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Display Name: Birdy3
Member Since: 5/1/07

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How I wish there was a good Samaritan out there, hoping my car window was open, so they could gift me zucchini!

Recipe: Zucchini with Yogurt-Dill Sauce Recipes from The Kitchn
7/13/14 06:03 PM

We're going to go to the beach this weekend. After years of summers on Cape Cod, the thrill of free parking at Florida beaches has yet to wear off!

Tips for Having Fun When You Are Low on Cash
5/23/14 06:06 PM

I couldn't disagree more.

100% of the inventory at the charity thrift shops is donated, and most of the people who work there are volunteers. Every penny they make is profit (less rent and operational expenses).

The thrill of the hunt is what keeps most thrift store junkies -- including me! -- shopping there. Having shoppers uncover the rare treasure only boosts their business. For every true treasure I've uncovered, I've bought tons of books, house hold items, etc.

In fact, as my local thrift stores have started pricing their items based on a best case scenario of what they could be sold for on eBay, I've stopped shopping there as much.

Tell Us: What's Your Best Bargain Find?
5/21/14 12:16 PM

Oh! I also picked up a framed David Weidman "Carousel" serigraph for $20 at Goodwill when my son was a baby, and I was looking for some art for his room.

Weidman's work has been featured prominently on "Mad Men" for the past few seasons, and the piece has gained in value.

Tell Us: What's Your Best Bargain Find?
5/21/14 12:03 PM

My two best deals were:

(1) A Charles Pollock for Knoll Executive Chair, which I purchased in a dumpy thrift store for $30. After I bought it, I couldn't help bragging to the cashier that they retail for $2100 new, and she was really upset that I'd gotten such a good deal. I think she wanted to stop me from wheeling it out of the store.

(2) A beautifully framed Don Nice serigraph called "Mozart Predella" for $60 at a different dumpy thrift store.

Sigh. I really miss thrift store shopping in the pre-smart phone days. So much harder to find good deals.

Tell Us: What's Your Best Bargain Find?
5/21/14 12:01 PM

Great room! Yay for LET THEM BE LITTLE!

Jack's Modern Adventurous Abode Kids Room Tour
4/8/14 02:22 PM

It's very cute, and fine for Duplo, but just wait until your kiddos graduate to the regular Lego. I tried to color coordinate my son's collection . . . it was an exercise in futility. Especially, as his collection grew . . . and grew . . . and grew.

I have yet to see anyway to store those little suckers in anything other than big plastic containers.

A Stylish & Colorful LEGO Storage Solution
4/8/14 02:09 PM

Love this apartment! Great job!

Small Space Lessons: Floorplan & Solutions from Joann's Truly Happy Home
4/8/14 01:52 PM

In my first post-school apartment, there was one tiny little bathroom with a small window and one small light fixture. I decided it would look chic painted navy blue. It might have. Unfortunately, there wasn't enough light to see how it looked, as I had basically turned it into a darkroom.

Reader Regrets: An IKEA Oops
4/7/14 12:21 PM

I love everything -- EVERYTHING -- about this nursery. Kudos to you for making a pink nursery look so modern and chic. The fact that you did it on such a tight budget is even more impressive.

Congratulations on your baby girl. I'm sure you'll spend many happy hours with her in her lovely nursery!

Lucy's Impossibly Pink Nursery My Room
3/28/14 04:59 PM


As to the couch . . . I couldn't live with the pink. My house came with a built-in bathtub in that exact shade of pink, and every day I fantasize about taking it out with a sledgehammer.

Do I Love this Pink Craigslist Sofa Enough? Good Questions
3/25/14 08:48 AM

I'm laughing too. Parents, do yourself a favor . .. BOOK IN AT YOUR LOCAL BOWLING ALLEY/GYMNASIUM/WHATEVER. It's easy, it's cheap, you don't have to clean up after, and you don't have to entertain a mob of kids. And bonus -- the kids will love it.

Bonus . . . you may encounter, as I did, a Mother Superior, who will say, "I could never be one of those mothers who hosts a birthday party at a bowling alley." And then you can laugh and laugh.

Btw . . . the dollar store sells mylar ballons for a buck a piece (duh). Get one for each kid. Use them as centerpieces during the party, and then after, hand them out as the party gift. You can even tie them around a bottle of bubbles or a candy bar. Cheap and easy. No Pintrest required.

Throwing The \"Perfect\" Kids Party When You're Not A Pinterest-y Parent Apartment Therapy's Home Remedies
3/21/14 02:04 PM

At my last dinner party, one of my guests -- who is usually a lovely, gregarious man -- was in a bad mood. First, he insulted the wine I picked out, and then he started to pick on another guest . . . who was shy, and who I'd seated next to him because he's usually so much fun! I tried to tease him out of his bad mood, even saying, "X, you're usually the one I can count on to keep things lively!" . . . to which he responded, "I'm not a performing monkey."

Oh, dear.

I haven't had a dinner party since. It was a large party that had taken weeks of planning, days of cooking, and more money than I could afford (ironically, especially the wine . . . which I went over budget on, knowing my friends are wine snobs). I haven't had the heart to have another dinner party since.

Dinner Party Dilemmas: Solutions To Eight Awkward Entertaining Situations Apartment Therapy's Home Remedies
3/21/14 01:52 PM

In January 2013, my New Year's Resolution was to get my out-of-control grocery bill down.

I didn't think I'd be a good candidate for couponing -- my family doesn't eat a lot of processed foods and it's always seemed like a large time commitment for $.50 off here or there -- but both my husband and I have faced some set backs in our respective careers, and we needed to find a way to pay the bills. I decided to keep an open mind.

I checked a book out of the library called the Krazy Coupon Lady, read through it twice, and began to shop as they recommended. Fast forward 14 months, and I've cut it in half, and get most of my toiletries, cosmetics and household products for 90% off.

The two women who wrote the book also have a website, where they track deals for many (most?) grocery stores and drugstores. Just today, I went into CVS, and walked out with a new lip gloss, a new eye shadow and four bottles of shower gel. My out-of-pocket cost? $6. Yesterday at Publix, I purchased $165 worth of groceries for $95.

I know couponers get a lot of eye rolls, and there is a learning curve involved. But now it's second nature to me now, and I wouldn't go back.

10 Strategies For Saving Money at the Grocery Store Apartment Therapy Home Remedies
3/17/14 01:43 PM

My other large scale art success is a huge Sex Pistols "God Save the Queen" poster. I bought it years ago, and but couldn't find anyone to frame it within my budget. I kept the dimensions of it in my wallet, just in case I ever came across a large frame at a thrift store.

Lo and behold, I fond an enormous gold framed Raphael Angels poster in the rattiest Salvation Army store you can imagine. It had been donated by Borders books. The frame was the perfect size for my Sex Pistols poster. I was thrilled!!

Goodbye, Big Blank Walls: Large-Scale Solutions
3/5/14 01:29 PM

(Also, I have to do something about the enormous pile of laundry currently residing on my bed before I can photograph my dog wall!!!)

Goodbye, Big Blank Walls: Large-Scale Solutions
3/5/14 01:24 PM

I'm not sure how to post pictures onto the comments?

The Don Nice poster is "Mozart Predella." It's a signed/numbered screen print.

Goodbye, Big Blank Walls: Large-Scale Solutions
3/5/14 01:23 PM

The clocks freak me out. They're all set to different times, which is Alice in Wonderland crazy. And if they're actually running, ticking clocks, the noise would be unbearable.

I love large scale pieces -- I once found a HUGE, GORGEOUS framed Don Nice screen print in a thrift store for $65, and rate it as one of my all time best purchases ever.

In my bedroom, I've hung my collection of thrift store dog portraits from floor to ceiling along the longest wall. I LOVE dog paintings, so it makes me happy every time I see it, and I don't think I paid over $10 for a single one. Cheaper than wallpaper!

Goodbye, Big Blank Walls: Large-Scale Solutions
3/5/14 01:07 PM


Before & After: A Retro Chair Gets a Cheerful Redo
2/24/14 05:28 PM

Love the lines of the piece, but there's just way too much going on with it.

I wish she'd followed Badgley and Mischka's advise for painting furniture -- you can never go wrong painting a piece shiny black.

Before & After: A Honey of a Secretary Desk Update
2/20/14 12:22 PM