Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

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September 13, 2010 by Ellen V

Eric and I made good use of our Saturday in spite of the rain and general dreariness.

We spent a few hours in the morning sorting and clearing our study, our entertainment center, and a catch-all hallway closet  that houses everything from board games to serving dishes to wrapping paper.  Besides a large load helping fill our GoodWill box, we also put aside a large box of books and DVDs to take to Half Price Books–purge, purge, purge!

After a light lunch, we took our box to Half Price Books.  We generally view them as a recycling center, since they aren’t overly generous in their offers, but this time we made over $40!  Hooray!  We each picked another book for our troubles.  I continued my search for an old copy of Emily Post’s Ettiquette, but to no avail.  Instead, my pick was this:

It’s got some great, practical tips in it, and I think it’ll be a great reference.  Erin Bried interviewed 10 grandmothers, all of whom lived through the Great Depression, and came up with a nifty reference manual that shows you how to do everything from knot a scarf to start a compost pile.  Love it!

Now, to the best part of our Saturday!  After Half Price Books, we swung by Tuesday Morning, a nifty TJ Max-ish store that sells mostly housewares.  There, we found a giant mirror for our too-small dining area.  We love it so much, and we think it opens up the space perfectly!  Even better?  It was only $40!  What a find!  We hung it, moved the beautiful photo that Eric had taken which was there to our guest room and took down an ugly print we’ve been hoping to get rid of for a while.

While I worked on Sunday morning, Eric plowed through several more things on our to-do list, once again proving he’s a much better housekeeper than I.  We rewarded ourselves with brunch at one of our favorite Milwaukee restaurants!

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