Honest, I was gong to Goodwill for a pair of jeans to paint in and to Rack Room Shoes for a pair of running shoes. (No, I do not run, I walk, but running shoes are more comfortable.)
When I entered the store, I saw this gossip bench just sitting there. I thought to myself surely someone has snatched the tag from that beauty.
Nope, tag still attached. I checked her over carefully. One leg was a little loosey-goosey, but other than a few scratches, she looked right as rain.
So I took the bottom half of the tag and turned my cart to the check-out. When I turned I saw a cathedral mirror leaned against the wall. Maybe the price was outrageous, but no, it was reasonable - very reasonable. So I managed to get it in the cart.
Now the vultures were descending. A lady wanted to know where the bottom half of the gossip bench's tag went. I held it up. She responded with a glare, "So I guess you are buying it and the mirror, too?"
Now I am not the most tactful person in the world. I almost said, "No, I am just taking them for a ride in the cart." But I didn't. I had my prizes. Why gloat?
As I paid for my two beauties, I felt the glare of others staring with envy. I heard the sibilant whispers, "I was going to buy those." I blew them off, wrangled the mirror into the car, drove around back, and picked up the bench. Victory was mine!
Yes, I know, I know. I forgot to get jeans, but that just is another excuse for returning to Goodwill!
Here is that gorgeous mirror. Also, on the way home I found a clean-out and the lady there gave me the crib springs.
Best of all? Nothing needed intense painting or cleaning.
The bench had been recently refinished. I just needed to tighten one leg. The mirror was made from an old window and was in great shape - cream paint with a dark wax finish. I don't know why someone gave away these pieces.
A TIRED, BUT TRIED AND TRUE TRICK!
SOMETIMES A SCREW HOLE WILL BECOME WALLOWED OUT - TOO BIG FOR THE SCREW TO STAY.
Fill the hole with wood glue.
Stick a toothpick in the hole.
Break it off even with the surface. Screw the screw in again.
Let dry and you are good to go.
I did make it to the shoe store, and I did find a pair of running shoes to walk on the treadmill at the gym. Lest you think I exercise all the time, I have not been to the gym in a while. In fact it is at the local college and they gave out parking permits back in August. I have not picked mine up yet. With new shoes comes new resolve - I promise to be there this weekend!
Now I am not a fashionista. Never have been, never will be. BUT as I was trying on workout shoes I saw these fancy (for me) shoes with VINTAGE-LOOKING LACE ON THEM!!! Now I have not worn shoes with backs on them for years (except athletic shoes). Clogs and mules and thong sandals are more my style, but I had to have these. PLUS appealing to my miserly spirit, the running shoes were $15 off and it was BOGO for the second pair which were already marked down to half price. I know, I know they are probably years old and have been stuck on the clearance rack for seasons, but I wore them today and I still love them. So there!