Saturday Haul

We don't like a lot of clutter here at the Vanderhouse. Every weekend we load up the trusty Ford Explorer with assorted items from the house that either need to be sold, donated or returned. We head off on our rounds to consignment clothing stores, the Goodwill and whatever other stores we need to return items that we've changed our minds about.

Then we fill it back up! We never know what we're going to find on our Saturday adventures. Some of our favorite places to look for bargains include the Goodwill, Salvation Army, Outreach Thrift, the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, garage sales and estate sales, and various mom and pop thrift stores in the metro area. There are some real bargains to be had and we've bought everything from furniture to clothing, all second hand.

This weekend we made the rounds and came home with several good finds.

Before thrifting, we stopped at the Dollar store for some party accessories for our upcoming luau. Then we stopped into Dodson's Health Food which is our favorite local organic/veggie/healthy store. I picked up a box of Gin Gins which is a ginger candy and several Quest bars. Maybe I'll make a separate post about my love of Quest bars someday!

At the Goodwill, Denny bought 4 new shirts for $1.50 each (except one which was half off making it .75). I bought a brand new Lauren Conrad lace dress for $3.99 and a peasant top to use for my next Medieval Fair costume for $2.99.

Denny's new swim shorts are vintage and came from an estate sale just down the street that was full of treasures! We had to leave many behind as we prioritized our purchases. Let's just say I'm still dreaming of a certain typography letterpress kit with tons of old, kitchy stamps that was sadly out of my price range.

But the things we did get were very useful and will no doubt aid in future Vanderhouse projects. We picked up a chainsaw, jigsaw and belt sander for $80 total. These tools will be going to work shortly on the kitchen renovation we're planning. Stay tuned!

Along with the swim shorts, I grabbed a few rolled prints of Audubon's birds. We are currently having an Audubon exhibit at the Sam Noble Museum so I was familiar with his work. It's beautiful! These were a bargain at a $1/each. It will cost more than the print to frame them but it's well worth it.

Hope you enjoyed this Saturday's haul! We'll have haul posts from time to time so you can check out all of the crazy places we go and things we buy. It can be quite the adventure sometimes.

The backyard project

We moved into our house in October of 2013. When we first moved in, our backyard looked like this:

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If I was the only one living here, it would still look like that today, but luckily Denny had other ideas and together we began to dream about what our perfect backyard might look like.

Step one was to hide the clutter of our neighbor's yard (and their annoying dog) and the alley behind our house. We began planning for an 8 foot high fence to surround the backyard and really give us a private and enclosed space to enjoy. I was dubious that we'd be able to build such a big structure and have it actually stand up and look nice! With some major help from carpentry whiz and all around handy person, Denny's dad Dennis, we were able to pull it off. So in the spring of 2014, we built a fence.

It took all of the spring to finish, including a weekend of staining the entire thing. Then it was on to the landscaping. Denny, being the beast that he is, hand-tilled and then reseeded the entire yard!

We let it rest through the hot summer months and finally finished up in the fall with a few final touches.

At a last minute end of season sale, we bought several trees and shrubs and began the landscaping project.

Fast forward to this year and the plants are in full bloom! We decided that it was time to tackle another project on the back porch. The previous owners had left a mess of different materials, including brick, concrete and stone, forming a path from our back porch to the driveway.

When Denny planted the grass last summer, he pulled up a flagstone path that had originally lead to our back gate. We decided to recycle those flagstones into a new path, lined with the brick that we pulled up from the existing pathway.

And last but not least for this year was the addition of our backyard lights. I bought these during an Amazon lightning sale over the holidays so we've been hanging onto them for awhile waiting for the perfect spring evening to finally put them up and enjoy them.

Our backyard is an ever changing and evolving place. Plans that we have yet to accomplish include:

  • A new grill
  • Painting the table
  • Planting and landscaping under the big tree and behind the garage
  • Filling containers with the flowers we're growing