Something Old, And Something New

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I have made a few changes around my house over the last few months.

There is something about coming out of winter that makes me long for a change..

You know – Just to freshen things up..

But……  change usually means money.

(seriously.. no pun intended..)

It has not been a good year for money for our household.. My husband has spent the year developing

his own plumbing business, and being self employed often means you don’t know

how much, or even when, the next check might come in.

So – I made myself a little deal. If I want something new, I need to sell something old.

This dealio happens to fit in well with my determination to try to downsize or ‘de-crapify’ my stuff..

  I recently decided I really, really, really, really. Wanted a sectional. Bad..

Really..

Soooo – I sold a bar height table and chairs that I had at my office at work and wasn’t using anymore.

That gave me $200 to spend. Sweet!

I decided I wanted one of the smaller sectionals like I have seen at Ikea.

I began stalking Craigslist..

I found that the cute little sectionals I liked alot were way out of my price range.

While the ones in my price range were hideous..

Hid… E… Ous..

Not just ugly- most of them looked really dirty too.

I swear I could actually smell them through cyber space.

Ewwwww…

Then one day my iPad signaled there was a new item that met my search requirements.

I took one look and decided I wanted it! It was only on Craigslist for a few minutes

before I asked if I could come and look at it – I was on that puppy like white on rice..

We went and bought it the same day. It was a tad bit bigger than what

I was looking for…but at $200 – the price, color, and condition of it won out.

It seriously just settled into this room like a glove..

And our whole family nestled right into it like happy couch potatoes..

Awwwww…………….

After we steam cleaned it…;-)

It’s not new..it’s a little rumpled.

It has a ding here and there.

But so do we… and so do most of our furnishings..

Because.. surprisingly..we actually live in our house 😉

Not a bad exchange..

We gave up something we no longer needed or had room for-

And added something that suits our family and gets used daily..

With no money out of pocket.. no credit card..no guilt..

That is worth quite a bit I would say 😉

So – what do you think of it?

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35 Comments

  1. Carol-Anne
    4 years ago

    I LOVE it! What a great idea & a good way of executing it! (I miss hearing from you)

  2. Cheryl @ The Creative Me and My McG
    4 years ago

    I love that idea…glad to see you posting again!

  3. Becki Foster
    4 years ago

    What a great find! It looks wonderful with the plate wall too! So good to hear from you – and I hope your husband’s business is successful.

  4. suzie
    4 years ago

    love it! how nice to re-use and be thrifty! we overconsume so much in our society. love getting a post from you, i especially miss your wardrobe posts, you have such great style!

  5. Deborah
    4 years ago

    Hi Sharyl! It was a nice surprise to find you in my inbox. Your new sofa looks luscious. I love to reduce, reuse, and recycle, too. Good job finding this! Ya gotta be quick on Craigslist…Deb

  6. Landy
    4 years ago

    Oh my gosh, Sharyl! I was thinking about your blog just yesterday and it’s such a wonderful surprise to see your email pop up. It’s like getting a golden nugget from a stream. I just love to see what you’re up to! : )

    I love it! We looked for a sectional too for our new house and the sales guy talked us into a loveseat and couch instead. Actually saved us some money too! I love craigslist. I’ve found some real treasures on there.

    Take care & God Bless!

  7. Sandy
    4 years ago

    Great to see you in my Feedler toay! The sectional is fabulous, what a deal and a net $0 cost, can’t be beat.

  8. SheilaG @ Plum Doodles
    4 years ago

    That is a very wise way to live. And you got a great sectional- it looks perfect in your space!

  9. karen davis
    4 years ago

    Hi Sharyl, I have missed ya! I love your “new to you” sectional, and honestly hope you share more about how you are dealing with hard times, lots of us, have and it is nice to see genuinely how others get thru, and help us thru ours as well….I searched for affordable meals, I mean cheap meals thru other blogs, got mostly time saver/bulk cooking type of ideas…just had to figure it out on my own, refried beans/grilled cheese/breakfast for supper stuff. Thru it all, God has blessed me and provides for all of our needs, found He is my source, and has sent people to help as needed. What I see is that what you have now, is what we need to know, to get thru life, hope that all made sense, please pray and consider, Sincerely, Karen

  10. Melesa Garrison
    4 years ago

    Sharyl, I was so glad to see you on here! I think you are so smart and thrifty. The sectional looks great in your pretty room, with those terriffic pillows and rug! I hope your husband is doing well with his new business.My husband sold his CPA firm seven yrs ago and he’s doing a little financial planning on the side, but he deperately needs to get another job. Maybe we can pray for each other??? thanks and God Bless, Melesa

  11. Melissa Kaiserman {A Time for Everything}
    4 years ago

    I love it! And I love how you acquired it. I would really like a sectional for our family room (since we have to do lap sitting for family movie nights!) but have just put it out of my mind with that whole self-employment issue being our reality as well. But maybe I should follow your example!

  12. Steph
    4 years ago

    Welcome back…you’ve been missed! What a great score…love CL. :) And sending out prayers to you and yours that hubs business kicks it up!

  13. Audrey
    4 years ago

    So glad to see you again (online that is)! I’ve missed you. I love what you did with the plates over the “new” sectional. Your room is really looking great!

  14. Lina
    4 years ago

    Wow! What a great find! Love it. And i love the rug and colors of your space..pretty.
    You were one of my first blogs I followed and I’m trying to catch up on reading now that I’m busy with a blog of my own :)

    Lina
    http://www.fancyfrugallife.com

  15. staci torgerson
    3 years ago

    I love saving money and getting rid of some things you don’t need any longer. I adore your aqua and white pillows so much. Did you make them?

    Sharyl@Thelittlebrownhouse Reply:

    I actually bought those pillows at Target! I waited forever for them to go on clearance and then grabbed them!

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