Non-Consumer Photo Essay

by Katy on July 2, 2024 · 17 comments

It’s time for another Non-Consumer Photo Essay, because who doesn’t enjoy looking at pictures?

First off, I’m featured over at The Frugal Girl, as part of her “Meet A Reader” series.

Click HERE to read the full interview.



How cute were we in 2014?



I sold a pair of after-garage-sale-freebie sneakers for $45 on eBay.



I cleaned up this curb picked chair and got it looking as good as new. It’s now listed on Facebook Marketplace and based on how many people are messaging me about it, I should have it sold by tomorrow. However, there are always a lot of “I love this chair, can I come by for it?” people who simply disappear off the face of the earth, so I never count my chickens.



I drove past a neighbor’s curbside pile yesterday and walked back in the evening to see if the terra cotta pots were still up for grabs. Surprisingly they were, which was great as I have a windowsill crowded with rooting starts that’ll need to be planted in the near future.



Portland is on the edge of a heatwave, which can be a challenge as very few of us have whole house air conditioning. However, 2021’s “heat dome” weather event gave us all a new perspective on “how hot is too hot” as 116° resets your perspective!



Good thing a big ol’ jug of sun tea takes less than 20¢ from start to finish. Plus it doesn’t heat up your kitchen!


Did you click the link to read my interview with The Frugal Girl? You should.

Katy Wolk-Stanley

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

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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

Ruby July 2, 2024 at 1:39 pm

You and Kristen were dressed like twinsies in your 2014 photo. So cute!

1. Restitched some broken stitches holding the straps on my sandals. This is only the second summer I’ve had them, so that peeved me a bit. But waxed leather thread for the win!
2. Cleaned out my drawer in the bathroom and discarded some very old cosmetics. Had $2 combined in a coupon and rewards at Walgreens and bought only a new mascara to replace what was tossed. (I have one drawer, my husband has four!)
3. Grocery prices are just shocking, but I found two small packs of boneless beef ribs with yellow stickers to make crockpot BBQ for July 4th.
4. Glued together the top of the handsoap pump dispenser after it cracked in half. So far it is holding up.
5. Read a library e-book.


Katy July 3, 2024 at 11:07 am

Re-gluing the hand soap dispenser? You win frugality!


Heidi Louise July 2, 2024 at 1:50 pm

Loved reading your interview!

Postage goes up on July 14. If you have a big mailing event, shopping ahead would save some money.

Tested negative for Covid today– Yeah! Now just waiting for sense of smell to come back.


Fru-gal Lisa July 3, 2024 at 5:13 am

Thanks for reminding us about the stamp prices! I’m headed out to the post office today!


Valerie July 2, 2024 at 3:24 pm

How did you remove the stains on that chair? I’m remembering correctly, that it had several stains on the seat area? Good for you getting it cleaned up so nicely and getting so many offers to purchase it already.


Katy July 2, 2024 at 3:33 pm

I used a Bissell shampooer filled with an dilute oxyclean solution. I then used a damp white scrap towels over it until it stopped coming up with any color. I also sprayed it with an enzymatic pet cleaner, (just in case) and let that sit overnight before the shampooing. Lastly I let it sit in direct sunlight.


Valerie July 2, 2024 at 5:34 pm

Well, you worked hard! It turned out great. Well done!


Katy July 3, 2024 at 9:50 am

Thank you!


K D July 3, 2024 at 2:56 am

Of course I read your interview. You and Kristen are my go to bloggers, others have fallen away over the years. I love that you have been posting so frequently lately, I really enjoy it.

Good luck with the heat. When it is hot I am loathe to cook and heat up the house. This is weather that class for using a slower cooker and/or Instant Pot outside. A/C is a requirement where we live.


Katy July 3, 2024 at 9:49 am

Ha! I was just about to suggest my “hack” of setting a crock pot or instant pot outside, but you beat me to the punch!

I’m glad to read that you’re enjoying the more frequent blog posts. Sometimes I feel like I’m scraping the bottom of the barrel, but you never know what’s going to resonate with readers.


Kara July 3, 2024 at 11:44 am

I appreciate every single post more than I can say. It really is a moment of groundedness in the midst of the chaos here. Baby is still safely tucked inside, 31 weeks now. 3 more to go….


Ashley Bananas July 3, 2024 at 6:51 am

Echoing an above sentiment. I’m enjoying your posts and their frequency lately. You and maybe three other ladies I’ve been reading for several years blog about lifestyle and frugal living, and I really enjoy it. There were several other bloggers for a while I also enjoyed, but they seem to have stopped for their reasons.

Frugal Fail home edition, the bathroom sink faucet broke and the valves under it were stuck. Turned off the main valve for a night, took a day off of work, bought a new faucet for $30, and then paid a plumber $325.

Dear House please stop breaking.


Donna July 3, 2024 at 7:44 am

I had a frugal fail too. Our guest bathroom was no longer operational. Plumber came over…. repaired shower… toilet and sink. 900.00 . It had to be done .. company arriving in a couple of weeks. Two weeks ago…750.00 car repair. Hopefully that’ll be it for awhile


Katy July 3, 2024 at 9:45 am

It does seem like those type of expenses cluster together. You can always think of it as maintaining your investments.


Ashley Bananas July 3, 2024 at 11:17 am

This is the year of unexpected expenses…but I know it’s prudent to try and keep up with things even though they feel inconvenient, trying to do them all at once at a later date would be worse.


Katy July 3, 2024 at 9:47 am

Good for you for maintaining your investment/asset. A lot of people don’t keep up with home maintenance and end up with much bigger issues as a result.


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