cheap treasures


As I was taking photos for Instagram yesterday, I noticed all of the little treasures around my house. Some of them are high quality, some of them I found on the side of the road. That mixture makes my built-in (a former window) lively and unique, and I wanted to share it so you can see how ridiculously easy it is to make nothing look like a whole lotta something.

Top Shelf These are the only things I actually purchased, and they were on the clearance shelf at TJMaxx. Total Cost: Under $12.00!

Second Shelf Three jars with metal arrangement tops my mom used to decorate my engagement shower hold clippings from a potted plant on my back patio. Even the plant was free; it was here when we moved in! The vintage books were free at a thrift store in West Columbia, and the baseball is from Madison’s childhood (he put it there…isn’t he so perfect?) It’s difficult to see, but on top of the books is a print of a little bible verse we found in the house when we moved in. Total Cost: FREE!

Third Shelf This little box is Madison’s grandpa’s on his dad’s side, and it’s filled with stuff he loved as a kid. On the inside, his grandpa’s gold name plate is screwed to the bottom. Needless to say, it’s a special piece to us. Plus, the key has a tiny old gold coke bottle hanging from it 🙂 Total Cost: FREE!

Fourth Shelf The twisty thing was a gift from Sarah, but you can purchase it at World Market. The middle has free vintage books, a box I had from high school, and it’s filled with little walnut (I think?) shells I picked up on a hike at Jones’ Gap with my mom and brother. The crystal candlesticks on the right were a gift from my internship with Taylor Burke Home (insanely cool furniture, btw!) and remind me of how generous and kind my boss there was. Total Cost: FREE!

Last Shelf:


This little man I found at Goodwill during a trip to the beach for under $2. That little “wood collection”? That’s just the legs of an old dresser Sarah and I found on the side of the road. Madison cut the legs off so the dresser would sit lower, and I liked the way they looked. Total Cost: under $2.00!

So there you have it. A simple, interesting bookshelf styled for a total cost of under $15! I’m telling you, it pays off to be patient and take risks with decorating. The result is unique and you are free to switch out as you upgrade or find something you love even more. I get hyper and rearrange stuff a lot, but I think this little arrangement will stay a while.


If you live in the Midlands, give me some thrift/antique places to go visit! I’m always looking for new ones.

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