Room of Requirement

…or this week’s thrifting adventures.

I’ve been scouring the local thrift stores looking for a second bedside table for my guest room.  I hit a new store in town and found a few things (but no table) so I went to the consignment shop.

I’m a huge fan of the Harry Potter books and this store reminds me so much of the Room of Requirement.  If you’re not familiar, the Room of Requirement basically is whatever the person going into it needs it to be.  If you haven’t read the books but have seen the movies you may remember it as the setting for the nail-biting broom chase-around stacks of chairs and books and shelves.  Basically that’s how this store is.  Everything is stacked up so you have to move chairs, tables, mirrors, etc to get to items you actually want.

I knew that I wanted something small, dark in color, cheap and bed height.  I was prepared to find something in horrible shape and fix it up but as I was walking the aisles I saw it: a small wicker trunk with a glass top.  I unstacked everything on top of and around it so I could really check it out (and see the price.)  Imagine my excitement when I saw the $15 (down from $48) price tag and realized it met all of my criteria!  The best part (other than the price) is that I didn’t have to do anything to it!

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I was a big spender this week:

Trunk-$15

Lamp-$5

Vase-$15

both shelves-$4 each.

I’m pretty happy that all of this came in under $45!

Here’s what I did with all of it:

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The lamp is on the mantle filled with corks (no, I didn’t drink all that wine!)  I plan to switch things out in there for the holidays.  Right now it has some cute glitter acorns in it but I also see it filled with ornaments for Christmas!

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This rack solved a huge problem in my bathroom!  I didn’t like my brushes in the container on the toilet and the counter is too small to keep them there.  This has worked out perfectly!  And yes, I’m slightly embarrassed by my nail polish obsession!

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I’m not really happy with this lamp here.  I got it because A) I needed a lamp for that side of the bed and B) I already had a lamp similar to this one so I thought it would be nice for symmetry with out being perfect matches.  I’m still not sold and will probably keep looking for lamps I love more.

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This is by far my favorite thrift shop steal, maybe of all time.  I love the size and color of the trunk but especially that it’s more storage!  It’s already holding some decorative items I don’t have a place for right now.

I haven’t put up the black shelf yet but I plan to repaint it and probably hang it in my bedroom somewhere.  Maybe I will have made a decision about it by next week.  🙂

I’m afraid I won’t be able to top this week but I really look forward to trying!

-A

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