Broken for Me

Hi, my name is Nora and I am addicted to thrift stores. I am powerless before the strange power that lies within. The dusty corners where a special item might lurk are my siren song. Over the years I have taken a lot of ribbing by family about my addiction … where I see a … Continue reading

Craft Room Tour

Remember that armoire I got for $15 at a big garage sale? And remember how I cleaned it up? Well here, finally, are some pictures of it being put to good use. Our little house has two rooms upstairs under the eaves: one larger one we use as a guest room, and one bitty one … Continue reading

Celebrating Reuse at the Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse

It all started with a 7” inch white zipper.  I could not find it at the national big box sewing and crafts store.  So I did what anyone would do in that situation.  I googled it. Among the list of usual suspects, was the name Center for Creative Reuse.  There was an invitation to joy … Continue reading

Caring For Vintage Furniture

As you may have read the other day, I recently scored a vintage armoire for $15. It was in kind of rough shape when I received it, but here’s how I fixed some of the problems. Problem #1 – It was dirty. Solution #1 – Murphy’s Oil soap, my friends. With a little hot water, … Continue reading

Vintage Score: Armoire

I scored this 1930s (I think) solid wood armoire at a historical society yard sale for $15 (yes, $15!). It was originally $25, but it was the end of the day and it was half price, but they didn’t have enough change for a twenty, so I gave them $15. So as you can probably … Continue reading