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An Unconventional Source for Holiday Gift Giving + A Giveaway


I'm sure you all have someone on your list who has everything or is difficult to shop for in general.  If you're in the market for an unconventional gift or something extra special, I have a great gift source for you - Everything But the House.  They are an online estate auction site presenting sales based out of Cincinnati, Lexington, Louisville, Columbus, Indianapolis and Nashville, and you'll discover all sorts of great treasures that you won't find in a traditional retail store.

I'm a regular stalker browser of  I've bid on some items, and I like "following" items that catch my eye, because you never know - there might be a great deal that you'll have to grab if the opportunity presents itself.  This is a recent piece that I just fell in love with immediately.  

Is that not the coolest thing you've seen in awhile?  It's a 19th century postal cabinet.  Gorgeous.  I'm thinking I could be uber-organized if I had one of these with all of its slots and drawers.

I also had my eyes on these lovelies:

If anyone is stumped for a Christmas gift for me, feel free to shop EBTH and pick up a cute bag like this cute little Kate Spade number:

Or, if you feel like I've been extra good this year, you could pick up a pair of these:

Just sayin'...

My husband is a tough one to buy for during the holiday season since he really doesn't need anything.  He's an avid golfer, so I was thrilled to discover this framed print of Jack Nicklaus at the British Open up for auction.

I placed my bid, and I won it for a great price - $85 - framed and everything!

It found a home in my husband's office at work (disclaimer: his photo, not mine):

Here is your chance to win a $75 credit to Everything But The House!  I hope you discover some beautiful items for those hard-to-buy-for people on your holiday list!

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This is a sponsored post by EBTH, but all opinions are my own.


Reclamation and Restoration


I've always been jealous of those TV designers who go to a salvage yard to find old treasures that they make new or transform into something different and beautiful.  Up until now, we didn't have any local salvage yards (that I knew of, anyway).  Well, that has changed.  One of my friends told me about a new place called Dayton Reclamation and Restoration.  They go into buildings that are going to be torn down and try to salvage as much as possible, and then sell it via their warehouse.  I had some free time last week, and decided to check it out for myself and share it with you.

When I see old pieces like they have here, you can't help but say to yourself, "they just don't make things like they used to..."

Oh, if these pieces could talk...  Isn't this mantel amazing?

I can imagine this fireplace in an old craftsman home.  Stunning.

Gorgeous balusters.

Nothing like what you see in most homes nowadays.

Doors galore!

With sliding barn doors being such a trend, it was so neat to see these old doors.

Look at these sliding metal doors!  Would be so cool in an industrial space, and you have to wonder where they originated.

These doors caught my eye, with the metal work on the top.

Old, old pocket doors.  So neat.

Stained glass too.  A bunch of stuff in their warehouse was tied off for a new pub that is being built.  What a perfect source of materials, don't you think?  If I were building a pub, I think I might pay this place a visit.

Loads of windows too.

Are you in the market for old beams?  This place has it all.

Even old door knobs, glass bottles and corbels.

And what appears to be a vintage light fixture.

Even some old drawers with timeless hardware.

They're located at 280 N. Findlay St. Dayton, OH.  Check out their Facebook page here.  This place is worth the trip, as they're always getting new treasures.  I must have spent an hour browsing all of the pieces they have, and I picked up a couple of items for myself that I will be sharing soon! :-)

On a side note, I've finally joined the 21st century and am on Instagram.  My user name should have been "TheLastBloggerEvertoJoinInstagram".  ;-)  You can find me here.  You can get a sneak peek at the painting that's been going on in my family room - I finally made a decision!  More on that soon too. ;-)