Category Archives: Recycling

DIY: Painting Concrete

To the left is a photo of an old concrete wall sconce in original condition. I wanted to repaint it, but I’m not a painter in the artsy, beautiful sense of painting. That said, I did it. And you can too. … Continue reading

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Trash to Treasure DIY: Painting and Rewiring Lamps

Some of the highest quality lamp “treasures” I find are at my local Goodwill stores (no offense Salvation Army, but your stores are “far” from me and your prices are much higher for the same sad-condition lamps). You know the kind of lamps … Continue reading

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Not Too Shabby: How to Turn a Tweet into a Store Visit

Recently I posted this photo (left) to Twitter. It is a lamp that I bought at Goodwill for $5, then I repainted and rewired it. I’ve been on a real do-it-yourself (DIY) project bender, mostly lamps over the past few months. Normally I post a photo and … Continue reading

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Hand-Me Downs and Thrifting: Does One Set You Up for the Other?

As the third of four sisters I inherited clothes, shoes and stuff that my two older sisters had outgrown. When we were growing up, though, everyone referred to inherited clothing as hand-me downs. We did the handing down within our family, … Continue reading

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Mirrors: Giving New Life to Old Things

We are renovating/sprucing up our 13-year-old Victorian-style home. I think layering old things and new things gives our home a lived-in yet beautiful vibe. That’s one reason why I thrift: to find old items that I can use as is … Continue reading

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Recyclables

Do Yours “Blend Thoroughly into a Harmonious Whole?” In our urban suburb town in Northern NJ we are required to recycle: plastic/aluminum, mixed paper and yard debris come quickly to mind as far as our weekly commitment. Our family loyally … Continue reading

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