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Nothing New: August in Review

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To read about our challenges and victories of buying nothing new in 2013, visit the Nothing New Archives!

My favorite #NothingNew finds for August:

We searched for nearly a year to find a nice armchair for our living room and finally broke down and bought one new in December of 2012. Thankfully, we still had a spot for this gem, which I found (in new condition) at the Goodwill for just $30!

We searched for nearly a year to find a nice armchair for our living room and finally broke down and bought one new in December of 2012. Thankfully, we still had a spot for this gem, which I found (in new condition) at the Goodwill for just $30!

vintage hutch and typewriter

I have a thing for vintage typewriters (it must be the writer in me!) and might not be able to give this one up! Complete with travel case (not shown here), this mint condition Underwood Portable Typewriter (seen here on the bottom shelf of my free-off-the-side-of-the-road hutch that is yes, still a work in progress…remind me to never again paint furniture!) is from the 1930’s and will retail for about $800. I got it for twenty bucks.

I also found a vintage red leather blazer jacket with a fur collar ($7 @ Goodwill), a new in original package Lord of the Rings Risk for Liam and Dad ($1 at a garage sale), a loose tea strainer to replace my rusty one (free from a neighbor’s garage sale!), new-in-package pink leather cowboy boots for a baby shower gift ($5; retail for $70), and five pairs of cute leather baby shoes for my niece (many of them european brands) for just $5 TOTAL (again, at a garage sale).  We also hunted for a secondhand leaf blower and hedge trimmer, saving ourselves about 30% (not to mention the cost of a gardener!).

Birthday Present Problems Solved

In other exciting news, Tim and I have been debating what to do about the boys’ birthday coming up in October. We decided long ago that it was fine for people to give us new things (as birthday presents, for instance) but we wouldn’t buy new gifts for each other. Knowing that the boys have really embraced the whole Nothing New project warms our hearts but we are fully aware that they are counting down the days until they get something new for their birthday! Thankfully, we just heard about Pleygo, a Netflix-like renting system for Lego’s!

Pleygo

For a monthly subscription fee, Pleygo allows you to choose from a large selection of Lego kits and then ship it back when you’re ready to pick a new one to play with! Shipping is always free both ways and sets are always sanitized when they are returned.  There are three levels of subscription, starting at just $15. Right now you can even receive your first month FREE

We are super excited to give this to the boys for their birthday present! A monthly subscription to unlimited Lego’s completely solves the problem we’ve had of amassing way too much Lego while still allowing the boys (and my husband, let’s be honest…) to play with the latest and greatest Lego sets! I will definitely keep you posted on how this service works for us — it honestly sounds too good to be true. Could it be possible? A regular LEGO fix without blowing the bank???

Domestically Yours,
Natasha Kay

Domestica_avatarNatasha Drisdelle (aka Domestica) is a mom of twins, baby-weight survivor, and health & fitness blogger 
who lives in California’s Silicon Valley. She posted her before-and-after pics on the immortal internet as 
living proof that morphing into a gelatinous baby-growing-factory doesn't mean your bikini days are over. 

You can find her on Google+, Facebook and Twitter, cutting through the myths and lies that keep 
women from realizing true health and contentment.

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One thought on “Nothing New: August in Review

  1. the Lego thing is ah-mazing! Stu and Silas would be so stoked. I have lost count on how many times I see them in Silas’ room, sprawled out on his floor building Lego. I on the the other hand would be paranoid about losing pieces:-)

    Posted by Charis | September 10, 2013, 4:49 pm

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