Monthly Archives: May 2016

Home Improvement On The Cheap

toolsKeeping your home looking nice is important for any homeowner. It’s nice to come home and be able to enjoy a nice, clean and pleasant space. But sometimes this means more than just a little decorating and cleaning. At times, it’s necessary to make improvements and fixes to various parts of the home. While you could (and sometimes should) hire a professional to get the job done, you can often save money with a little DIY action.

It’s easier than ever to do things yourself nowadays. With plenty of videos online and loads of illustrated guides, you don’t need any special experience to make minor repairs and upgrades. But what you do need are tools.

Having the correct tool for the job can make all the difference in the world. Not just with the quality of the finished product, but also with the amount of effort taken to get it done. The only problem is that tools are expensive.

Now, if you are inclined to make home repairs every so often, then bring and having a set of good equipment is totally worth it. But if you just don’t have the money, there are a few alternatives.

You first could try borrowing tools from a friend. This can be a really easy solution and may even get you a bit of help at the same time. If that doesn’t work out, then a pawn shop may work out. Tools and power tools are often pawned so you can very often find what you need at a good price (like these at a pawn shop in Hollywood). Lastly, you can rent tools. This is usually best reserved for renting a particular piece of equipment that you wouldn’t really need thereafter.

Just remember that whichever tools you get, keep quality in mind. That will make a big difference in the final result.


Finding Movie Memorabilia

vhs-video-cassette-tapes-1460309201SDYSometimes a motion picture comes out that really captivates us. It strikes a particular cord and leaves a lasting impression either due to the ideas it explored or to being just plain cool. No matter the reason, sometimes after viewing, you want to have a piece of it for yourself. This usually comes in the form of having movie memorabilia.

Only problem is that these types of items can tend to be expensive. Fortunately, you have a few options.

You could look at auction sites to see if there are any items from that movie up for sale. You can occasionally get lucky and find something that will satisfy the itch.

Another option can be to check out local pawn shops. It may seems surprising, but especially with older movies, props, costumes, parts of the set, etc. can end up in a pawn shop (typically in a major city like a pawn shop in Hollywood or a pawn shop in Miami). It’s worth a look and also feels like a treasure hunt.

If you can make a friend at the movie theater, you may be able to get your hands on the displays and standees left over from movie promotion. They can make a nice edition to your living room.

Finally, there is the subject of making your own props and costumes. There is a while community of people online who post detailed instructions of how t to make many famous movie props out of common materials. This is usually quite cheap and also gives a sense of satisfaction as you end up with something you made with your own two hands.

There’s nothing wrong with a little fandom, and collecting movie memorabilia makes a great and interesting hobby for any movie enthusiast.


Musical Instruments On The Cheap

musical-instruments-clipartTaking up a musical instrument can be a life-changing thing. The ability to create music and give pleasure to yourself and others is no small ability. Yet, that ability comes at the price of many hours of practice. But it’s something any anyone could do. Still, musical instruments can be expensive, and the long hours of practice are not for everybody. So before shelling out a significant sum of money for an instrument to play (before knowing fully if one is going to commit to really learning it) it would be best to get one for as little as possible.

This is especially true if the one who is showing interest in learning to play is a small child. Children can easily lose interest in things, and many parents have regrettably spent hundreds of dollars on something that never really developed into anything. So cheap instruments are a must there too.

While you have access to places like online shopping sites where you can usually find good discounts, musicals instruments are different in that buying from an individual is best. And a good place to find them are at pawn shops.

Musical instruments do hold value quite well, and when someone needs to extra money, a musical instrument sitting around the home (one that probably hasn’t been touched in years) is a good trade. This means that many Hollywood pawn shops carry guitars, saxophones, trumpets, violins, and more. They aren’t going to be dirt cheap, but they will cost significantly less than a new one. And, if things don’t work out, you know where you can take it back to to get at least some of your money back.

Don’t let the potentially high entry fee of the world of music stop you. Get in there and give music a try.