Did you have a good Valentine’s weekend? I sure hope so! I always thought Valentine’s Day was kind of stupid but the older I get I’m realizing that sometimes we need reminders to put our relationships first and this holiday does that. It suggests we dedicate a day to “us”. To remember why we even like each other. 😉 For real.
That’s why I planned an overnight stay for Craig and I in Pittsburgh. Far enough away to feel like a getaway but not too far of a drive. Perfect. And I already had a hotel in mind.
We stayed in the same hotel last summer in a room with a Jacuzzi. My son is in college and that was the first time we’d ever rented a hotel room with a Jacuzzi. Crazy, right? Well now that we know what we had been missing all this time, we’re going to book a room for the two of us at least once per year, if not twice. The fact that it included breakfast was just a bonus. And something I always look for in a hotel, not gonna lie.
After our little hotel get away, we headed for a couple of stores I heard about on Facebook. The Habitat for Humanity ReStore was stop #1.
I didn’t know what to expect exactly but I can say I pictured more building materials than we found. It was more like walking into a Salvation Army that was totally dedicated to housewares with some building materials. It was interesting and well organized. If you’re looking for used lighting, furniture, sinks or used housewares, this is the place to go in Pittsburgh.
I love rummaging through places like this and finding old dishes my Mom or Grandma had. It just makes me smile and takes me back to my childhood, even if for a brief moment.
While checking everything out, I got a text from my sister telling me how bad the weather was back home. She planned on picking my daughter up from play practice and I got a little worried about her getting stuck or something. We had 4-wheel drive so I thought heading home would be the right thing to do. If we left right at that time, we could probably get back in time to pick her up ourselves. So Craig and I took one last bathroom stop and then…I lost him. In the store. Where was he? I looked all around and finally found him crouched down behind a pile of boxes of flooring. “Oh, great” is all I could think. I knew he found something he was interested in and now we were not going to leave on time. He’d found hard wood flooring similar to what we just installed in our bedroom at a steal! $40 per box – 20 square feet.
So, of course, we had to find every box they had that matched…somewhat anyway. Luckily, a nice guy working there helped us.
While they were digging the boxes out, I found some peg board I’m hoping to use at an upcoming show to display my signs and photography. For $1 per sheet!
The sheets are about 5 x 5 foot. I thought that was a great price so I grabbed 5 sheets. Craig said, ‘Do you really need that many?’ I said, ‘They’re a dollar per sheet. Of course.’ 😉
So we hurried up, got everything on the cart, went up to the register to pay and headed out. We were so happy to have found such a great deal that to be honest, I don’t think either of us were too sad to head back home. Stop #2 was supposed to be Construction Junction but I guess we’ll just have to plan another trip to Pittsburgh and get a room again. Darn…that’s too bad.
Do you have a place in your area where you like to look for used household stuff? What’s the coolest thing you’ve ever bought used? Leave me a comment below! Until next time…