My Top 5 Favorite Places To Get The Best Deal On Hardware

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If you paint furniture for a living you know that new hardware adds up QUICK! There are times it’s okay to clean the hardware that originally came on the piece (here is my video tutorial on how to clean your current hardware and reuse it), but there are other times you just need to update it all. Below is a list of my top 5 favorite places to get new hardware at a great price:

1. D Lawless Hardware: Hands down, this is my favorite place to get milk glass knobs, classic glass knobs and pulls at a great price. The quality is hard to beat and they have so many options to choose from. Not only do they have a great amount of glass options, but they have many other styles, shapes, colors and sizes to choose from. If you aren’t in the market for knobs/pulls, they have other options as well. They sell hinges, drawer slides, appliques, hooks, etc. on their website. I also want to add that they are a family owned company here in the U.S. and the customer service is great! Here is my affiliate link for D Lawless Hardware.


2. Hobby Lobby: Did you know that Hobby Lobby’s knobs, drawer pulls and hardware accessories are 50% off every-other-week? Awesome, right!? I love to buy from here if I am looking for something rustic, dainty or different. Just keep in mind that they only have a certain amount in stock, so if you need at least 10 or more, you will probably need to order them online. You can still get 50% off the week the sale is on, but you will have to pay shipping. Sometimes they have free shipping on orders that are $49 or more.


3. Amazon: Amazon has a plethora of options. I usually order hardware from here if I want to add a standard pull or knob. They often have great prices on these items and you can get them pretty quick too. Keep in mind, if you are planning on replacing the hardware without re-positioning the current holes, make sure you get the correct measurement when you’re ordering. If it is a pull, you will want to measure the distance from the middle-to-middle of each hole.


4. Habitat for Humanity ReStore: I looove this place, but just like any other second-hand or donation store, it’s hit or miss. You have to hit them at the right time to get the “good” ones. They do, however, keep basic ones in stock if you want to paint/spray paint them or use them for other projects.


5. TJ Maxx/Home Goods/Marshall’s: These stores carry well priced pre-packaged sets of knobs and handles, but they can also be hit-or-miss. They options of hardware come in waves. For a few months they will carry the same ones and then a few months later they will get a new selection to choose from. If you’re luck enough, you may even catch them on clearance and you get a pack for $5 or $6!

Thank you so much for reading this blog post today for #ThriftyThursdaysWithFallon. I truly appreciate you stopping by and I hope this information helps you find a great deal on some new hardware! If you do find something, let me know! I want to celebrate with you! Happy Hardware Shopping!! See you tomorrow for #FridaysWithFallon!

Goodwill's Color of the Week

It's #ThriftyThursdaysWithFallon and here is a quick tip about The Goodwill. Every week they have a "Color of the Week." You can get an extra 50% off of an item if the price tag has a mark/dot with that color on it. Unfortunately, it doesn't typically cover decor items or home goods. It's usually geared towards clothes and shoes, but you can still get some great deals if you're in the market for those items.

This may differ depending on your location but I know most of them offer at least 20% off and they also have Military and Senior Citizen discounts! I would love to know what type if deals/sales your Goodwill offers and where you're located, so comment below and let me know!

Hope you all have a great day!! See you tomorrow for #FridaysWithFallon! Happy thrifting!

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New to Thrifting and Couponing!? Do this ONE thing as you get started!

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Happy New Year, everyone!! Thanks for stopping by today for #ThriftyThurdaysWithFallon. Since the beginning of the year is always about starting “fresh” I want you to do something to kick-start your “thrifty year” as we start off 2019! Read below:

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I want you to create an email address that is solely for store discounts/promotions, store membership loyalty cards, grocery coupons, restaurant deals, etc. This email address is not to be used for your regular communication and everyday-life items, keep those separate.

We live in a digital world so EVERYWHERE you go someone wants your email address. Paper coupons are fading their way out (ohhh, how I have clipped hundreds of those bad boys), so by creating an email address specifically for these items, it helps you stay organized which is return helps you save money.

I created an email address for this purpose about 10 years ago and I still use it to this day. I have always used Gmail, so if for example, if I need to look up a coupon for Hobby Lobby, I don’t have to scroll through 100 different emails. Instead, I just log into my “thrifting” email and type, Hobby Lobby, in my email search bar and all of my emails from Hobby Lobby come up in a matter of seconds. It’s awesome! Or if I need to order pizza for our family pizza night, I just type in the name of the restaurant we are ordering from that week and boom, there is my coupon. This also helps me remember my log-in, which is typically my email address, if I have created accounts for these places to receive their “points or loyalty stars” allowing me to redeem them for free item’s after they have accumulated. You can also use this email address for places like, Wayfair, Ebay, Amazon, etc. It’s totally up to you, but it is a great way to keep all of these items together and organized.

The thing I like the most about having my “thrifting” email address is that I don’t have to worry about companies spamming my regular email address. If a store or a company sells my email to a third party (because let’s be honest most of them do), it’s okay. Plus, it frees up my regular email, allowing me to stay focused on items that may actually be really important.

Now, go create an address specifically for your thrifting needs. Trust me, you will be glad you did!! It makes things so much easier in the end!

By the way, I hope you took advantage of my tips last week and stocked up on some great after-Christmas deals. If you did, comment below and let me know if/where you got your great deals!

Thanks again for tuning it today!! It’s going to be a great “thrifty” year!!

My 5 Favorite Places To Get The Best Deals On Holiday Decor/Supplies After Christmas

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Can you believe Christmas is over? Now is great time to get the best deals on Christmas decor! You can stock up on wrapping supplies, baking supplies, decorations, lights and even some toys! It is at least 50% off right now and will most likely increase up to 90% within the next week or so. If you have room to store these items go ahead a prepare for next year! For the purpose of this blog post, I went to five different places in my town late last night, so the deals would be fresh for you all today. These are my favorite places to get great deals after Christmas!

1. DOLLAR TREE: Yes, Christmas items are only .50! I like to go here first because it’s hard to beat 50 cents. This is a great place to get bags, boxes, bows and tissue paper for next year. They may even have a few cute toy ideas if you like to get your kids something for Valentine’s Day, or if you’re like me and you’re already thinking about filling those Easter baskets!


2. GROCERY STORES (Kroger, Food Lion, Ukrops, Martin’s, Bi Lo, etc): I love the clearance section at Grocery Stores. It’s one of those places people forget about so there is typically a nice selection to choose from. If you’re into baking you can find a great deal on icings and candies. They may be green and red, but if they are for the kids they aren’t going to care about the color anyway!! If you want, you could even use the red for Valentine’s Day and the green for St. Patrick's Day. If your having a New Year’s Eve party or you know of someone that has a birthday coming up, go ahead an stock up on some yummy chocolates or fancy truffles, a lot of times they aren’t in Christmas packing so you can use them whenever, just don’t wait until the summer or after they expire! They also have a lot of great deals on wrapping supplies, toys, games and cookware. Here are some pictures from my trip to my local Kroger:


3. DRUG STORES (Walgreens, Rite Aid, etc): This is another place people don’t think about too often and they have some really cute items on clearance! In fact, I have already started getting items for my kid’s Easter baskets!! I know that sounds ridiculous, but hey, I am getting things they like and will actually use for at least 50% off, so it’s worth it to me! I also stocked up on white tissue paper because I can use it all year long. Side note, before I purchased it, I made sure I was getting a better deal than what I would normally pay at the Dollar Tree.

Some examples of what my local Walgreens had in their Christmas Clearance Section were: slippers, pj’s, unique games and pre-wrapped “ready to go” gifts. They also have your typical Christmas papers, boxes, tissue paper, decor, candies, etc. See pictures below to see the examples:


4. BIG BOX STORES (Lowe’s, The Home Depot, Target, Wal-Mart, etc.): Lowe’s is already 75% off!! Items are going quick, but they still have some great deals. It’s a great place to get Christmas lights, spot lights, extension cords, etc. They also have a lot of great “fake” flower stems to choose from. I have not gone to Wal-Mart or Target yet, as far as Big Box Stores go, but I’m sure they have a lot of great wrappings and decor items to choose from, too. Below are some pictures I took at Lowe’s late last night. Oh, and don’t forget to go by the clearance paint-section while you’re there! ;-)


5. LOW PRICED DEPARTMENT STORES (Big Lots, Tuesday Morning, Marshall’s, TJ Maxx/Home Goods, Ross, Ollies, etc.): Jackpot, y’all. Big Lot’s had everything for my decor lovers. They had a lot of great items if you’re crafty, a wreath maker or have a booth at your local antique mall. You can go head and stock up for next year and start making items ahead of time especially if you participate in any craft shows during the Fall! Here are a bunch of pictures I took of the item’s on clearance at my local Big Lots.


***Try and purchase items that you can use all year long such as: white tissue paper, toy’s that can be gifted, plain color bags, pet item’s, extension cords, and wrapping paper without Christmas themes. Take note of the picture that I took of the wrapping paper below. It is perfect for kids because it is character themed paper, but it doesn’t have any Christmas or Holiday themes on it…perfect for Birthday’s!!

I have only listed some examples of places you can shop to get a great deal on Christmas item’s. Again, this is a list of my 5 favorite places to go first because people don’t often think of them. I will hit up the other stores later if I need to. Here are some other great places you can get great deals now that Christmas is over:

  • Vendor Malls (Shop Local!)

  • Local shops in your town (Shop Small)

  • Hobby Lobby

  • Michael’s

  • AC Moore

  • Joann Fabric

  • Dollar General

  • Department Stores (Macy’s, Belk, JC Penney’s, etc.)

  • Online shops (Etsy, Amazon, Wayfair etc.)

Also, please keep in mind…MODERATION! Even though I went to all of these places, I only purchased four things; two packs of white tissue paper, one toy for my son’s Easter basket and one toy for my daughter’s Easter basket….oh, and a gallon of milk from Kroger. I don’t recommend going into the stores like it’s Super Market Sweepstakes. Only buy things you need and KNOW you will use. Spend your money wisely. If you don’t, you’re not really saving money and that’s the whole point.

Now, go get some awesome deals and make sure you tell me about it!!

Thank you so much for tuning in today for #ThriftyThursdaysWithFallon. I truly appreciate you stopping by and wish you a very Happy New Year!!

Thrifty Thursdays: The week before Christmas

Can you believe Christmas is next week!? Wow! With that being said, stores are already starting to mark down their Christmas decorations 40% to 50% off. You can go ahead and start getting those deals on decor and packaging or you can take a chance and wait until next week when Christmas is over and get even better deals (if there is anything left) which is usually around 50% -90%. I never pay full-price for Christmas decor/packaging. I always take advantage of the sales before Christmas and clearance sections after. I try and stock up for the next year so it makes things easier when next season rolls around and of course, I’m saving money. It’s a win-win. PS: I even go to the Dollar Tree and take advantage of their 50% off sale after Christmas. Yep, .50 baby!! Give it a shot!

Thanks so much for reading this quick tip for #ThriftyThursdaysWithFallon. Over the course of the next year you’re going to have so many great tips in your pocket…actually, money, you will have more money in your pocket. Whoop Whoop! So don’t forget to save these blog posts to your Pinterest page and share them on Facebook. By doing this, you’re helping me continue to provide these tips to you for free!! Thank you again and I hope you have a great day! See you tomorrow for #FridaysWithFallon!

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Thrifty Thursday: Start Fresh

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Thrifting is my jam!! I cannot wait to teach you simple tips and tricks to help you get the best deals possible. Since I’ve had to “penny-pinch” to basically keep my family alive and functioning, I’ve learned a lot about getting the best deal possible. There were multiple times that money was super tight for us, especially when I left my job to stay home with our first born, so I feel like I’ve become a pro in this area over the past eight years.

Of course a lot of the tips I provide will be for furniture painters and stagers, but don’t worry if you don’t paint or stage, this information is going to be educational for YOU too! I am going to teach you more efficient ways to hit-up:

  • Yard-sales

  • Habitat for Humanity ReStore

  • The Goodwill

  • Craigslist

  • Facebook Marketplace

  • Flea Markets

  • Auctions

  • Estate Sale

  • Tag Sales

  • Consignment Stores

  • Grocery Store Coupons

  • Trash Finds,

  • Clearance sections at big-box stores,

  • Etc.

I will teach you what to look for, approximately how much money you should spend on certain items, when to look for certain things throughout the year and so on. It’s going to be awesome and hopefully very helpful for you!!

Since this is my first ever #ThriftyThursdaysWithFallon, I am going to start by saying you need to begin in your own home before you go anywhere else. You may be surprised what you find in the boxes that you’ve had stored away for months! Typically my rule of thumb is, if you haven’t used or decorated with an item in 2 years (3 years max), and same goes with clothes, then get rid of it! Are you really going to use it now? Probably not. Be a blessing and give the items to someone you know, donate them to a local charity or have a yard sale.

Shop in your own closet first and clean out what you don’t use or need anymore….and let me know if you want to get rid of any your awesome wooden furniture. Hahaha. ;-) But for real, start going through your things so you can start fresh.

Thanks so much for reading my first #ThriftyThursdaysWithFallon. Don’t forget to save these blog posts to your Pinterest page and share them on Facebook. By doing this, you’re helping me continue to provide these tips to you for free!! Thank you again and I hope you have a great day! See you tomorrow for #FridaysWithFallon!