IKEA meets Goodwill

Hi.

I have come to bring you my long awaited furniture post (by who, I’m not sure, but I have promised it for a couple weeks now:-).

As you all may know, I recently moved across the country (ok, half way across, but really whats the difference??), and I like to keep it simple sweet always with furniture and moving- I buy cheap, sell cheap or give away or leave (thanks mom and old roommates :-x) wherever I am coming from or going to.  Goodwill, Tag Sales (yard sales as apparently I’ve learned most people call them at least in the South) and Craigslist play a big part in making this possible for me.  I have moved several times after selling all and buying completely new stuff, for either a minor financial loss, or sometimes even making a profit.  And this way I am able to move only in my civic and not have to pay movers or rent one of those UHaul thingies I’ve heard so much about.  I wouldn’t trust myself to drive that anyway.

So this time was no different, as I gave away my dresser, bookshelf, sold my bed last time I moved from here, I couldn’t just take all that stuff back.  And I left all my newish furniture at my Mother’s in CT, so I got here with nada.

No worries.

Goodwill to the rescue.

My first purchase was an awesome condition black full size futon that folds in two different ways (up into a couch, and also into a chaise lounge style- I have yet to use it that way as it is my bed), for $40.  A steal in my opinion.  It is one where the cushion is attached, making it even better to use as a bed.  And in my four weeks on it so far, I have slept well each night.

Sorry, no pictures of that piece 😦

Secondly, a couple weeks later, and the same day I found my lovely concert shirt at Goodwill, I was also hoping to find a nightstand and/or a coffee table set.

I found a coffee table set.

I love when I go into Goodwill looking specifically for certain things, and find them.  Both of them.  In the same day.  Blows my mind.  And makes me happy.  It proves that it is not just a place for strolling casually to see what treasures you come upon that you never knew you could never again live without.  Get it? 🙂  Although I like when that happens too.  Most people feel that way when they meet me…:)

Just saying.  Haha.

You have already seen the geometric shirt perfect for the Awolnation concert I didn’t get to go to:( and now I will show you my coffee and end table set in perfect condition from IKEA- aka furniture heaven and/or headache heaven, whichever you prefer.

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There they are.

IKEA Coffee and End Table set, $40 total

I guess $40 was the magic number from the Universe for my furniture purchases this time around, becasue this WHOLE set was a mere $40 as well.  That makes $80 total for a bed, effectively, and a living room set.  I got my couch free from my awesome friend who just moved to Austin, TX two days after I arrived in Nashville.  Thank you, Universe.

Also, I’m sure it has been shared in a past post becuase it is from Goodwill for $4, but the awesome yellow patch quilt is from the Charlotte Pike Goodwill in Nashville, TN within the past year and a half.  I also found the same quilt in black that same day:)  Who knew Goodwill had color selection?

And I couldn’t leave without sharing my dresser with you.  It’s not from Goodwill, but its just too cool of a story not to share.

I was out one saturday morning perusing local thrifts for a dresser or five to house my more than is ever appropriate collection of clothing (partly due to my Goodwill addiction), and was on my way home empty handed when I saw this on the side of the road:

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So I will describe it:  It is a turqoise shabby chic (read: messily) painted approximately 4′ tall 5 drawer dresser that puts a storage dent in my clothing collection and makes my room very happy.

Above it I have hanging my small wall art canvas of a green tree I purchased at Goodwill about two years ago and still love.  It and the dresser go very well together.

You may have heard me mention before of my love of bright colors.  I think turquoise falls nicely into this love.  So who better to pick this up than me?  Well, it turns out technically the guy giving it away was better to pick it up and lift it in into my car than measly old me…but I did a pretty good job of a driving away with it sticking out of my trunk and driving over the railroad tracks to my casa.

Happy car, happy Jaime.

Addendum: You can see a picture of the dresser in this later post, Lady in White.  🙂  You’re welcome.

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More Dresses for Jaime :) Oh, and the greatest coffee table EVER

 

 A girl can never have too many dresses, right?  Well, if you look at my closet you will know that the answer is No.  Capital N.

I got this one at Goodwill a couple weeks ago:

7.99, Origially Old Navy, animal inspired print navy blue shirt dress.

Necklace: Plato’s Closet.   Strappy Wedges: Target.

And then you can put this great khaki fitted blazer over for a different, more put together, maybe a little warmer? look.

Oh, yeah, the blazer is also from Goodwill, 6.99.  Does that surprise you?  Origially from Target for I think over $20.  My sister was’t happy when she saw mine.  Yeah, she got it at Target in black for the regular price.  I still love her though.

And also this one:

Ann Taylor Loft, also, 7.99. 

Boots: Nashville Flea Market, 5.00

From some grown up store Ann Taylor Loft.  But I can still sass it up with red cowboy boots and my chunky yellow necklace from Plato’s closet, Ann Taylor Loft or not.  I will admit, I am guilty of loving a purse, seeing it is Liz Claiborne or some similar other ‘old lady’ brand (sorry Liz), in my opinion at least, and immediately putting it down:/  No questions asked, not further inspection of the product.  Not for me.  I am not ashamed to admit that.  I am glad I didn’t do that with this dress.  Although it is harder to do this at Goodwill when most things are under $8.  If I like it, it could say Dress Barn for all I care, and I’d still buy it.  Well, that may be going a little too far. 

I like the waist pleats on this dress, and the cap sleeves.  So cute. 

Oh, you want to see the greatest coffee table ever?  Or the top three… as my boyfriend says.  He may be right, but I’ve never seen the other two.  Remains to be proved.  Like most of our arguments:)

Here goes…

No idea where this is originally from, Heaven?  🙂 But it was $35.  I would’ve paid twice that, for the look, the storage, the stylish legs, the rustic look….oh, let me count the ways.  

Oh, I almost forgot, the top flips up to reveal more storage inside, in addition to the droor on the front:

Clearly, I am already making use of it:)  This is a great way to just put everything you would throw on TOP of your coffee table, inside it, and creat the illusion that you are perfectly neat, clean, put together person:)  Everybody will be jealous.  Everyone you get to come to your house at least.  Which by that point, they’re already pretty impressed with you anyway, right?  Okay, now you see how my rambling mind works, and what I live with everyday. 

And it came with this great vintage Reader’s digest condensed book inside the front droor:

Not to be unclear, it is the book on top.  I may have seen that this was in the droor before I purchased it, but I just thought I’d assume it was a package deal, and not tell the Goodwill folks.  I knew it would look perfect on top of my new table:)  The other two are books that are currently on my reading radar, All He Ever Wanted by Anita Shreve (I’m pretty sure I have mentioned how much I love her several times by this point) and a book that I think was supposed to make it to my grandfather for christmas, along with several others, The Birth of Modern Politics, but I think it looks pretty interesting, so I’ll just hand it over next time I catch up with him:)  (If you’re reading this Bubs, now ya know!)

I think that is enough to leave you with today, I wouldn’t want you to burst with impressed-ness.  That should be a word.  Goodwill has me for at lesat another month, in which I’m sure it will amaze me once again, and hook me for another month…and so on and so forth. 

In case you forgot, Goodwill is known for helping and hiring people with disabilities, so they do really good work!  Your money not only gets you great finds, but goes to a great cause!

So go out and see what you can find!  And show me!  Until next time, live life, and love life:)

-Jaime!