Fab Freebie: A Repurposeful Life

***This giveaway is no longer accepting entries***

You know that feeling when you come across something at a thrift store that hasn’t been loved in a while but you’ve got the perfect use for it? Or better yet, when the same thing happens while you’re sorting through your own closet or desk drawer? It’s not just exciting because you’re saving money instead of buying something new – but also because you’re giving something a new life that might otherwise wind up in the trash. Well, that’s the spirit behind this week’s giveaway from Kathie’s Finds.

Kathie Armstrong’s vintage shop in Maple Plain, Minnesota is filled entirely with items – furniture, art, accessories, jewelry and more – that she has rescued, resuscitated and made ready for a new home. Heck, even the building is a historic creamery where she and her husband now both live and work. And even though we haven’t had the pleasure of checking it out in person, we’re thrilled to bring a piece of Kathie’s philosophy to you guys as this week’s prize.

Yup, we’re talking about reusable bags. One of our favorite little ways to keep plastic out of landfills is by bringing reusable bags to the grocery store (and beyond). Plus Kathie’s bags actually do double-green-duty by being made out of repurposed things like old blankets (and they’re all hand-sewn by local women). So whether you’re filling them with produce or anything else you’ve picked up at the store they’ll really come in handy and look good doing it. And this week TWO lucky readers are going to score a foursome of ’em to upgrade their next grocery shopping trip (and the rest of you will score a nice little Kathie’s Finds discount so stay tuned for that).

Here’s how to enter:

  • PRIZE: A four-pack of reusable produce bags from Kathie’s Finds in an assortment of the designs shown above.
  • TO ENTER: Comment on this post with the words “BAG ME!” and…
  • BONUS QUESTION: … share a story about something you’ve repurposed, rescued from the trash or somehow found new life for (whether it was for your home, your wardrobe or something else).
  • GIVEAWAY CLOSES: Wednesday, January 20th at 8pm EST
  • PRIZE SHIPS: The US of A and Canada
  • USUAL STUFF: One entry per e-mail address is permitted. The winners will be selected using random.org and announced on Thursday. Good luck!

Get more info about our freebies on our Giveaway FAQs page. Pics courtesy of Kathie’s Finds.


  1. VickyJ says

    BAG ME! Refurnishing my old house and refusing to buy new furniture, all “new” pieces will come from Estate sales, antique markets or Goodwill/Thrift stores.

  2. Megan says

    BAG ME!

    I took a chair that someone was throwing out at the curb, painted it white and recovered the seat, and made it part of my “shabby chic” guest room – completely furnished with hand-me-down furniture from my brother’s old bedroom (desk and bed), my parents’ old living room (rug and mirror), my sister in law’s old Ikea wardrobe and a very old lamp from my grandmother’s house!

  3. Christina Peterson says

    BAG ME! I have repurposed an old kitchen cart and it now serves as a lovely TV/Media stand in my bedroom.

  4. says

    BAG ME!
    Nearly everything we purchase for our little fixer-upper has been a craigslist find… so fun. My closet comes from Buffalo Exchange, an up scale second hand store that keeps well-made clothing moving from one loving owner to the next (at an incredible deal), and oh – we just found two beautiful sets of 1928 Spanish french doors on the sidewalk that we will be sanding and refinishing for the back patio! Great topic :).

  5. says

    BAG ME!

    One of my new favorite things to do is buy these single portion jars of fruit at the grocery store and reuse the jars around my house. I’ve use them for fresh flowers, qtip holders and pen holders. It’s a fun way to get another purpose out of something!

  6. Melissa says

    Bag Me!

    I actually went to Good Will this weekend and found a great leather jacket. It fit me perfectly and was only $10. I was so excited :-)

  7. Kari says

    BAG ME!

    I’m a saver of all things I can save. I rehabbed my desk for my office from a vintage, blonde wood mess to a chic, modern, black one-of-a-kind piece of love.

    I also like to reuse as much paper as I can. If I print on one side, I cut the paper in quarters and use the back side for writing down notes, etc. After both sides are used, I recycle them. It’s not much, but I like to think I might’ve saved a tree here and there.

  8. Jennie M says

    BAG ME!
    Great giveaway! I’m an avid recycler/repurposer!

    I use a too-short hand-me-down scarf as my autumn table runner.

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