Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Purging and Thrifting - Balance!

vintage finds, decluttering
Is it possible to both purge and thrift at the same time?

Can one balance the act of tossing with buying?

Buying in bulk.

Tossing by the truckload.

I think I have achieve that balance.

Chucks is not completely sure.

First this metal basket - large and heavy - was once part of a floral arrangement.

Silk flowers tossed.

Basket painted.

Will be sold.

Ah, balance!

Bought - one small ironstone cream pitcher.

Will be used on the mantel for a couple of months.

Then it will be sold.

Ah, balance!

Bought - one pillow sham - vintage embroidery.

Honeymoon couple - written in German.

So cute.

Admired for a few days.

Gone to the booth.

Ah, balance!

Bought - a group of baskets.

Will be painted after the rain has stopped.

Then prairie-sized.

Listed on Etsy or taken to the booth.

Ah, balance!

Bought two prints - used for one week.

Considered keeping the signed boy with dog.


Gone to the booth.

Ah, balance!

Tough group to balance, but here goes nothing.

John Romain pocketbook bought for the memory.

Will enjoy a few more days, then sell.

Clamps - must keep - most useful.

Bunny plaque - must sell.

Books and music - project time.

Wire basket - are you kidding!?!


Ah, balance!

Bought - giant bottle brush trees and a white basket of shams and a throw.

Trees - definite keepers.

Shams - already on the bed.

Throw - will be used for the sofa.

Basket will join the prairie group.

Ah, balance!

Progress report on Mount Basket:

Have a number of them completed, a number of them half-finished, and a number of them quite naked.

Adds up to I gotta get busy!

See how they are balanced?

Chucks says I must reduce this mountain of baskets fast.


He just caught me bidding on items at my favorite online estate sale site.

Ah, balance!

See y'all!

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  1. You crack me up! But, you do have it figured out and you are having fun and making a few dollars too! Have a great day!

    Blessings, Vicky

  2. How on earth do you have the time to do it! You must be always racing. I guess I'm a little slower these days.

  3. Wow, that is great how you balance the buying and purging. I don't have an outlet to sell items so I usually donate but love how you enjoy the things you buy. I'm a new visitor to your blog!


  4. Sounds like you've got the balancing act down. That's a hard one to master, in all areas of life! ~Ann
    Tarnished Royalty

  5. Hi Donna, I'm new here! I need to practice this myself--thanks for the inspiration! Blessings, Cecilia

  6. I can so relate, Mr. C tells me I'm a hoarder, and I finally agreed, I am! Oh my! But I have booth I try to balance with and am thinking about opening an etsy shop so that will help balance more, so I can buy more!

  7. I love your balance thought process. I works for me and seems to work for you :)
    Have fun,

  8. Looks like you're well in control. Balance in life is health :)

  9. Good for you Donna! I'm trying to walk that tight rope of balance myself. It is fun enjoying the things we find before letting them go to new homes. It seems to be working.

  10. You are so funny! That is a delicate balancing act to be sure. Thank you for sharing at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a great week!


  11. Oh my goodness, good luck with the baskets!

  12. I admire your sense of balance my friend.

  13. Great post as always Donna. I seem to be in a constant state of buying and purging--it never ends! I'm often at the point of feeling overrun by stuff, but then I have a good day or two of de-junking and I can breath again--for a minute or two :) Love that purse, never heard of that brand and the trees are awesome too. Have a great week!

  14. I love your balance idea...and I'd keep the pocketbook - it is beyoutifull. That boy and dog is precious, too. I just try to sell enough of my stuff to cover the expense of my trip, and keep about half...so I think that is the way I balance. And I give some away sometimes...my Etsy is slowish, but steady. Thanks for sharing at Revisionary Life Thrifty Life Thursday Link Party!

  15. I hear you...BALANCE! :)

    Love that sweet little pillow, so cute! Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY...


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