Handyman Teenage Son: New Curtains for Mom!

I know it’s not quite Mother’s Day, but I was given what could have been a great Mother’s Day a week ago. That’s if you are a mom who relishes in “gifts of service.”

I scored, big time, when I drove by a yard sale and saw a big box that said “old curtains” on one side.

And “yard sale” on the other!

Inside the box were 6 beautiful, PERFECT, Pier 1 84×42 window panels!

The lady and I settled on a price of $20 and I was on my way.

You do not know how long we’ve waited for window treatments upstairs. You know, the kind that are heavy duty and would block out the sun that beats in, in the summertime. So I was thrilled. No, my kids were thrilled! (This is their hang-out area.)

This is where the handyman teenage son comes in. It was a Saturday morning and he graciously gave me his talents and time and hung the curtains for me.

Even our kitty Hobbes got in on the action. She’s everywhere … (do you have a kitty that follows you around the house?)

Two large windows now treated to block the sun. Yay!

And a happy mom who’s waited a long time for the right “deal” to come along, and who checked another “to do” item off of her list.

Do you have a running list of things that you’d like to purchase, or projects that you want to complete?

Is Mother’s Day a day where your family pitches in to help?

(4 panels were used, 2 are going in my son’s room. I looked up the prices on line and it looks like they run around $40 on sale! So I got about $240 worth of window treatments for $20. What a bargain! I went to Ross Dress for Less for the $12.99 rods. Mission accomplished!)

Now if you’re creative and want to make your own window treatments (instead of finding them at a yard sale), head on over to The Nester’s and you’ll receive all the information you’ll ever need. She’s the gal! And this post is linked to Rhoda’s Thrifty Treasures and to Kimba’s DIY DAY!!


  1. I have a lot of experience in the whole “delayed gratification” area when it comes to home decor! It is so rewarding, though, when the item you’ve been holding out for presents itself – and you have the satisfaction of knowing you saved a ton of money! They look great. :)
    .-= Jessica @ This Blessed Life´s last blog ..Other Blogs… =-.

  2. What a deal…the curtains and the help. you are right, the curtains do look nice and heavy and perfect for that room.
    .-= Rene´s last blog ..Calling all Cottage and Vine Followers: Do You Have An Etsy Shop? =-.

  3. Great Bargain!
    .-= Janice´s last blog ..The Great Lemon Heist of 2010 =-.

  4. Sounds like you have one great kid.
    .-= The Training Table´s last blog ..Essential Kitchen Equipment: the iPhone? =-.

  5. I do keep a list of projects. I have a binder that I keep with a page for each room in the house- I attach paint cards or formulas for that room, fabric samples, measurements, a list of items to buy or things to accomplish, and inspiration photos. I can take it with me when I’m shopping.
    .-= Tara G.´s last blog ..Guess How Much I Love You? + Blogiversary Giveaway!! =-.

  6. They look great – and what a deal – and what a kid *ahem* young man! :)
    .-= Shelle´s last blog ..Kid’s Bathroom Reno – Day 5 – NEWS – no progress =-.

  7. What a find!! :) How nice to have a strong, handy son. :) I have a handy hubby, but he works a lot…I have to spread my requests out. Love your new curtains!
    .-= Amanda @ Serenity Now´s last blog ..Thrifty Treasures: Yard Sale Nirvana =-.

  8. Sandy, you really scored on that buy! The curtains look great with your wall color and what a price!

    On Mother’s Day I often solicit help in my yard. Of course, I usually ask for my favorite meal too….shish kabobs.

  9. Oh, Sandy, what a deal on both hands!!! How sweet of him to help you in this way, and what a great deal on the drapes. I love those! I need to find a deal like that!!!!
    .-= suzanne´s last blog ..Friday Fives!!!! =-.

  10. Wow!!! What a deal. Those are the best kind of finds. I need to go bargain hunting with you sometime. AND is your son on loan?

  11. Now THAT’S a steal! :-) And don’t you love the way they cozy up the space? I’m sure your son will appreciate them even more since he helped to hang them.

    Hope you had a great weekend!
    .-= pk @ Room Remix´s last blog ..Weekend Project – Paint Your Porch Ceiling =-.

  12. I love a bargain!!!
    .-= Kim´s last blog ..Score! =-.

  13. How awesome! What a guy! That’s an awesome deal. I still need to hit some garage sales! I always think about it too late )C;

    There are some things that I’d like to find.

    I decided that because so many of our youth leaders are having kids now and they are at our house from time to time I want to get a basket to put toys and books in for them when they come here!

  14. What a score my friend.
    Sometimes I feel sorry for my husband being so handy because it allows my creativity to overflow and sadly he gets sucked into doing some carpentry, electrical and even some painting sometimes. LOL! I LOVE HIM! Ha! Ha!
    My next thing is for him to make me some plant stand for my deck so I can bring my potted plants up off the ground and add some nice dimension.
    .-= Kim @ Homesteader’s Heart´s last blog ..Who Wants A Self Inflicted Butt Kickin’? =-.

  15. What a deal, and how wonderful they look! How smart of you, and what a great job your son did. laurie
    .-= laurie´s last blog ..CONFESSIONS OF A THIEF! =-.

  16. Sandy! You really scored! Don’t they look so pretty against that pumpkin colored wall. I’m amazed at the price too! What a great helper/son you have. He looks like the nicest guy!

    Oh, yes I have a blk/white kitty who follows me all over the house and yes to on ongoing lists of things I’m searching for.


  17. The curtains look FANTASTIC! Don’t ya just love it when a plan comes together!

    So glad your son was able to lend a helping hand…very sweet!

  18. You scored a great buy…those drapes look brand new! I will be looking for new panels this Fall and can only hope to be so lucky. How nice that your son put them up for you. We worked on our “fix list” today. My husband is not well so he is the foreman and I am the apprentice. I’m surprised at how many jobs he has been able to talk me through. The list is getting smaller!

  19. What a great deal and they look soooooooooo good. Sweet of your son to help and the kitty too!
    Blessings, Vicky

  20. Sandy,

    I am so very happy for you! Your children are learning valuable lessons in saving money, as well.

    Your son is very handsome and your kitty is cute.
    What a find. I found some cute aprons for $1 each at a yard sale this weekend and thought I did well…but you did better. Good for you!

    Becky K.
    .-= Becky K.´s last blog ..Mosaic and Blue Monday Entry…A Gift =-.

  21. Sandy, what a deal!! I love it when I wait something out & it comes along at a yardsale for a fraction of retail. Those are beautiful & look SO great in your kid’s space. Your handsome son did a wonderful job hanging them too. Happy dance for ya!

  22. Great buy and very beautiful!
    .-= Mary´s last blog ..Garage Sales the First of May =-.

  23. Those are gorgeous!! What a fabulous find!! Love the grommets!

  24. I’m one of those “gifts of service” people. It means a lot to me to get help when I need help, and (unless you’re my husband, and then I want chocolate!) I will be just as appreciative of muscle-power and elbow grease as something wrapped in a bow.

    For Christmas three years ago, the gift we asked for from our family was help with the needs-updating home we bought.

    And they came through in spades!

    And my list would take up my arm! And possibly yours too!
    .-= Lori @ In Pursuit of Martha Points´s last blog ..Monday Night Pot Luck =-.

  25. What a bargain you found for $20! Sometimes, the right stuff just happens along to make our day. I never thought I would be a yard sale shopper- but knowing what I used to toss out, I figured there were plenty more people like me out there. I wasn’t wrong. LOL You have a nice kid helping you out!
    :-) Sue
    .-= Sue´s last blog ..Some “me” time and some thrifting…. =-.

  26. These look like a perfect fit for the room! Of course I’m sure the project was easy with good help.

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