Archive for ‘Second Hand’

September 19, 2010

In the forest | a Wood Collection

As you know, I’m a girl who collects things.

In my super neutral/natural home, glass, wood, shell, stone and silver steal the day.
And anything naturalish.
I love wood.
There’s no doubt about that.

I know.
When I get back in with a camera,
I’ll do a photo shoot that does justice
to just how much wood we REALLY
have about this place.
As always, all photos (c) b3 home designs
September 14, 2010

Best estate sale ever

Usually, when I think of estate sales
I think sadness
Some one passing
who has collected their whole lives
and there is no one left
who would love on what they have
for free
Enter estate sales
and the vultures
(like me)
who will pay no where near
what the person valued their treasures at
just so that it can be taken away
to another loving home
to start a collection anew
When I came across a Craigslist ad
that was a tiny bit false advertising
because they said everything was 90% off
and the title was like “Free Stuff, come get it”
I got over the tiny bit of dissapointment
as I took some time to scan through
the stuff
Inside the house, only a couple of gets.
But outside in the yard…
THAT was where the action was at.
Check out my great gets
from the great
“Moving to Florida, Young Folks Estate Sale”
in Issaquah this past July.
African Ceremonies Cloth Bound dual set
great estate sale 2010
$15 for the set
This was the best find of my life. 
And I almost left it behind
Thank goodness for that false advertising ad
on Craigslist
so that I could email them and beg them to hold them for me.
That dual set is awesome. 
Beyond awesome
Best bookset I ever bought
They are a coffee table set
of VIVID photographs
of African Ceremonies.
Just GORGEOUS photography.
We haggled for a good hour on those.
She wanted $30.
I wanted to give her $30
(aka, my lunch money for the week)
on my pile
Which was a lot.
She finally agreed to do it all
for $35
I left her $7 and went to get my cash
Came back
loaded up the car
and took everything
EXCEPT for the books.
Got all the way home that night
Unpacked everything
(thank GOODNESS since I usually
leave it all in the car
for weeks on end)
Truly broke into tears
when I didn’t see the books
Went online, searched for the sale
sent them a message
Loved the fact that in the PNW
everyone is friendly enough
to tell you their name
especially if you spend 2 hours
in their front yard
and put out a personal plea for the books
Thought she had a change of heart and pulled them back
Come to find out I was just forgetful
(what else is new)
and left them by the door
AND they got back to me super quick.
I can only hope to be that organized
(and still connected to the internet)
day before the next time I make a move.
Wire basket | great estate 2010 sale
.50 cents

Wood ladder | great estate 2010 sale
free (!)

Dritz Pattern Perforator | great estate 2010 sale
.50 cents

Task Shortening Super sized Tin
great estate 2010 sale | $5.00

Sears Vintage Orange Ten Key
great estate 2010 sale
free (!)

Grumbacher Pantograph
(used to trace/enlarge original prints)
great estate 2010 sale | $1.00

Hacks Lemon Drops and Barnum’s Animal Crackers
Vintage tins
great estate 2010 sale | $3.00 for set

Embossed Enamel serving tray
great estate 2010 sale | $2.00

Wood finial
great estate 2010 sale | .50 cents

Large wooden (decorative) ice tongs
great estate 2010 sale | .50 cents

Set of two wire baskets
great estate 2010 sale | $1.00 for set

Large pizza boards
great estate 2010 sale | $2.00 for the set

Flinch card game
great estate 2010 sale
free (!)
As always, all photos (c) b3 home designs.

Nothing but awesome vintageness.

Lots more that I got from this sale
that isn’t pictured here
including fantastic shutters
the BEST little yellow waste bin
for my scrap room redo
some glass goods
some linen goods
and various other odds and ends
It was a two loader
(well, three if you count having to go back for the books)
Awesomeness and I wish my mom was here
in Seattle
so that she could go thrifting with me
She has a GREAT eye for this stuff
Now that we’re all gainfully employed again
maybe we can get that world domination plan
back on track.
September 10, 2010

Second Hand Christmas in July

This July,
I found all sorts of great pieces
for Holiday time that will arrive
not soon enough.
All thrifty, fun finds at that.
I found these super sized ornaments
that I will use for some outdoor decor
off of my back porch
for 17 cents each at a 90% off
Christmas in July sale
at St. Vincent’s de Paul
Super sized ornaments | Christmas in July
Salvation Army Find, 8 ornaments at 17 cents each
Photo (c) b3 home designs
This next find
was actually a garage sale
that I almost didn’t stop at
I actually kind of felt guilty about this purchase
because the guy seemed like he took a few things
out of his home
to sell
so that he’d have bus fair.
Everything was from his Holiday stash.
I saw this pile of two different kinds
of light up candy canes.
Last year, we were going to make some wooden canes.
Now, we can use these light up ones.
I asked the guy how much
and he told me $2.  I thought he meant for each cane.
I asked “for all of them”
and when he said yes, I was so surprised,
I asked if he meant yes for ALL of them.
And he did.
So about two dozen canes to stake into the ground
and light up.
 $2 Yard Sale Light up Candy Canes
Photo (c) b3 home designs

My last and absolute best find
was this (and the other half).
Aside from yard sales and thrift stores
I also love Freecycle and found on road side.

I don’t find much on my road sides.
But I do find much on Freecycle. 
In July, I answered the call for this 9 ft tall
faux tree.
And it was free
and it barely fit in my trunk.

And I can’t wait to try to hang it upside down.

Free Roadside 9 ft Faux tree
Photo (c) b3 home designs
Christmas in July was awesome. 
I can’t wait for the first snowfall this year.
I can.
September 6, 2010

The Pacific Gallery Annual Flea Market

If you ever click on those fantastic icons
to the right
in the toolbar,
you might have noticed
in the calendar link
that I went to the Pacific Gallery Annual Flea Market this year

With $50 in my pocket
and my huge camera strapped to my side
I entered the parking lot
of the Pacific Gallery Auction House
and at first, my smiley face did a big old
upside down maneuver.

I was expecting more than this

Pacific Gallery Auction House
Annual Flea Market | Seattle | 2010
Photo (c) b3 home designs
To be fair
it was probably about the hottest day of the summer
and I arrived late in the day
(on purpose, not on CPT)
because I wanted dealers to be hot and bothered
and pissed that no one was venturing out onto
an asphalt baking field
to buy their wares
And it worked. 
That OR
I need to hit Pac Gal auctions 
because these dealers are CHEAP!
I’ve been to the Antique gallery before
and they had some good gets
but all were just beyond “good deals”
for me.
Not expensive, so if there was a
“have to have” piece for a collection,
I’d go here and look for it.
But for a browse and especially a flea,
I was not optimistic.
This is what I left with after 45 minutes
Pacific Gallery Annual Flea Stash of Goodies
Seattle | Summer | 2010
Photo (c) b3 home designs
Let’s get a little closer shall we?
I picked up this awesome piece for $2.
I used to have one of these, 
and I gave it to my mom 
during her African | Tribal collecting days

This was the last piece of the day I picked up.
The dealer was so hot and flustered,
she almost paid me to take it off her hands.
Tried to tell me how broken and busted it was.
Tried to sell it for $7.
I asked her what her best price was.
She said “how about $5?”
I didn’t say a word.
She said “Okay…how about $4?”
I kept pulling out arrows and examining them.
She said “Tell you what, give me $2 and don’t make me pack it”
I started putting the arrows back in their holder.
Still have not said a word.
Put my hands in my pockets (actually to get her the cash)
and she said
“Can I pay you a dollar to take it?”
This is where I started laughing with her and said I’d give her $2

Say hello to my lovely bow and arrow set
which goes so very perfectly with this basket
on the opposite wall of my Native Americana postcards
in my downstairs powder room

$2 Bow and Arrow Set
Pac Gal Annual Flea | Seattle | Summer 2010
Photo (c) b3 home designs
Then there was this lady.
Who reminded me a little of my grandmother
who had the BEST stash of goods anytime she went and sold at a flea
but I digress.
This lady was VERY hot and bothered and ready to pack
She professed to have only the finest things
and was disappointed this was advertised as a flea
because only people looking for cheap goods at 
cheap prices were out to shop.
I wanted to say “yeah, what’s your point?”
when I spied
(with my REAL eye)
a little box
that was stamped up all over
and a little heavy to lift
I picked it up
knowing what would greet me
from a peek under the lid
and saw a $12 price tag on the handle
I almost (almost)
thought to myself that I would pay that.
before considering if I would really pay half that
to walk away with this beauty.
I asked her what her best price was
She was so delirious she started
to tell me about a cartoon
that I was too young to know about
and how that was a collector piece I was holding.
Then she saw the puzzled look on my face
and the ACTUAL box I was holding
and said “oh. that.”
How about you give me $8.
I said, “How about $5?”
She said give me $6 and take it.
I gave her six and announced that I had $4 left
to her partner in crime in the next booth 
who was trying mightily to get this big spender
to come on over.
As she packed it up she asked what price she had on it
and lamented that I got it for “hot off” – similar to “half off”
but all the better with the heat.
All is well in office supply land.

$6 (BIG!) Pullman Numberer 
 Pac Gal Annual Flea Market | Seattle | Summer 2010
Photo (c) b3 home designs
Right after I bought the green metal bin (with key) for $5 from a yard saler
who was moving and just getting rid of stuff,
I went next door and bought 
thank you very much Pottery Barn.
But after the Sand Dollar lady, I crossed the aisle and just about fell out.
I saw the sign that said these beauties were $2 – $4 each.
I gathered up these three small ones
and asked how much.
They were all of the $2 variety.
I didn’t even haggle with the dude because I wanted them
That. Much.
$6 for 3, 6 in aqua colored mason jars
Pac Gal Annual Flea Market | Seattle | Summer 2010
Photo (c) b3 home designs
And that was JUST BEFORE
I spied the find of a lifetime.
That I would have returned everything for
and dropped all $50 of my dollars on
because finding these has been that elusive for me
and this one.
she cost me all of $8
$8 sturdy/heavy model sailboat
Pac Gal Annual Flea | Seattle | Summer 2010
Photo (c) b3 home designs
I will be back next year.
And this year
I will probably even try
attending an auction
or two.
Love me a good flea market.
Wish I was back in El Paso for flea markets there.
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September 3, 2010

Newbie DIYer = White Sofa Table

We love Craigslist around here

I think The Handy One
might actually have an addiction to it

I mean who doesn’t love free or really cheap right?

Back at our old place,
we needed some surface area
to set a beverage or two upon
so we got not one
but two of these tables

CraigsList Sofa Table
Photo (c) b3 home designs
I believe that one of them was even free
For the longest time
in current living room
we placed them next to each other
right behind our sofa
on the way into the kitchen
kind of a divider
but not
I knew I wanted to paint them both
to unify their look
but then, I thought simpler would be better
and I decided to keep only one of the tables
behind my sofa like this
Kitchen to dining room
Photo (c) b3 home designs
perfectly aligned with the
entertainment wall of awesome built in speakers

that The Handy One created

 Wall of speakers
Photo (c) b3 home designs

So I painted that table
And, to match the wall of speakers
I painted it white

Primed Sofa Table
Photo (c) b3 home designs


Not that black and white and gray
are all that grace my world
But I do have to say that my new white table
looks absolutely awesome looking out
across to my great wall of speakers.

 Finished sofa table and speakers
Photo (c) b3 home designs
Let’s not even talk about

that missing piece of glass

on the table top

That happened pre-puppy
For the record.

Linked up over at
August 26, 2010

Pillow Talk, Secondhand style

You are about to read an award winning post:

August 24th Pottery Barn Challenge at the CSI Project

Continuing the week of all things fantastically Pottery Barnesque, enter the lovely outdoor bodyroll striped beauties.

I love stripes like the next girl
and those “my hubby is gone, I need something to spoon” pillows
they rock.

So when I walked into the Burien Salvation Army and I spied this

Body Roll Pillow
Thirfty Find at Salvation Army, Burien
Photo (c) b3 home designs

 You know I near about knocked a poor child over scrambling over to pick this bad boy up.

The best part of this super easy project was that there were already lines stitched into the pillow.
I thought for half a second to use a fabric solution with my paint
or to unzip and remove the pillow form

I did neither of those
and still love how it turned out

Soon as I get more ink for my printer, I’m going to cut out some fantastic stencil numbers
to do up the ends of the pillow.

For now,
here’s the step by step

Choose your paint

Vast choices of yellow narrowed to 3
Photo (c) b3 home designs

Narrowed down selection of paint – from about a zillion yellow choices.
Photo (c) b3 home designs

Ceramcoat by Delta | Straw
Photo (c) b3 home designs

The winner!  Straw Ceramcoat by Delta.
Not like I wanted people laying their
icky heads on THIS pillow anyhow

Tape off some thin stripes
and of course some thick stripes
mix it up to give it your own flavor

Blue taped and ready to go
Photo (c) b3 home designs

Taped pilllow
Make sure your edges are down to prevent paint bleed!
I’m just saying…

Pour out some paint and use a sponge brush to get to painting.

PB Pillow in process
Photo (c) b3 home designs
Then peel off your tape

Pillow tape comes off
Photo (c) b3 home designs
And then marvel at your work.
Drying the pillow
Photo (c) b3 home designs
Home Sweet Home | MIL Suite
Photo (c) b3 home designs

There is a step or two here
and some funds or patience to pay out finding your pillow
so this is DIY Medium

Happy living!
Linking up (of course)

August 25, 2010

PB Style: Night Lights

Because we all sit out on the back porch
with the umbrella still up
long after the sun has gone down
with the candles lit

I decided to whip out the ribbon
and go to town on these little lanterns I found
on half price sale for a dollar each
at the Goodwill, Intl District

I teetered and I tottered
on the wobbly chair
to open the umbrella
and string up my lamps

Backyard Night Light Lanterns
Photo (c) b3 home designs

Then I also realized that I could actually close the umbrella
without taking down the lanterns
and that they would sit neatly on the table
or in my pots

This was a simple project.

I took those there lanterns

Thrifty Find – Goodwill Int’l District 
50% off Blue Tags Day
Photo (c) b3 home designs

Took some ribbon and a stapler

Lanterns, stapler and a bit of the leftover scrapbooking contraband
Photo (c) b3 home designs

Stapled them up

Pottery Barn Inspired hanging lanterns for outdoor umbrella
$5.00 | $1 each lamp; $2 for 3 yds ribbon
Photo (c) b3 home designs

And we rocked it out.

I imagine that the next time
that I open the umbrella
they will hang just as I strung them
in the perfect spots
on the umbrella arms

or maybe I’ll be cussing them out
for getting tangled in the umbrella mechanism.

Of course you know I linked up

Show & Tell Wednesday at Blue Cricket Design
Finding Fabulous for Less at Decormamma

to the PB Inspired Party at

August 24, 2010

I’ve Been Framed: Or Not

So we already learned how you could collect frames and make your home beautiful.
But what if you don’t have the funds or skill or time to do all that art collecting.
Well, I have a whole post on EASY art collecting.
But say you are still about to hit the thrift stores for the first time.

Now, you are heading in.

I think I’ve mentioned many a time that my husband loves him some Aaron’s Brothers Framing penny sales.
If only we had the same taste in frames.

In my stairwells, I have mixed and matched his frames

Stairwell Gallery
Photo (c) b3 home designs

And I’ve come to live without having matching frames (ick, anyway)
Or having all black frames (’cause I copy everyone else like that)

The mix match is kinda sorta growing on me.
To the point that I can even mix color and bw
Personal and stock
landscape and people

I know.  Sick.

That all said, like everyone else on the internets
I, apparently, have plenty of empty, glassless, color matched frames laying about

Photo from

Thing is, I DID have a ton of frames without glass laying about
Mostly because when you move into a 4200 sf home
(yes, just the two…now three of you)
The only way to afford said house is to have your friends move you in
Who are currious to know why that huge box they dropped off the truck is full of “windchimes”
Which, coincidentally, make the same sound as a ton and a half of broken glass frames

And did I mention I am a packrat?

Long before the frame ideas came into my life,
I had these two, perfectly good, but just not my style frames.

One day, I was at my Mecca (aka McClendon Hardware in Burien)
And I just happed to stop by the paint aisle looking for some Zinsser
Found this bucket oh LOVE

Zinsser with the mystery bucket o’ Dutch Boy in the background.
And the Chalkboard Paint that shall not be mentioned
Photo (c) b3 home designs

No idea the name of the color, just know I love the buttery, off white, creamy tones
and will honest to God shed a tear when it is all gone

All said, I was busy painting up a ton of other projects with this supposedly Godly Heirloom White spray paint. Another post on that at another time.

Broke out the sponge brush and dropped a coat of LOVE on those two frames.
Came back the next morning
They were high and dry

And ready for hanging.
Just so happened (of course) that I happened by the thrift shop and what did I find?
Found these two scallop edged lovelies

Gorgeous Scalloped Frames | Thrift Find 1.99 each at Salvation Army Burien
Photo (c) b3 home designs

and shortly after found the hexagonal frame
And then knew I wanted a smallish mirror to really knock this all out

Painted Frame Wall
Photo (c) b3 home designs

All because I had a vision once it started.
Knew I wanted different sized rectangle frames
Knew I wanted some horizontal and some vertical placement
Knew I wanted to mix in some non-rectangle
Knew I needed interestingly detailed frames
Thought I knew I wanted an odd number
The frame was totally lucky accidental.

But awesome nonetheless

This is DIY Easy because that frame wall cost $7 post vision
Post vision means: Had some stuff on hand, got an idea, wanted to finish out idea
Had on hand – two large frames, paint.

If I had to add cost of what I had on hand, I paid $6 for the full bucket of paint
But you can go to ReStore, hit the paint shelf and get a quart for $2 which will be more than plenty
The two large frames were of course from Aaron’s Brothers and likely cost $30.
High end.  He wouldn’t pay more than 29.99 for a frame and the second was 1 cent on sale.
Of course you can find similar size frames at Goodwill for no more than 5.99 each.

This is also DIY easy because painting is for dummies (especially with a sponge brush)
No patience required (I did this on my black granite counters)
Not messy
Not pricey

Go forth and conquer

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August 20, 2010

i collect vol. 1 : vintage cameras

There isn’t much I won’t collect
some would say…
…I like to shop
But really
I like to hunt

Part of Vintage Camera Collection
Photo (c) b3 home designs
What is your favorite collection?
August 18, 2010

Second Hand: Pottery Barn Sand Dollar Vase Filler Hack

Yes, yes, yes.
We all know that Pottery Barn vase fillers are ridiculously priced.
Prime example.  Sand Dollars. For $10.  On clearance.
But hey!

You get free shipping!

Like everyone else, I got my knock-off Pottery Barn vase filler for about a 10th of what they wanted to charge you.  In my case, not only did I get my baggie of Sand Dollars for $1.50, I actually got a nice assortment of sizes to boot. 

Check it out.

Value Village baggie of 8 Sand Dollars $1.50
1 super large, 1 large, 4 “regular” sized and 2 miniature sized
Photo (c) b3 home designs

Gorgeous huh?

Got mine at Value Village, so file this under “Secondhand” please. 

But it gets better.

I went to the Pacific Galleries Auction House Annual Flea Market
on my way home from work on Saturday
And look what I scored

Value Village AND Pac Gal Annual Flea Sand Dollars
$3.00 for 12
Say what?!?
Pottery Barn wanted $10.00 (on sale – they usually want 19.99!!) for 6,
yes, you read that right
for SIX sand dollars.
Does hell go with no?
Perhaps I’m super lucky to live in the Pacific Northwest 
where these can be found for almost a dime a dozen.
But Pottery Barn really.  
Who are you kidding??
Show me what you found while out thrifting lately.
You won’t believe the other “authentic” pottery barn find I found
Don’t hate. Just recognize.
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