It is well known that I am a thrift store and estate sale junkie. When I got an email from my favorite estate sale company showing a house with one whole room dedicated to stamping, I knew I had to go to that one. Bonus was it was close to home! Running over there, they had been open about 20 minutes, and I searched out the stamp room first. The house was at least 5 bedrooms, and had three levels, so it took a minute or two to find it on the upper level. The room was stuffed full of card making supplies – dedicated desk, equipment, supplies, tons of stamps and punches, (mostly Stampin UP too!). The first thing I saw on the preview photos was this spectacular revolving, wood ink storage unit, and I really wanted that puppy.
Unfortunately, the lady right before me had snagged it and it was already on the way to her car. Later, I found her and gave her my email so maybe I can make another stamping buddy. I’ve been looking online for one of those carousels but haven’t found one like this. Oh well, there was lots more to see! Every wall had shelving or stacking bins, and there was a u-shaped desk area with cutting mat, and lots of space to play.
There was a whole wall of shelving full of all kinds of stamps and punches, and cutouts, and more!
Behind the desk, in a closet with the doors removed was all this. I immediately snagged the paper shelf, as it was just $25 for the shelf plus all the paper in it! All Stampin’ Up paper, I might add, over $100 worth at retail prices!
Two very nice young men put it in the trunk for me, and I came home smiling. I thought it would fit on the workbench under the wire shelf, but it didn’t. It was too tall for the space. This is the mess before. See those wire shelves on the right of the workbench? They have paints and canvases on them, along with wood items and other things for future projects.
I measured the space and found if I took one out, then the shelf would fit on one of them if I didn’t push it all the way to the wall. So I got to work rearranging the stuff. I took most of the painting supplies and made space in the storeroom for that. Then rearranged what was left.
Then, DH looked at it and decided that the wire shelving would be too flimsy to hold the weight of a wood shelf full of paper. So he wanted to take all the wire ones out and figure out something for it to sit on. Well, I knew just the thing, if it was still there. We got out early the next morning and went back to the estate sale for the two drawer cabinet the paper shelf had originally been sitting on. We were in luck, the unit was still there! And 25% off! So, a quick call to a friend with a pickup, and home it came as well.
Good thing too, as it began snowing off and on during the day Saturday.
I had fun reorganizing the workbench space. Taking the bins of paper I already had, I integrated my stock into the shelving. This is going to be great, I’ll have the colors where I can see them. Plus the drawers can hold the once-a-year bins for Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter card making.
On top are more beautiful papers that I got at the estate sale, along with my embossing unit with its folders. The paper unit had some books hidden in it, along with some really beautiful specialty papers, and a lot of holiday theme papers. Moving some things into the drawers freed up space on the shelves over the workbench to spread out the everyday stamps and other items, utilizing the bins emptied of paper. Now, much neater and better organized, things on the upper shelf are no longer stacked two-high. Plus the little drawer organizer I also got will help keep the little stuff like glue sticks and blender pens handy. Maybe a couple of stamping buddies would like to come and play.
But for now, I can do some cards! Sunday I did have some time for that, as it had snowed overnight about 4 inches.
I took this picture of a blue jay in the snow-covered redbud tree.
My bulbs were covered in snow, but they should be OK. It warmed up to the 40s later in the day.
This is a different turkey than my two buddies, but he still was happy to get a bit of bread.
We weren’t covered up this time, the streets were warm enough for the snow not to stick. All of it was gone by the afternoon. More cold and perhaps more snow is predicted this week. I’ll be showing you the cards I am working on soon.
Are you playing with paper? How’s the weather where you are?