my disorganized bag and a sale!

i realized this week that with all the chaos over at the thrift shop (@fredandbettys) i have been so scattered.

remember that “what’s in my bag” post where i showed you my beautifully organized messenger bag full of everything that was oh so organized. well.. it’s not anymore! another thing to do. sort through my purse, find those receipts from home depot (ALL of them), empty all the wrappers and other miscellaneous trash, and get it back to its pretty self.


i hope i’m not the only one with a disorganized bag right now. someone please tell me you’ve got permission slips, crackers, perhaps a few sticks of gum lurking around in there too?!?!

to help us get things sorted, i’m offering 20% off everything for your bag in the shop this week! tiny pouches, zippered pouches, sunnies cases, iPad cases, e-reader cases, pencil pouches, checkbook covers, covered notebooks, and tissue cases!

most of them come in coordinating fabrics if you want to get real fancy!

matchy matchy

just use code MYBAG20 (all caps) for 20% off your next purchase of all things organization!

for your bag sale

so forgive me for the short posts this week. assume i’m up to my ears in paint, sorting through stacks of donations, or staging windows for the thrift shop. hoping to catch up on all my email and my missed tv shows while i do a little sewing next week!



i’m linking up my weekly phone pics with jeannett again!  i’m thepleatedpoppy on instagram if you want to follow along!


yay!: i sold out of my halloween bunting

boo!: i accidentally sold them at a huge discount.  oops.  my plate is a little too full.


 so many of you were hoping i’d carry orange petal pushers so you could show your team spirit.  well, after searching for the perfect orange, orange petal pushers are now in the shop!


 long days and long nights.   each night i am laying out the plans for the next day’s work at the thrift store.  i’m still loving it.  sean and i have remodeled a few homes back in the day and i really miss it!

{for those of you new here – i’m helping our school renovate a thrift store we just took over, with a 2 week deadline!}


 i am seeing little glimpses of His Glory in my long days.  up with the sun at home depot and watching the sunrise.  perfect timing with a much needed volunteer.  generous offers to pick up a sandwich.  friends loving on my kids day after day.  a meal brought just in time.


 another fun thing to see:  things coming together at the thrift store.  we’ve been clearing out and undoing so much, so seeing some progress is so rewarding!  just getting some chalkboard paint on the wall was enough to re-energize me!


 my sweet husband has not only been a rockstar during the renovations, but melts me with all the extras, like homemade sushi.


 a LOT of homemade sushi!


 we found this old workbench buried in our back shed.  a little elbow grease to remove all the actual grease, and some lacquer to gloss up the top did the trick!  this gem is sitting behind the checkout counter, under out chalkboard (which just needs a frame).


 a fresh coat of white paint makes all the difference!


 and a fresh coat of mustard paint makes a HUGE statement!  hello sunshine ceilings!


 we’re covering our walls with pallet wood.  we’ve had a small crew dismantling about 100 pallets around the clock!


 and we’ve been staining that wood around the clock, too!


 we have 2 sets of windows that were painted over years ago (WHY?!), so we have a volunteer painstakingly scraping all that paint off to let the light in!


 my daily wear has been nothing less than embarrassing.  all grubbies all the time.  cut offs, stained clothes, ill-fitting everything.  and as soon as i get home, its straight into jambes.  my poor husband!

i’ve got one more week until our hopeful grand reopening – you can also follow @fredandbettys on instagram!

have a great weekend!