Twenty Finds For Less Than $20

20 items less than 20

WAAAAAHHHHOOOO!!! I scored BIG time and I am pretty dang proud of myself!

If I weren’t busy eating watermelon in my bed I would be doing the happy dance right now.

Where in the world did I shop you may ask, Garage sales! Usually I don’t buy clothes at garage sales, because frankly it is too much work. Driving around town finding the girl who wears your size, has your style, and is willing to sell her stuff in her yard (the chances are slim)….However, last weekend the local Children’s Home and Catholic Church both had big garage sales. I tell ya ladies this is the way to go.

I love big garage sales! They usually have a ton of families contributing= tons of great treasures. They tend to have blanket pricing which is how I scored all of these name brand clothes for a buck a piece. This specific church doubles as a school and had the items divided by room. The entire gym was clothes (I was in heaven). They also had a bake sale full of goodies, We were there so long I needed a snack break. Icing on the cake, I didn’t have to drive all over town trying to follow the little garage sale signs.

I am going to interrupt this blog post to thank my momma and my Tman for being such troopers during this shopping trip ūüėČ

Anyone else hitting up garage sales lately? Tis’ the season!

Total Cost: $18.75

 1. Blue Ruffled Top $1

2. Black Comfy Tee $1

3. Crisp White Button Up $1

4. Gold Necklace $ 0.25

5. Black Date Night Top $1

6. Blue Stoned Top $1

7. Pants Suit $2

8. Ruffle Purple Top $1

9. Black pendulum Skirt $1

10. Argyle Sweater $1

11. Bead bracelets $0.25

12. Flowy Flowered Shirt $1

13. Magenta Button Up$1

 (check out the sleeve detail)

14. Watch Pack $0.25

(best deal of the day! Every nurse dreams to get 7 watch options)

15. Banana Republic Patterned Button Up $1

16. Black Pencil Skirt $1

17. Teal Dress Tank $1

18. Striped T Old Navy $1

19. Button Tie Dye Tank $1

20. Striped Sweater T Loft $1

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Coral Meets Animal Print

leopard print dress collage.jpg

Total Cost: $34.25

Dress Playtos $15

Shoes Same as here $4

Watch less than $0.25 (that is not a typo!!)

Bracelet Goodwill $2

belt same as here $3

Purse Thrifted $10

Don’t you love the coral meets animal print in this dress!! I got it last spring before our Hawaii trip, at first it made me nervous. This whole blogging thing has made me more adventurous when I am out shopping.¬† The first time I wore it I was nervous to walk out in public, but I have gotten sooooo many compliments on it. The front is a little short, but the low in back makes me feel comfortable. Plus score! the underneath black dress doubles as PJs on vacation.

I wore this ensemble last weekend for my sister’s little birthday bash.¬†It was gorgeous weather and a comfortable evening (we have been scorched lately). We were able to enjoy dinner outside at a great restaurant with live music playing in the background.¬†I would have taken pictures, but I didn’t have my phone or camera….I felt naked, its funny how attached we get to those things!

Then we headed downtown for a¬†motorcycle event. ¬†It¬†was the perfect place for “people watching”,¬† a cross between the¬†state fair and a trip to¬†Walmart on a Saturday afternoon. Pure entertainment, that crowd is way more adventurous than this girl ;). Maybe my next¬†post I’ll try¬†leather and studs,¬†JK.

SNEAK PEAK I went garage saling last Friday, and I Scored big time!

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Perfectly Coutured

Fab Dresser redo!

Back in Action

For another Pottery Barn look alike

Woah, We have had a crazy couple of months and my blogging life got shoved to the back of the closet with all the other projects I love! Finally got it pulled out and dusted off, and hope to be back in action! We have soooo many exciting things going on and I hope to do some post about all of that excitement very soon!

Today I will start with my pair of small dressers the Ugly Duckling Twins! My grandma purchased these at a garage sale for $5 a piece, proof bargain shopping is genetic! They have been traveling around with me for the past 8 years, 3 states, and 7 homes, proof hoarding is genetic ;). The past couple of years has been hard on these girls and they needed a facelift! So I set them up on a date with my new boyfriend AKA the belt sander (best $50 spent this month), in love! My husband is concerned.


I started by pulling these ladies out on our patio and wiped them down. I didn’t get too crazy as I new my boyfriend would do the heavy work. I then unscrewed all of the knobs, pulled out the drawers, put my headphones in, and sanded away. I started with a course medium grit sand paper on the belt sander, then used a fine grit sandpaper by hand to smooth everything out.

Few rules I learned about the belt sander:

1. Course could sand the metal off a car in 2.5 seconds its a little extreme and leaves little room for errors

2. Sand with the grain of the wood

3. Sand off anything that is pealing, or it will peal later

4. Move the belt sander and try not to push too hard or you will leave grooves and dents

5. Let the sander do the work, and say good by to your bingo wings

Once sanding was completed I splurged and got paint and primer in one (antique white)¬†for $9 a quart at Menards, worth every penny. I have been cheap for years buying primer then paint, and finally have learned it just isn’t worth it for most projects. I also had some Floetrol from a previous project, this stuff is fantastic. Some nice gentleman at Menards recommended it and I could just hug this guy. You just follow the directions on the container, it prolongs drying time, and helps paint dry without roller spots or brush strokes. With a brush I just painted away, pretty simple stuff!

Drawer Pulls

For the pulls I knew the old wood painted ones needed to go, and I love the look of the oil rubbed metal but hated the price $5-6 per pull, no way! I ended up finding these pulls for $2 on clearance, but clearly the color didn’t match my antique white pottery barn wannabe look.


I used the same technique for these that I used in this post. first I sprayed these with a layer of Rust-oleum metallic in Bronze. Then I went over it with a light coat of FLAT black, before it dries I use a paper towel to rub some off. I continued this technique until I got the desired affect. Here is the final project complete. I know I keep talking about these as a pair, but confession I still need to add the knobs to the second dresser. Their first new home will be on each side of our bed as night stands!


Can’t believe I forgot to mention I pulled off the retro legs and exchanged for these gorgeous things! I also Found similar dressers at pottery barn priced at $800-$1000 each!

 My Project Cost: $91

Dressers $10

Paint $9

Pulls $48

Legs $24

 Total Savings:$ 1500-1900

Ps Thank you to all of you, who have reached out and asked me to get my blog on again! It means a lot to know you guys  miss it as much as I do!!

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Outfit of the Week

Another Monday off brings another fun fall outfit! I have been getting sick of my regular dress slacks, as my grandma would say, and they are very grandmaish. We have a business casual dress code at work, so I¬†decided it was time for some colored skinnys¬†in this girls closet. We had a girls day last weekend to hit up all of the consignment shops. I didn’t feel like spending a ton on these, because they may be a fad. The only time I spend a good amount on clothing is if it is a staple that is timeless. I ended up with white (I realize this is not a color but couldn’t resist), army green, and jewel tone pink (These are blog worthy for sure!).¬† Here is what I came up with:

DSC_0510casual to…

DSC_0540dressed up with a fitted white jacket


Total Cost: $69-$104

denim shirt (consignment shop) $7

Rue 21 Scarf $5 also pictured here

Green Skinnys $12

JC Penny Brown boots $40

White Jacket maurices $40

Grey Sweater (consignment shop) $5

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Pottery barn lamp

Alright, so this lamp has a story, as with everything in my house! I have mentioned before I am a nurse that travels to patients homes, well one day my patient was not home, and I was out of town. So, I had to entertain myself for awhile (never a problem). This town has the cutest main street, straight from my dreams. It is lined with antique shops!!! Heaven on earth people. While in one of these antique shops I stumbled across this great lamp:


Now stationed in my living room here

Isn’t it adorable. I toted this thing around in the back seat of my car, and drug it into every store that may have a shade. My son and I took her to the dressing room shade isle and found this great shade at target. I love that it adds some texture to the simple white base.

Now here is the best part! I went home and did some looking on the famous pottery barn website and came across this lamp. It is the same style as mine, but mine doesn’t have the silver base detail. The total cost of their lamp is $99, the shade is another $44, and the grand total is $143. Check it out here

DSC_0542My total Cost: $16.50

Lamp (Antique treasure) $4.50

Shade (Target) $12

Total Savings: $126.50