Happy Wednesday! I am excited today to share something a little different with you – how I get Lilly Pulitzer for cheap on eBay! I get a lot of questions about my Lilly wardrobe (get a sneak peek at my Lilly Instagram and in our closet reveal!) A lot of the questions revolve around the price of Lilly and how I manage to buy so much. While everything comes down to budgeting and prioritizing, I have a few tricks up my sleeves to get great deals. One of those tricks is eBay!
There are a few methods for finding inexpensive deals on Lilly Pulitzer. But, in the end, they come down to you either need to be FAST or you need to find something that is HIDDEN. Today I will focus on the HIDDEN aspect. Because, anyone can sit on eBay and refresh and refresh and try to buy it now when a good deal pops up. But what kind of life is that? My best advice is to look for hidden deals.
How do you find the hidden deals? You have to look for people who don’t know what they have. The best thing that you can look for miss-spelled auctions. People fat-finger their listing titles all the time. Or maybe some don’t know how to read a tag properly. Here are my favorite misspellings of Lilly auctions:
These are all palm leaves that I gathered around the neighborhood. I just love the lush tropical feel. CiCi is less impressed 🙂 The driftwood is from my garage hoardstash.
I have really been enjoying challenging myself to use live greenery. It is outside my comfort zone (I tend to veer more towards hydrangeas in a mason jar) but it has been so good for me and is really opening up my brain to loads of good ideas!
Since reading their book, I have really gotten into watching Fixer Upper. I know, just a little behind the trend there! One thing I really love about Joanna’s designs is how she incorporates old things into new homes. Since we are wrapping up a kitchen remodel, I decided that this would be the perfect place to copy her idea by swapping out our pantry door for a new, old, refurbished door.
Once I decided that I wanted to purchase an old door, I knew exactly where I wanted to go. I have followed Sustainable Warehouse on Facebook for a while, but had never actually visited their warehouse. Sustainable Warehouse is a place that collects old home accents, like doors, windows, and furniture, and saves them from the landfill! They are located in North Charleston. Their model is not unique – do a web search to find a similar type location in your area!
We visited the warehouse a few weeks ago with the exact dimensions of our pantry door in hand. At 24″ by 80″, it is a narrow door so we had a limited selection, but they did have this solid wood door with glass panels. Hooray! It was a great deal at $40.
Once we got the door home, the work began. Sean sanded the entire thing really well and used a lot of wet paper towels to clean it up. He also dinged it up to look more weathered.
IMPORTANT TIP: STAIN BEFORE YOU DO THE GLASS PANES
We had an issue where the stain leaked onto the sprayed glass in a few places. We tried to scrape it off and then spray again, but it didn’t look right. We ended up scraping it all off and trying again. Then, after it had all dried and cured, the spray just looked like crap.
So we ended up going with frosted contact paper that we used in our master bathroom on the windows. We cut out each square and followed the directions to spray the glass with water, spread on the paper, then cut off the edges.
We had an issue when we first tried to hang the door too. We attached the hinges, but the door didn’t have cut outs for the hinges to inset. We thought that would be ok, but when we went to close the door, it was too wide. So, Sean had to use a chisel to cut out hinge gaps on the door. (We’ll share a separate post about how to do that later!) After he cut them out, the hinges went right in and we attached the door to the door frame with no problems.
There were two final touches to go. We didn’t want to install a regular doorknob, so we installed a dummy knob, which is simply just the front of a door knob that doesn’t turn. We popped that on no problems.
Last step was to add a magnetic latch to keep the door closed. Half the magnet on the door, half on the door jamb. It holds perfectly and opens up with just a slight pull on the dummy knob.
Hello everyone and happy Friday! It is Sean’s birthday today and we are gearing up for a big backyard party this weekend! I have been so into the screened porch + back yard this spring and I know that a lot of you are trying to refresh your spaces as well. So, I thought that I would round up some awesome outdoor pillows that I have been crushing on lately! Outdoor fabric has really come a long way and can be really soft and nice.
I have somehow become the person in charge of parties at my office, aka Angela from “The Office.” We have zero budget so parties really mean potlucks. I have been hosting monthly gatherings for about six months now and have learned a lot! I wanted to share what I have learned to help others throw an awesome workplace potluck lunch.
Pick a popular theme – Potluck is not a theme. I learned that the hard way. Here are some of our favorites:
Chili cook off (chili, potatoes, corn bread, and fixings)
Noodle bar (with a variety of sauces, salad, bread)
Taco bar (with shells, meat, cheese, lettuce, salsa, guac)
Salad + baked potato bar with fixings (potatoes cook great in a crock pot!)
Pho noodle bar (with shredded meat, broth, and veggie toppings)
Breakfast bar (eggs on an electric griddle, pancakes, waffles, sausage, fruit)
Grilling outside in the parking lot (with fixings & traditional “salad” type sides)
Have specific sign up sheets – I make a flier that hangs in the kitchen with a specific list of things to sign up for. This makes sure that we have a balanced meal and don’t forget anything crucial. It also helps people who are not feeling creative to know what to bring!
Have a variety of items to sign up for – Some people want to cook and some do not. It’s important to have dishes people can cook (like rice, pulled pork, or salads) as well as things people can easily purchase (like sour cream, shredded cheese, or salsa)
Leave some “other” spots on the sign up – someone might have a specific thing that they love, like corn salsa for the taco bar. Leaving a couple of “other” slots lets them feel like they can show off their favorites!
Give 2 weeks notice – too much more and people forget, less and they feel rushed or caught off guard.
Be aware of your kitchen situation – we have no stove or oven, only a toaster and a microwave. So, we have relied heavily on crock pots to cook and keep things warm.
Do you have any tips for throwing an awesome workplace potluck?