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~secondhand and thrifted~

I interrupt this program for a little bit about our weekend road trip. We went to Idaho to see long time friends. We are dog people…namely, Grand River Labrador people.


Each year, we meet up in a small town in North-Central Idaho to talk and learn about dogs. It’s been a couple of years since we had been. This year, we took Ben and Oak’s ashes up there to scatter in one of the rivers. It was a beautiful tribute to the dogs that have been a part of our lives since before we were married…really, Grand River has been the only constant in our life for 15 years.


The kids explored…


…and played with puppies.



{I bring a thrifted quilt in the car wherever we go…it comes in handy at parks, on vacation, for baseball/football games, the beach, etc. You might also spy one of my thrifted thermos’…for hot chocolate, of course!}


Eight week old puppies.


Almost two week old puppies…their eyes weren’t even open yet.



I don’t think I have ever seen her smile so big.




They learned about dogs.



They met lots of new people.


It was a much needed retreat for heart and soul. I like to call it the “church of dog”.


I did make a stop at a local secondhand store…


When I get a chance, I like to stop at thrift stores in the places we visit and bring home something to add to my collections.




Hoping to spray paint this fixture and hang it near the craft table where we need more light!




This was the LAST thing I picked up after about 10 rounds around a tiny little store packed with stuff. It is a chip and dip set with a nut bowl…all three for $10. It is GORGEOUS!


And, of course, another thermos to add to my collection!

home is…{31 days} secondhand and thrifted with a good dose of puppies.

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{31 days} book wagon

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I turned a garage sale radio flyer wagon into a mobile book case in our playroom!

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In addition, Goodwill (and other thrift stores) are a great place to find used children’s books!

home is…{31 days} a secondhand book wagon.

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{31 days} outdoor fall decor

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~secondhand, created and thrifted~


Everything but the flowers and pumpkins was thrifted or secondhand.

I use thrifted canisters, kettles, and colanders as flower planters during the summer. I removed the dead petunias and bought $3 mums and decorative kale to replace them.

The upside down door/shelf, white stool, and white ladder came from a friend down the street who used to own a booth in a local antiques mall. SHE is an ultimate thrifter and has amazing style. When I grow up I want to be like her…seriously.

The red ladder was a $5 garage sale find a couple of years ago.

In the Pacific Northwest, we go through a lot of rain boots…the ones on display are some that the kids have outgrown.

The little guy and I took a trip to a local pumpkin patch on a day off from school and added the mini pumpkins and gourds.

Your outdoor fall decor does not just need to go by the front door where you rarely see it. Put a display outside of your kitchen window so you can look at it when you do dishes!

This display acts as a screen between our deck and our neighbors yard. I can see it when I look out the kitchen window, dining room window, or back door.

It makes me happy!

home is…{31 days} secondhand, created, and thrifted outdoor fall decor.

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{31 days} secondhand, created, and thrifted

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Scroll Down to read day 1::

{day 2} the perfect table

{day 3} a hand painted sign

{day 4} collections

{day 5} outdoor fall decor

{day 6} mason jar pendant light

{day 7} book wagon

{day 8} office supplies

{day 9} pyrex collection

{day 10} flash card art

{day 11} paper bag flowers

{day 12} thrifting on the road

{day 13} vintage fisher price

{day 14} interrupted

{day 15} top of the fridge

{day 16} joy all year

{day 17} globe pendant light

{day 18} a quick stop at goodwill

{day 19}

{day 20}

{day 21} love rocks

{day 22} pallet xylophone

{day 23} fall for afghans

Click above to read the other days, I’ll be adding a link to each day once it goes live.

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31 days.

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Each day in October I will write about something in our home that is secondhand, created or thrifted.

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Some days it will be a combination of secondhand, created, or thrifted.

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Like, secondhand and created.

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Or, thrifted and created.

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Maybe even, secondhand, created and thrifted.

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At any rate, I hope to inspire you.


After all, home is what YOU make it.


home is…{31 days} secondhand, created and thrifted.