Over the past week and a half, I have found some really great treasures at the local thrift shops. Last Thursday I was driving home from the Downtown Arts Center and felt like I just needed to run into the House of Bargains, which is a few blocks down. I’m wandering around, and I see this cute table that looks like it might be a cabinet for something. I go over and open it up, and to my ecstatic surprise, a 1930’s Singer Sewing Machine is laying inside! I don’t know if I can stress enough how awesome this was to find sitting in the town I live, because these things are not super common and they are worth a couple hundred bucks. My mother in law has one, and it sews like a dream! This is the sewing machine I’ve wanted for a while now, and there it was just sitting there. I composed myself, and then very calmly asked what the price was. The lady said $40, and I said, “SOLD!” The only two things I need to replace are the needle plate and the bobbin case, which I’ve already found on ebay for so cheap. I cannot wait to clean this beauty up and start sewing with it! I also found an old Samsonite suitcase that day. The rest of the loot I picked up here and there over the past week at the local Goodwill.
There has been lots of talk around the Webb home lately about possibly purchasing and doing some massive renovating of the house. It’s all up in the air right now, but if it is meant to be, then I bring on the Ikea kitchen!
In thinking about all of the possibilities, I realized how much I like this house already. Sure it’s falling apart (literally at the seams sometimes), but we’ve made it our home. The reality is, we have a roof over our head with air conditioning and heat, clean running water, comfy furniture, a yard to play in and food in the fridge. We live in abundance and have beyond what we could ever need. I am incredibly grateful for that.
With that said, I wanted to share with you the top 10 things about my house that I like. There are plenty of things to complain about, but what’s the point in that? I want to stay positive and thankful.
10. Spare bedroom: the fact that we even have a spare bedroom is incredible. It’s a hot mess, but we are slowwwllly working on it. Thankfully it has come in handy for the times my family and friends have come up to stay. It wasn’t a visual delight, but it served it’s purpose.
9. Makeshift Music Studio/Den: The previous owners of the house closed in the garage and it kind of ended up as a junk room. Last year, Daniel turned it into a room where he could be an audio geek, and we even recorded a Christmas album in it. The egg crates are for sound.
8. The corner by the front door: This small part of our house is unassuming, but it makes me smile. I’m a purse junky (not to be confused to an expensive purse junky) and I enjoy looking at them everyday, along with these cute canvases I got on clearance at Urban Outfitters a long time ago.
7. The space above the coffee bar: it’s just sweet to look at. I found these old pancake flower bags at Webb’s Antique Mall and had to do something with them. They go well with our Kitchen Aide Stand Mixer. Also, the wall/brick is heavenly compared to what it used to be. Imagine mint green painted walls with red and black brick….
6. The wooden shelving that separates the living room/dining room: It makes for some great memories.
5. The rose bushes growing against the old fence in our front yard: I didn’t even know they were there until a few weeks ago when Daniel’s mom came over and revived them. Now they are growing so fast!
4. The hall bathroom wallpaper: it’s still growing on me.
3. Our teal room (which I realize looks blue in this picture): I really enjoy the color of our room. The dark teal walls blend so well with our antique cream-colored furniture and our vintage ivory window curtains.
2. Abram’s room: I mean, look at it. The kid lives in Neverland.
1. The small hole in the eroding wooden fence at the front of the house: This is the most simplest of treasures. It is perfect the perfect size for Titan’s cute face. I never want to get rid of this.