Tuesday, March 22, 2011

You Know, I Care About My Carbon Footprint, but Most People Out There are Making Carbon Snow Angels

Confession: When I was little (like, ten) I wanted my future husband to be a carpenter so he could build my daughters a dollhouse. Okay, it might have been so he could build me a dollhouse. I've always wanted a wooden dollhouse. I'm not sure if my obsession started with reading The Dollhouse Murders, but I do remember loving that book and reading it several times (I was a very morbid child). When my mom would go to the craft store, I would spend hours in the miniatures aisle dreaming about each tiny piece of furniture and how I would fit it into my dream doll house.

Anyway. A few weeks ago I went looking on Craigslist and came across an ad for a consignment sale. I had heard of them, but wasn't quite sure what they were, so I checked it out. Here is it in a nutshell: I go through my kid's clothes and toys and take out anything with rips, stains, or anything faded. The remaining stuff I tag and drop off. My stuff is sold alongside everyone else's stuff. I get 60% of my profits. At the end of the time, I go back and pick up everything that didn't sell. It's like a garage sale, but you have a lot more prep work and you don't have to sit there and sell stuff; that part is done for you.

I love the idea. Buy stuff for cheap, sell old stuff and get some cash. It's a lot easier to find the clothes I want because the selection is huge, and all of it is like-new condition. It's just as great as shopping in a store, except everything is cheap, I'm giving my money to moms instead of big corporations, AND it's not new, so it's better for the planet, the economy, my wallet and...well, everyone wins.

And, since you are selling stuff, you get to go in before the general public and see if there is anything you want to buy from other sellers. This is where I bought Ash's pants. I also bought a few dresses, a few books, a few toys, and...

A wooden dollhouse. I know! I know! It was a silly purchase. My kid is way too young, and it's just taking up space and blah blah blah. But I've always wanted a wooden dollhouse and look how perfect it is:
It opens up, the roof comes off, all the shutters and doors open and close, and there was even some cute little furniture pieces:

Oh, I love it.

(Isn't my quote so clever?!)


  1. Ah! I love this dollhouse!!!

    Although what I really want is a Hogwarts dollhouse. But I would be a terrible parent who wouldn't let my children play with it. =)


  2. That Hogwarts Dollhouse is AMAZING!!!!!! Wow.

  3. I LOVED that book. I read it nine million times.

    I did a consignment sale last year. I had probably $300 worth of stuff that I priced for $80, all together. I made $30. I could have made almost all my money back off eBay, so I am done with consignment. Dangit.

  4. Darling Dollhouse, but it's very....pink. We had a bunch of half-finished ones around when I was a kid; the woods were quite fragile and though I always wanted to finish one I don't know what happened to them.

  5. It's beautiful! I see nothing wrong with a grown -up playing with dollhouses. I bought Ellie marble tracks just because I am fascinated by them and wanted to play with them myself. If we can't live vicariously through our children, why did we have them?!

  6. Oh, it is perfect! And Ash will love it soon enough. Megan would DIE for a little house like that. So I know Ash will just adore it. :)

  7. I remember you planning those dollhouses when we were little. Remember the wood pile you were going to use that was behind the red fence next to the amazing climbing tree?

  8. Hah! I do remember that! I had all these plans to carve those pieces of wood into make the little wardrobe desk and lamb and computer. And yet, I have no idea how to do woodworking. I guess not I'd have to have YOU do that. ;)

  9. Why, yes I could! Especially after going to work on a wooden spoon this weekend.


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