Sunday, 29 January 2017

Organizing Thrifty

Happy Chinese New Year, ya'll!

The new year is traditionally a time where consumers sort out their belongings, and purchase high-priced organizing solutions.

I choose not to over-spend on storage solutions.  If I wait long enough, I'll find what I need at a second-hand store.

I have lots of clothes.  

And don't get me started on my purse collection! 

I used to store my overflow clothing in these plastic drawers.

$20 on sale at Walmart.

A few weeks ago, I found this fabulous wardrobe from Habitat for Humanity Restore.  All the contents from the plastic drawers fit into one of the drawers.  I have room to grow, hurrah!

Vintage Lane Wardrobe, $100




Did I mention that I have a plethora of purses?  I store them in suitcases.

This suitcase is a metal steamer trunk.



Aren't these leather handbags fabulous?




The remaining purses went in this suitcase.





Now I need to sort out my boot socks and my tights.






My overflow scarves went into a thrifted basket.

Here is a picture of my storage.  Items I use everyday are in easy reach.  Other items are stored up, and out of the way.  I hope you like the way it looks.  It's nice to have things organized in an interesting, eclectic way.  



The steamer truck was thrifted for $40. The suitcases and basket were thrifted for $6 each. The wardrobe was $100.

Be careful when purchasing furniture and suitcases.  Bedbugs can lurk in dark corners.

Other thrifted finds include this nice selection of china.

Royal Albert, fine bone china for a few dollars each, hurrah!

Crystal glasses for $1 each.



Vintage expo67 Canada Day ashtray for $4




Selection of CDs, DVDs, Toby mug and earrings.

Even though my jewellery collection has taken over several cupboards and the top of my dresser.  I had been eyeing these earrings above for weeks.

I bought the earrings, and a few other treasures very cheaply.  The Loft crystal necklace, crystal heart necklace, zipper necklace and cloisonee clamper bracelet came home with me for $3 each.










This month I knitted several infinity scarves.  You can loop the scarf several times around your face and neck to keep out the cold.




One friend kindly commented that the scarves I made are nice enough to be sold!  Well, perhaps I will while my time away knitting for profit once I complete more urgent projects ...hah!

Happy organizing everyone! I hope you all enjoy a happy and prosperous 2017!!  Cock-a-doodle-doo!!


happy thrifting ;)


5 comments:

  1. I love reading about organizing, as like you, I have so many (some might say too many) clothes and I have an abundance of purses too. I'm currently thinking about a storage solution for the purses but, although I like old suitcases, I've run out of space for those too. May I say that I absolutely adore that wardrobe. It's gorgeous! xxx

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    1. Hello! Isn't the wardrobe beautiful? I gasped when I saw it. And then I bee-lined over to inspect it. I was so worried that someone would swoop in and buy it that I sent my darling bf to the cashier to arrange for payment while I stood protectively in front of it.

      Happy thrifting ;)

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  2. I think you have your storage needs nailed there! Those vintage suitcases look fab all piled up on top of that lovely wardrobe, and those costume jewellery finds are gorgeous!

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    1. Thank you! I have far too much jewellery. But I couldn't resist these treasures. I do enjoy the look of piles of suitcases. It's a special treat when I find one made in Canada.

      Happy thrifting ;)

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  3. I love the blog post, and you helped me make such a fun card with it!









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