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A couple of days before Sebastian arrived, Anthony and I left the twins with his parents and got out of the house to run some errands.  On our way home we made a quick stop at my favorite discount store here, Dirt Cheap.  If you’ve been reading for long you’ve probably heard me mention it a few hundred times.  It’s a wreck of a store (literally, stuff is piled on shelves and racks with no organization whatsoever) but a treasure trove if you have a little bit of time and patience.  They carry overstock, customer returns, and unsold clearance items from a bunch of stores including Kohl’s, Old Navy, and Target, just to name a few.  Anyway, every once in awhile I’ll be in right after they’ve cleared a section of shelves of old inventory to make room for new.  What they do is stuff as much unsold/old stuff into a shopping cart as they can, wrap it up with lots of plastic wrap, and sell all of the contents for $10.  You can’t remove the plastic wrap or swap things from other carts; what you see is what you get.  I’ve seen it happen only a handful of times and when I have it’s just been a ton of stationary, Halloween costumes, or school supplies.  This day though, it was Target – picture frames, lamp shades, jewelry, curtain rods, iPad cases, towel bars, plates, and a bunch of other random things.  I almost fainted and I was positive that if I didn’t buy one the minute we walked in it would be stolen from me by the ten people looking over my shoulder.  There were about six carts just whispering my name but after scanning them all as carefully and quickly as I could, we snatched up the two we thought had the most stuff we could use, shelled out $20 for ‘em, and unloaded it all into the back of the van.  Observe:
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(Get this – talking the full price of everything we got in our two carts, we paid $20 for roughly $700 worth of merchandise!!!!!)

What I was most excited about were a plethora of gallery wall frames.  I wasn’t positive where they’d all go but as it happens I’m notorious for leaving walls blank for far too long so I thought maybe they’d light that fire…and they did.

Here, my friends, is what our hallway looked like yesterday morning:hallway progress blog
Blah-zayyy.

With the entire city of Mobile (and the entire south) on ice lock-down, Anthony had Tuesday (yesterday and today too!) off, so I got a little time to be productive.  I shared a glimpse Tuesday on Instagram of some changes that were going on in said hallway with our plundered frames:
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As I type, all the frames are hung and pictures are ordered and should be here next week, when I’ll share the how’s and what’s, where’s and why’s. 

Stay tuned…or should I say, sorry to keep you ‘hanging’.  Har, har, har…   

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  1. Cannot wait to see the final version!

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  2. Oh my goodness, what a SCORE!!!!!! I would have practically fainted too!!! What an amazing find. Looking forward to seeing how it all looks!

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    1. I know! I'm still in the greatest kind of sticker shock! :)

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  3. Wow, wow, wow. Did you do a happy dance after you recovered from your near faint? I would have, my kids wont go anywhere with me any more!:-)

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  4. Holy Moly! Wish we had a store like that here - what a steal! That's amazing. I can't wait for your follow up post because I am THE worst at picture hanging/gallery walls. Like, so bad I didn't hang but maybe one picture in our house because I had to have my MIL do it for me (ex-interior decorator). :)

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    1. Ummm, so awesome that you have an interior decorator for a MIL!
      I'm so, so excited about this whole little frame project and can't wait to post it! Just waiting for the photos to get here...I ordered them from Walmart and had them shipped here because, let's face it, I'm not leaving the house with three kids yet. Funny thing is that now that I've hung these, I know want to fill every wall. Hoping that lasts... :)

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  5. You found an awesome deal! It feels so nice to be productive doesn't it? I am working on hang frames in my house too.

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