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On-Campus Living

Dorm Ideas

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There’s no time like college to get acquainted with beginners’ DIY projects. In most on-campus living scenarios, you’re virtually given a blank slate (in the form of a spare or even bare dorm room). People don’t want to feel as if they’re living in borrowed space, least of all during the ‘glory days’ of college, so here are some ideas on how to make yourself at home.

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DIY Deals: Desk Accessories

Whether you’re focused on going back to school or getting back to organizational sanity, the desk is a great place, maybe the best place, to begin. This time of year everyone seems to be scrambling to get their workspace outfitted, but luckily there are deals to be found on products that will help you maximize the storage potential of your study or office area. There’s spring cleaning and then there’s fall organizing; we’ll help you accomplish the latter without straining your budget.

Lighting. Adequate lighting is a must-have, and of course desktop lamps come in all shapes and sizes, but it’s hard to beat the utility of a lamp with an adjustable neck. This weekend Target is offering a basic, attractive model for just $12.00 (reg. $14.99).

Adjustable-lamp desktop task light

PB Teen, $59.00

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Weekend Bargains: Get Grilling!

There’s no denying it, grilling is one of the best parts of summer living. It is a great way to get the family outside, eat healthy, and broaden your culinary horizons. And while autumn is still a ways off, you can find some pretty amazing deals even now on grills of every size, shape, and type. Here’s a sampling of the savings you’re likely to find shopping for grills this weekend.

ELECTRIC GRILLS

PowerChef Pedestal Deluxe Electric Grill at Hayneedle.com, $699.99

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DIY Deals: Outdoor Rugs

Outdoor rugs are a great way to add interest, warmth, and character to your patio, porch, or deck. And with the variety of designs, shapes, and sizes available at retail, they are an easy—and inexpensive—style solution for just about any exterior living space. As the end of summer quickly approaches, some of the best outdoor rugs are already available at reduced prices. Here’s a sampling of what we found… just in time for weekend shopping!

Graphic Designs

Pottery Barn, from $35

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DIY Deals: Bird Baths

If you’re looking to bring charm and variety to your outdoor space, a bird bath is the perfect choice. Not only will it add a decorative accent to your garden, it will provide a welcoming oasis for your yard’s feathered friends. We’ve done the bargain-hunting for you, and as the end of summer approaches, there are some great deals to be had.  Here’s just a sampling of what you are likely to find this weekend.

Hadley Birdbath at RH, from $315

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DIY Deals: Container Gardening

Container Gardening - DIY Deals

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Whether you’re a city dweller, rural resident, or citizen of suburbia, container gardening is a convenient way to get the best of the backyard on a small, manageable scale. Rectangular planters are ideal for the patio or a balcony vegetable garden, but circular containers and urns are perfect for the gardeners wishing to plant for purely aesthetic purposes. With the middle of summer upon us, there are some fantastic deals to be taken advantage of. We’ve done the bargain-hunting for you; all you need to do is get to the store and start your DIY project today!

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How To: Have a Yard Sale

Plan a summer sale by following our simple outline, designed to keep stress low and sales high.

How to Have a Yard Sale

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Take advantage of the warm weather by holding a yard sale to clear the clutter and maximize your home’s space potential in an easy and profitable way. Here are four tips to help you plan and execute the most fun and successful sale in your neighborhood this summer!

1. Sort and Organize. It will come as no surprise that the most important part of finding success with a yard sale is making sure you have enough stuff to sell. To be sure of this, start going through your home, room by room, and deciding which items are taking up valuable space and are in good enough condition to sell. Tackle a closet or one room at a time, and designate a spot in the house to collect your sale items. Having them all in one place will help you visualize how they will look in the yard.

How to Have a Yard Sale - Sign

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2. The Price is Right. The most profitable yard sales are the ones that are priced right. If you’re not sure what the resale value of a wicker chair is, go on eBay and see what they’re selling for. Understanding the value of your items will help you set a profit goal for your sale.

3. Advertise! Most local papers have affordable spaces to advertise your upcoming sale. Secure this a couple of weeks in advance, once you’ve settled on a date and assembled the majority of your sale items. Be specific: if you’re selling baby furniture, advertise it. Shoppers will base their weekend yard sale circuit off of what they’re looking for, so be clear about what you’re offering. Include time, date, address, and a short description; advertising your sale can only make it more successful.

4. Sign Language. A few weeks in advance, research the ordinances in your city for setting up small signs the weekend of your yard sale. Depending on the flexibility of these guidelines, use neat, eye-catching designs and post them on higher-traffic streets. Highlight time and address, and be sure to include an incentive to stop, e.g., “antiques!” With yard sales becoming increasingly popular, do what you can to set yours apart.

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5 Outdoor Shed Storage Bargains

Sometimes the garage doesn’t cut it for storing garden tools and lawn supplies. That’s when outdoor storage enters the picture, and right now, there are some fabulous finds on the market.

We’ve compiled a list of some of the best bargains you’ll find this weekend at your local and online retailers. From traditional wooden sheds to metal storage closets and greenhouses, you’re bound to find just the right solution for your storage needs.

Outdoor Storage

Outdoor Living Today Garden Chalet from Wayfair

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5 Natural Outdoor Lighting Bargains

Natural outdoor lighting is the rage in backyard renovation, offering an easy and environmentally friendly way to shed new light on your favorite summer spaces. Whether you’re shopping for luminaries, tiki torches, lanterns, or table lighting, we’ve gathered a list of the best deals you can find this weekend at your local retailers. No matter your budget or taste, you’re bound to find a light source your backyard can’t go without!

RH's Balinese line, from $44.99

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