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What’s Going on Wednesday! April 29, 2009

Filed under: Other Stuff — Shannon @ 3:55 pm

Each Wednesday I will bring you What’s Going On. This post will feature what is going on in my frugal little world and how I am surviving frugality. You’ll find some great tips on how to do things on a budget!

I made a trip to Goodwill last week. I was in the process of redecorating my home office.  I needed some finishing touches to go with my new desks (one for me and one for the wee one).  I have not been in a Goodwill for years.  In my quest to be more financially fit, I decided that Goodwill might be a good place to start. Well let me tell you, if you haven’t been to Goodwill since 1992 like me, you will be in for a big surprise! I was able to find all the wall decor that I needed (and liked)for under $12.00.

Here is something that I did not know- Target donates its customer returns, damaged items and seasonal items to Goodwill’s thrift shops.  I was suprised at how many of the items in the store where brand new with tags from Target.  Everyone knows I love a good deal from Tar-jay’s clearance aisles.  Who knew I could find it at Goodwill!!

I found a great Umbra collage picture frame that I saw at our Target for $25.99 for $5.99 – it fit perfectly and I was able to match it to a Umbra tack board I bought at the store on clearance.  (see picture- I do have it filled with great shots of my son, but he insist that I not put his picture on the internet, because has learned about internet predators in his 1st grade class. I am OK with that!)   There were many other cute Target items there, but keep in mind, some prices may be higher than the Target clearance price.  You just have to be a saavy shopper and look for the best deals.


Other great items I found were shadow boxes. They were $3.00 for three. They were in perfect shape after a quick wipe down. I put a couple candles I had sitting around along with my a picture of my husband and son (I am hoping this picture is ok with my son, because you can’t see his face and he is about half the size he currently is). It filled an empty corner nicely.


My final find was picture frames. They are frames designed to look like the picture is free floating. The wall color comes through on the clear part of the frame. I saw these at Wal-Mart for $6.00 each.  I took some pictures outside and had them printed at Walmart. The frames were only $1.00 each. I printed three prints in different tones and put them side by side on the wall.  As I am taking pictures for the post, I realized how crooked the photos are. You get the idea, just hang them straight.


My goal is to finish this room in the next few weeks. I want to stay under $50.00 for accessories.  I am going to try to get to a few garage sales since the weather is getting nicer.

So thats what is going on with me on this beautiful Wednesday. What going on with your Wednesday?


2 Responses to “What’s Going on Wednesday!”

  1. Liz Says:

    How awesome – I donate a lot of stuff to Goodwill, St. Francis, and the FaithCentre here in town. But I never think to go in and do some shopping. I’ll have to try it out!

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