one thrifty mama.

I appreciate a good deal, and I sure do have some exciting baby bargains to share. Annnd I just lost any male followers. Oh, well. Carry on.

1. Graco Classic Wood High Chair.

Amazon: $139.99 \ Craigslist: $50

Why I love it: I really like wooden high chairs. The price tag? Not so much. This one is perfect and matches our dining room. No stains, in great condition.

2. Graco Little Hoot Stroller.

Amazon: $179.99 | Garage sale: $50

Why I love it: Did you see that pattern?! We didn’t need the car seat, so I just nabbed the stroller — in perfect condition. I am told by my mommy friends that strollers with cup holders are golden, and this guy has two — and one for the kid! Boom.

3. JJ Cole System Bag - Cocoa Ovals

Amazon: $69.90 | Garage sale: $5

Why I love it: This bag is in super great condition, and there are pockets galore! It also comes with a matching pad for on-the-go diaper changes. I like the sling style and it’s adjustable, so Jonny can wear it, too. We’ll be taking this one when we go back to Africa.

Ceramic owl: 12 cents Vintage GE alarm clock radio: $2.50 2-tier vintage dessert stand: $1 Two vintage milk glass vases: $1.50 Glass votive: 12 cents

We welcomed spring yesterday by scouring an estate tag sale for vintage finds. Lucky for us, we slept in + arrived late, so by the time we arrived, everything was marked down to half off!

I am jazzed about our deals! The total? $5.25.

  • The adorable little 12 cent ceramic owl will be residing in Joseph’s room.
  • So will the awesome vintage alarm clock radio, which still works great, mind you! Check out that retro plug in. We probably won’t use it often, though. I’m paranoid! I can’t believe it was only $2.50. I found a similar one on eBay selling for $40, but couldn’t find a year. Any guesses?
  • I’ve recently developed an affinity for milk glass. (Thanks to my friend Ashley!) I couldn’t believe the price on these pretty vases. Two for $1.50? I felt like I was stealing! I saw these daffodils by the check-out counter at the grocery store, and somehow convinced my husband that they were necessary. Confession: The bright buds were pricier than the vases!
  • How cute is that $1 dessert stand? The white with black specks reminds me of cookies + cream. :) It’s in perfect condition! Can’t wait to make some cake balls or cupcakes to go on it.
  • I’m not sure if the pretty candle holder is technically depression glass, but I like it. It’s hanging out in our bathroom, and for 12 cents I feel like it was a pretty good purchase. I’d like to find other green votives + holders in different sizes and group them together.

planning a nursery: giraffes + letters + owls + fabric + stuff.

When I think about our little guy making his debut here, I get really excited for a lot of reasons. Obviously. But I’ve only recently gotten excited thinking about his room. Yay!


Decorating and nesting are so trivial when I think of the big picture, but Im all about creatively repurposing and remixing handmade, vintage, clearanced and thrifted furniture items, art and decor to give all of our kiddos awesome rooms that make them feel like the special and unique rockstars they are. (And I did work at Meredith for two years and I have the decorating bug. Full disclosure.)


So, without further ado…let the brainstorming of Joseph’s nursery commence!

Colors: yellows, browns, teals, greens, maybe a few splashes of orange. No prefab room for this kiddo!

What I’m loving right now: Giraffes, owls, woodland creatures, the alphabet, vintage books, typography, modern fabric.


What I’m not loving: Pastels. Disney characters. Safari-themed rooms. Noah’s Ark-themed rooms. Themed rooms in general.


I’m lamenting that you can’t create nursery registry on Etsy. Boo! I’ll direct you all to my Etsy favorites below. ;)