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!
I know it’s been a while since I introduced you to the odd shaped birdcage…but I finally completed the hanging planters! I just needed to borrow my dad’s dremel to break the spot welds holding the two wire tops together. I used one $2 coconut fiber liner cut in half and leftovers for the string.
The one in front uses a leather boot shoe tie and the other is hemp that was wrapped around the candle from this post. The hooks at the bottom leave so many options for hanging – I could stack them or add other cute items like the teardrop air plant terrariums that are popping up everywhere.
Next mission: find a nice spot for them to hang for the rest of the summer.
Happy DIY-ing & Gardening!
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:
Good Morning Everyone! Remember my birdcage that needed a purpose? Here she is:
I can’t wait to see these marigolds bloom and fill in the new planter! The best part is the coconut fiber liner was less than $2 at my local hardware store. Coming soon is the birdcage top to hanging planters. Until then, happy thrifting!
There are times when I have a nice trashcan with a foot pedal and it works great for a while then BAM! the foot pedal wears out and breaks. Well that happened again. So being on a strict budget lately, I thought it was time for a trip to the hardware store. I purchased a generic handle and some locking nuts to keep the screws in place for about $3.00. Sweet relief, since another 30 liter kitchen stainless steel trashcan is about $70.
It only took 5 minutes, a handle, 2 screws, 2 locking nuts and a drill.
A view from the bottom of the lid.