There’s a small patio along the west side of our backyard. It’s shaded by a canopy of honeysuckle bushes and it’s remained vacant and unused since we’ve lived here. I’ve just been at a loss as to what to do with the space.

Earlier this spring, I finally decided that a bistro set was the way to go here, and I’ve been half-heartedly shopping for patio furniture for the last month. Last week, I happened to be at Ikea, and I saw this one in the as is section. I love the Ikea as is section this time of year. There’s lots of furniture and linens from last year’s displays as they get ready for the new catalogue. It’s a bargain hunter’s dream come true.

This is what the patio looked like in the spring of 2010.

This wasn’t exactly what I had in mind. I’d initially wanted something with more of a retro look. However, this one cost only a fraction of some of the other sets I’d seen so far. When really I considered how much time and money I wanted to put into it, buying this one just made sense.

I really like it though. It finally looks inviting under there. Another scorching summer has been predicted, so I think we’ll find this patio quite a relief over the next few months.

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Things I’ve Bought Lately

So, over the weekend, I shot a roll of film with my $2.00 vintage camera and I’m now waiting for the results. In the meantime, here are a few other things I’ve bought lately – all thrifted.

Ever since I watched that first season of Hoarders, I’ve been concerned about my own tendency to collect things and accumulate stuff. This is why I vowed to myself that I’d stop buying vintage pyrex. Currently, I own about forty pieces, but I really only use about ten of them on a regular basis, so I’ve declared my collection complete. Then, I saw this flameware teapot. I’ve passed so many of these buy because they’ve all had chipped lids or spouts. This one was perfect.

This is the last one.

I mean it this time!

I’d also promised myself that I’d back on the amount of books I bring home. That too, went out the window, when I found this circa 1950s edition of The Joy of Cooking.

I’ve been really enjoying the record player Jeremy bought me for my birthday last year. My album collection (see what I mean about collecting things) hasn’t been coming together quite as fast as I’d hoped though. There’s lots and lots of old records out there, there just isn’t much in decent condition. Most are scratched or warped. So many have been tucked away for years in damp basements or garages, where the climate has taken its toll on the old vinyl. I’m also really picky about the condition of the sleeves when it comes to buying albums and to find them not torn or unblemished is an even more rare.

With that in mind, finding these classics in such remarkable condition was quite a score.

So, that’s not so bad. Just a few little things. No need to call A&E for an intervention yet.

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