Clearance. Just the word makes my heart start beating faster and my mind race with the possibility of that glorious moment when you happen upon exactly what you were looking for (and, let’s face it, sometimes things you weren’t looking for) at a price that can’t be beat.
And friends, let me tell you, when I committed to doing our office makeover with as much fiscal responsibility as I could muster, I had no idea how many amazing deals I would end up finding!
First there was the metal cart , then I used the bulk of my budget to go towards the new desk and chair BUT by leaving reviews for items I had previous purchased through Wayfair.com I was able to get credit towards these new purchases which brought down the price considerably.
Then, as my daughter and I wandered the aisles of Hobby Lobby (anyone else kind of get overwhelmed in there sometimes?), we found ourselves in the good ol’ clearance section where I spotted these fantastic metal chairs. They were the perfect fit for either side of the bookcases.
And would you just take a look at that price?! I couldn’t believe it!
A couple of weeks later I was back at Hobby Lobby (we finally have one in our city so I’ve been making up for lost time!) on the hunt for frames to hang over the chairs.
I found these wood beauties which had been $24 each on clearance for $7.50! With some beautiful audubon prints inside, they are the perfect addition to the room.
Now, are you ready for the next crazy deal??! I have beautiful, lined silky drapes in my living and dining rooms that (much to my dismay) I did NOT get on clearance.
But, I knew I wanted all of these rooms in the front of the house to have the same window treatments. So, I put aside my clearance section dreams and headed to the store where I had purchased my other drapes (Bed, Bath & Beyond) to get the two more I needed for the office.
But, would you believe that when I got there I discovered that they were clearing out the entire line of those drapes and they were marked down? WAY down. As in from $49.99 to $10!!! Yes, you read that right. Gorgeous, heavy, lined, silky, 95″ drapes for only ten dollars each!!
I may or may not have done a little clearance jig right there in the store. Ok, I definitely did. Then I quickly called my mom to tell her about my deal because that’s the kind of relationship we have.
They add just the right touch of softness to the space.
As I type these words I’m sitting at my new writing desk and just can’t help but look around this room and marvel at how far it has come. It’s gone from a space that desperately needed to be cleaned out and spruced up and had been taken over by my husband and kids to a room that is not only so much more functional for everyone’s needs but is also just lovely to look at.
And, here’s the thing, because we have some bigger expenses coming our way (the kids’ bathroom needs a full renovation, like, yesterday!), I was very determined to spend as little as possible transforming this office. This meant painting furniture I really didn’t want to paint, making one purchase at a time to spread out the spending and just generally being patient as the room came together slowly but surely.
When you are trying so hard to be a good steward of your resources and you find those rare gems, those perfect pieces at the perfect price, it is just about one of the best feelings ever, don’t you think?
I’m so thrilled to be back with my Thrifty Style Team gals again this month bringing you so many great budget-friendly ideas!
Be sure to pay them all a visit for loads of thrifty inspiration!