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An A-Frame in a City, Things I Purchased For the Shed and Some Pretty Places to Visit
Just a couple more weeks until our cabin is delivered!
Camp Project Progress
This week I spent most of my free time looking for things to fill the cabin. I want to purchase as many second-hand pieces as possible, and I told myself I wasn’t going to spend more than $100 on any single item. I knew it was going to be tough to find a sofa bed for $100. I searched nearly every day and finally found the striped one pictured below listed for $110! I like the shape of it, as most $100 sofa beds on FBMP are very large and have huge roll arms if not stained, which is not something I want in this camping structure. I thought $110 was a bargain compared to other pieces I had come across. The guy selling it told me that a lot of people were interested in it, and it was first come, first serve, and he wouldn’t be home until Saturday (which was 5 days away) if I wanted to pick it up. I told him I would give him $150 for it, and I Venmoed him a deposit to hold it for me until I was able to pick it up. He agreed, and now I have a striped sofa bed. I have slight buyer’s remorse, but I’m going to make it work! I was just tired of looking and not willing to spend $500+ on this piece. I have to keep telling myself that THIS IS FOR CAMPING, not my main residence. Here are the items I have so far:
Hanging chair I found on the side of the road for FREE like 6 years ago. I’ve been hoarding it in my basement. Not sure it will work with the slanted ceiling, but we’ll see what happens!
I got this brass sink for $60 from FBMP. It needs to be polished, BIG TIME. The guy I bought it from saved it from an old house he was working on!
Vintage duck paint-by-numbers from an estate sale last year. I paid $4 each for them.
Two wool military blankets from an estate sale for $10 each
The sofa bed! $150
Three Crate and Barrel metal stools for $50 total
An eagle shelf, also from an estate sale. $10
TWO! Byer for LL Bean cots from FBMP $50 total.
Milk Glass towel bar from another estate sale $5
Striped hammock FBMP $35
Heater from Ollies! $30
The total spent so far, including the shed, is $7,918
Here is a list of the basic things I need for the shed. I’m sure I’m missing things!
Sofa Bed$150 Cots2 for $50
Storage ottoman or coffee table
Stools3 for $50
Chairs (one free garbage chair so far)
Countertop (this will be more than $100)
Kitchen cabinets (this will be more than $100)
Generator (this will be more than $100)
Jugs for water under the sink
Light fixtures and battery light bulbs
I’m going to be staying at Pine Hill A-Frame for the 2nd time in a few weeks, so I figured I would share the three A-frames (+ a tiny cabin) that we have stayed in and what we liked about them!
Pine Hill A-Frame is the coziest cabin. The owners have 5 kids, so even though the house is on the smaller side, it does sleep plenty of people. There is a little nook with a bed and TV in it right off the living room, which was my son’s favorite place to be, and wishes he had a spot like that in our house. We also LOVE the firepit.
Fisk Brook Farm is a 65-acre property with a large farmhouse and 2 off-grid mini cabins. The owners and their family live in the farmhouse and invite guests to come stay in their tiny cabins alongside three alpacas. It’s such a sweet little place to visit. We actually stayed in the larger of the 2 cabins, but I would assume that staying in the a-framesque structure would be a similar experience.
Catskills A-Frame is a large 3-story A that has been renovated but still has a lot of the charm of a retro A-Frame. It is in a lake community and just a few steps from the lake. You can also visit this guy and have some delicious smoked delicacies.
This Ellicottville Chalet is a perfect little time capsule. The current owners left most of the original home intact, the town of Ellicottville is adorable, and this home has picture-perfect views of the ski slopes. We spent my 40th birthday here, and it was a lovely getaway.
*Pine Hill and Catskills A-Frames generously hosted us at no charge, and we paid to stay in the other two.
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