DIY Projects / Thrifting

A 30 Family Rummage Sale? Yes, Please!

I found out last week that our local Habitat for Humanity had planned a huge rummage sale — 30 families combined PLUS items from the Habitat ReStore — to benefit the organization’s home-building projects. There was no way in the world I could pass up such a huge opportunity to find great vintage items, and I had a couple of specific items in mind. I wanted to get a dresser for my daughter’s room and some throw pillows to use inside some new covers. I didn’t find everything on my list, but I did score some great finds, as you can see in the image above.


If you’re like my husband, you’re probably thinking “what the heck is that big white thing?” It’s actually a cornice box, used at the top of a window to make window treatments look all fancy. I’m personally not a huge fan of the look, so why in the world did I buy it? Well, I plan to flip it upside down and use it to make a headboard for my daughter (more about her new room design later). I love the shape at what is the bottom of the box, with the gold edging. It is very close to the shape I had drawn in a mockup of her new headboard, and I would’ve needed a carpenter to make my sketch a reality. I almost couldn’t believe how perfect the cornice is. This cut down a LOT of the work, AND it was only $15! We’ll see if I’m still so excited once I actually start trying to make the headboard.


I also got 3.5 yards of some beautiful Schumacher Shaded Harlequin fabric. And I paid a whopping $2 for it. If you know anything about Schumacher fabrics, you know that they are generally available only to the trade (ie. interior designers) and they are generally pretty expensive, sometimes upwards of $100/yard. This one feels like a linen blend, and I LOVE the colors and pattern. I’m trying to decide where to use it, but I definitely have some ideas…

I also got about a yard of some pink fabric, and three throw pillows to use as inserts. Altogether, I spent a total of $21. I’d say it was money well-spent, especially since each of these items has a designated purpose. And the Schumacher fabric? Swoon.

What is the best thing you’ve ever found at a thrift store or yard sale? I’m still on the hunt for the perfect desk and dresser, but maybe hearing about some of your treasure hunts will give me hope that they’re out there somewhere!

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I am a graphic designer by trade who has a strong passion for interior design and doing what we can to protect the environment. This blog and my other site, Green & Gorgeous, are my ways of giving back to the Earth.


  • Condo Blues
    March 2, 2010 at 11:01 pm

    30 families AND the Habitat Restore?! Be still my heart! My best find was a set of new bathroom fixtures that were pretty close to the ones I almost paid retail for but the store was closing and I had to leave before making my purchase. The next day, I swung by the Restore on my way to buy the fixtures at the other store and saved a lot of money.

    I have some ideas for that Schumacher fabric. My guest room needs curtains 🙂

    • jennae
      March 4, 2010 at 2:41 pm

      @Condo I could NOT pass up this sale if I tried. I would’ve kicked myself for weeks if I hadn’t gone, wondering what treasures I could’ve found, and I wasn’t disappointed 🙂

      That’s a great story too, about the bath fixtures. Sounds like you scored big! And just so you know, the Schumacher fabric likely will end up as curtains when we move. It’s just too good not to use!


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