Ali Edwards Capture life. Create art.

April 30, 2005


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.


  • 1.
    denise said…

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

  • 2.
    Amy said…

    Awesome!! Gotta love a bargain.

  • 3.
    Laura said…

    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!

  • 4.
    Rachel said…

    Ohhh..looks awesome Ali!

  • 5.
    shannon montez said…


  • 6.
    Angi B said…

    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!!

  • 7.
    danielle said…

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

  • 8.
    Angela said…

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

  • 9.
    Leah said…

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

  • 10.
    Cathy said…

    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.

  • 11.
    Beth said…

    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!

  • 12.
    Shelley R. said…

    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!

  • 13.
    Leigh said…

    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. :)

  • 14.
    jen paddack-hyde said…

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

  • 15.
    Sharyn (Torm) said…

    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! ;)

  • 16.
    teri fode said…

    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. :)

  • 17.
    Laney said…

    Cool find, Ali! Love your idea!

  • 18.
    Kass said…

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

  • 19.
    Lisa said…

    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).

  • 20.
    Susan said…

    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)

  • 21.
    Leslie said…

    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!!

  • 22.
    kim said…

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

  • 23.
    Tracy said…

    LOOKS great!

  • 24.
    Lauren said…

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

  • 25.
    Sara B said…

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

  • 26.
    kah-mei said…

    that’s my kinda deal! I totally hear you on the plastic container thing – have too many of those, going back to more substantial storage. Here’s to more fab sales – and wish me luck, I’m going to one with Emily tomorrow!

  • 27.
    Cammy said…

    Great find! I love your plan for a new space. It’s gonna look fantastic.

  • 28.
    Rhonda said…

    I love the look of this! I can’t wait to see what you do with all of your goodies.

  • 29.
    griffsmom said…

    I collect old beat up pieces too..same goal..get rid of the plastic..I just picked up an old flyfishing display case for all my embellishment.LOVE it

  • 30.
    Melissa said…

    Ohhhhh… love rummage sales! You got the find of the day – awesome old chest!!!

  • 31.
    Bradley Batt said…

    Very cool… I hope that we are able to make it up to Oregon one of these days to check out your entire place!

  • 32.
    Laura said…

    Love it! Great look for your studio!

  • 33.
    Tina said…

    You got a steal of a deal. Those things are super impossible to find I tell you. Awesome dresser radar you have!!!

  • 34.
    Shawn said…

    Ali I have something similiar in my art room…it’s an old old dressar style piece almost like that one that was my stepfathers. It is housed in the closet and holds a plethora of goodies! I have old bookshelves that were thrown away because glass was broken off…works perfect to hold baskets, photo boxes, paints, you name it. For “some” of my stamps I have the cabinet crafted with flat drawers – a bit pricey so I only have one…For some reason for us artists our rooms are always in changling stage. I think it grows with our stages and craft as well. Congrats on your way cool finds! Can’t wait to see pics of what you do with them all. -S

  • 35.
    Lisa BC said…

    I love rummage sales, too. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. :)

  • 36.
    Maureen said…

    I love this! I got a great dresser last year for $5 at the side of the road. It needed a bit of tlc from my hubby but I just love it. I whitewhashed it…love that look! It is my favorite piece of furniture!
    PLUS I love rescuing the unlovables!
    maureen w

  • 37.
    stephanie Thiel said…

    ‘Out! Out! Damn plastic!!’…my new scrap space mantra!
    No more sterlite here sista!
    Having weird visions of your front yard being a mecca for forlorn wooden chests…a mass migration of husbands trying to get stuff out of the garage and basement…hauling it long convoys towards YOUR house!!
    LOVE those sales!!!

  • 38.
    Cindy said…

    Rummage sales…near and dear to my heart! Love what you found…can’t wait to see the progression.

  • 39.
    Danelle said…

    Awesome find Ali, crave a good rummage sale right now!

  • 40.
    Marilyn H said…

    oh my gosh, Ali!!! How exciting!! I love rummage sales (they are called garage sales or yard sales here. Interesting to me! ha!) I get all excited at the possibilty of a good find, too.

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