Fun vintage project!


Over at the Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking a post about drawer gardens just popped up. I have a couple sitting around that are too big to list on Etsy (I stick to items that don’t cost a fortune to ship) and was just going to get rid of them, but ta-da! A solution to my clutter.

Last summer I tried a potted garden on the balcony but it didn’t survive very well; there’s not a lot of shield from the wind in the Loop. These drawers are lower to the ground and just might survive! I have direct eastern exposure, so there is plenty of afternoon sun.

If you’re in Chicago, I can point you toward some places to find dresser drawers at very low costs, but check out Craigslist’s free section for people giving away old desks, side tables, etc. It’s very easy to remove the drawer and its hardware. Watch for your neighbors who are moving out, they might not be taking some of their furniture or give you the pieces you need before throwing away the shell.

Another great solution is salvage. Especially if you’re in a major city. People put furniture out in the alleys just like the do on their lawns in the burbs because it is such a chore to try and get rid of it, my husband and I are guilty of it ourselves! All you need is to check the drawers. Typically the furniture itself is beat up but drawers usually survive. Grab and go! You can always get rid of it later if it turns out to be a dud.

We’re coming upon church/neighborhood rummage sale season so keep an eye on those for overly used furniture at great prices!

I’m looking forward to finally having a use for these, hopefully I’ll get better results this season. Pictures forthcoming…

Good luck!

PS I do have two handsome desk drawers for sale, but they serve such a great decor function that you could really go either way!


Havin’ a sale…


My condo looks like a tsunami hit (sorry, Japan). And guess what? It’s all store related. So….

Come check out some new sales and merchandise!

AND through the end of March take 20% off your total using code SPRINGFEVER at checkout.

Happy spring! To those of us with allergies, boooooooo.

Interesting fact(s)


Brass is non-magnetic. If you are able to get a magnet to stick; it is plated and not solid.

While I’m at it – all sterling silver is required to have .925 stamped somewhere. Otherwise, it’s just plated. Fine silver (like your family’s fancy silverware set) is .915, the softer alloy (rolled with less of another metal such as rhodium, from the platinum family).

Might seem boring but for those of you with allergies to plated materials and nickel, if you follow my rules you’ll be just fine!

Shop on Vacation


Hey kiddies!

For the next couple of weeks is closing for a much-needed vacation.

BUT the good news is…. Between December 8th and December 21st if you use coupon code DECVACA at checkout, you will save 10% on your purchase. (If it is not automatically deducted you will receive a refund through Paypal.)

All items will ship on the 21st, as will all convos/emails be returned.

Thanks for your patience and for being awesome customers to work with!

Holiday blessings,


20% off holiday discount sale!


From now through December 1st, enter coupon code HOLIDAY828 at checkout to receive an awesome 20% discount on your order. (Shipping not included.)

This is invite-only, so tell your friends!

Have a wonderful and blessed holiday season, everyone!

Huge estate sale in Jackson Park (Chicago) on Nov 4th


Where can I put this?!?! There has to be something in my house that can be parted with.


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For sale information check, Chicago Jefferson Park Estate Sale by Brie’s Estate Sales (