Monday, March 23, 2009

Bargain Buys

My blog friend Lee had an interesting post a couple of weeks ago on her best bargain.  It got me to thinking about the whole concept of bargain buys, and in today’s economic environment I think it’s more relevant than ever.

To me, a bargain buy is something that is not only cheap, but something that you love, and if it is useful then that’s even better. Otherwise, it’s not a bargain at all, but just another thing cluttering up your home. Makes you wonder how many so called ‘bargain buys’ end up as landfill?  I think this quote sums it up beautifully…..

ruth poole quote

This quote is from Ruth Poole, who worked at Australian Home Beautiful, and is taken from an issue which was published in 1926. I love that this advice still stands true today all these years later.  Ruth, you knew what you were talking about!

So on that note, I bring you what I consider to be my bargain buys – things that I bought cheaply, but that fulfilled a need in my home, and still bring me great pleasure, all these years later:

Ikea utensil holder, used as a pen holder.  I like its rounded, ‘organic’ shape.



Two bedside tables, repainted and handles replaced. Again I like the shape, and the fact that I can fill it with so many books and magazines.



A buddha head from cheapie shop The Warehouse, for $16! I love my little buddha!



I bought this table below from an auction house for $25. But then I cheated a bit and had it professionally restored as it was in such bad shape. Does that count? 


My antique chinese table, which I had my eye on for ages, and snapped up when it was 50 per cent off.


Here’s some other bargain buys I found in my web travels:

Ikea bins, stencilled.

idea for Ikea bins


$200 piano.

cottage living


Ikea chair , folders, boxes, frames….etchandyman3c


This sign on the fireplace was a roadside find. Best type of bargain ever!

home beautiful roadside find sign


My theory is, if you find something you need and it’s a bargain, but you don’t love it, back away now!  Better to have an empty space and wait for the right piece to come along.

PS If you want to see more bargains, head over to AnNicole’s blog Our Suburban Cottage to see her latest brilliant buys!

Best wishes, 


Alison Gibbs said...

There is nothing like a bargain that you love - something that makes you smile everytime you see it.

PJ said...

Your bedside tables are WONDERFUL! And your design sense, as always, hits a perfect note with me.

Rachael said...

I had that buddha head too, and from the warehouse in Adelaide a few years back but it broke in our move back to Brisbane....I think I only paid $5 for mine, so a better bargain than yours :)
My favourite is the stenciled ikea bins..... might make a special trip to Ikea to copy that one!

Ry @ Sotto Il Monte Vineyards said...

I love your style!
Finding something you love at a good price - always rewarding.

AnNicole @ OurSuburbanCottage said...

Ahhh, your photos never disappoint. I get so much inspiration from you. I loved the Ikea bins too.

Hey, thanks for mentioning me!

Marie said...

I do luv bargain, I luv it when guests notice a certain piece then I don't hesitate to say...yeah, that was a bargain!

Lauren said...

I TOTALLy agree with you!! must love to buy!

Lee said...

Hi Catherine, firstly, thanks so much for mentioning me in your post (I'm absolutely over the moon!!). Secondly, what great 'bargains' - I can't believe you got that table at an auction house for $25! What a find! All your bargains are gorgeous and definitely relect your unique and elegant sense of style. Lee :)

Kath Lockett said...

Your 'bargains' are indeed brilliant ones, Catherine, and made beautiful and stylish by the fact that you found them and made them part of your home. :)

My 'bargain' was my dog, Milly, purchased for $80 at the local dog shelter. Does she count?

Kathy's Red Door Welcome said...

I really like those stenciled bins from IKEA. I love your bedside tables. This is the first time I've visited your blog. I'm glad I found you.

Jade Creative said...

I'm always looking for a bargain. Of course the rule of thumb is, you have to adore it first. The pieces of furniture that I have found, painted and changed the hardware, are the most precious.

That sign of yours, what a great find!

Have a wonderful day.

ness lockyer said...

Your bargains are wonderful. Love them all.
Ness xx

Draffin Bears said...

Wonder bargins and I love them all.