I have bought one thing recently: a much-needed mirror for over the master bathroom sink. Way back in May, I hung a white Tyvek envelope on the wall to evaluate the ideal shape and position of the mirror. The envelope stayed there these many moons, so long that when I finally hung the new mirror, the space looked dark and strange.

The mirror is a “Venetian style” mirror from K-mart’s Martha Stewart collection. Four factors made me choose this particular mirror:

1. I saw one similar to it on Sex and the City last week.
2. It was $20.
3. At 16 x 20 inches, it would fit in the space between the sink and the light fixture.
4. I desperately, dearly, urgently needed a mirror. For real.

Once the mirror was hung (I did it myself, thankyouverymuch), I immediately hated it. Something about the proportions is just wrong. Looking back at that old post, I think I should’ve hung the mirror horizontally instead.

But it’s done now, and you know what? I don’t care. It does its job as a mirror – it reflects things and lets me indulge in my favorite hobby, staring at myself to find flaws. At this point I’m happy enough with just that.

And to prove I haven’t fallen off the frugality train, here’s a pink plastic icon of truth:

My wide tooth comb, which I have owned (and used daily) since I was 10 years old. Can’t get much more frugal than that. I also still own and use the double decker tape player I got for my 7th birthday AND the same razor I got in middle school (though not the same blade, of course).

But now I don’t know if I so much proved I was frugal as proved I was certifiably insane. It could go either way.

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3 Responses to “Frugality or Insanity – You Decide”

  1. Elsie on September 24th, 2007 8:47 pm

    I think if you hang three down both sides it would add to the overall size and look good. Maybe you can find some small inexpensive frames and put in some pretty wallpaper or wrapping paper with a design you like. You could fill them with mirror glass too.

  2. mindy on September 26th, 2007 8:59 am

    Elsie’s idea is a cute one – and just think, you could look at 7 reflections of yourself every morning instead of just one! ;) I bet the Dollar Store would have something fitting.

    Lately, I have thought a lot about how much money we are spending to make our house look “perfect”. Money we could be enjoying in other ways, like going out to dinner or saving for a cool vacation. I try to think about other people’s houses, and how 9 out of 10 are pretty average… and how they aren’t bothered by that, so why should I be? We’re so young to be striving for perfect decor and whatnot… we’ve got lots of years to amass the cool antiques and perfect pieces that’ll make our houses truly unique and personal. Meanwhile, I think it’s ok to settle for something you don’t totally love!

  3. Kristin on September 26th, 2007 10:26 am

    I like that idea, too, though I do need to leave room somewhere for the toothbrush holder and soap dish (from Rejuvenation of course) that I want to hang on the wall near the sink.

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