Christmas is just 23 days away, and I know most of us are cramming to check off all the items in our gift list. A few months ago, I was at SM City Cebu to check out a wedding fair when I spotted this watercolor and papercut painting. I am partial to anything pinkish, and I actually thought the text said “Soul Away,” not “Sail Away.” Anyway, I learned that the painter was an undergraduate student of UP-Cebu’s Fine Arts program, which is another reason that compelled me to buy the artwork. Continue reading “Thrift Find: 125-Peso Watercolor Painting”
On Saturdays when I have nothing to do, I take a leisurely stroll in downtown Cebu, specifically Colon Street, to window shop. My favorite mall is Gaisano Main, and I immediately head to their kitchen wares department (Level 4) to look for bargain ceramics. The kitchen ware department also houses home decor and their gift wrapping section. The stocks, I admit, are old but that is what I truly love about Gaisano Main. Continue reading “P10 Watercolor Print Paper Gift Wrap from Gaisano Main”
Because I have a tiny apartment and an even tinier kitchen, I try to keep the colors of my dinnerware to a monochrome. I am also a huge Muji fan and I try to emulate their monochromatic kitchen and dinnerware design. I need to spice my life, and my kitchen, a little though as I find the monochrome depressing, especially during this rainy season when the skies are gloomy and our cave of a home is dark. Continue reading “FIND | Patterned Bowls”
I’ve been to several garage sales, but have never been to a moving-out sale. I’m always on the look-out for one, especially for expats living in Cebu and moving out, but I had no luck. Until my husband and I were waiting for our marriage contract at the Bible school in the city and we saw an advertisement for a moving-out sale. We were lucky because the moving out sale was on that day and just in the other building.
The foreigner who owned the things sold was moving to a smaller apartment and their furniture (which are huge) cannot fit in the smaller home. I could not buy the furniture because they would not fit our also small apartment, but I was lucky he had books for sale. And they were only for P10 each!!! These are my second copies of The Elements of Style (really helpful for writers and editors, and a fun read too) and The Cather In The Rye. My first copies were borrowed and never returned. Yep, these are really good books.
Since I moved to a tiny apartment, I have started to be conscious as to the things I buy for myself and for the home as I do not have much space to store things and I don’t want to be bothered with too many things to arrange. One of the things I have been on a look-out for were stackable mugs. I’ve found a lot of stackable cups (especially those commonly used by hotels and catering companies), but I wanted mugs that could more than five sips of coffee or chocolate. I also wanted them to be cheap (my blog isn’t called “Thrifting Adventures” for nothing). I finally found those mugs at the Gaisano Main store at a bargain price of P15 each. There were only a few pieces left and I only need four (because of space) and was finally happily making and sipping coffee each morning.
And because I couldn’t resist it, I also bought a vintage-inspired floral enamel kettle for P450. There was a kettle that I loved more than the kettle I bought but that kettle’s handle was plastic and I fear it would melt in the long run. The kettle I bought has an enamel and wood handle, so I’m hoping it will last me more years. I love the kettle and enjoy boiling water with it every day. My friend’s daughter calls it “like a toy.” These are what I call thrift finds for the home.