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Thanksgiving Table UPDATE!

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I got my FREE hand-me-down table this week! Ain’t she a beauty?

Do you enjoy how I still have pumpkin decorations out, I also have a “Give Thanks” sign, plus a wooden Christmas tree all in one picture? We’re celebrating a merging of the holidays this year, lol.

I love it! Fits the space perfectly and it’s just what I need!

It took a bit of finagling to get it here – it would not fit in my car, so I had to completely disassemble it and then reassemble it at home. But it was an easy job (especially compared to some of the other labor-intensive jobs I’ve been completing recently) and didn’t take long.

Now I’ve got seats for two at the kitchen island PLUS seats for four at the new-to-us table. And it’s nicer than I’d imagined. Very sturdy – real wood, etc. It came from a home with no kids, so I think that may be a factor (kids sure do have a way of destroying furniture, am I right? lol)

Here’s the last “fun” thing this has allowed….. I can now use my office space!!! The house has a little office, but I haven’t had a desk. Wellll, I do have this small circular table. I bought it from Big Lots about 10 years ago, when I first moved to Tucson. It was our kitchen table for years and years when it was just hubs and me (it only seated two). When the girls were old enough to transition from high chairs to real chairs, we bought a new table (which I left with him when I moved), but I kept the little two-seater table. The two barstools I’ve been using at our kitchen island came from the circular table. And the table has just been placed in the dining room “space” but without chairs (and it was never used because it only sat two so it’d be the same situation as at our island – where the girls sit and I stand to eat. Since there weren’t enough seats we just never sat there). Now that we have a “real” table in the dining room, I’ve moved the two-seater table into my office space. I plan to leave it’s two barstools at the kitchen island. But I’ll take one of the tall seats from the new-to-us table and move it into the office (we only need seats for three at the table, so its fine to remove a chair and if we ever have guests, I can obviously move the chairs around). I’ll now have the tall circular table as my office desk!!!!

Ignore then clutter. I’ll hang the picture and need to organize the room a bit still, but this gives you an idea of the set-up.

It’s not ideal. I’d prefer an “actual” desk at some point. But in truth, I’m quite used to working at this table. I’ve never had a real desk at home (I’ve never had an official office space at home before), so I always work at our kitchen table (or kitchen island for the past few months). As I said, for years and years, this circular table WAS our only kitchen table so I remember many a night, up late working on my dissertation, sitting at this exact table.

I’m excited we’ll have a table where we can all sit together for our thanksgiving meal. And I’m also excited that I now actually get to use the office space that has just been sitting (and used mostly as a junk space/storage for the past couple months). I get to reclaim the space, do some organizing, and in no time it will feel like a nice little office. I even have a window I can look out as I’m working. Pretty pumped about the furniture situation and how I’ve been able to make-do with what we use a hand-me-down piece of furniture to totally transform two different areas in my home: the dining room & the office! Woohoo!!!

 


Patience Pays Off: Free Couch

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For the first time since the move to the camper in April, 2016 we have a living room we can all gather in. Yippee!!

Sometime in the past, I mentioned that one of my savings goals was to get us a couch for our living room. It’s been empty since we moved in April, 2017 except for the bookshelves full of school books and supplies.

This summer my goal was to furnish it from the thrift store. Both Princess and Gymnast and I have visited the local Salvation Army thrift store on numerous occasions to see if there was anything that would work. No luck!

Free Couch, Free Delivery

But last Saturday night, just after Gymnast returned from Texas there was a post on Facebook. “Anyone want a green leather couch, must be delivered tonight.” I jumped on it!

Three hours later a young couple who recently finished college nearby and were moving to California pulled up with their final item in their moving truck and carried it into the house for us. We now have a living room where we can all sit! (Not seen is a recliner my grandmother gave us.)

For the last year, we’ve all spent the abundance of our down time in our own separate rooms with no where to sit other than the kitchen table. But now…we are once again able to sit comfortably together. Love!

It’s definitely well-loved couch. It’s squishy and the leather is faded in many places. But this mama couldn’t be more grateful for the gift.

And finding the kids out in the living room instead of hidden behind their doors, isolated. Well, that’s priceless to me right now!

Princess & Cali enjoying our new couch

Princess and Cali enjoying our new to us couch!

We love thrift shopping. But in smaller towns, you must luck up on quality stuff.

What has been your best, most treasured find at a thrift store? And have you ever been gifted something like this that meant the world to you?