About my most favorite thing to do on weekends...in fact, my most favorite thing to do if it weren't for hiking and roadtrips...is dumpster diving and garage saling. Really, I almost made a separate blog entitled The Dumpster Diving Diva, and honestly I think I could get away with it and make it the one new grand thing. I'd be a trend-setter.
Don't steal my idea punk.
Crap. Someone got to it before I did.
If you were to visit my home, you may or may not be surprised to learn that I do not own, besides my flat screen television, a single item that I paid more than two-hundred-four dollars for. That's $204.
Most of these pieces of furniture and decorative items were bought at garage sales, found in dumpsters or given to me and my husband for free. My couch set: $150. My piano: $200. My china cabinet: $204. My table: free with top made by me for $38. My chandelier: $5.
For three years I have been begging my husband to get me some chairs. I have visited every thrift store in town with no luck of finding any chairs in my price range. Two years ago I determined that $5 per kitchen chair was the right price to pay.
(Don't I sound like the cheapwad I accuse my husband of being?...yes, we're a match made in heaven.)
Finally, this weekend I had enough of not having any seating for dinnertime and embarked on an early morning roadtrip around town garage saling. Would you laugh at me if I said that I felt God was leading me to these chairs? My husband sure did.
And that's when I found it. A brand new pasta maker for $10.
A culinary device to sooth my culinary experimentations.
Oh, and then I found this pair of handmade earrings,
and this pair too--for $4 per pair.
Yes, it was going downhill quickly.
But I made some pasta!
(Notice I still hadn't found any chairs by this point.)
I decided to go out one last time and look for chairs. That's when I found this inventive old pan. I overpaid for it. I suppose I just didn't feel like haggling at that point.
But then shortly thereafter I found what I had been searching for three years for...kitchen table chairs:
They may not have been beautiful. They may not have been perfect. But they fit perfectly into the eclectic style I have collected over the years. All for just about $2 per chair.
That's what I mean by Heavenly Father leading me to these chairs. Only He would have known that I'd be this happy about someone else's junk. Well, aren't you proud too?
PS: Those three missing lights in my chandelier are