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    For the last 3 years, after selling our house due to (late) DH's illness, and getting rid of almost everything, we (and lately I) have been living in furnished condos, off-season beach resort in winter, and off-season ski condo in summer.

    I decided it was time to settle in one place and rented an apt for the whole year in New England. This is the first time I have started from scratch to furnish a place and thought it would be fun to do a sort of blog about it.

    I had a few kitchen utensils that I carried with me, and of course clothes and such. Also a small sewing machine, laptop, and printer.

    I picked up a set of dishes (our "Sunday" dishes from childhood) that my sister has been storing for the last 25 years in her barn, since my dad passed.

    A friend of hers gave me a futon, it is perfect - black with a black wood frame. I will make some colorful pillows and a throw.

    My sister also gave me some kitchen things, pots and pans, and a CD/cassette player/radio.

    That was it for moving in. I went shopping over the weekend and found some new thrift stores I had not known about.

    Silverplate forks, knives, spoons - about $20. I have enough for 4, don't need more than that.
    computer chair on wheels (will use for both sewing and computer) - $5.
    Ironing board with cover, $4.
    small drop leaf table, one caned-seat wood chair, and coffee table - $110. All in good shape. Bought from a "Re-Store" type store, so the money goes to a good cause.
    Large framed/matted photo of Walden Pond - 25 cents!!
    Small table lamp, free.

    The apt. is a 2-story ell on the back of an old house and is quirky and quaint. I do not want "new" looking things in there. The living room is HUGE, about 15' x 25' with a fireplace at one end. I plan to put the living room by the fireplace, with a corner for the computer/printer and one for sewing. I am not going to have a TV or cable.

    There are 2 bedrooms upstairs although it is only rated for one person (septic). I thought about having a sewing room upstairs but I think I will do more sewing if it is more central.

    I will try to find a way to add some pictures.
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    It sounds lovely and reminds me of my college years, scant furniture and that feeling of starting something new. We used to swim at Walden when I was a kid. Good luck in your new home.
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    Good luck in your new home and I too love the variety of different pieces throughout. I am sure it looks lovely!
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    Congrats on the new digs! It sounds like you're settling in very well.

    Garage sales will be starting soon. That'll be lots of fun for you this year!

    How do you find out about available off season rentals?

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    Rentals, VRBO.com.

    Got another cute chair today to go with the kitchen table, it has a webbed seat and came with a braided chair pad. $5. Also got a great tablecloth for the table and a tiny little picture of a rabbit.
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    here are some pictures.
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    Looks great. I would get an area rug for under each table. Its so cute though. I miss the upstairs of my bungalow. It was cozy and i sewed up there before kids.

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    Very cute! I especially love that little drop leaf table. Good find!

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    I love it......check to see if there are any on line auctions in your area....I've gotten some really nice things for almost nothing.....got a round end type table with two tablecloths (both custom made) and a glass top for $3.00.....the house it came from was probably $500-700 thousand....never seen anything sooooo beautiful.....I was able to pick up a love seat (solid wood frame) for $3.00 for my grandson...last week I picked up 70 napkin rings for $3.00....I love setting a pretty table.....I don't tell my friends here about these auctions but you live far enough away.....lol Have fun....it's always fun decorating a new apartment......

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    got TWO of these today, marked $60 but with my senior discount and filled punch card they worked out to about $45 each. Solid wood, working drawers, good condition. One for computer stuff and one for sewing, both are in the over-sized living room. I did not want anything modern looking. These could not be more perfect if I had designed them.
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    Oh, I love those! They sound perfect for your purposes, too. Great find!

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    Those are very nice.....good find!!!!

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    I went to a charity auction Saturday, but seeing as the town I live in is pretty well-off, I got outbid on the things I wanted - back to the thrift stores for me!!

    I am picking up a "Mattress in a box" from WM today - $149, $100 on a gift card from Mypoints (so that part is free). I don't think it will be expanded enough to sleep on tonight as I will be getting home rather late, so maybe one more night on the futon.

    Also going by someone's house that advertised, moving, must sell everything, see what he has.
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    well I got the mattress. Reviews had led me to believe the box had wheels. It didn't. I got it in the house by tying rope around it to make handles. Then I had to get it up a steep flight of stairs. I tried pushing it, but there was one step with a replaced tread that stuck out just a little too far. So I tried pulling it, by the rope, holding on to the railing and pulling myself up. Except at the top, I ran out of railing and the box was still on the stairs. After a lot of cursing and yelling, I managed to get it up to the landing.

    May I just say, WHEW!!

    When I move out of here, I am definitely hiring a moving company.

    I also picked up two wastebaskets at the dollar store, a toilet brush, a silverware organizer, and some sheets. A full set of 500 thread count, for me, and a full set of 300 thread count for the guest bed, when I get one (it will be an air bed.) $19 and $13, on sale at WM. Used another $50 gift card from Mypoints. Also have a $50 Kmart card coming from Mypoints.

    No thrift store finds today, except for three glass bluebirds of happiness, 50 cents each. In my living room window, to catch the afternoon sun.Starting from scratch-bluebirds.jpg
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    BTW, the mattress is GREAT and very comfortable to sleep on!

    Today's haul -
    Free like new rug from my boss where I volunteer, it came with her new condo and she didn't need it.
    Small microwave, less than 2 years old, works, $5.
    Wire shelving rack, will use for fabric storage - $5.
    Hassock that goes perfectly with futon, $3.50
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