Repurposing: When Old Is New Again

Finds at flea markets, thrift stores, or backyard sales don’t have to be antiques to have value.  Designers today have found that there is money in thinking out-of-the-box when it comes to old things.  HGTV is replete with repurposing, achieving that quirky artisan look, that corner that lends interest to a room, the je ne sais quoi item that draws attention by using “old junk.”

A new development in finding these objects is the rise of retailers to include these one-of-a-kind items for sale online.  For example,, Haute Look, an outlet for Nordstrom, has  new category labeled “Authentic Vintage Curiosities & Beyond.”  Here you will find old shipping boxes with faded manufacturers names or advertising that lend themselves for storage & organization, colored bowling pins to keep stacks of books in line, or a french gymnast bar for your exercise room, just to name a few.

Another retailer dedicated to a certain style, Napastyle, has a new spin-off Barn Door, advertised as a site for  one-of-a- kind finds & deals, so you know you are dealing with limited supplies of any item.  Napastyle first started bringing in collectibles from Europe a couple of years ago where there was a plentiful supply, and now this new site has expanded to include vintage, rare, deals, and even a “Final Markdown” category that span American eras such as early homestead, depression, to mid-century. Vintage tins, furniture, and home accessories such as scales and more are part of their inventory.

You must know your antiques and collectibles to find a bargain, but these sites are good to find a particular item to complete your collection or for us bargain hunters, this is another reference point to find what is popular, or the retail prices of what we currently own.


What is a Schticky? It is a washable lint roller–it picks up lint and a whole lot more. For example, got a problem with shedding pet hair? Roll the Schticky over the hair and the hair sticks to the Schticky. For quick cleaning of the roller, all you have to do is rinse under the faucet.

The commercial claims to:

  • Works on fabrics from wool to velvet
  • Can do multiple surfaces; you don’t have to go from vacuum to broom
  • Pick up pet hair from clothes or the sofa
  • Great for cobwebs, curtains or other hard to reach places
  • Its slippery when it is wet and sticky when dry

So does it work?

Works on fabrics from wool to velvet:  It does work on all fabrics in picking up debris.  It works on cloth, but it also works on a granite counter top to pick up crumbs.

Pick up hair: Yes it does work to pick up hair. Especially if you leave hair in your bathroom after a blow dry. The lint roller doesn’t clean hair in a flash, but it is quick. You may have to help the hair off with your hands occasionally. It picks up pet hair quick and cleans it quick too.

Additional uses: I’m always finding other uses for the ‘lint roller.’ First, I can clean crumbs up from my desk. I also can clean up my car seat if I absolutely have to eat on the go. I’m sure there are a hundred other ways to use the roller.

Ordering process: We ordered the product online — without any issues. The bonus big Shticky is not 100% free as you have to pay a separate processing change. Fine. About a week after we ordered, I got a call that the product has shipped and I was eligible for a gas card. I did not get the gas card as it required membership in a program.

Bottom Line

This is a great tool for neat freaks — or people who want to stay clean.

Check for BIG Schticky™ Bonus Offer  See Bonus Offer…

Plagued by Grot?

MarkdownMom found this new word and it may prove useful in playing the new electronic version of Scrabble.  What does grot mean?  Here are some guesses:

  • gross rot
  • mixture of sweat and skin found in those unmentionable places
  • what politicians exude at political  addresses
  • the smell coming from a refrigerator overdue for a cleaning
  • dirt and crud

Well, it’s all of the above and more.  It’s English slang for rubbish or dirt.  What a neat word?  Think of all its’ uses!  To get rid of grot in its’ physical rather than metaphysical form depends upon its’ source.

For all things grotty, find the answer in Kim Woodburn and Aggie MacKenzie’ s How  Clean Is Your House, based on their TV series.   They attack  cleaning nightmares with vigor and green products often found around the house and costing loads less than retail counterparts.  Find at Amazon for $15.57 +sh.

What's Old Is New Again #3: Celebrity Endorsed Kitchen Gadgets

On Monday, March 29, 2010,  Rachael Ray’s TV Show, her guest Super Bowl Champ Reggie Bush introduced us to the new manual

Quick Chef by Tupperware®.

However, this is not a new idea, the Veggie Chop™, reg.$41.99 clearance priced*$29.99.

Plus the scaled down version, the Instant Chopper, reg. $14.99 clearance priced *$9.99.

Now one can say that Tuppeware’s ® Quick Chef, reg.$52.50 with it’s feed tube is a better mousetrap, but if price is the driving force, then perhaps you should consider these alternatives offered by *The Home Marketplace.

Unless, we all lose electrical energy, personally MarkdownMom would rather stay with her Cuisinart food processor because of its’ expanded applications; but, then again, both the Tupperware’s Quick Chef and the Veggie Chop and Instant Chopper are greener since they are manual applications.

Don’t Rely Only On Endorsements, Compare & Choose To Find The Bargain!

More Goodwill

Goodwill has a new online site, Goodwill® Too.  No, this isn’t an auction site, this site is selling overstocks and donations that they have received.  Although we are talking limited quantities, nonetheless, the prices are terrific with up to 75%  off retail.  Eclectic assortment of brand new and gently used items include collectibles,earth friendly green products, electronics, decorating, jewelry, pets–you name it.   If you live in Florida, you may be able to take advantage of the “free pick-up” option, flat fee shipping of $8.99 up to 150 lbs. in U.S., and Goodwill Too even ships internationally.

And remember, your order helps support Goodwill in helping people achieve their full potential through the dignity and power of work!

Wednesday Steal: You Light Up My Life With Savings!

Everyone wants to go green because it is not only healthy, but economical, right?  However, changing light bulbs for the greener, more efficient, longer life ones can be an extra out-of-pocket expense initially.  Well, cut your costs and save, save, save by going to Gaim®’s clearance.  Get this Natural Spectrum® 40 watt Globe, reg. $10.00, on sale $3.99. Purple color filters out the yellow hue of the light providing natural white daylight and is good for 5,000 hours or 5X regular light bulbs.  Made in France. 

Other light bulbs on sale including 20,000 hours incandescent and daylight, and flood reflectors. 

Plus sign up for their $500 Shopping Spree!

Another Bright Idea From MarkdownMom!

Wednesday Steals: Just In Time For Valentine's Day–Florist In A Box

It’s nice to get flowers on Valentine’s Day, but how about having flowers all year?  With AeroGarden you can have a continuous living bouquet.  And you can change the flowers into a mini herb garden, tomato garden, salad, or pepper garden in the summer.  On sale at JCPenney®, reg. $149.99  now $79.99

Kit includes:

  • AeroGarden 3
  • English cottage kit
  • set of 3 vases
  • set of 4 adapter rings
  • centerpiece basket
  • fully illustrated guide

Plus get free shipping on purchases $49 or more through 2-28-2010 promo code: 4YOURLUV

Give A Gift That Keeps On Giving!!!

What's Old Is New Again #2!

A bygone frontier era included a self-sufficiency seldom experienced in our present mechanized society.  However, either because of a desire to become green or a desire to create our own homemade gourmet products, a demand for the manual machines of yesteryear has increased. 

Markdown Mom has been watching auction sites, thrift stores, and antique stores and one item that goes for a hefty price , no matter the condition, is a hand butter churner. 

Now, the butter churner has been reproduced at QVC.  The Paderno World Cuisine Butter Maker has the same mechanism updated and made out of metal rather than wood.  Simple to use, just add cream and you can have your own delicious butter.  With additional ingredients such as herbs, you can give your guests and family a gourmet treat–a potential addition to homemade gifts.   QVC offers this at $109.97+sh.  Made in Italy.

Know A Red, Hot Tomato?

Home and community gardens are becoming popular in these economic times.  Growing your own not only can help those high grocery bills, but are a healthy and safe source of veggies, herbs, fruit and more.  But getting too much of a good thing can present a problem; afterall, you don’t want those excess quantities of tomatoes or zucchinis to go to waste.  Well you can and freeze some of the bounty, but have you ever considered a swap meet for garden produce?

Veggie Trader is the place to buy, trade, or sell homegrown produce.  Acting like a Veggie Craigslist, you can place an ad online, find local sources for items you want to buy, and information on nearby farmer’s markets.

Join in the fun.  It’s Free, but watch out for those fly-by fruities!