Curb Shopped Doors
Curb Mart Comes Through Again
By Erin Huffstetler | 02/12/2015 | 8 Comments
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It was a gorgeous day yesterday, so we took a break and went curb shopping. I’m so glad we did because we soon spotted these doors in a curb pile. Score! I’m going to need lots of doors for a project that I have planned for the cabin, so this will definitely help my cause. I’m up to at least six now.

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Bathroom Window
More Cabin Curb Finds
By Erin Huffstetler | 01/23/2015 | 1 Comment
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Thanks to a lucky curb find, we’re one window closer to having all the windows we need for our weekend homestead. I spotted the window you see above while we were on our way to pick up the kids the other day, and thought it might work in our bath house. When we pulled over to take a look, we discovered that it really was a bathroom window – it has frosted glass. How perfect is that?

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Craftsman Cordless Drill
New Year’s Thrift Store Finds
By Erin Huffstetler | 01/05/2015 | 4 Comments
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This is my favorite time of year to shop at thrift stores. They get lots of donations in December from people looking to grab a last-minute tax deduction and even more in January as people get to work on their New Year’s resolutions. That means more inventory than usual and often better quality inventory.

Here’s a look at what I’ve snagged over the past week:

Books – I usually blow right past the book section when I’m in thrift stores, but I’m glad I didn’t this time because they had some killer stuff, including a canning book that’s been on my wishlist for several years. Books were just $.50 each, so we really made out.

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Kitchen Odds and Ends
Christmas Curb Shopping
By Erin Huffstetler | 12/17/2014 | 6 Comments
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This stoneware mixing bowl was one of the first things we pulled out, and as soon as we saw it, we new we were going back for the rest of the bags.

We sorted through 10 bags in all, and this is what we kept.

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Pumpkins
Christmas Pumpkins
By Erin Huffstetler | 12/09/2014 | No Comments
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As soon as the Christmas decorations go up, the Halloween pumpkins hit the curb. We drove around Friday night and picked up all the pumpkins that people were throwing out, and we ended up with a whole trunk full. Looks like our chickens will be eating very well this winter.

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Keurig
Keurig Curb Find
By Erin Huffstetler | 11/24/2014 | 4 Comments
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We were taking our kids to school Friday morning when my husband spotted a Keurig sitting at the curb. He’s wanted one for a long time, so we stopped and picked it up.

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Galvanized Wash Tub
My New Favorite Store
By Erin Huffstetler | 11/12/2014 | 2 Comments
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Yesterday my husband and I hauled a load of scrap metal to the recycling center. When we went inside to pick up our earnings, we were surprised to see that they had items for sale in the lobby. Metal shelving, vintage gas cans, tools and the big galvanized wash tub that you see above.

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$2 Clothing Bag
How Much Clothing Will $2 Buy?
By Erin Huffstetler | 10/28/2014 | No Comments
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Quite a lot, if you’re shopping at a yard sale.

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Crappie
A Fishy Trade
By Erin Huffstetler | 09/29/2014 | 1 Comment
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My husband rescued this wheel from a curb pile a while back, and decided to put it in our yard sale this weekend.

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TaterTwister
Yard Sale Find: Curly Fry Maker
By Erin Huffstetler | 09/14/2014 | 5 Comments
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A dollar will buy a lot of happiness at a yard sale. That’s all it took to make me the proud owner of this curly fry maker. I mean, who doesn’t love curly fries? And with a bushel of potatoes waiting to be cut into fries, I was excited about the idea of speeding up the process.

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Spice Rack
Friday Yard Sale Finds
By Erin Huffstetler | 08/27/2014 | 3 Comments
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Saturday yard sales are great, but Friday yard sales are better. Seriously, it’s amazing what I find at Friday sales. Antiques. Old-school kitchen items. All manner of practical stuff. And last Friday was no exception. Check out my haul:

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Vending Machines
Curb Find: Vending Machines
By Erin Huffstetler | 08/22/2014 | 5 Comments
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While we were out yard-saling this morning, we passed a curb pile with vending machine parts. What a fun find! We loaded everything into the car, and when we got home, we had enough pieces to put three machines together, with plenty of leftovers.

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Yard Sale Freebies
2014 World’s Longest Yard Sale Finds
By Erin Huffstetler | 08/11/2014 | 3 Comments
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We made our annual trek to the World’s Longest Yard Sale this past weekend, and while the weather seemed to keep a lot of vendors away, we still managed to find a few deals. Here’s a look at this year’s haul:

I love these vintage enameled lights (it’s the kind of lighting that you might have found in a school or industrial building back in the day), but they’re getting popular, and that means they’re getting pricey. I saw some going for as much as $125 a piece! I lucked into an end-of-the-sale deal, and got two for $30 (the seller was originally asking $38 for the big one). Later in the day, I scooped up another shade for $5. I’m sure with a little patience, I’ll find everything else I need to make it complete.

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White Dishes
Salvation Army Score: White Dishes
By Erin Huffstetler | 06/02/2014 | 1 Comment
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When these white dishes landed in my local Salvation Army a couple months ago, I was totally psyched. I’m always on the lookout for more white dishes to add to my party stash. As you may remember, I like to throw no-waste parties. Instead of buying disposable products for each party, I use real dishes, glasses and silverware. It’s lots nicer; it costs less; and it’s good for the environment, too.

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College Finds
College Move-Out Haul
By Erin Huffstetler | 05/21/2014 | 4 Comments
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Living in a college town has its perks – especially at move out time. It’s amazing to see how much stuff gets left behind each year. The dumpsters quickly fill up; and then all the excess just gets piled up beside them. So, you don’t even have to reach into a dumpster to find good, usable stuff.

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