But what is even better than an absolute bargain of bargains?? Getting something you want or need FREE!
That's exactly what I did! (can you tell that I am pretty chuffed about that!?) :) :)
I think most parents of children and young adults will nod their heads in agreement with me reading this when I say that things get broken, trashed and demolished pretty quickly in our house.
Some things aren't used by DS as per their purpose, DS is a little monkey for climbing and standing on things that cannot take his weight now (he is 8) so they break and crumble beneath him.
The Peppa Pig kitchen he got for Christmas ended up being slung by February as it was no longer 'fit for purpose' shall we say...........after a quick risk assessment on it with bits snapped off and poking out sharp pieces from it bailing under the strain of him standing on it, I deemed its short little life over.
Another example is our dining table chairs. They certainly take some knocks from him but even two of those decided enough was enough and made their journey to chair heaven.
So I was chairless.
Being the savvy sista that I am, I spotted two (very sturdy looking) solid wood traditional pine chairs on my local freecycle site, so I dived right in and very politely asked if I could be considered for them.
A few hours later, I got a 'ping' in my inbox asking when I would like to collect them :)
They were a bit scuffed, which is to be expected. The man kept apologising for it - he was so lovely!
They were perfect, I got them home and gave them a good scrub up to get them clean.
Now with a pine table and four pine chairs, it was all looking a bit too 'piney' (yes I have just made the word piney up) and bland for me.
I wanted to inject some colour into this area with a bit of quirkiness thrown in there too.
So as the freecycle chairs were the most scuffed, I decided that they were going to be the ones that I was going to work on.
I spray painted one of them lime green and the other red, allowed them to dry and then gave them a second coat.
Once completely dry, I got my sandpaper and started to distress away :)
I am not one for pristine perfect furniture, I like vintage and shabby chic looks so these were coming up a treat and definitely to my style.
I am really pleased with the finished look and love even more that I have a new look for virtually no expense!
I don't think I know one family that at least one parent has not had to come out of paid work to manage their caring role, hospital, school and other specialist appointments - it does get a bit crazy at times!
As a result, a family will lose an income therefore being a bit clever with what you have is certainly no bad thing in my book ;)
Plus my favourite bit about this is that I like to think that I have re-used something that was being discarded by someone else and saved it going into landfill.:)
As they say, one's man trash is another man's treasure :)
Have a good week :)
Love Amanda xx