It time again for another installment of Fabulous Frugal Finds. An ongoing series where you, the reader send in your stories and photos of your brag-worthy frugal scores.
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This is my antique Marion pot belly stove, and next to it, is an antique wash boiler used to hold firewood.
The stove was FREE. A few years ago, we bought an entertainment center to replace the Sauder one we had. Our neighbor noticed it in our garage one day and asked how much we wanted for it. We noticed the rusting antique wood stove in the back of his truck. We made an even swap. We already had blacking in our garage, so my husband just cleaned the rust off and used the blacking to restore it… voilá!
The wash boiler was 5.00 from the thrift store. Again, rusted, but dh just cleaned the rust up and used the blacking. The dents are part of the charm.
I responded to a free ad on Craigslist for a bunch of books out on a porch in my town. I picked up everything they had (three or four large boxes) without looking. I kept a few, gave some to friends, traded some to a local book store for in-store credit, and best of all, sold one (a brand new, in package textbook) for $70.00 online!
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