How You Can Redecorate For Little To No Cost.

Do you ever watch an entire episode of Fixer Upper and then dream for hours about how you could redecorate your home?  And then cry all night over a pint of Ben and Jerry’s trying to figure out how you can wake up with a million dollars? Unfortunately stuff costs money, and redecorating can really break the bank.  You want my secret?  Sell your stuff.

So I bought these lamps a few months ago because I was rushing to get some lamps when we first moved in.   I have the patience of a toddler, and rushed to fill the apartment before really taking the time and picking something I wanted.

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Don’t get me wrong, they’re cute, but they’re kinda traditional.  I wanted something a little more industrial, and so I decided if I wanted new lamps, I had to sell these first. You know, so my husband wouldn’t kill me, because I do this A LOT.

And so I did, for the EXACT same price as I bought them.  I also ended up selling some frames that were in the picture and so I ended up with some extra change at the end of the day.  (Oh, Snap!) I went online, purchased my new lamps, and the package came and I opened it before I had my morning coffee like it was the first day of christmas.

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I started assembling those suckers, I couldn’t wait!

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And TA DA!  My new lamps from Ikea baby!  You can get these here, but sorry guys looks like the price went up $7 since I purchased them last.

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Ok so how did I sell these?  Like Magic!  JK.

There was a time when I put everything on craigslist.  However, a few years ago, I found an App called Offerup, and it has literally changed my life.  My first sale was for $600, and ever since then I have been hooked.  Here’s how it works:

1.  Download the App.

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It’s called OfferUp.  What I love about this app, is you don’t have to share personal information, and you communicate solely through the app.  What’s even cooler, is you can see how people are rated (it’s a star system), how many purchases and sales they’ve done, and what they’re selling (if they have anything posted).

2. Upload your pictures.

Because it’s an app on your phone, it’s SO EASY to upload the pictures.  Be sure not to take crappy photos though. You need to take a few with good lighting like below.

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Then take a few of what they would look like in a home..

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Be sure to zoom in on certain parts of whatever you’re selling.  For example, this is a zoomed in picture of the shade.

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And then one of the base, so they can really see the lamp.

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3. Type up a description.

I put as much info on there as possible.  I ALWAYS provide dimensions, the current condition, and how long I’ve had it.  I also like to add if whatever I’m posting has multiple uses too.

4. Price

For this app, picture yourself at a flea market.  No one is ever going to pay full price.  Therefore, yes, always post it for more than you want to sell it for.  ALWAYS.

5.  Click finish and it’s posted within minutes!

What’s also cool about this app, is you can see how many views your post is getting.  You get notifications when you have an offer, and you communicate directly through the app.  It’s also cool because you can see if the message has been read or not, it looks just like a text message.

Lastly, I did not get paid to talk about OfferUp, and if you know of any better Apps for selling stuff, let me know!  However, I really do love this app.  I hope you check it out, and end up buying something new and thinking of me.

Love,

Deema

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If You Love Michaels, Read This. 6 Tips For A Great Deal.

I’ve always loved Michaels.  In the past I have gone for DIY accessories, and all my baking needs.  And more recently, I’ve been going for all my framing needs. However, just a few weeks ago, the corner of my eye caught a glimpse of some of their home decor stuff.

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I was literally carrying two large heavy frames, about to walk out the door, and turned back just to walk down the aisle of Home Decor.

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Guys, they have really cute stuff.  Especially if you like farmhouse style Decor.  BUT, I was a little bummed how expensive everything was.  I’m so used to the great deals I get at HomeGoods, and I was not loving the prices.  However, I’ve learned that they ALWAYS have a sale, and you can ALWAYS use a coupon.  So if you’re not into paying full price for anything, and love Michaels, please read on.

1.  Coupons

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After most purchases in the store, you almost always get a coupon.  Save those, you can use them for the next purchase.  Sometimes they’re lame, sometimes they’re really good ones like 40% or 50% coupons.

2.  Online purchases are always cheaper

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Ok, so this is the big one.  Most of the good deals are online, and you will not see them in the store–AND you can combine both.  Just the other day I was about to buy a clock in the store that I saw was 40% off.

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Because I had been checking the website so often, I knew they had a 20% off sale (including sale items) that wasn’t available in the store.  So what did I do?  I literally bought it from my phone and did In Store Pickup.  If I purchased it in the store, it would have only been 40% off (gasp).  Moral of the story?  Check the website for all the good discounts.  That wall clock is still listed online for $80 (I got it for $32), you can check it out here.

3.  Email alerts

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If you don’t want to check the website everyday, sign up for email alerts for all the good discounts.  This is how I got my frames for so cheap, I did their buy one get the other 50% off sale.

4.  Price match

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Many of you may not know this, but Michael’s also offers a price match guarantee.  If you find the same thing at another retailer for cheaper, they will match it.

5.  Everyday Value

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They have stuff that’s always cheap and never goes on sale.  This is kind of like that section at Target when you first walk in.  You know what I’m talking about?  That super cheap section where everything is around a buck each?  I got a 12-pack of 16 ounce mason jars the other day for only $9.  Check out their website, they have a ton of stuff for just a dollar each too.

6.  Bulk packs

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Ok, this is not something I have utilized,  but I did notice they have.  So if you buy stuff in bulk, I see they have stuff for 50%.  I don’t have a ton of stuff I buy in bulk, but if you are into crafts or are a big DIYer, that’s probably something you should check out.

Alright guys, I wish I could’ve copy and pasted every single thing I loved on their website, but there were too many.  All the pictures (except the two in home pictures)  were taken from their website so check them out here.  And, no, I did not get paid to promote Michaels or any of the items here.

Love,

Deema

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