I've got a thing for totes, and for being thrifty.
Metal ones, wood ones, ones with wood and metal, and especially free or cheap ones, which I like to refer to as the "thrifty" ones.
I picked this one up at a garage sale a couple years ago. It was filled with tools, which makes sense because it's a tool tote, duh Bliss.
The tool box was marked ten bucks.
I didn't want to pay ten bucks and I didn't want the tools.
I asked the boss lady at the garage sale, how much for the tote without the tools?, and she looked at me like I had two heads. I guess she couldn't understand why someone would not want the tools and would want the tool box.
She quizzed me by repeating back what I said.... "you don't want the tools?". She said she would have to ask her husband, she thought they could only be sold together.
The man of the house came out and he repeated the question that seemed to have offended his wife....."you don't want the tools?". No sir, would you sell the tote without the tools and if so how much?
He looked at the tote and me, and clearly thought one of us was crazy, and said he'd have to find something else to put them in and he didn't think he had anything.
By this time I had invested too much precious garage sale hunting time to just let it go, so I found a basket at their sale and offered it up to him and asked again, but how much for just the tool box?
Crazy people get a heck of a deal because folks just want you the helll out of their garage!
I whipped out my dollar bill, picked up the tote and marched to the car before he could change his mind.
My garage sale buddy (hi Dii!) however really did think I was going off the deep end. She saw my tote of the tote march, and inquired, "ANOTHER one? What are you going to do with all of them?"
I'm not sure how many totes I have left in my stash, but hands down this one is my favorite.
Like a lot of ladies I have pin boards on Pinterest.
One of my boards is wreaths and centerpieces and it is filled with beautiful things that I'm too cheap to buy. But I am willing to pay a buck to transform something with paint into something I love.
For this project I used Fusion Mineral Paint in the new color Tuscan Orange. I wanted it a bit more burnt orange in tone so I custom mixed some Fusion brown with the orange till I got the shade I had in my head.
Do you remember a post from a couple years ago about maple syrup making around here?
Of course you don't! Every spring some friends tap our trees and make maple syrup, so it seemed fitting that this tote pay tribute to that.
First I took a wood drag and pulled some other Fusion Mineral Paint colors across the tote to give it a distressed look without sanding. (I will do a separate post on this process).
Next I used lumber yard stencils for the lettering and then lightly sanded the whole thing for the worn look I love so much.
This tote is heavy and long - a couple inches over two and a half feet. I sanded and waxed the top handle because I liked how it looked just the way it was.
For fill I used field corn, sumac, dried hydrangea, gourds, maple leaves, and...........
......I tucked in this nutty little glass squirrel.
I also want to point out that the two hydrangeas front and center were plucked from my own highly under-producing hydrangea bush.
The tote is lettered on both sides. I wanted to be able to admire it no matter which direction I was headed.
Today's tote also marks my induction into a once a month new thrifty gaggle of women.
The Thrifty Style Team consists of these creative bloggers so I hope you will hope over to check out their thrifty style.
Each one of them has got it going on with Thrifty Style and I'm happy to join the team.
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