Fabulous Frugal Finds

by Katy on August 15, 2009 · 7 comments

The following is the first in a hopefully long series of readers’ fabulous frugal finds. Thank you very much to Jinger, whose lovely outdoor furnishings set her back a mere $4.

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Katy Wolk-Stanley

“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”

Fabulous Frugal Finds

I have a small porch that overlooks a nature preserve. One day when I was browsing at St. Vincent DePaul’s, I noticed 2 patio chairs hidden away  behind some other items. I asked the price $2.00 each…lucky me. These are 2 Brown Jordan vintage chairs!  A few weeks after when I was at my son’s apartment, I noticed a table outside his neighbor’s door and asked if I could buy it…he gave it to me!  With a porch chaise purchased from overstock and thrift store items for wall decor, my outdoor room was complete. It is my place of refuge…an oasis right in the heart of the city!



{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Angela August 16, 2009 at 11:17 am

I love your porch Jinger! Excellent job with the frugal finds. It looks like a lovely place to relax.

Great feature Katy. It will be so fun to see people’s frugal finds. I love the resourceful and creativity involved.


Julia August 17, 2009 at 10:50 am

Very great finds!! A few months ago, we spent about $75 buying a wood bistro set for our patio because we were staging the home to sell. It had to be done in one day, I didn’t have time to look around and search out a good deal. That was frustrating. At least the house sold! So wonderful job, Jinger. What a peaceful view.


Karen August 17, 2009 at 11:36 am

What a wonderful job. Looks like it could have been an ad in a catalog, it fits so well together. I envy your “summer room” and its overlook. Good for you!


Tonya August 17, 2009 at 12:25 pm

We got a table and 4 chairs off of Freecycle a couple of summers ago, and they fit very well on the back porch. Gotta love free!


Melinda August 21, 2011 at 9:56 pm

I really enjoy your blog. congratulations on your finds. I am working on three treasures right now. One is a wicker set for my grandkids, it needs paint and cushions. It is a setee couch, a table and two chairs, kid size, a flea market find. Second is a step stool with character, soon to be a plant stand for my bathroom, it needs paint, a yard sale find, and last but not least a step stool for the grand kids free because my husband’s dad made it for him as a child. Paint for all three projects was $70.00 at home depot but it will give me experience and be a creative outlet as well. Thanks for all your hints. A faithful reader!
Melinda Ely


Jinger January 27, 2012 at 1:50 pm

Alas…my lovely vintage chairs have lived out there life. One is totally gone and the other is in its way. I’m hoping some other chairs come my way soon.


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