ReGioNal ShOppIng

This is the first weekend of the Made in the USA Challenge. Wow, the first day of the challenge was rough. I went in search of highlighters at my local Staples and spent at least twenty minutes or more trying to locate ones made in America.  Luckily, I found Bic highlighters, all made here.

Interesting thing about this challenge is finding the Country of Origin on each item and some of it can be misleading, imho. Such as “Made in USA with US and globally sourced materials” or “This part Made in NOT AMERICA with this part Made in the US”. For me, that means, it ain’t made here.  On the bright side, most candies I found were made in America!

I did change my original intent when it came to going to thrift stores. Since the money is being used to support local charities, I won’t carry over the USA only requirement of the challenge. I did find myself a bit depressed while going through my local thrift place this weekend. I found a frame and a table-cloth with no country of origin but every single piece of clothing I picked out either came from Taiwan, Vietnam, China, India or Brazil. These were top brands like Hollister and Ann Taylor…not one item I picked was made here. So, I didn’t buy any clothes. So depressing!

After a quick internet search, I found All American Clothing Co and‘s Made in the USA listings. Modcloth has a very unique vintage section for clothing and decor while offering Made in USA products as well. It’s out there folks, just have to look for it.


AmeRicAn ToUrIst

It is always a delight to find the ultimate item on a day of thrifting. I am always in such envy of those who can find “gold” in the thrift store haystack.  Recently, on an outing with my mom, I found a vintage American Tourister train case. WHAT A FIND! I did a bit of online research to make sure it was indeed vintage. From what I can tell, by the label, it is. It is ranging in price from $32 to $50 on sites like Etsy and Ebay.  It was marked $9.99 and was purchased for $4.98 (gotta love half off days!!) It has what I think is an attachable jewelry case and a tray. No tears in the plastic lining and not too beaten up. Just a couple of smudge marks but no scrapes!

I can’t wait to take this puppy on a visit somewhere!!!

Bon Voyage!

American Tourister “Tiara” Train Case

A NoN-CoOks KiTcHen

The kitchen challenge is a success! I spent most of Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning working on the project. Since I rent, I was not able to change the cabinets. I am allowed to paint walls but that is a project for a different day. I had set up zones last year for the kitchen, which made this years de-clutter even easier. My objective was to clean, de-clutter and organize. After the photos is a list of the amount of clutter removed {in pounds} and the number of items donated. Along with the budget spent and what I used to clean. I did purchase some items for the fridge but the rest was re-purposed from items I already had in the kitchen. Enjoy the slide show!

{The furry helper who keeps showing up is my cat Isabeau}

It was a productive weekend. And that means that today, I relax!

Stats for 2012 ReDesign Challenge, Kitchen

Pounds of Clutter Removed: 41.5#

Number of items donated: 18

Cleaner Used: Warm Soapy Water and Mrs. Myers All Purpose Cleaner

Budget: Two red boxes @ $5.99 {Target}, One Ice Cube box @ $3.99 {Target}, Two Dish Racks @ $2.99 {Goodwill}, and 2 rolls of Red shelf liner @ $4.47 {Walmart}, total $20.44 {.44 over budget}