First Craigslist deal

I know of a few people that have bought multiple items off Craigslist and exclaim about the great deals they have got.  Well, I bought my first item off Craigslist and I think I got a good deal.

I have been carrying my sewing machine from the back of the house to the dining room table for years and now I have carried it a few times to and from the car when I went to sewing classes.  I was about ready to buy a rolling case, but when I priced them in JoAnn’s Fabric they were about $50.00 on sale – more than I wanted to pay.  So, I figured it would have to wait until I could get it for a birthday present.

Well, I scanned our local Craigslist (which covers many towns and probably hundreds of miles) and found someone with a rolling sewing machine case for $20.00 and it listed my town – even better.  I called and she still had it so I went and picked it up.  She was given a sewing machine and the case 10 years ago and never used them so the case is like brand new.

rolling sew case rotated named

 

 

 

I put my machine, etc in it and it is so much easier to transport inside the house and to/from the car.

So, if you are looking for something and don’t mind if it is used you might find a deal on Craigslist (or a similar site).

Later – H

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January and February 2013 Thrift Store bargains

My extended family used to have an unofficial ‘bargain of the month’ contest.  We haven’t announced our bargains for a while, but I think I am winning 🙂

I have decided this year I can’t go to a thrift store unless I have dropped off at least one bag as a donation that month (hopefully that way more unneeded items leave the house than needed items coming in).

  • Between January and February I made three trips to a thrift store and bought a few items:
  1. like-new red leather belt for $0.50,
  2. a two drawer card file for $5.00 which I am going to use to store trim and small pieces of lace,
  3. a new slip that still had the tags for $2.99,
  4. a book of wall hanging quilt patterns for $0.25
  5. a new ‘hot pink’ purse organizer for $2.00 (which was greatly needed since my current purse is black inside and I was constantly losing my keys inside my purse!). 

belt drawer collage

 

 

 

 

 

So, what bargains have you found lately?      Later – H

IKEA hacking – have you heard about this?

Until I started going on Pinterest I hadn’t really heard of IKEA (furniture) hacking, but now I know there are at least two websites that are totally about hacking IKEA furniture.

This last weekend we left the high desert of Nevada for Sacramento, CA.  It was nice to get away for the weekend.  We went to the Sacramento Zoo and then went to the IKEA store in West Sacramento.  We walked around all of the showrooms and now that I have seen how people have modified IKEA furniture I looked at everything in a different light.

One thing we have been looking for is a ‘structure’ to put on our kitchen counter so we could store the crockpot and some of the flour containers, etc in a way that we could gain some counter space.

While walking around we saw the birch colored Molger bench on sale for $29.99 (it is still available on the IKEA website at the regular price of $39.99).  We realized we could either change the lower shelf height and/or cut the legs off depending upon the crockpot height.  We got home and found out we could leave the shelf at the regular height and cut 5″ of off the lower legs to make it work for our needs.  That made it so the lower shelf sits just off the counter and the storage unit was not too high for the kitchen counter.  (We love it, but the only problem I have found is I can’t see the television if I am stirring a pot on the stove which I can live with.)

IKEA shelf

So, what projects have you been working on?    I added an email address on the ‘About’ page   acreativeengineerinnv@gmail.com     so send me a message!

Later – H

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Can you believe it is already mid-February?  I can’t.  Our weather has even warmed up at least for the next few days.

I have a pile (10+) of draft posts, but I can’t believe I haven’t got them and the photos together so I could post them.  Getting these posts done is one of my projects for this month.

Well, here is a project I worked on this morning so we will start with this.  Yesterday I made a stop at the Salvation Army thrift store in the next town.  I came home with a Thread Spool organizer (which can hold 72 spools! and it even had 5 new spools of thread inside) for $1.99.  As soon as I opened it I could see why someone would get rid of it – the spools came off the posts as soon as you put it up on end or tried to close it.  Well, I realized by using my Engineering skills and supplies I had around the house I could make this work a whole lot better than my old way of holding my spools of thread:

nails on boards

thread organizer modified thread organizer as received

 

 

Yup – nails on boards which didn’t keep the thread protected from the dust, etc.

 

 

 

 

So, to fix the problem I used a piece of plastic canvas I had sitting around and some small ponytail holders I had and made removable covers that stay in place when the unit is closed.

 

My fix is so much better than the way it arrived.

 

I am so happy to now have a place for my thread and a blog post that is completed 🙂

Hope you all have some fun with friends and family today.

Later – H

 

 

 

Walmart update and something weird happened today…

Well, I did go to our local Walmart this week looking for black cord elastic (see a previous post about Walmart coming to town).  They had a map of the store near the door so I was able to quickly find the fabric / craft area.  Bad part – they didn’t have any black cord elastic (only white); Good part – I check their fabrics and found some material with ‘shoes’ on it – perfect to finish a project for a friend that likes shoes.  So, I did buy one yard of the material and headed for the cashiers after I told the lady that this was one department they should definitely keep.

Now one of my problems with Walmart: I was there mid-morning on a Monday, but there were multiple people in each line and they were moving so slow.  I finally moved to one of the self-service lines and the person in front of me couldn’t figure out how to use the computer system to pay (the employee kept having to come over and clear the machine and have him try it again).  Luckily, the guy waiting for the other self-service line saw that I only had one item and allowed me to take the register that was in front of him when it was open.

So,  Walmart did have at least one item I needed and I will try them when I need a basic craft/sewing item or maybe a piece of fabric.  A friend reminded me that there was a smallish fabric store (in the next town 30 minutes away) that would have my black cord elastic at a good price (and they still cut you the length you need instead of having to buy a prepackaged item) so I bought it there when I was in town.

Weird thing that happened today:  We took Pepper the Golden Retriever puppy (7 months old as of yesterday) for a walk on a new, paved trail nearby.  Well, before we got far away from the car she pooped so I bagged it up and took it back to the car (leaving it next to the front passenger tire) since there wasn’t a trash can available.  We went on the 2+ mile round trip walk and were deciding how we were going to get rid of the bag – put it in the back of the car to take home, find a trash can nearby, etc.  Well, we got back to the car and the bag was gone!  There is no way someone would thing that bag had something valuable (smelly!) so we are stumped why someone would take it.  I guess we were the recipient of a Random Act of Kindness,

Later – H