This past weekend I went to the St. Peter's Barn Sale in St. Charles, IL at the Kane County Fairgrounds. The prices are fair, the selection is amazing, and I usually walk away with a car full of furniture packed in like Tetris pieces. 🙂
Here's a few of the finds I bought this weekend, as well as what I'm thinking about doing with them!
Our master bedroom is on the first floor and attached to it is a small bedroom. The previous owners listed it as an office, but we are using it as a shared office and nursery for our littlest, Kate. The dresser is small yet fits a lot, which is perfect for this space.
I started with a blank slate in here: beige carpet, all white walls, all white or wood furniture. I'm working on adding a little bit of color and personality in here. I'm planning on using a rainbow color scheme leaning towards pinks, turquoises, and greens. So kinda baby girl colors mixed with my favorite colors. 🙂
I can't wait to show you the rest of the room, but here's what it looked like to start. The floor to ceiling windows are AMAZING!
Black Leather MCM Desk Chair, $10
This chair is comfy, swivels, and makes me look #likeaboss. And it was only $10!!! It's also in the office/nursery and I'm sitting in it as I type this. 🙂
World's Ugliest Chairs, $24 for 6 chairs
I'm fairly certain any bystanders and the lady ringing me up thought I was nuts for buying these. They're old, stained, and upholstering that fabric will be a beast. But at $4 a chair, you can't beat the price. Other chairs I was looking at were $8-10 each!
I'm planning on painting the wood and either reupholstering or painting (yes, painting) the fabric part. They'll go in our "formal dining room", which will be more like a homework, crafts, play room off of the family room. See the layout of those rooms here.
Office Supplies, $30
I bought 8 vintage clipboards for $2 and will use those around the house to hold artwork, similar to our clipboard wall.
I also bought a huge bulletin board, huge chalkboard, waste basket can, two industrial paper trays, and the large metal paper sorter you see up there. A few readers on Instagram said they have the same one, one said hers is from Pottery Barn! #score
Miscellaneous Religious Goods
You know you're Catholic when you get excited about religious items, haha. It's hard to find these secondhand and they can be expensive at religious stores! I look for these when I am shopping at church sales, so if you're looking too, start there. Not sure if we'll use all of these or pass some onto friends or family, but at $1-2 each, I had couldn't say no to Jesus.
I was planning on using this in the boys' walk-in closet, but when we got it in the house, I didn't love it like I thought I would. I sold it yesterday for $25 on a local facebook garage sale group because ain't nobody got time for furniture you don't love! 🙂
I bought a leaf blower for $6, peg hook hangers for the kids' rooms, some silk flowers and plants, and some artwork to frame.
Things I didn't buy? This sweet rug.
I was this close to getting it, it was a little too nice for our house.
I like second hand shopping for the same reasons as other people: the thrill of the hunt, the prices, and the eclectic selection. But I also do it because in a home with kids, something's bound to get a bit of imperfection on it. I want to enjoy our home! Not be afraid to live a little in it. If I'm afraid to bring a pretty rug home, then I'm happy to let it go bring someone else joy.