What I Hunt For At Goodwill + Haul♥

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Happy Almost New Year!

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I trust Everyone had a joyous holiday full of sugar family and cocktails friends!

Even though Christmas just ended literally minuets ago, I decided I needed to hunt for more junk, (hello American consumerism!)

All joking aside, I really had not gone thrifting in a while, (a month is a while). I had a few DIY’s mulling around in my head, and I was getting the itch to act on my impulses!

I sometimes get asked by my friends who are not of the hoarding thrifting breed:

“What do you look for? How do you find cool stuff?”

It does take a a little skill and loads of patience to find things while thrifting. You must bring your creative A game and see potential in ugly things that may need some love. However, you must also be able to distinguish what is not for you and what you must stash in your cart immediately. I say go in with an open mind, creativity, and a lot of hand sanitizer, (yeah, things can get messy/dusty).

The top 3 things I personally hunt for when I thrift are:

1.Old Books 

I have a serious love for old, worn books. I use them in my home to add depth and character to spaces.  The pictures above are from my home decor. I collected all of these books from thrifting and various garage sales. I have a lot of weathered books, but the massive, Leonardo Davinci one is my favorite!

2.Milk Glass (Hobnail) 

These pictures were taken from inside my butter yellow kitchen. I have collected all this milk glass from Goodwill and garage sales! I think my most expensive piece was $5.

I am  partial to the hobnail design, but there are a lot of beautiful, milky stemware and vases to be explored at the local Goodwill. Look at these!

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3.Antique or Weathered Frames

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I just HAD to have this one! Isn’t it beautiful!? Most of the frames inside my home are thrifted, they are mostly weathered wood or faux- antique like this one, it fits perfectly!

Awesome Stuff!

I thought those pink and white floral teacups were just darling, but they were on the “pricey” side at 3.99 each, so I let them go. I was trying to stick to a $25 budget today.

I was dying over that vintage cookbook, look at that detail! I will never find that again, I needed it. For $1.99, it was a huge score!

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Dahlia’s eyes plead,”Mom, can we go now?”

Getting home with all my treasures is so fun, I love un-bagging them and rediscovering my treasures all over again!

I think my favorite find was this vintage inspired, botanical stationary set. It is in pristine condition and so, so pretty!

For $3.99, I would have fought someone for it!

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I’m a sucker for a pretty .99 scarf!

“Quick, Dahlia! Blink twice if mommy needs this scarf!”

We needed it. No arguments.

I would have taken a better photo of the cream, woven throw rug, but it is not very photogenic and looks pretty “blah” on camera. However, it has a nice home in my laundry room now and for $2.99 I was not about to pass it up! It was in great condition except for a small brown patch which I spot treated and now it’s good as new!

Get ready to see a fun, spring, DIY project I am doing with my Sunflower Basket Tin! I am working on it, and will post the project soon!

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Are you inspired to hit up your local thrift store now?

Happy Treasure Hunting!

♥Shelby

DIY Lavender-Rose Laundry Detergent♥

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Good to see you! ♥

A couple of friends have recently been asking for this laundry detergent recipe, and instead of writing it out by hand a few times for those individuals, I realized should have just put it on the blog!

Oh well.

At least it will be on here for anyone else who has a curiosity!

It’s funny, I have been making my own laundry detergent for about two years now! Seems longer because it’s second nature to me now. I’m really grateful I started making my own. It’s really easy once you go through the process once or twice, it also helped me be more self reliant, and its a great money saver!

I haven’t calculated how much exactly I have saved, but I know it is around $300!

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I used to buy at least one jug of the Seventh Generation Free and Clear per month (which is great stuff, I’m just on a budget). I know that each month the total for the detergent was about $12.00. So, if you multiply $12.00 by 24 that comes to $288.00! However, I’m sure I have saved over $300, especially because of the months where the detergent went fast, like the spring cleaning time of year when the washer seems to always be running!

I know some people are concerned that something homemade will not clean as effectively as a store bought item, but I assure you, I have never had any problems with the cleanliness of my clothing. It works wonderfully!

Here is my recipe for Lavender-Rose Laundry Detergent

You will need: 

2 One Gallon Jugs (Costco Milk Jugs work very well)

Rose Scented Bar Soap & Lavender Scented Bar Soap

Borax

Washing Soda

Funnel

Zester

Rose Essential Oil

 Lavender Essential Oil

1 cup measuring cup

8qt Pot (or larger)

Water

Stove

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The soap I use is called Veneiza Soap. I have a store here in Tacoma called Grocery Outlet which carries a bunch of different goods for a discounted price. I got each of the soaps for $1! I also found them at Dollar Tree here.  I have also had good luck with Yardley Soap, which is available in most stores, and here at Dollar Tree. Borax and Washing Soda can be found in the laundry isle in any major grocery store. The box of Washing Soda is around $4.00 and the Borax is around $6. I go through one box of each every 6 months! It lasts a very long time. Score!

Getting Started:

Take the lavender soap and the rose soap and grate 1/4th of each bar into the pot.

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*This is an old bar, so I’m just using the rest*

Once you have the soap flakes in the pot, fill one gallon jug full of water and pour into the pot. Turn stove on medium high.

Stir the flakes in the hot water until they are dissolved. Pour one cup of Washing Soda into the water. Stir until combined.

Let water come to a simmer, then, add one cup of Borax. Stir to combine for about 3 minuets, or until the granules have dissolved.

Add a half gallon of water to the pot. Stir for about 5 minuets. You will notice the texture will begin to get thicker, it is beginning to coagulate!

Turn off heat.

While the mixture is cooling a bit, add about three cups of cold water to each of the gallon jugs. I started doing this to keep the plastic from melting the bottom of the jugs. It helps!

Once the detergent has cooled off a bit (about 5-10 minuets), add five drops of each rose essential oil and lavender oil. If you like one scent more than the other, feel free to experiment, but no more than 10 total drops of oil. Stir to combine.

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Place both of the gallon jugs into the sink. Select one jug to start with and place the funnel in the opening. Pour detergent CAREFULLY into the funnel. Fill up jugs 3/4 of the way.

Fill the remainder of the jugs with cold water. This helps the plastic to not soften, and will help the texture of the detergent.

Let the detergent cool. It smells SO GOOD!

Just to warn you, when the detergent cools it is a consistency that resembles gelatin. It is more of a solid than a liquid, so it takes a little getting used to!

Use about 3/4 a cup for a large or extra large load.

Breakdown:

Borax Box= $6

Washing Soda Box= $4

Soaps= $2

Essential oils= already owned

 =$12

For me personally, this $12 will last me about 6 months!

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I hope you give this a try!

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♥Shelby