Mum Renovates Her Whole Home Using Items From Tips And Skips
Penny Bennett, 40, from Nuneaton, is a sucker for a bargain and has never paid full price for any of her furniture in her three-bed terraced home since moving in 14 years ago.
By renovating and upcycling thrifted items, and scouring Facebook Marketplace, Penny believes she has saved herself somewhere in the region of £5,000.
The thrifty mum said: "I've always enjoyed decorating since I was a child - I would constantly re-decorate my room or move furniture around much to the annoyance of my parents.
"My main source of second-hand buys is Facebook Marketplace - it's absolutely brilliant and there are so many bargains on there."
Penny's eagle eye has helped her snap up a £810 chair for just £50, and a second-hand Smeg fridge that she found on the side of the road, which she sold on eBay for a whopping £600.
She said: "I paid £10 for a lamp which was £100 online, I saved £200 on a Chesterfield chair, I paid £10 for two mannequins and turned them into lamps; you just have to use your initiative."
The savvy mum calls her bargain-hunting "an addiction" and adds that she frequently "spends hours" moving furniture around the house.
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Penny continued: "When I'm in the car and I drive past a skip on the road, I slam the brakes on and rummage around until I find something I want - I've nearly had cars crash into me I slam my brakes on that hard!
"My home represents my personality - everything is big, bold, quirky and unique."
For other home-owners and renters looking to upgrade their interiors on a budget, Penny has a simple piece of advice: go for it.
"People always say to me 'I could never do that'," she explains, "but I just tell them to buy or keep one item that means something to them and build the scheme around that.
"Buy what you like - I think people can overthink and get too wrapped up in it."
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