this little piggy went…

to the transfer station and this little piggy came home…

this sweet pink piggy bank was a recent find from our local transfer station, I just love it! Her big eyes and chubby tummy are the perfect place for little hands (and mind) to learn about the joys (and benefits) of saving money…here are also a few other pieces I’ve saved money with – being a frequent shopper at our local ‘freebie barn’ has certainly added to my savings as well as the planets!

This chair (below) I picked up a few years ago . I love the lines and the thrush seat. The grass blind behind was also a score a few years back, I use it as a wall covering on a small wall in a long hallway – it really breaks up the space and warms it.

The wicker chair I found last year. I use it during the summer months with a sheep skin throw over the back and it makes for a super comfy extra chair in our dining room…

The bamboo chair (below) was a great find too. I used old beautiful ticking (I picked up the ticking at Brimfield years ago) to recover the seat (very simple project – fabric, scissors, staple gun). I also found the fabric for the curtains at our freebie barn. They originally were one large curtain, I simply cut it in half and finished the edges – voila, two curtains! The floor fan I found last fall and it has certainly come in handy this year and the bamboo blind, also a freebie – I found it in its’ original packaging, it was never opened. Lastly, the oval mirror on the right, also free. Wow!

I just love recycling!

saved from the wood chipper

Here is a photo of a ‘gem’ in disguise…I picked it up, literally right out of the back of a pick-up a truck. I was driving into my transfer station to drop off a few things and pulling in ahead of me was a truck with this in the back – I instantly thought to myself, “I want that shelf!” So, once she parked, I parked and jumped out of my truck to approach her to ask if she was getting rid of the shelf, she replied yes and then helped me unload the piece from her truck into mine! I was so psyched. I realize not many people would be excited about a shelf in the state it was in, but I could see its’ potential…

After a good scrub, removal of a few screws (I didnt’ even need a screwdriver they were that loose), a light sanding and a few coats of white paint, voila’ – a much needed fun shelf – saved from the wood chipper it was destined for…