Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Garage sale (and beadboard) love

garage-sales-bn-logo Well hello! I am SO excited about the kitchen progress – whoohoo! I’ll share more on that in a bit, but first I wanted to tell you about a fantastic Web site for you garage sale freaks-who-get-up-at-7a.m. lovahs out there.

I first told you about Garage Sale Tracker about a year ago when they were just starting up (here). Their little site has gone and grown up – I’m so impressed! If you are even slightly a garage sale fan, you will LOVE their site. You just enter your zip code, then the distance you’re willing to travel, and garage sales in your area pop up, with dates, items that will be sold – even directions with a map to the location.

Score!!

It really is awesome. And you can list your upcoming garage sale for FREE. (We used it for out neighborhood sale last year.) They’ve also added consignment shop and flea market locations to the site. Are you kidding me? It’s a thrifty girl’s shopping DREAM.

Anyway, the folks at Garage Sale Tracker are excited about their latest venture – an iPhone app:

Ohhhh yeah baby! You know how much I love my iPhone. I mean it. LOVE. Deep, abiding, forever kind of LOVE.

This was me after I got mine last year:

Giddy. LOVE. Love love love.

So when the GST folks told me they created an app, I just about squealed. In my head. Not out loud. That would be silly. Um. What?

Anyway, I downloaded mine (it’s free) and love it! (It’s nestled right between the ABC Train app for the Bub and the Angry Birds app for me. (Best. game. ever.)

You get all the great functions of their web site right from your phone:

It’s thrifty shopping at your fingertips! I’m so excited to do more garage sale shopping this year, now that our kiddo is becoming a fan of shopping. (Yes, he is a golden child.) I love that when I’m out and about over the weekend, I can go to my app and see if there’s anything in my area.

You can’t beat it!

Welllll…you can. Garage Sale Tracker can anyway. They are giving away TWO iPhones next month – one via Twitter entries and one via Facebook entries.

Um. Hello. A FREE iPhone.

The contest runs through next Friday, June 4th and you can enter as many times as you want via Twitter and Facebook. (By the way, I only do Twitter and my personal Facebook from my phone. So easy!)

In order to enter, you have to register for a free account at Garage Sale Tracker. (Click here to do so.) Next, follow GST on Twitter and tweet about them or follow them on Facebook and make a comment. (See details here.)

The Garage Sale Tracker folks will announced the winner at 5 p.m. on June 4th – so you have a week and a few days to tweet and comment your heart out!

If you win, you won’t regret it. Pinky swear, cross my heart, promise you.  :)

I’m just a little too much in love with my phone. Maybe?

In other news, the kitchen is coming along swimmingly. We currently have no sink, but my Dad is coming first thing tomorrow to continue the installation. So far, it’s going the way many of my projects do – what could go wrong, has.  :)

But when we slid it into it’s spot today, my heart skipped a beat. OH, I love it!

I finished up the beadboard backsplash today, and let. me. tell. you. – it’s a LOT of work. It’s easy, but time consuming. Am I making any sense?

For the first time in six years, I am cursing our builder for installing so many bleepity outlets in our kitchen.  Good Lord. Each outlet involves a lot of measuring and cutting to fit the beadboard around it. If you are lucky and have no outlets, you’ll be golden!  :)

I still need to finish trimming it out, painting it and adding one more accent, and then I’ll show you (next week sometime I’m sure). For now, here’s a peek:

beadboard backsplash I was excited to get the trim up there, so I installed some tonight. About five minutes ago I remembered what a PAIN in the booty it is to paint beadboard up against trim like that. Gah! (The trim is needed, in my opinion, to cover the edges. But once I show you the details you can decide what you would do.)

I’ll give you a full tutorial on the beadboard next week!

OH YEAH – I almost forgot! I’m going to IKEA on Friday!! Egads, I’m SO EXCITED!! Any tips for this newbie?

66 comments:

  1. such a difference already!

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  2. Have you been to whimages.blogspot.com?

    She has done similar things in her kitchen that you are doing!

    I was thinking of tiling my backsplash with white subway tile and black grout....but I like your bead board idea too.....
    We will have a butcherblock countertop, but I don't want it to look too country.

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  3. My advice?
    1. Give yourself plenty of time to wander. The stores are huge and you'll want to be able to take your time and look at everything. 2. Go to the website and make a shopping list, you can print it out and it will tell you how much you are spending and where all the things you want are located, because, believe me, without a list with locations you will have a hard time finding everything (or maybe that's just me lol).
    Good luck and have fun, being a thrifty girl, I'm sure you will. ;)

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  4. Advice: Everything Bri said, and don't take the Bub with you. You will need lots of time to look around and take it all in. Don't worry if you get turned around a few times. I always do. Don't be afraid to ask one of the nice people wearing yellow for help. They really are friendly and helpful and could make the difference between looking for something for a LONG time and walking right to it. Have fun!!!

    Oh, and I love the beadboard. We're using it in our kitchen too.

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  5. LOOKING GOOD :)
    &so cool about the garage sale tracker... I am going to have to try this!

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  6. I agree with the above comments. Plan LOTS of browsing time, IKEA is huge and quite overwhelming the first time. But OH so FUN!

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  7. You don't need any advice!! You're the Queen!! :)

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  8. Take your time and go to the cafeteria!! Have fun :) Or and I saw someone mention a clearance area, which I never saw, but I'd check that out!

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  9. I'm so looking forward to seeing your kitchen done! As for your trip to IKEA, grab a map once you get inside (they're near the shopping carts) before you head inside. It's got short cuts on the map, so you can navigate your way thorough once you're done shopping. Oh, and plan to spend a few hours there!

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  10. oh goodness sakes! I can't wait to see your tutorial next week. My backsplash is begging for an update and I was so excited to see you take on this venture (of beadboard). Teach me your ways! ;)

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  11. Hi! I'm new to your blog and love it, but I am NOT new to IKEA....I can't get over that you've never been there, half of my furniture is from IKEA, but anyway. ;)

    At IKEA you have to get the Swedish meatballs and the Daim cake. It's sooooo yummy! I hope you blog about your experience there!

    Oh, and I love your blog! You're funny! :D

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  12. Oh my goodness! That backsplash is going to be absolutely fabulous! I bet it will really lighten up your kitchen. I love the added trim piece too. It will really finish it off. Kudos!

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  13. You're an IKEA virgin?! Woah!

    Everyone says plan plenty of time and they're right. Don't take the boy--maybe next time. The cinnamon rolls smell better than they taste. The Lingonberry juice is divine, as are the Swedish meatballs. And the chocolate bars with hazelnut near the registers and/or near the hot dog/grocery area are incredible too.

    There are two places to browse: the main show floor where everything is set up and beautiful--that's where you can try it all out. But you can't buy most of it there. So you go down to the marketplace and see it all AGAIN only you can buy it there. So just when you think you're doing seeing all the pretty stuff, you get to go downstairs and find it all to purchase. But the people in yellow shirts are always there to help, so no worries.

    One last thing: it's like Target--you go in with a plan to spend $20 and end up spending $100. So either be really strict on your shopping list, or just be prepared to spend a lot!

    Enjoy!! It's a great place to shop!

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  14. Just want to say what a great blog you got here!
    I've been around for quite a lot of time, but finally decided to show my appreciation of your work!

    Thumbs up, and keep it going!

    Cheers
    Christian, iwspo.net

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  15. Ohhh Ikea newbie! You'll have so much fun!

    I agree with an above statement. Go shopping alone if you can muster it. Ikea does have a child minding area (ours does anyway) which is really cool and whimsical, however it's only for 30 min or an hour or something like that. On a slow day I've turned around and brought my son back in there again, but they frown upon doing it more than twice. :) It's simply a diff experience when Ikea-ing on your own time.

    Go hungry! They have wonderful food too!

    It's such a BIG store. Just take your time (and your camera and measurements for all your rooms that need stuff) and enjoy!

    I'll warn you. Their displays and goods will have you wishing you had remembered to measure your entire household. So go crazy before you head out. Bring a thick notepad with you and have predrawn measured rooms. Because you WILL find very cool stuff you'll only remember you absolutely need once you're there. :)

    Donna
    http://www.funkyjunkinteriors.blogspot.com/

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  16. I just wanted to echo all of the above advice about IKEA, and to wish you well for your first visit! I do hope you enjoy it (so many of us love it!). Can't wait to read of your experiences there...

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  17. IKEA tip? Yea, NEVER go on Friday, Saturday or Sunday! Seriously! I live about 15 mins from IKEA and love it, but never on the weekend and eh gads, NEVER a HOLIDAY WEEKEND! Take food, water, and warm up the GPS on your iPhone. You're going to need it! ;)

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  18. really looking forward to that kitchen reveal! Rachael:)

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  19. I think it looks great! My advice about Ikea (if you have the time) - is do a lap without a cart - then retrace your steps!

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  20. Hey lady! The beadboard is looking great...told ya it was easy to glue over your tile! (I didn't mention it was hard to cut around your outlets though!) :-o LOL
    It's gonna look amazing when you're all through! I want Amex to give me point too..I have rooms that need help! (master bath....OH MY!)
    I'm an Ikea newbie too, so I'm taking notes. Our closest one is an hour and a half away...that's why I haven't gotten to visit it yet. Good luck and have fun!
    OH, I found two upper cabinets this weekend at our habitat for humanity re-store that I'm going to use to make built ins for my little guys room like you did in bubs room! I'm SO excited...I can't wait! I'm going to start sanding and working on them now! :)
    Have a great time at Ikea!
    Blessings
    Melissa

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  21. ugh! the cursed outlets! I hated cutting them out too! tips for Ikea - make sure you write down what aisle to pick up the larger items in! and oh, don't set a budget, you'll break it lol

    Kim @ http://frostmeblog.blogspot.com
    party inspiration

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  22. You installed the PVC beadboard, right? 'Cause if the regular beadboard gets wet, it starts to disintegrate. I know this, sadly, from personal experience.

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  23. LOVE the updates in the kitchen! Have you discovered the Houzz web site? I think you might LOVE it;0) I've been following your blog for a very long time...tips on IKEA brought me out;0)! Take a truck if you can, and plan AT LEAST 4 hours! My kids, 13, 17 last for about 2..then I tell them to go to the food cafe and buy them something to eat. They are boys, so that works for me;0) Have a ball..and I'm going to enter for an Iphone;0)!
    blessings,
    Tonyad

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  24. I LOVE GARAGE SALES! I'm going to have to download this app!!!

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  25. WHAT? Gragage sale finder? I am so there. I am a junky and now that I am working, I can indulge in my insanity even more.

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  26. love the beadboard - it's looking great! definitely on my kitchen update to.do.list

    also...loooove angry birds! i stay up way too late at night playing it :)

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  27. love, love, love the beadboard! we have the same counter tops and i have had the most awful time trying to find something to do my back splash in. when i saw your beadboard idea, i called the hubby and said, "I HAVE FOUND IT!!!" thanks so much for the idea. we are going to start on it soon!

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  28. Oh man, just found your blog yesterday and I'm already obsessed. Love it!!

    -Dani

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  29. Sarah: Thanks for your comments on my polk-a-dot table! Fun to see how your kitchen is coming along. I can't wait to see the finished product! Enjoy IKEA!Take some snacks or take a break while you're there, don't get overwhelmed, take measurements with you--that would be my advice. Oh yeah, and have fun!

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  30. This is a very "COOL" site...luv my garage sailin! Don't take kids with you...give yourself 2-3 hours (I spent a couple of hours on my 1st visit)...take pics and have a FUN time...it's one awesome place!

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  31. Oh my goodness Sarah! I love the beadboard already. We're doing that in our kitchen too and I"m loving the trim you chose....I might have to *cough*steal*cough* your idea.

    I just went to IKEA Atlanta for the very.first.time last Friday- all I can say is wear comfy shoes and bring a big ol' bottle of water (As well as about 50 billion dollars....you'll want everything)!

    Have a great time on your trip!

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  32. We just had our garage sale last weekend, and I gotta tell ya...it feels sooo good to "decrapify"!! Despite a bit of a rainy start it went very well. We just ordered our new countertops, cooktop and backsplash materials last night. It is going to be a long month getting everything coordinated and finished, but I am sooo stinkin' excited! Well...am off to FINALLY finish our back stairs. Treads and risers are painted, now to finish the trim and base moulding.

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  33. I went to IKEA yesterday. I suggest you use self checkout so you don't get behind people buying 40 cupboards for their kitchen.
    *sigh*

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  34. Love the beadboard and the trim! It's going to look incredible!

    And my advice for IKEA is to go early, like as soon as it opens, to avoid the crowds, and try to go during the week if possible & not a weekend. It's also overwhelming with all of the stuff in there, so save your budget and your sanity and only look in the sections you are focusing on. Work one floor at a time, and be sure to try the swedish meatballs! :)

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  35. IKEA??? My favorite place! I like to work backwards because they have all the clearance stuff near the registers, but if this is your first trip, just relax and enjoy. And bring a measuring tape and a camera.

    The backsplash looks fantastic.

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  36. I'm going to Ikea tomorrow too! Only, in Utah. I agree with all the advice. Go prepared with a list and hungry! It is a huge, overwhelming, fun, tasty experience. My mouth is watering just thinking about the cinnamon rolls! Have fun!

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  37. I agree with what everyone else says about IKEA. I'll add wear comfy shoes. And if you have to take your son as soon as you get there feed him, then walk around and look at the displays with him. Make your list on your map. When you think you know what you want and the places you want to go back to take him to the play area. Then you have an hour to zoom back through the store pick out your stuff, throw it in the cart, and check out before you have to pick him back up. Best scenario: leave you little guy at home, take your time, and bring your guys back some of those yummy fruit filled cookies.

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  38. I LOVE the beadboard! I am wishing I owned my house instead of renting so I could put some up myself.
    Oh IKEA, How I love thee! What I would do to live within driving distance of one! MY advice... leave LOTS of time to wander through the first half of the store to see how the experts have used their own products, down to the little detailed accesories. Write down all your nifty ideas on your Ikea paper, and then stop for lunch at the cafe to get your head wrapped around what u really want. Then head downstairs to tackle collecting your items. And all the other people are right... don't take your son the first time. I'm feeling nostalgic just talking about it!

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  39. Hey, I would love it if you would check out my brand new blog and tell me what you think of my space. It would mean so much to me!!!

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  40. Thaks for the tip on the iPhone contest. My tip for a first-timers trip to IKEA: Give yourself hours or maybe even the whole day. And is that a Nine Inch Nails shirt you're wearing in that picture ma'am?

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  41. My cousin recommended this blog and she was totally right keep up the fantastic work!

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  42. Love, LoVe, LOVE IKEA!!! We redid our kitchen with IKEA cabinets & get oodles of compliments all the time!

    So...IKEA newbie
    (1) Be CERTAIN to grab the current IKEA catalog IMMED upon entering the store!! I don't recall if they have catalogs once you're in the showroom.
    (2) They have food there, but it isn't that grand - pack your own lunch
    (3) Don't leave home without your self-control. There are TONS of awesome little inexpensive, impulse items, which you WILL be so tempted to throw in your shopping bag.
    (4) I don't recall there being shopping carts (I could be wrong), so carry a light backpack, not a purse.
    (5) Be prepared to do some heavy lifting - I don't think the staff is permitted to load items into your vehicle (again, I could be remembering incorrectly on this one)
    (6) HAVE FUN!!! I am so jealous!!

    Erin D.

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  43. Ikea tips.
    1. the restuarant opens one hour before the store.
    1a. get there when the store opens, it is less crowded.
    2. They do have carts (2 types) The larger ones are in the market place.
    3.grab a yellow bag to "hang" on the shopping cart
    3a. grab that catalog at the front door, if you can't read spanish, make sure it is the english version. (can you tell I got the spanish version and I can't read spanish?)
    4. Go to the "as is" section FIRST! It can be a DIY paradise. It is always hit or miss and prices are often 50% off. It is usually by the regisiters. Do NOT go through the store to get there. go to the registers and go backwards through the registers to the "as is" section. put anything you find remotely interesting into yout cart from "as is". it will be gone by the time you decide to get back to it later and you can always put it back before you leave.
    5. The website does have an inventory feature. Sometimes it says yes it is in stock and it will not be there. If it says it is not in stock, it NOT be in stock. You can call first if you heart is set on a certain piece.
    6. bring a shopping bag. They no longer have them. You can buy a huge bag for under a dollar and they do have free wrapping paper for those items that can break.
    7. most items have more color options than the catalog or internet offers.
    8.follow the great tips the other commenters left.
    9. plan on spending all day there. 5 hours minimum.
    10.Please blog about your adventure!

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  44. wow! an Ikea virgin! I've been shopping there for about 20 years!
    Definitely start at the AS IS section near the registers - I always find great treasures there. Then go through the showroom section to see all their ideas in context. It will take you a while to soak everything in - try not to get overwhelmed on a busy day.
    Have an idea of any pieces of furniture you might be looking for for all rooms of your place and measure your space ahead of time so you'll easily know if a piece you like will fit.
    They have big reusable blue bags for $1 that will fit a ton of stuff if you don't want to bother lugging your own.
    We love the cheap hotdogs and swedish meatballs. Their Anna ginger cookies are also great and their hazelnut milk chocolate too!
    Also, you'll spend a lot more than you planned because of all their cute accessories and low prices - but they do add up!
    Have fun!!

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  45. Can't wait to see your redo!! IKEA is a great place but we never have any room in the car to bring things back home. We go when we travel to Phoenix but hubby just doesn't think he can tie a room full of cabinets to the top of the Subaru and travel all the way back to Colorado! Darn!

    bee blessed
    mary

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  46. i dream of a beadboarded kitchen....
    someday it will come true.

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  47. As far as Ikea goes take lots of money and have a wonderful time!!!!
    Love your kitchen so far( I loved it before too : )

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  48. Ikea is like a BIG Mouse Trap Maze! No windows and it winds around like crazy! Make sure you eat lunch there, the food is dirt cheap and really good. Make a list of knick knacks you are thinking of buying....chances are Ikea has it. Love Ikea! Have fun!

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  49. Just stopping by to say thanks for commenting on my ORB spray paint sconce re-do from the CSI project! I'm glad you like them! I love me some ORB but cream spray paint is another staple too ;)
    Have FUN at IKEA! I wish I had one within driving distance of me! :)

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  50. I am Julia from the CSI challenge. Thank you for choosing the fence that I painted at the nursing home. I am flabbergasted!!! Thank you! I am shaking, crying, and all around just excited!!!! I entered this challenge on a whim and never expected to win. Amazing.

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  51. I would SO love this app for a Windows phone! I adore my Touch Pro but wish more apps would be developed for it. And this app just makes me jealous!

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  52. Oh my gosh, I feel SO ahead of the design curve - I put beadboard in as a backsplash at my old house, and it was SO cute! Good luck! And thanks for GST app - never heard of it and can't wait to use it!

    Am I the only one who uses too many exclamation points when typing??

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  53. Badger. Just badger. That's all. :)

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  54. i've never been to ikea either. but i've heard to watch out for the badgers.

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  55. First time at Ikea? Take. Money.
    LOTS of money. Because, while their stuff is redonkulously inexpensive, there is also alot of it! And, be prepared to haul stuff. Borrow a truck or van, if you have to!

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  56. Badger.... badger.... badger!

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  57. Just want to say what a great blog you got here!
    I've been around for quite a lot of time, but finally decided to show my appreciation of your work!

    Thumbs up, and keep it going!

    Cheers
    Christian, iwspo.net

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  58. Just want to say what a great blog you got here!
    I've been around for quite a lot of time, but finally decided to show my appreciation of your work!

    Thumbs up, and keep it going!

    Cheers
    Christian, iwspo.net

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  59. I'm sure someone has already said this...but for Ikea you need time and a big truck. :)

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