i know my mom will say "i raised you better than that" and my husband will say "if you need something...i'll buy it for you" and in both cases i would say...you don't understand treasure hunting! i have been honing my skills in the area of finding old things, free things, disregarded things, and restoring them to a useful place in my home or our family's life. this oftentimes takes some creativity and even some "fringe" behavior. never illegal. never dangerous. just a little kookie.
for instance, several months ago i drove by a house in our neighborhood and saw six tall shutters laying on their lawn near the curb. now, they looked abandoned, but i was new to this and it took me agonizing over this for days and finally seeing the shutter IN the dumpster waiting for pickup to make my move. i put the car in park, popped the trunk, looked around for any bystanders, and tossed those babies into my car. i zoomed home on a high at what i had just scored. they were awesome. did i know what i was going to do with them? no. but i knew i would find something and i had just rescued these beauties from a life rotting at the dump.
several weeks later i was getting ready for my first craft show. i only get a 6' foot table and the rest of my product needs to be hung on upright, freestanding displays. i checked craigslist. a pegboard would run me a couple hundred dollars! USED!! i knew this would not work and as i was in the garage one day i saw my shutters. the lightbulb didn't just go off...it exploded! they were PERFECT! much cuter, trendier, and cheaper than the alternative and there they were in my own house! i used some curtain clips i had to attach my items and they were so cute. not a penny invested. i didn't even have to paint them as "shabby chic" is all the rage.
thank you for letting me share this excitement with you. let me tell you...i will cherish these display stands much more than anything i purchased in a store. they involved much more of a rush than any luxury purchase ever has.