Later I found the desk on Craigslist for $100. It might not look like it was worth a $100 but before I painted it, it was beautiful. Kind of sad, that I did paint it but I am a woman on a mission to make a great scraproom. I found the chairs at yardsales for $10 and $5. (but have recently been on vacation where there was an "IKEA" and got three chairs for $23 each). If you follow my blog you will see that I am always changing it around. I think I have a need to redecorate and I just keep redoing my scraproom! Not that I haven't redone other rooms in the house! Remember I am a HGTV junkie!
Most of my supplies I have bought second-hand through yardsales and Craigslist. When I see a listing or yardsale, if it is good stuff I usually try to buy the lot for one price. I have gotten some amazing deals this way and bought most of my supplies for a fraction of the cost. If you have Craigslist in your area try searching for "scrapbook", "stampin up", or "stamps". Whatever is your passion search for it, keep checking because it can go fast. Most people who are selling go into this hobby and just let it sit, or now they need more room in their homes, or need the the money now.
Recently I bought a lot, it had to be worth $4000 $5000 retail and I got it for a mere $200. I bought it over the phone and she named the price! I didn't even try to talk her down, by the way I am a negoiater. She lived a couple hours from me and brought it to me the next day! I have been selling the excess and duplicates and have already made my money back, and added 50 Stampin Up sets plus a whole lot more to my supplies. I even set my daughter up to start scrapbooking and stamping. Aren't I a good mom?
This is a sample of what I bought once for $75 and that I actually took photos, this link will take you to one of my favorite websites and my gallery:
I have learned to look at items at Goodwill and yard sales and find creative ways to make them work for me. Such as..
The plastic slackable paper trays I got for $2 each. I bought about 50 of them. I still have some stashed in attic but you never know I might need them. I got the little blue boxes at Walmart for cheap. I got a bit crazy and bought a bunch of them but I have you to know I am using all of them.
Needless to say, I am a scrapaholic and I love to reorganize my room, good thing because when I buy a "lot" of supplies and I usually have to make more room. I think I love organizing my room more than scrapbooking and stamping! My goal is to buy and sell to support my habit. Take a look in my Items for Sell List to see some of what I have for sell.
Let me know what kind of great deals you have found and I may share them on my blog. Happy shopping!