This is what our bedroom looked like on the day we moved in. There was a dusty fabric lampshade complete with fringe, an MDF "wardrobe" and some net curtains (which you can't see in this picture.) I would say the cream coloured bedends would have to be the best buy so far. One day we set off in search of a cup of coffee and three doors up the road a garage sale was in progress. The bed ends cost us $20. They were in a slightly sad state but after sanding down and a new coat of spray paint they came up a treat. The light fitting was another great bargain. It was $15 at Habitat for Humanity, and the rosy coloured shades were reduced to $6 per shade from $30-odd per shade at Early Settler, so they were pretty reasonable also. The ladder which is draped with pretty old embroidered and crocheted linen came from a surplus store and cost $10, and has come in very handy. In the photo of the table in front of the window you can see a pretty pink glass vase with zinnias in it. My dear friend Jan gave that to me as a housewarming gift on the day we moved in, and the orchid was a present from my lovely mum. The tall cream cupboard was another steal. The day before we moved in to Shoestring Cottage a shop was closing down in Central Auckland and the cupboard was reduced from $1695. to $200. It has pretty rose themed china from op ships displayed, but that doesn't show up well in the photo. Next time! You can see a hook made from an old spoon which was a housewarming present from our daughter Tessa, and a flying swallow was also given to me by my girls.