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Rummage.

One of my favorite words: rummage. As in rummage sale.


After I took Simon to school yesterday morning I noticed a sign...Rummage Sale 9am. Be still my beating heart. I zoomed home. Said, "Mom. Rummage Sale 9am." The time was 8:50am. Always a willing participant and co-rummager, she grabbed her coat and we were headed towards our destiny.


This particular Rummage Sale was at a church. Those are always goodies. We walked in and I could feel it was going to be fruitful. And what to my wondering eyes should appear?


Remember this drawing? My new dream for my studio?


Dreamstudio_2A chest of drawers. With a $7.50 price tag. No joke. No kidding. $7.50.


I was telling the people there that I loved them.


It is old. It has character. Nicks and scratches and dings. Someone used to put things in there. Someone built it. It is damn cool.


Found a few other treasures: a wood lazy susan-thing that is now sitting on my table, four very large (like Costco size) glass jars at $.75 a piece - now holding ribbon of course, and a couple other things. Oh yea, and three FREE little goodies: a bottle opener (classic keyhole shape), a cheese cutter with a very taught wire, and a "thing" that creates the cool edge on pies - also cool to use in stamping.


Grand total for this rummage adventure: $14.00.


And here, my friends, is the beginning of my dream studio:


Chest_1 My plan is to use this to house things such as my mounted stamps and create drawers for different manufacturers. I am always trying to find a better way to organize my stuff. And simplify as much is possible for someone who creates.


My goal is to get rid of any plastic containers I have and move to an "all-oldie-&-goodie" system of containment and organization. This has been a slow process. But fun. Picking up things here and there. I have lots of cool wire things - like the container you see here. Found that for free last summer at an estate sale out in the country.


And of course, we will be moving here soon when the house sells. Then the process will begin again of finding a home with a space for me and all my stuff. My treasures.

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  1. denise says…
    04/30/2005

    LOVE it. $7.50? Are you kidding me?! Do the drawers have actual bottoms? lol. What an awesome find. Dream studio, indeed. :)

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  2. Amy says…
    04/30/2005

    Awesome!! Gotta love a bargain.

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  3. Laura says…
    04/30/2005

    I love wood furniture!!! We have the most well lived in, well loved cherry dressers that were my husband's Grandmother's & I wouldn't trade them for anything!!
    Good deals!
    Laura

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  4. Rachel says…
    04/30/2005

    Ohhh..looks awesome Ali!
    R

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  5. shannon montez says…
    04/30/2005

    SCORE!!

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  6. Angi B says…
    04/30/2005

    oh,yeah i remember that sketch. creative genius always radiating from Miss {A}... glad you found that great piece for your studio! and @7.50! how Sa-wEet indeed!!

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  7. danielle says…
    04/30/2005

    Sweet, man! I remember your drawing and thought that was a totally cool idea!

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  8. Angela says…
    04/30/2005

    Glad to see it coming together. Half the fun is finding the treasures!

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  9. Leah says…
    04/30/2005

    can't beat $7.50!! Great finds bring great adrenaline!

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  10. Cathy says…
    04/30/2005

    Love this....
    i was just telling Dan how much you dug the card file in our basement...he's like, it would probably cost a lot to ship it to her.
    Which means its in the realm of possibility, dude.
    c

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  11. Beth says…
    04/30/2005

    Love it....think that wall of drawers idea is awesome...I'm still into the plastic storage idea....how do you have all of your small things stored??? I just can't seem to find a way to store everything that I'm completely happy with....but for now....what I have will do....hope you find more great treasures like that one....and what a bargain!

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  12. Shelley R. says…
    04/30/2005

    Wow! Great find! Awesome look and you will so get your dream studio. Loving those wire baskets to. I am going to have to hit the auctions, rummage sales this summer in PEI. They have tons of antiques etc. Love your concept! Way cool!
    Shel

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  13. Leigh says…
    04/30/2005

    I, too, love garage sales. I dragged (drug?) my kids out this morning to garages sales in our town. +2 degrees Celsius and snowing, and we're going to garage sales. At least we took the van, normally we take our bikes! What are we looking for? Rescue Heroes. Especially female ones, so my daughter will know that she can be anything she wants, and my boys will respect women as well as men. The chest of drawers is very nice. I wouldn't have room for anything like that. I hope your new house will have all the space you need. :)

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  14. jen paddack-hyde says…
    04/30/2005

    very cool deal indeed!! I've been looking for one of those chests (for my daughter's room)!!
    jen

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  15. Sharyn (Torm) says…
    04/30/2005

    Wow!!! I can SOOO relate! I just got home from my first rummaging trip of the year! It's so fun to know other people *get it!* Congratulations on a heck of a deal!!! It's all about the rush! ;)
    ~Torm

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  16. teri fode says…
    04/30/2005

    Okay. Tell my why I'm depressed now about my brand-spankin' new pottery-barn desk that just arrived 3 days ago, and brand-spankin' new cropper-hopper white modular storage system for my *studio-closet*. You've ruined my day Ali. I want a used, warm, tattered, *loved* $7.50 chest of drawers.
    I'm not telling Don. He'll poop a brick after spending all this money.
    Ugh.
    :)
    t.

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  17. Laney says…
    04/30/2005

    Cool find, Ali! Love your idea!

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  18. Kass says…
    04/30/2005

    And I thought MY shopping trip on Friday night was successful. Woman, you rock!

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  19. Lisa says…
    04/30/2005

    Cool find! I love church rummage sales as well. Have you checked out Target's dollar spot lately? They have some cool wire baskets there. They are suppose to be for the bathroom, but I have other things in mind for them (stamps, etc).

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  20. Susan says…
    04/30/2005

    I've never seen that sketch, but it's too funny b/c I've started my own collection of the EXACT same idea! I got a dresser that was my mother's when she was growing up and am working to get it usable with the purpose of storing my mounted stamps and any other scrapbook supplies that might fit. I'm starting to think our connection through 2Ps is kismet - too many similarities to think otherwise. Even funnier that so many others feel the same thing! ;o)

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  21. Leslie says…
    04/30/2005

    Aah, a girl after my own heart!! I LOVE rummages!!! My mom and aunt used to drag me and my cousin out every Thursday and Friday in the summer and hit every rummage sale in the area!! At first I hated it, but then I got into it as much as they did!!! My pulse still quickens at the sight!! Love, love, love the chest of drawers idea. Makes me wonder why my old dresser is sitting empty in the basement. Hmmmmm . . . . Thanks for the inspiration!!

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  22. kim says…
    04/30/2005

    i love it, ali. it fits right in that space like it was waiting for you.

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  23. Tracy says…
    04/30/2005

    LOOKS great!

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  24. Lauren says…
    04/30/2005

    i seriously think you just inspired me to go find the nearest rummage sale as soon as humanely possible!

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  25. Sara B says…
    04/30/2005

    dude! I'm so jealous! And I think I have something you might like when you come visit next weekend....
    Sara B

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