July 30, 2011

Trash to Treasure Teaser

I have been so busy lately getting ready for my first classroom....well that and reading Harry Potter for the first time (I know, about time, right?) Anyway, I have thrifted a ton and blog stalked some AMAZING teaching blogs.  There are some fantastic ideas/resources out there- thank you Blogging Teachers. I hope to get some of my arts integration stuff up here soon to contribute to this growing community.

Today I hit the mother-load with thrifting/garage sale-ing. At the garage sale I met the two sweetest older ladies, one of whom  had taught in the inner city where my job is for 15 years! It was so great to have her advice. Once we got talking, I found out they used to belong to the Christian community I'm part of and we had a ton of mutual friends. Small world! They prayed with me and for my students and gave me some great materials! It was definitely a blessed time. I happened upon the ad on Craigs*list about an hr before it ended and decided to zip over there. So glad I did.

It's similar to this, but mine is the old version.
Then I hit up the 2 thrift stores I've been frequenting and had another unexpected surprise. There was no price tag on an item I was eying and when I went to ask about it I just happened to throw in the "I'm a teacher in the inner city" and the guy gave it to me for $3.99! This wasn't just any little item-

It was a 4-tier shelf/organizer with 12 thick plastic bins...in good condition. This just happens to retail for around $60! 1 bin alone is more than $3.99!

Someone's trash was definitely my treasure today. The bins are light pastel (yellow, lavender, baby pink) which reminds me of a 1980s dance studio (and definitely don't fit my Broadway/NYC theme). But never fear- I will be armed with spray paint tomorrow and transform this baby into something amazing for my library. Stay tuned for a tutorial....

Lots of love,

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