$100 Kohl’s Home Giveaway

Marian ParsonsDecorating, My House, Shopping Tips1476 Comments

You know me.  I prefer to buy old things.  They just speak to me in a way that new things don’t, but it’s not always practical to buy old.  Sometimes you need a chair that people can sit in without wondering if and when it might give way.  Right?  Sometimes new things can work really well with all of the … Read More

ask miss mustard seed & more finds

Marian ParsonsFavorite Finds, Shopping Tips38 Comments

I am asked a lot of great questions in the comments on my blog. Some I answer in a reply to their comment and some I just shoot an e-mail to, because it’s easier.  I received a couple of really good questions over the weekend, though, so I thought I would answer them in a post. The first question was … Read More

Tips on Shopping for Ironstone

Marian ParsonsFavorite Finds, Ironstone, Shopping Tips31 Comments

I wrote a post a couple of years ago about ironstone, but I thought I would write an updated post.  I’ve been showing a lot of my recent finds and selling some in my online shop and that has brought out a lot of questions about ironstone. What is ironstone? I answered this question in my first ironstone 101 post, so … Read More

Love it. Buy it?

Marian ParsonsAntiques, Decorating, Shopping Tips, Tips and Tricks, Tutorials29 Comments

Those of us who have the collecting/thrifting/junking gene know that it’s hard not to buy something we love, especially when it has a great price tag.  Then, we all end up at the same place…too much stuff, not enough space, but we still want to buy more.  Right?  So, what is one with this dilemma to do?  Here are some … Read More

10 Secrets to Thrifting Success

Marian ParsonsAntiques, Favorite Finds, Shopping Tips48 Comments

One of the questions I am asked most frequently is how I find such wonderful things at ridiculously low prices. Today, I am going to share the secrets of my thrifting success. Unfortunately, I can’t help with the most important aspect of finding great things (luck), but I do think you can improve your chances by following some easy tips. … Read More