all spoke to me. xo

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  24. I'm all about the thrifting. I actually feel like I've gotten 'good' at it. I have a weakness for fabric too, and I don't sew either.

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  25. Your not alone in your fabric hoarding. I sew. I haven't sewn a stich with what I hoard.......it is all lined up purdy according to colour so I can look at it. Yup. Just look at it.....it makes me happy.

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  26. I.just.love.reading.your.blog!
    I giggle, I smile, I nod, I sigh, I dig being one of your homies.
    Estate sales - be still my heart!

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  27. Sew so funny. I am a nurse that sews up only people... So why do I own yaaaaaards of fabric and unmade quilts?? I NEED the 7 book. Hugs to you!

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  28. I'm looking for fabric to reupholster two ottomans (ottomen?) I scored for $5 each at Goodwill. No, I probably don't need two, but my daughter said to get both and she would take one. But I NEED that fabric you scored. The one that will make a cute carpet bag. My search is on.

    Auctions are dangerous places for me. Dangerous.

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    1. Oh, and that family photo is gorgeous. Teresa? Seriously?

      Is that an old railroad depot because my daddy is a third generation railroad man and I spent many an hour playing around depots. It has that look about it.

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  29. I'd walk with you anywhere, darlin'.

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  30. I am a fellow fabric junkie...you should see my stash of vintage flower sacks...for something....someday. I literally let out a little whine when I saw your fantabulous future carpet bag.

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  31. Nice work! I LOVE the fabric you found at the tag sale--especially that green chicken-y stuff. So glad you came along to the auction, and that "oh no she din't" face slays me! I'm sure you could see the same expression plastered across my face at every auction I go to. I really need to work on my Poker Face. Ha!

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  32. Oh, I'm absolutely terrible about fabric too...but I live in a place where it is definitely not readily available, so that "helps" I guess! I really, really like the "textiles" - beautiful! I'd love to read this book you've been talking about...feels like something that would be so very good for me...simplifying, ridding ourselves and our homes of distraction really does draw us closer to the heart of Christ.

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  33. Yikes! What does is say about me that I am totally coveting the blue floral fabric? The one with the gorgeous yellowed labels.... that needs to be in my home.... possibly covering a pillow on my sofa...

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  34. That bracelet is outta this world and to the moon. What a score! And your others finds sound/good divine. Only selfishly wish I was there to give you some competition! ;)

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  35. I adore your family photo. Beautiful.

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  36. Kinda like an Anne of green gables carpet bag.....good stuff.
    Yes, it's thinking through purchases even if it's a good deal.....
    Xo
    K

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  37. Well, I was going to mention that Miss J. Flores was there, but I see you two were in this adventure together. I showed up a little later, but shut the place down. By the way you captured my favorite auctioneer. He's really easy to understand and doesn't make me wonder if I bought a chair for $5 or maybe it was actually $55. :) I stuck to his rings when I first started going and felt a little uncomfortable. Have a great day....maybe I'll catch ya there some other time!

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  38. I know this is inappropriate but I'm going to say it anyway. (Inappropriate has never been much of a roadblock for me.) As soon as I read your title, I started sing "99 bottles of beer on the wall." Then I quickly changed the lyrics to "99 problems of Shannan's on the wall." It wasn't very catchy so I quit singing it.

    You don't sew... that fabric purchase cracked me up! You rock.

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  39. Your post falls in line perfectly with what Dave had to say last night on his video (Ramsey that is) It's biblical :) We have so much stuff! Good to know there are hearts that beat the same beat as mine...i love thrifting and making a cozy home, but I don't need to bring home everything that draws my attention.

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  40. Hi there,
    Recently found your blog and am in looooove! I finally found a job after a long unemployment stint, but had to take a huge paycut so am going the DIY and repurpose ie, thrift store, route for as much stuff as possible. Your blog along with a few others have really been inspiring to me. So, if I had to cut everything down to 7, including blogs, yours would be one of them, for sure!

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  41. Love that *vintagey fabric*....totally see it as a carpent bag.

    It's what I do - girlfriend. (bagsbybevy.etsy.com)

    But enough of me... I've been wanting to say this for a long while. You make me homesick for parts of IN. I used to live in Goshen... you're photos here of this auction and the sign of Wakarusa...make me smile/whell up. Good memories.

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  42. What I want to know is how you got Teresa to come and take your pictures? I mean, she lives way closer to me and I think she even attends The Farm Chicks Show right in my backyard, so it's not fair that you got to meet her and I haven't. (Pout.) Great photo, though!

    I have gotten so much better at walking away--and even staying away--from all those secondhand things and places that tempt me. It's so freeing.

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  43. I'm in total agreement about buying with intention. I have no choice about that in this house. Also? I have that same fabric problem only it seems to be polka dot induced rather than gingham induced although I wouldn't pass that up either.

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  44. oh I'm going to try and let this sink in, but I can walk away at any Target, mall, whatever store, but thrift stores I just can't do it, I mean what's 16 dollars! but you're right I know it, but I don't like it :)

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  45. Oh this is so me! I am addicted to vintage ribbon...in fact on my Pinterest I call it"ribbon my love"...I also love fabric...there is something comforting about these items...

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  46. be still, my carpet-bag-loving-heart.

    you are all kinds of inspiring and convicting in equal parts. love you straight up.

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  47. well, if you feel the need to declutter your vintage bracelet let me know:) i'm in love with it! i have a hankering for vintage jewelry, but rarely find pieces that i deem worthy of spending money on. on our 10 year anniversary, i picked out a $5 vintage ring. my hubby smiled and said he wished i had had that passion when bought my engagement ring:) i still love that ring!

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  48. love, love, love the bracelet...and love, love, love thrifting. my kiddos go with most of the time. there's something to be said for bring up another generation of thrifters. :) stinkin adorable family pic too! :)

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  49. I really love your bracelet, I would have had to buy that too...cute! And, I'm loving that sweet family pic.
    Thanks for another inspiring post! Blessings!

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  50. okay....so i did a post and linked you. it was a rather vulnerable post:) just like to let people know when i link them!

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  51. Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, how have I not crossed your virtual path until now? No, literally JMJ, because at my latest thrifting adventure I bought a glittered over piece of awesomeness that is the holy family.

    You make me snort, then cougengender the snort hits my throat, then look around and blush even though it's just me and my six month old.

    Thank you.

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    1. Cougengender? Ugh, iPhone.. That sounds like a transgender cougar, which I am NOT, although my husband IS younger than me and I'm flat like a boy.

      *cough when

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  52. You do have such great taste in thrifting, though- especially that fabric! My sister Mary can always find that sort of thing, but I just wander about in a confused daze. -kate

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  53. I wish I had a good eye at thrifting like you do. I can never see a product for it's value like that. I do love the blue embroidered textiles. Those were beautiful!

    Is it too late to be entered into the book giveaway? How do I enter?

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  54. oh my gawsh! I'm such a sucker for a good deal too! Garage sale season is approaching, and you better believe i'm on pins and needles waiting for all the treasures I will find! I am also a huge purger, so I think it all evens out in the end, right? right?! I think so too :)

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  55. oh my, I've been convicted of this lately. i always justify my thrift store finds ... but I'm always picking up stuff I don't need ... or for future projects I never get around to. it never seems like much $2 here, $10 there, but my husband added it up recently and I'd spent $65 in one month. yikes. I didn't even know what I had bought b/c it was mostly silly stuff. it made me sick to my stomach that I could have used it more wisely ... given it to someone w/ real needs. (ps - enjoying these last few posts! hope you're doing well :)

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  56. whaattt? a kidless surprise estate sale. that's like winning the lotto (when ya don't even play)!!! i can't sew one lick either, but oh you should see the stuff i have created all up in my head. it's amazing. ;) we have a barn auction thingy just up the road. here i was thinking it was strictly produce, maybe i should check it. forgive me i'm coveting the embroidered-floral-blue-with-the-green-slice-of-heaven. swoon! tell me you bought it....please?!!!! if i cain't own it i 'least wanna see it in that new house. :)

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  57. Beautiful fabrics!! We just had an estate sale up the street and I scored a really beautiful rocker (in my opinion). =)

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  58. Any idea what the green/turquoise flower fabric is called? Love it!

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    1. I'm not sure what it's called. It's OLD. Sorry I can't help!

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  59. ok, I know this post of yours is from eons ago, but I wanted to pop in and leave a comment when I saw that your sign said Wakarusa! Seriously? Wakarusa, INDIANA? I'm a blogger and I live in South Bend. Are we neighbors? I guess it's possible that there's another "Wakarusa" but really? just curious - and either way, wanted to say that I love your blog - I just stumbled across it and so glad that I did!

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