Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Cool Accessories

The cool accessories that I found at a flea market are so cool that you would add a lot of style to your wardrobe! Vintage jewelry , hats , and tons more can be found and is one of a kind. Everyone will be asking where you got it at. The great thing about them is they are usually under $10.00! Frugal fashion at its best!

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Decorate Your Walls

You can find so many different unique ways to decorate the walls in your home at flea markets, thrift stores, and yard sales.

I like the idea of using vintage game boards as decor. They are very unique and look very interesting. You can usually get them for next to nothing also.

                             You can also find some great vintage art work. Like these kitties!

This art work was so neat. It is an actual window that they painted and added a piece of art behind. Really neat. Probably would not be hard to make yourself one of these if you didn't want to buy one.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Last Minute Gift Idea

Are you still needing to get someone a gift? Wait until the last minute, like me, to get something for someone and you could be in a panic. Run to a flea market and check out the jewelry! You can find any type and most of it is very low priced. Great way to get something unique for them. Might be something to check out. If you can get to a flea market they have a lot of things that you could get for someone.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Vintage Sewing Patterns

The best way to get sewing patterns is at thrift stores, yard sales, and flea markets. They are usually VERY cheap. Most of the time they arr vintage and already cut, but if you get a pattern that you will use a lot , it is a good thing it is already cut. Especially if it is your size that you need. That is the part that I hate about sewing - cutting out the pattern! You can even find fabric for low cost. Even Walmart usually has marked down fabric for sometimes $1.00 a yard!

If you don't know how to sew - LEARN! You can save a lot of money this way. I taught myself how to sew just so that I could make the cloth diapers that my son wore. I even made some money selling some online. Got us thru my husband lay-off.

You can find a lot of FREE sewing patterns online - I have a lot of my favorite free sewing patterns listed on my Sewing Ideas Pinterest Board.


Saturday, December 19, 2015

DIY Privacy Screen

This is the neatest thing that I saw at the flea market ...They took old doors and made "walls" for their booth! I want some to make a privacy screen. Would be good in a house or for what I want it for on my patio. I would have to make a stand for them out there or somehow put them in the ground. But, it would be neat looking. Frugal also. A lot cheaper than $100.00 + dollars for actual privacy fence panels. I see old doors all the time at yard sales and such for $10.00 to $20.00. Pretty easy also. They had big hinges on them.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Reuse/Recycle/Alter/Redo DIY

This tray out of a big toolbox was leaning up against the wall at a flea market and the first thought thru my head was "wow, what an awesome spice rack!". My daughter wanted it for all of her makeup and nail polish. Neat how different things can be use for many different uses. I bet you could even come up with something else that this could be used for.


Wednesday, December 16, 2015

DIY Christmas Decoration

This is such a cute idea. They took an old book and folded it in such a way to then decorate it as a Christmas tree. I love it. They were selling them at the local flea market, but they don't look too hard to make yourself.

I found on Youtube several videos on how to do this and it is not too hard.
Do a search and there are others decorations that you can make from folding books. Even wreaths.

A very frugal way to decorate. Everyone has old paperbacks laying around, why not use them.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Take Care

excuse the mess, a puggle helped me make the bed!

When you have very little room and hardly any closet space, but have a large amount of clothing, you have to find ways to hang them and take care of them. I found this clothes hanger at the dollar store for $10.00! It holds a lot of clothes and they hang perfect so they are wrinkle free. Just because your clothing came from a thrift store, doesn't mean that you can't take care of it. This has helped me a lot to have this.

 I am planning on getting a couple more. My wardrobe will be growing , won't it??

Monday, December 14, 2015

DIY Coffee Scrub

Being an Instagram addict, I have been seeing a lot of Frank Body posts lately. People seem pretty obsessed with it, but the Frank Body coffee scrubs run $15 or more (and you have to wait for them in the mail)! Come on! So, I bought a 20 oz. jar at Dollar General for $2 and made my OWN coffee scrub! Now, I originally found this recipe in a cute little book entitled, "Welcome Home" (Placzek, 80). But, I have tweaked it and perfected it to my satisfaction (original recipe was too oily).

Cup of Joe Sugar Scrub

1/4 cup fresh coffee grounds

3 tablespoons white sugar

2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder

1 tablespoon olive oil/or almond oil/or coconut oil

1 tablespoon water


Simply mix all of these ingredients together in a mixing bowl, then add to jar. For a 20 oz. jar like mine, you have to make like 6 batches worth I wanna say? I can't recall for certain, but it still only put a dent in my can of coffee and my container of sugar. So this scrub certainly goes a long way. Not to mention, the application doesn't require much. 

I would recommend applying this coffee scrub while in the shower, as it is very messy. Scrub in circular motions all over your body, although I would suggest avoiding the genital area (for obvious reasons - ouch!). You can apply it to your face as well, but be a little more stringent with use if your face tends to be on the more oily side, naturally. Let the scrub sit on your skin for five minutes and then rinse off. Fair warning: you will be left incredibly, beautifully soft; you will not want to stop touching your body, haha! Also, you will smell lightly of coffee, which is pretty fantastic. Who doesn't love the smell of coffee?!

Party In Sparkles!

It is so crazy what you can find for $1.00 at some stores. I found this sparkly , vintage dress at one such store that had all of their clothing on sale for $1.00 each. This dress is pretty sheer , but I am going to wear it with black leggings and a black camisole. Black heels will finish it off and some silver earrings. Small ones. I want to focus to be on the sparkles in the dress.

                                          Frugal party dress! More money to spend on gifts!

Pretty Stripes

I finally found some items that I can wear with my olive green pants that I had gotten at a yard sale last summer for 25 cents. This top is what I will wear with them today. Another find from the $1.00 sale! Needless to say I am going back to that small thrift store next week!! Find some more treasures. I had lost a lot of my clothing when a storage unit we had had been flooded and no one told us. So anything in the unit that was fabric or wood was lost!! I have been rebuilding my wardrobe the last couple of years. Having to be super frugal while I do it.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Vintage Silk Tops Look Great

I love silk tops. Feels so great and looks so good. I found this top at a small thrift store where all of the clothing was $1.00 each! I love this top. Has a cute pattern on it and fits perfect. With the free jeans that I have with a dark wash and the boots that were $3.95 - this is a super frugal outfit. Less than $5.00 for the outfit. Perfect.

Vintage Hats! Add Some Unique Style!

Flea Markets and thrift stores are great for getting stylish vintage clothing and watch out for the hats. You can find some pretty amazing vintage hats at them. And for not a lot of money. These 2 hats , that unfortunately were too small for me, were only about 10 to 15 dollars each. Not a lot of money to add so much style to your winter wardrobe.
With vintage hats you just have to look at them well. Make sure they are in good shape and have no moth holes, etc.  If they have anything on them, like jewels, feathers, ribbons, make sure they are attached well.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Flea Market Fun!!

Not only are their bargains to be found at flea markets, but there is also neat stuff to find, too! These awesome vintage fur coats, being one example! Flea markets are a great place for finding amazing vintage clothing, antiques, toys, etc.! So, definitely hit up flea markets and see what cool vintage, hard to find, cool stuff YOU can find!! :)

A New Use For Something Vintage

A Shabby Chic Re-Do!
Went to the flea market today and seen so many amazing items. This old wooden ammo box(?) is one that, if I was redoing a bathroom, I want! Put a couple of small shelves inside it and a small mirror on the outside and it would be a great medicine cabinet.

Use your imagination and you can find many different ways to use items except their intended purpose.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Great Thrifty Day For Me

Went to a small thrift store in another town and got a whole stack of clothes for $15.00!
All the clothing was on sale! 18 items! 
Will be making post with how I will use the pieces with the wardrobe that I already have!

Thursday, December 10, 2015

DIY Homemade Gift Wrapping Ideas!

You spent all of your money on the gifts so save a bit by making your own wrapping paper. This Christmas I am using all of the packing paper that came with any packages that I have gotten in the past year. This makes great wrapping paper. You can decorate it or just leave it plain. I plan on leaving mine just plain. I like the looks of that. With red tags.

Here is a list of some other ideas for you to use:

  • Use comic book pages or newspaper.
  • Maps that you can get free from each state. I have to admit that I have bags and bags of maps, but I want to save them for if we ever have to bug-out. They do look great as wrapping paper though. Maybe choose a state that someone you know is from or something like that.
  • Using reusable shopping totes as gift bags is a good idea. They sell them at dollar tree that are plain also so you can decorate them.
  • You could wow everyone by reusing the cardboard boxes that food comes in. Like cereal boxes, etc. Kind of neat and with this you do not have to wrap, just put the item in and seal it up.
  • Aluminum foil looks awesome. Wrap a colorful bow and it is stunning.
  • Wrap gifts with pretty scarves! Silk ones that you can get at thrift stores would be an awesome idea and they can use it!
  • Kitchen towels make good wrapping "paper"! Get print ones at the dollar tree and use it to wrap the gift. 
There are many ways to wrap gifts that is basically free.

Don't forget to save any packaging paper that you get for next Christmas!!



Tuesday, December 8, 2015

9 Unique Gift Ideas for Kids

9 Unique Gifts
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Monday, December 7, 2015

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