Is that an actual word? I don't know. Anyways...
(Carlia will appreciate this post as she's the queen of making something not-so-great, beautiful.)
A few weekends ago my Mom and I were at a bridal shower. On our drive home, we came across some stuff on a stranger's lawn labeled "FREE." Now, I'm not one who is usually down with dragging "free" crap off someone else's lawn and putting it in my car. Not because I think I'm "too good" for free lawn crap ( I actually love a good bargain! And free is about the best bargain you can get!) I'm just usually too lazy to pull over and take the time to rummage through the free stuff. So as we were driving by this house, there was a small table and a rocking chair hanging out with it's "FREE" sign by the curb.
My Mom: Oh look, Sarah, it's free. There's a rocking chair and a table. Want me to pull over and you can grab it?
Me: Nahhh, that's ok.
My Mom: But you could paint it white and put it in Samantha's room....
Me: (light bulb in my head going on) Hmmm yeah! Pull over! Pull over!
So out I jump, cross the road and step onto the stranger's lawn and I start dragging the little table back to the car. I left the rocking chair because we have a glider. But now looking back I should have grabbed the chair too! Anyways, it was awkward because even though the sign said "FREE" I felt like I was stealing something. Especially because the person who was getting rid of it was watching from their window. But I have to say, I did get a thrill out of turning something kind of ugly (it was very 70's ish looking) into something so pretty! I can't take full credit though. My mom painted it white for me! Now there's a "new" pretty table in Sam's room to hold her books and I wanted more space for picture frames.
Thanks Mom, for encouraging me to get it touch with my thrifty-ness :) Of course, my Nana gets credit too because she was in the car and she is the QUEEN MOTHER of thrifty-ness.
I have a feeling my future might involve dragging more "FREE crap" off lawns. I got a little taste and now I want more!! :)