Thrifty Thursday

I haven’t posted a Thrifty Thursday in a long time, but on Monday Fabgrandpa and I went thrift shopping. He has revived a long time interest in growing succulents indoors, and he is always looking for containers to use for potting them. He did find one cute little pitcher, but I found something I have been thinking about for a while!

I had been pricing the materials it would take to build a potting bench on my front porch, where I can work with flowers and vegetable plants without having to bend over. The materials were adding up to around   $250. That price was for a counter height cabinet with doors underneath for storing potting soil and various gardening equipment, and a sink with a faucet for watering things as I planted them in pots. 

My new potting cabinet.

My new potting cabinet.

When we went into the thrift shop in Cedartown, Our House, I found this 50″ wide cabinet that has shelves behind both sets of doors, a drawer, and a deep sink. The price on it was only $50! I put a hold on it so I could find someone with a truck who could go pick it up for me. I paid my neighbor $25 for gas and his time to go get it. I think I got a bargain! I am so thrilled with this and can’t wait until spring when I can try it out. My neighbor is going to hook up water to the faucet so that I can just turn it on right there on the porch. It will drain out on the side of the porch and water my hydrangeas. It needs a little bit of fixing up, but overall it is in very good condition. 

recycled cabinet used as a potting bench

Look at that sink!

Look at that sink! It is worth $50 all by itself. I feel like I got a nifty Christmas present. Can you tell I’m excited about this?

Loving the new old potting bench

Loving the new old potting bench

I am also happy that this can double as a place to put stuff when I am cooking out on my little charcoal grill. I can use the smaller grill that sits on a table, and put it on the counter here. It can fit inside the door when not in use. I still have lots of room on the porch for the chairs, table and plants we’ll put out there soon. 

So, what do you think? Did I get a good deal or not?

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Karen Eidson is telling the world way too much about her, whether they want to know it or not. She writes about her life of living full time in an RV, eating a gluten free diet, things she does for fun, and things that are important to her. She makes you look at photos of her grandchildren, talk about her husband's survival of oral cancer, and shows you things she has made. You know you want to look.


  1. Good find. Glad you’re gearing up for spring planting.

  2. Well done! You’re going to enjoy using it even more because you got such a good bargain on it, too. 🙂

  3. Karen Glatt says:

    I think you got an awesome deal! I really like what you will be doing with this sink and cabinets. How easy it will be for you to take care of your plants.

  4. What a wonderful find! It’s much easier to do plants at waist level.

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