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New Year’s Curb Finds
By Erin Huffstetler | 01/19/2016 | No Comments
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Normally the winter months are not good for curb shopping, but January is kind of the exception. People get busy on their New Year’s resolutions to clean out their homes and get organized, and suddenly good stuff starts to pile up at the curb. Really good stuff.

Like the stuff that my husband snagged on Friday while taking the kids to school. Here’s what I found waiting for me downstairs when I crawled out of bed.

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Curb Find Corner Cabinet: Before & After
By Erin Huffstetler | 10/12/2015 | 2 Comments
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The kids are out on a two-week fall break, so I’ve been knocking out lots of projects, including fixing up this corner cabinet that we picked up from a curb pile a couple weeks ago.

It was very much in need of a good scrub and a paint job, so that’s exactly what it got.

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Antique Farm Table
Curb Find Farm Table: Before and After
By Erin Huffstetler | 10/08/2015 | 5 Comments
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Remember this farm table that my husband and I rescued from a neighbor’s curb pile a couple years ago? It had definitely seen better days. The table top was covered in tar paper; the legs on one end of the table were shorter than the ones on the other end; and a wood block had been added to one corner, presumably so a meat grinder, vice grip or something similar could be attached to the table.

Well, we finally gave it a makeover this week. We’ve been using it in our cabin for the past year, wonky legs and all, so it was well past time.

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Arbor
Curb Find: Arbor
By Erin Huffstetler | 10/05/2015 | 5 Comments
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This summer we rescued a HUGE arbor from a curb pile. It was in great shape, but missing its posts. We hauled it up to our cabin, planning to use it at one of our trail heads, and it’s been sitting there ever since. This week, we finally picked up some new posts from Lowe’s, and put it together. It looks like it was custom built for that spot, don’t you think?

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Corner Cabinet
Curb Finds: Corner Cabinet and Picnic Table
By Erin Huffstetler | 09/23/2015 | 5 Comments
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Earlier today, my husband suggested we take a break from work to do a little curb shopping. I’m so glad he did because we found this corner cabinet in a pile. Crazy, right? It should work well in the living room of our cabin. It just needs a good scrub and a fresh coat of paint. Now to decide on a color.

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Blanket Chest Lock
Habitat Restore: Antique Furniture Finds
By Erin Huffstetler | 09/21/2015 | 4 Comments
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Before we go on any trip, we always jump on thethriftshopper.com to print a list of the thrift stores in the city we’ll be visiting. It’s our idea of vacation fun.

This past weekend we were in Charlotte, NC for a conference, so we hit the town armed with our list of 24 thrift stores, and we managed to hit all of them. The Habitat Restores in Charlotte were hands down the best Restores I’ve ever been to. The cashier at one of them said they were the number one Restore in the country. I don’t know if that’s true, but I suspect it is.

I bought the primitive blanket chest shown above for just $75. The wood is hand-scrapped, and some of the boards are 17 inches wide!

Blanket Chest Lock

I’m such a sucker for primitive pieces, but they’re usually crazy expensive. $75 was a steal.

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Free Mulch
Second-Hand Mulch
By Erin Huffstetler | 08/13/2015 | 1 Comment
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We’ve gotten many things second-hand over the years, but I never though mulch would be one of them. Here’s the story that goes along with our latest find:

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1980 Calendar Towel
2015 World’s Longest Yard Sale Finds
By Erin Huffstetler | 08/10/2015 | 4 Comments
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We went to the World’s Longest Yard Sale this past weekend (it’s kind of a tradition for us), and although we didn’t think it was quite as good as it’s been in years past, we still found some things to take home with us. Here’s what made the cut:

A countertop dishwasher. This little appliance wonder was waiting for us at the last sale we stopped at, and we paid $45 for it (the current model sells for $219 on Amazon). We plan to use it at the cabin, once we get our running water hooked up.

Inside of Countertop Dishwasher

It’s designed to hold six place settings. I’m envisioning throwing our dishes in there after meals, and getting on to other things. Because, really, who wants to spend time washing dishes when you can hike, fish or porch sit? The fact that we haven’t stocked our pond or built a porch yet … those are just minor details in this plan of mine. We’ll get there.

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Goodwill Outlet Store
Our Trip to a Goodwill Outlet Store
By Erin Huffstetler | 07/08/2015 | 7 Comments
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We just got back from a quick trip to Charleston, South Carolina. While we were there, we visited 11 thrift stores, including a Goodwill Outlet Store. Have you ever been to a Goodwill Outlet? If not, I snapped lots of pictures, so you can see what it’s all about.

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Vintage Trash Can
Spring Curb Shopping Highlights
By Erin Huffstetler | 05/07/2015 | 2 Comments
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Spring curb shopping is the best. People get busy decluttering, and we get busy picking up things we need for free. Here are some of the things that we’ve picked up so far:

Trunk Full of Irises

An entire trunkload of irises. I gave my mother-in-law half of them, and kept the rest for myself. They’re deep purple.

I also rescued a copy paper box full of irises from another pile (not sure what color they are yet) and a pot of pink hyacinth bulbs from still another pile. It’s amazing how many plants I’ve gotten from curb piles over the years (sure beats paying for them).

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Free Bread Haul
Our Bread-Themed Weekend
By Erin Huffstetler | 03/28/2015 | 2 Comments
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We stopped by our local Salvation Army thrift store yesterday afternoon, and they had free bread again! We got hooked on this awesome freebie last year. Then, it went away, and we sure missed it. Hopefully this means it’s back to stay. I plan to use some of the flatbreads to make flatbread pizzas for dinner tonight. Yum! We’ll keep some of the sliced bread out for sandwiches this week, and stick the rest in the freezer to enjoy later.

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Ball Canning Rings
Canning Ring Jackpot
By Erin Huffstetler | 03/24/2015 | No Comments
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We been running low on half-pint canning rings for a while now, but here’s the crazy thing: you can buy replacement sets of lids and rings, and you can buy replacement lids by themselves, but you can’t buy just the rings by themselves. Why is that? Ball, you’re clearly missing out on an opportunity here. Because those rings, they get rusty after a while; and we frugal types already have loads of lids. Shopping smarties that we are, we stocked up when they went on clearance at the end of last canning season. We just need rings, darn it!

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Free Pond Liner
Free Pond. You Haul
By Erin Huffstetler | 03/13/2015 | 1 Comment
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Last summer, we scored a free pond liner at a yard sale. It’s been sitting in the garage awaiting the day we have the time and money to install it in the backyard.

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Crocheted Afghan
My Finally-Got-Out-of-the-House Finds
By Erin Huffstetler | 03/06/2015 | 2 Comments
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The weather has kept us cooped up the last couple weeks, but we finally got out to do some thrifting today. We started with our favorite church rummage sale. Then, we made our rounds to all the thrift stores. And man did we find some killer deals. Here are the highlights:

Popcorn Maker

A mini movie theatre popcorn maker for $2. We host a lot of backyard movies, so this will definitely get put to good use.

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Sony Blu-ray Player
What $25 Will Buy at an Estate Sale
By Erin Huffstetler | 02/14/2015 | 3 Comments
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Yesterday was an absolute killer day for deals. We hit an estate sale at a fancy schmancy house, and I was absolutely blown away by how cheap the prices were. Here’s what we got:

A Sony Blu-ray player with built-in Wi-Fi for $6. We bought two of these a few years back, and I think we paid $99 a piece for them. With the 9.75% sales tax that we pay in Tennessee, that’s like getting a Blu-ray player for less than the cost of the tax. We’ll tuck this one away as a replacement for whenever one of ours dies.

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