City Chic: The Recessionista’s Book Giveaway

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The lovely folks at Sourcebooks recently sent me a copy of Nina Willdorf’s “City Chic” book. City Chic is a nice slim volume of tips of saving and even decorating small spaces (like a New York City apartment.) I have to confess, one of my favorite chapters was about removing spots from garments without paying for dry cleaning. The author offers several home made remedies to do that trick. Another interesting chapter is on “free finds you can pick up on the street.” I must admit, this is not a trick I have mastered in my Recessionista lexicon. I have never been good at picking up other people’s discards, and turning them into treasures. However, it’s an art that some have definitely practiced and benefited from. I have two friends that have found fabuless finds by picking up stuff from garage sales, and even gasp, the streets. My friend Lynn has done some great things with old furniture she has found and “rehabbed.” Check out the antique plant stand on her website as an example.

So if you have the yen or magic touch for turning things around, and learning to decorate chicly and cheaply, you might want to check out City Chic.

Pictured: City Chic’s Table of Contents, this week’s book giveaway

I’ll be giving away a free copy this week to all that subscribe to The Recessionista blog newsletter by Saturday, May 16th. All The Recessionista subscribers will be eligible for the book giveaway so long as they subscribed to the newsletter before May 16, 2009.
I will pull from existing subscribers as well as new.
We’ll be picking a lucky winner from the entries we receive. And don’t worry, your email will not be used for anything other than the contest entry. We don’t do spam 🙂 The book giveaway is open to all of our readers around the globe.

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PS–The winner of the previous book giveaway, Bringing Home the Birkin, has already been chosen. The lucky winner will receive their book in the mail shortly!


Since 2008, Mary Hall has been the author of The Recessionista Blog, which is read by thousands of regular readers in over 160 countries. An internationally recognized expert on the art of the living the good life for less, she has been a commentator on local, national, and international radio and TV shows. Her advice has been featured in over 2,000 media outlets, including The New York Times, Reuters, Life & Style magazine, ABC News, NBC News and now The Huffington Post, among many others.


  1. Coupon Kim

    May 12, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    I would Love to have this book! I’m following now 🙂

  2. Anonymous

    May 15, 2009 at 6:37 am

    Sounds interesting. 🙂

  3. Catherine

    May 15, 2009 at 6:38 am

    Looks interesting to read. 🙂

  4. Baby

    May 15, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    sounds like a good book!
    thanks for this giveaway!