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Tuesday, June 22, 2010


I really enjoy finding just the right things to make our home feel like ours.We recently moved into this amazing home. Really amazing. It had been decorated by professionals. But I didn't get to see that:) I'm feeling very overwelmed finding just the right things.

There is a narrow front room with a high GEORGOUS fireplace. I really wanted two wing back chairs on either side of that fireplace. I set out looking on Craigslist and found two perfect ones! $100.00 each. They were sold. I kept looking and soon found other things to spend the money on (like food and transportation:)

Then I saw two wing back chairs offered on Freecycle! One was blue and one was pink. They belonged to an 84 year old woman and were used as decoration in her bedroom.
They are in immaculate condition. I found the perfect covers for $25.34 each on Amazon.I applied for the Amazon Chase card and recieved a $30.00 they REALLY only cost me $20.00 :)

I havent had a chance to REALLY tweak the room but here are the chairs all dressed and in their new home:

Picture them moved back after people have been reading and talking and playing and sliding them accross the floor. While we are at it, also picute the picture on the mantle centered and everything around it tweaked. Thanks.

A friend asked me today if I had used freecycle and what I had offered or received. I said "YES!" Then went blank. I blurted out things every few minutes over the next hour we visited. THEN I remembered this happening before and that I had started a list... It is in no way exhaustive and I somehow got more excited about the getting than the giving :(

I really did offer more than shown. I tend to want to hold on things and find just the right new home for them. I KNOW what joy I get from finding things at the thrift store..but sometimes Freecycle is just the right way to place your discards in loving hands.

things we received from Freecycle in 2008
baby clothes
johnny jump up
swing/bouncer (later sold)
nursing bras
trundle bed frame
baby seat/toys
silicone baking dishes
baby clothes
maternity clothes
boy scout shirt
Breast Pump
toddler bed
2 cell phones
child's play rug
2 framed pictures to makeover

crib/toddler bed

Items from freecycle 2009-10

5 boxes Tassimo coffee
silk flowers, wicker cornucopia
G Diapers (4 packages--unused)
Diaper pail
Wine glasses


CD cases
Queen bed frame
Toddler bicycle Helmet
leather chair
portable dish washer
Lane leather recliner
moving boxes
Danish modern dining chairs
2 bar stools
Ikea Armoire

I encourage to find and join the Freecycle in your area!

What have you recieved or given through Freecycle?

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Staci J said...

Those chairs are gorgeous! Great find!! Visiting from said...

What a deal! They look great. I am checking out freecycle in my area for sure.

Brambleberry Cottage said...

God is good! He always has a better vs. pay in this case.

Your chairs are terrific. Thanks for linking to Tips and Tricks Turesday.

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

The Wife said...

Welcome to the Green Mom Blog Hop!

Great finds.

Jess and the boys said...

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Amber said...

I'm goingto have to look into this a little more. I've heard of it but never tried it. Thanks for the hints.

Emily said...

What great finds! I need to check that site out! I am following you from the green blog hop! I would love it if you would check my blog out!

Mommy Spirit said...

I'm following you from the Green Mom Blog Hop. I just love to freecycle too. It's amazing what you can find. My mother always told me that one man's junk is another one's treasure--so true.

Owner of Homeschool Faith and Family Life Website said...

My eldest daughter, who is married with 3 children...absolutely LOVES LOVES LOVES freecycle! She brings us things too, so we love it through her! I am on my local group...but never seem to get time to browse.
GREAT FINDS you've gotten...and your chairs look lovely!

Braley Mama said...

Nice work!!! I am a new follower:O)
I look forward to checking out your blog!!!

Sue said...

I'm following you from Friday Blog Hop. It's so nice to find another homeschooler in the blog-O-sphere!

Robin said...

These look great. I love that you were able to make them yours without buying something new.

Ann said...

Hi! I am visiting from Friday blog hop. I hope you have a great weekend!

alittlesugarandspice said...

Nice!! I am following you from CDBlogger - follow me club! Stop by and say Hi!

Mom of Many said...

Your living room is gorgeous! I've never heard of Freecycle, but after reading this, I'm going to google it and see what it's all about. I LOVE Goodwill stores and thrift stores, so I'm thinking I might love it. Thank you so much for stopping by my place and for leaving pregnancy well wishes!

Amanda@The Hand Me Down House said...

Those chairs are wonderful, Kathy! Love the shape of them -- and you definitely spruced them up with the covers. Great find -- and great job!!!