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What does that mean?” inquired Jabberwocky as well she might. 

You might too–

“Does it mean you made a mistake?  As in oops?  You misspelled the word?” Jabber went on……..

No.  It stands for OTHER PEOPLE’S STUFF.

Of which I seem to have acquired quite a bit, for better or for worse.  My children groan when they consider the stuff, thinking that should I suddenly keel over and be gone, they would be the ones having to dispose of OPS not to mention the stuff I actually acquired which is MINE.  Well, then again, since I acquired OPS by legal means, it’s all mine.  So there you have it………

I’m a frustrated interior decorator. 

And gardener

and cook

 

and a whole bunch of things I’m really fairly mediocre doing, but I like to do anyway.

And I do like stuff, all kinds of stuff.  This is not to say I am attached to it.  Nope.  No sentimentality with moi, when it comes to stuff. 

But I love to find new uses for old things.  That kind of love.  (Has something to do with old me trying to find new things I can be useful doing…….you know, it’s all Jean Paul Sartre existentialism stuff.  Or something like that.  Look it up weeders, should you be curious.)

So, I want to show you some new stuff I have acquired of late—actually two items which I love, love, love!  One is this:

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An old copper campfire coffee pot. 

Did I mention it was copper?  I’m in love with copper.  My kitchen has a copper range hood, a large copper farm sink, a smaller copper sink in the island; the gazebo has a copper roof.  I have copper items over the kitchen cabinets on display.

No, it is NOT clutter.  It is ‘staging.’  With interesting objects d’art.  (Interior decorator terms.                        I think.  See how I’ve picked up the lingo?)

What’s that?  When do I polish it?  Oh, you know……….once in a while.  When I am in the mood. 

Oh alright, you are such sticklers for precision! 

I don’t polish any of it very often at all.  It has what is called ‘patina’ which means no one has polished it for a while and it’s gotten dingy and all.  We interior decorators refer to that as ‘patina.’  Satisfied?  

What?

No, in answer to your question.

I have never polished the roof to the gazebo.  That was done once, when it was fairly new, but the polishing didn’t last. 

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Wasn’t done again.  I’m not THAT crazy.

The copper campfire coffee pot will be put on display over the kitchen cabinets.  Not up yet, but it’ll get there.

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The second item I have acquired is another old suitcase! 

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The internets are full of ways to use these things—even recover them, attach them to walls as shelves, all kinds of creative geniuses out there! 

But I just clean them up, open them up to the sun for a while, then spray some Febreeze inside and throw in a good-smelling soap (one of those you brought back with you from some motel stay, so it’s free) and voila! good storage that looks interesting, and smells good too.  

Cheaper than all those baskety things in the stores so popular right now—hides clutter, easy to open and easy to move. 

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Use them as display items, for interest as ‘objects d’art’ in a room (above).

Below, these are used to hide cords to the TV and DVD and all those other cables which I don’t know what they do, but seem to be necessary–

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And of course,

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storage in your closet for out-of-season clothing.

*Yes, one shoe CAN change your life—ask Cinderella.  I, myself, am still looking for that one shoe……….

What do you mean, “Why?” 

PAY ATTENTION HERE!  To change my life! that’s why………

(In the meantime, it doesn’t hurt to have one’s suitcases packed and ready to go, right?)

Okay, so that’s some of my new OPS.  You been out there on the ‘circuit’ searching for OPS you can use, too?  Tell me what you found and how you’re repurposing it?  (“Repurposing” is a new bloggy term I see being used all the time.  I’m not original, I just pick up what more creative types write.)

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first four pictures from here:

http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=pictures+of+frustrated+housewife&qpvt=pictures+of+frustrated+housewife&FORM=IGRE#a

 

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Expanding My Summer Wardrobe

Today, yesterday and last week I found some wonderful bargains at yard sales and a great church rummage sale to add to my dwindling wardrobe.  I needed some new T’s and I found some other scrumptious bargains too good NOT to buy! 

I have no problem wearing OPS (Other People’s Stuff) nor does it bother me to have ‘used’ items in my house.  There are, of course, some things I do buy new—among them are underwear, mattresses, and yes, I’ve been known to buy some new furniture too.  But the majority of items we own are from yard sales—some of them have been refurbished, repaired, or repurposed.  What does that matter?  It allows me to have what I need and often what I want, to change the décor of my house as suits us, to have some very unique items unavailable in stores and to have some valuable items at very low cost—REAL treasures!–most importantly to be able to have the money to spend on necessities such as house repairs and pleasurable things such as trips.  We stay in the area to limit our gas consumption when we go to sales and the six of us who sale together work together to find just the right items we are looking for!  Very helpful!  It is the ONLY way some of us are able to afford the lifestyles to which we’d like to be accustomed!  And we have a blast!  (Not to mention save a lot of $$.)

Y-Knot?!!  Why not indeed? 

No matter WHERE YOU LIVE, you can and will save money by going to garage sales, yard sales, rummage sales.  I highly recommend you give it a try for several weeks and see how it works for you.

My finds–here they are:

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$1 for pants, 50 cents for the T!

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$1 for this shirt—the back has detailing, too.

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$1 for the print shirt; the red was one of 6 for $1

 

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These were in the 6/$1 group

 

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The vest and the jacket were $1 each.  The jacket is missing a button, but Thumper saw the extra button inside!  It is a really cute jeans jacket.  The vest is pink/black and will be wonderful come fall!

 

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Raspberry long-sleeved T shirt and white cardigan (cotton), $1 each.  (Note some of the brands are White Stagg, Liz, Chaps, etc.  These are expensive items if purchased in stores new!)

 

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Lime green loose knit overshirt was 50 cents.  The T shirt on the right still had the original tags and it had been $24.99.  I paid $1

 

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Green top, 50 cents, and each of the purses were $1.  The light purse is made out of cork.

 

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I have spent CONSIDERABLY less than $25 to update my summer wardrobe and add some items for fall, too.  I hope this encourages you to go out bargain hunting at yard sales and garage sales this weekend!

Oh! The Places We Go, The Things That We Do………..

With apologies to Dr. Seuss who wrote this brilliant book (his last)….

“Was he writing ‘bout the Brocanting Brigade, by any chance?” Jabber thoughtfully inquired……

Well, perhaps he was!  I don’t know, but we surely go wonderful places and do, well, things….wonderful or not. 

“Oh! The Places You’ll Go!
by Dr. Seuss

Congratulations!
Today is your day.
You’re off to Great Places!
You’re off and away!”

http://donstuff.wordpress.com/2008/10/09/oh-the-places-youll-go-by-dr-seuss/

And so we were off and away at 7 a.m., to various sales.  We discovered not just one, but TWO, two, 2, count ‘em, TWO! gliders!  One for Vanna and one for Vanna’s daughter.  At bargain basement prices, too. 

“You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the gals who’ll decide where to go.

You’ll look up and down streets. Look’em over with care. About some you will say, “I don’t choose to go there.” With your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet, you’re too smart to go down a not-so-good street.”

“Well, o’course not!  You Brocanters never go down not-so-good streets.  Not ever!” Jabber remarked………

At the first sale, we were all thrilled by…………the bags the sellers put our purchases in!  Yep, that’s right, the bags (it does not take a whole lot to thrill the Brigade, but you knew that..)

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Girlfriend had a blue polka dot bag and see the cute white one, too?

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Thumper had a bag which said, “STYLE” and of course, Thumper is ALWAYS in style.  Today she had on pink toenail polish to match her pink flip flops and her pink purse with her pink and white shirt.  We Brigaders like to stay in style.

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Vanna was going to steal confiscate Jabber’s bag, which was the best bag of all—here is Jabber with her bag:

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Yes!  It had Jackie and Jack Kennedy on the bag!

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At another sale, Vanna got all happy again as she acquired an owl rug.  (As mentioned previously, Vanna and her husband have owlets at their house!)

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Not to mention the tote bag she found with ducks all over it—for her Duck Dynasty trips, I suppose.   She does not have a duck caller, however, which gives rise to ideas about what to get Vanna for her birthday, now, doesn’t it?

SHHHHH!  Don’t tell her!

Below, Cupcake shows off her prize purchase of the day—a chip and dip bowl set and a new clutch purse:

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Meanwhile, Girlfriend discovered a book all about her!  Yes, indeed:

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Girlfriend considered this book as a guide to her future career:

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She decided against purchasing it.

The Brigade van was full, we were tired, and so we did what all Brocanters do—we went to eat.  At Athens. 

“Good Grief!  You went to Greece AGAIN?” an exasperated Jabber exclaimed.

Well, why not?  I mean, if you wish to believe that, go right ahead. 

Back in Pocket

“Ha ha!” laughed Jabberwocky in delight.  “Everybody is back in pocket and we added some people, too!  The pocket IS magic!”

Saturday morning was Brocanting Day and, yes, everyone was back into the swing.  We had special guests who came to visit us and go along for the fun, too.  Old friends from Missouri (see recent previous posts) had come for a visit and one of their favorite past times is to go to sales.  So, off we went.  In two vehicles!  Imagine the smiles from sellers as we all piled out of our cars to shop.  We found so much that we had to make a ‘drop off’ mid-way through the sales.

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After several sales, we stopped to have refreshments.  The day was so beautiful we were able to have our coffee and breakfast outside. 

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The “line up”?  No, just relaxing and visiting:            (l to r) Cupcake, Thumper and Sosew.

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Our special visitors, Barb and Earl.

Sunday night we had our dinner party (previous post), so Monday morning our guests visited our YMCA to say their good byes and see a few more friends.

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Realtor (left) and Vanna, striking a pose of course, are acting up, as always!

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(Background) Thumper and Cupcake.  Friend Barbara in black shirt, red shirt is Maisie and Earl is visiting with her.  Turns out Maisie, Earl and Barbara are from the ‘far north’ country and were comparing notes on life up there!

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Girlfriend (left) and Serious Leigh talk, well, seriously!

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VERY seriously!

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  Girlfriend and Barbara chat. (left)                  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Everybody is having a grand time (below).

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Alas, our friends had to return to their home, and we all had to go about our Monday.  It was such fun seeing them and having fun with the yard sale adventures.  We hope they return again soon.

“An’ you never did say what loot you got Saturday—what’d you get?  HUH?” inquired Jabber, ever curious.

Well, I showed you the new rugs (previous post).  Also acquired Saturday were:

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Dessert plates, all for $3.  We used them for appetizers on Sunday night at dinner.

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Women’s vintage hats, $2 each

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A small mannequin, $5.

And, last, but not least:

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  A fur stole for $5!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“An’ what’re you gonna’ do with all that stuff?”

Why, use them to decorate Christmas trees, of course.  What did you think?

 

Inexpensive Draperies

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Three $3 panels from Goodwill a while back.

And………

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$1 tassels

Yes, I am pleased with my $11 investment.  (By the way, the drapes were dry cleaned in the dryer with “Dryel”.)