Monday, October 05, 2009

Thrift Store Score!

So after 8 years I am repainting Gus's room. Soon it will be time to repaint each room in the house, as I did 8 years ago. It's what I do. I am a painting force that cannot be denied.

Anyway, Gus's room is pale yellow and not very interesting. When he was 18 months old pale yellow was the most I could manage in inspiration. But now he is 9 and wants a blue and green room and I am happy to oblige.

First we had to get rid of his current desk. I don't have a picture because it's out in the trash now in several pieces, but suffice it to say it belonged to his Aunt Laura when she was a girl and it was made of plastic and particleboard. It was okay for the casual student (and I mean casual; when I emptied the drawers they were filled with action figures and Pokemon cards...), but now it's time for a serious desk.

A casual dip into online shopping convinced me that I could not afford a new desk. This was $699 at Pottery Barn Kids:

Yikes!! That's a plank on top of two filing cabinets, yo! I had an idea that I could find a new desk at a local thrift store. so I started scouring. My usual reliable thrift store had no suitable desks, but I did find this gorgeous, perfect J Crew 100% wool sweater in my size and my favorite weird browny-green color for FOUR DOLLARS:


I tried a few other places with no luck (why are there so many thrift stores near me?) Finally, I stumbled across this, buried under stuff:

Now we're talking! It was solid wood and just the right size. All it needed is a new paint job and new hardware - my specialty! They wanted $60 for it. Matthew went back a few days later to pick it up and they sold it to him for $35. What?!

So I go visit my best buddies at Lewis Paints and pick out some nice brown paint ($10) and went to Home Depot and got some new stainless steel pulls ($21), primered it all up and.....

SCORE!! Now that's a desk! Better than that old Pottery Barn desk, and $633 cheaper!


Blogger Elizabeth D said...

The thrift stores can't all be near you -- because they're all over here near me! Seriously, I have at least 6 within 2 miles of my house.

--Elizabeth D

6:25 PM  
Blogger CurlyGirl said...

Nicely done!

6:24 AM  
Anonymous Mom2Schnauzers said...

Holy carp! You are good!

8:30 AM  
Blogger diana said...

ED - do you live near Glenside? It's kind of sad how many thrift stores I have to choose from. It's like a shopping mall of thrift stores.

CG - thankee. and thankee for your old desk - it had a nice 2nd life.

M2S - thank you! I loved how it turned out. Now what shall I spend that $633 on??

11:16 AM  

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