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Cheap Antiques

In Chic, furniture on February 8, 2009 at 5:38 pm

Have you ever wanted to venture into the antique world, but didn’t know where to start? Or thought antiques were too expensive? Quite by accident, I landed on craigslistsewing machine typing in “antique” in the furniture space and voila, there were hundreds of fun, affordable antiques with prices just asking to be negotiated. Antique stores add 50 % mark up for doing the same thing! So check out your local craigslist and go antiquing in your pjs!

Organizing on a Dime

In Chic, crafts on February 2, 2009 at 6:58 am

In this month’s ShopSmart ;) Magazine, they offer some really cool concepts on how to organize everything from hair dryers to sock drawers. Enjoy!

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1. Shoe boxes

Cost: Free!
Best for: Office and craft supplies, CDs, TV remotes, travel-size toiletries, and other small items.
Why they Work:You can spend as much as $20 on fancy, store-bought boxes, but shoe boxes work just as well. They’re sturdy, stackable, and fit nicely on a shelf. (Usually the pricier the shoe, the sturdier the box.) “They keep spaces like closets really well organized and are an excellent way to
quickly subdivide the stuff,” says Julie Morgenstern, author of “Shed Your Stuff, Change Your Life” (Simon & Schuster, 2009).

Tip

Give shoe boxes a makeover with wrapping paper, contact paper, fabric, or even leftover wallpaper, and they’ll look like pricey store-bought storage boxes. Vinyl contact paper adheres tightly and can actually strengthen the
box. “Make sure to cover the bottom too,” Morgenstern says. To replicate boxes with window labels, attach adhesive-backed clear plastic sleeves sold for loose-leaf binders at office-supply stores.
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2. Acrylic cubbies

Cost: About $15 to $25, depending on the size.
Best for: Makeup, desk-drawer essentials (paper clips, pens, pencils, post-it notes, stamps), or vanity clutter like perfume bottles and jewelry.
Why they Work: The see-though compartments come in a variety of boxy shapes and sizes that can give a vanity or desk drawer a fast makeover, and they have flush edges so they can be placed close
together in a drawer. “What’s nice is this system can grow with your needs, and it’s easy to find what you’re looking for and put it away,” says Ilene Drexler, owner of The Organizing Wiz, a consulting firm in New York City.

Tip

Keep lipstick and nail polish in the small cubbies, makeup brushes in the long ones. Or you can turn a dresser drawer into a customized jewelry¬† warehouse. “Measure your drawer space, then see what size compartments you’ll need–necklaces in one size, bracelets and earring in others–before you head to the store,” Morgenstern says.

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