Decor Finds: FIVE DOLLAR fabulous (4)

Finding fabulous for under $5

to share with you is PURE PLEASURE

so I hope you’re okay with more lovely

coming your way on the cheap!

See last week’s installment? It’s right here.

(I shoot with an Olympus e-520 with the lens that came with it.

I use natural light and don’t have time to edit!

So this morning I took 10 minutes to quickly shoot and upload.

Just thought you might want to know.)


Monogram Collage.

This was done on stretched canvas

but you could use leftover wood,

cardstock, or a cereal box.

Vintage book pages and engravings

are cheap everywhere.


Tulle skirting for a dress form.


Maybe a skirt for your dress form

is not at the top of the list.

Maybe you are short exactly one dress form.

But tulle is magnificent for tutus too

(you know you need one),

and for mine I cut strips from $3 worth

(Hobby Lobby), knotted them randomly

around an elastic band, and voila…

now I can add clothing to photograph and sell on eBay.


Pink geraniums.

Loving these this year,

and for $1.25 per plant

from the greenhouse,

we’re sitting pretty.

These are on my front porch.


Naked books.

We’re seeing such nudity everywhere,

and I needed additional texture on my shelf.

Dumpster diving at your library

will probably save you the $5.


Chippy old framed print.

Omg totally in love with this one

found a few years ago at a

garage sale for $1.


Chipped ironstone basin.

It would have had a pitcher too.

Paid $2, rescued it from the landfill,

and it holds inspirational clippings and photos.


Decor books.

Picked up this volume


a few days ago for $1.

When I opened it up on my table

to shoot, look what appeared:

a glass jar full of corks!


Vintage children books.

This is a 1957 copy, and I bought

it for .50 because I remember

checking it out of my school library

and loving it when I was little.


Vintage paint brush.

It’s gorgeous, textural, sculptural,

and even functional for brushing away

dust on a window sill.


I am a lazy, messy messy painter

and would spoil its beauty!

all photos by me

Sort of in love with the vintage LV box found the other day which may be

counterfeit since the stamp is not centered as it should be.

Inside is a dust cover containing an LV international style wallet

in perfect condition. The seller was an older woman who claims

it is authentic and purchased in Florida years ago.

I offered $10 and she accepted. Think it’s real?

If so, I saved myself $600 plus shipping.


Sterling bangles.

Yes sterling.

You can find these vintage

beauties at the flea market

or tag sales everywhere.

Wearing one is sort of ho-hum.


Now that’s funky fabulous, mama.


Wonder what else we’ll find this week

for five little buckaroos?

Peace to you right where you are.




  1. June 15, 2011 / 5:30 pm

    Michelle, You put together a very creative list! Such simple pleasures for such little money! You have given me something to think about!
    Inspiring post!

  2. June 15, 2011 / 5:31 pm

    Happy to have found you and happy to follow! Great finds and a fun challenge to limit yourself to $5.00.

  3. June 15, 2011 / 5:46 pm

    You know I love your $5 Fabulous! I always have so much fun with it. I love the children's book you found, especially because you read it as a child. How sweet is that?

    I hope you're enjoying your day.


    Luciane at

  4. June 15, 2011 / 6:45 pm

    thanks you guys! i honestly had not realized how many good buys i had floating around until i thought of this $5 fab idea. everywhere i look there are bargains, and this makes the pieces even more special to me.

  5. June 15, 2011 / 7:05 pm

    What fun! I haven't been to an estate sale for awhile…makes me want to go "saling" this weekend!

  6. June 15, 2011 / 8:14 pm

    Oh I do love this series! Your bargains and your love of imperfect perfection just shines through and your photography is the icing on the proverbial cake baby!

    My favourite has to be your monogram collage though – bliss.

    PS I was paging through the book Creative Walls the other day *in my kitchen* and turned to a page and saw my exact oven staring back at me. Bizarro.

  7. Anonymous
    June 16, 2011 / 1:54 am

    Love the ropes of pearls on that sweet little cardigan!
    Bright pink geraniums, ah, I can't have summer without them.

    judy h.

  8. June 16, 2011 / 3:49 am

    Oh I love lovely good deals! I can't believe you got that book for $1, it looks fabulous!

  9. June 16, 2011 / 3:19 pm

    I love when you do $5 fabulous!!
    Too funny about the book and wine corks!
    Hmmm I wonder about that Vuitton wallet? Could it be real? I hope so! See ya soon…

  10. June 16, 2011 / 7:01 pm

    Oh my favorite is the old picture and chippy frame. That was a total steal. Love pink geraniums too. The color is just so lovely.

  11. June 19, 2011 / 10:32 am

    Love your ideas … The naked books are awesome xx Ava

  12. June 20, 2011 / 12:47 am

    I have no doubt you'll find lots of things in common with that design book. You have got great style, lady.

  13. June 20, 2011 / 3:36 pm

    all of your photos are completely gorgeous. hopped over from life made lovely.

  14. June 20, 2011 / 6:32 pm

    Love this post.
    Would you consider linking up to my 20 minute tuesday party? it will start tonight into tomorrow!
    It's for projects that take 20-30 mins and cost less than $10!
    Hope to see you there!

  15. July 6, 2011 / 6:52 pm

    I LOVE that you do a $5 Fab posting. This stuff is amazing! It would be awesome if you made this a linky party, so everyone could share their great finds.

  16. July 22, 2011 / 12:36 pm

    Great pics and you have many lovely things! Thanks for linking to Beach Cottage Good Life Wednesdays

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