When family visits from states away and it’s cold outside, then thirfting and after Christmas sales are great way to get some steps in! Especially when you try to stretch those Christmas gift dollars.
Check out some of my finds from this week:
A cute little pen & ink sketch covered with glass and corner clips.
A painting on slate. This guy needs some TLC – I plan on painting the mailbox and adding a leather string to hang it.
A Pyrex storage container. A good size for packed lunches or storing tea.
And last but not least, a purple Pyrex pie plate. I can’t wait to make Apple Pie in this beauty!!
Quick Tip: This is the best time to snag wrapping paper, ornaments and lights for great prices! So far I got (2) tissue paper and (2) long wrapping paper rolls for under $5.
Happy Holidays & Best Wishes for the New Year!
Sunday morning estate sales are the best. Some late morning casual browsing with no pressure from the early birds. Honestly I thought all the good stuff would be taken, but I got lucky and found some small items for $3.
Can’t beat all the shells in this cute wicker container. Plus after making my hanging planters, I’ve been searching for a planter hanger bracket. The packaging is amazingly retro – I almost didn’t want to open it.
My next project will be to fix the missing wooden veneer on the inlaid pearl box. Wish me luck!
With all the yard sales lately, I have acquired a bunch of random stuff like this candle & fishbowl.
They were both missing something, so I attempted to combine them.
It’s not too bad – a bit earthy & funky, but perhaps I will come up with another combo when my air plants come in. It’s always fun to come up new combinations whether it’s rearranging the living room or something small like this quick project.
Happy Thrifting & DIY-ing!
This summer I had a goal to start a balcony garden for as cheaply as possible. So I searched the apartment for any containers I already had lying around. Sadly I had many vintage Pyrex and other ceramics just collecting dust. So, I figure why not use them as planters or water pans. They add lots of character & are more affordable than planters from the box stores. Just be sure to add a layer of drainage to the bottom of the container (see the small gravel stone in the first picture).
Here’s a sample of what I have so far:
Hi Everyone – it’s been a while! Today I bring you a story of a birdcage. I found this funny shaped one at a garage sale a few years ago and in all that time I have tried to find a purpose for it. I tried storing books or having it as something pretty to look at above my kitchen cabinets. Nothing ever clicked. Then I really looked at the shape of this thing and thought “this would make great planters – I just need to break it apart”. So I did! and it’s got a purpose now. It just needs some hanging planter liner and rope. I can’t wait to get some flowers in these beautiful planters and show you the final product! Cheers. ~K
(Sorry for the crappy picture – overhead lighting is the worst)
I know I am weeks late but Happy New Years to everyone! Between family visits, birthdays and traveling this winter break has been pretty busy. When I finally found some down time aka a stop along my ride back home, I took the chance to visit a Goodwill Outlet. Has anyone been to these? I had no idea what to expect walking into the massive warehouse with the signature blue and white Goodwill Outlet sign above the front entrance. It was quite the experience! Bins organized in rows full of clothing, homewares and toys with furniture along the walls. I saw a lucky fellow with a few nerf guns and ladies with carts full of clothing. And did I mention everything is cheap and by the pound?! I managed to find these cute lantern indoor/outdoor lights. They were in the original box and only cost me the change in my pocket ($0.50)!!! After all of the holiday debt, it’s nice to get something cute for a few quarters.
Recently I went digging through my parents basement for lost treasures that my dad occasionally picks up from my grandmother’s house and found this beauty. I was told this was my grandmother’s and she used it until she bought a set of hurricane lamps. It is a bit banged up, missing a piece, should probably be rewired and has smoke stains but is still gorgeous. It looks like it is hand painted glass and may have used a standard lampshade. I am torn on what to do. Should this be rewired or kept in its original condition? And what lamp shade originally belonged to this type of lamp? I still have a lot of research to do, so in the meantime I will use this as a decorative piece. Any insight would be appreciated!
A close up view of some of the stains, missing “scroll” element and frayed wire jacket.