You are probably thinking, does she know something I don’t know? (That is if you live in Canada). Alas, no, the thrift stores have not reopened yet (thanks COVID-19) but when they do and they will…you will probably be so excited like me that you will go nuts and just buy things for the sake of buying things because you miss it so much.
DON’T do it, instead, look for these 10 things that you should ALWAYS buy at the thrift store.
Frames. Almost all of the frames in my house come from thrift stores, unless they were gifted to me. Some are used as intended. You can use them for other purposes, like displaying jewelry, paint them and use as chalkboards, magnet boards or bulletin boards. Here is a lovely example from liagriffith
Books. I buy books to read, books to decorate with, and even books that are falling apart. The pages and spines can be used for other projects such as these bookmarks from the spines of thrift store books by craftsalamode
Furniture. I cannot resist old dressers that are solid wood, especially when they are $15.00 or less, and you shouldn’t either. They just don’t make solid wood, dovetailed furniture like they use to. I’m also a sucker for kids furniture like this adorable child’s table. Showing the before and after. It dates back to the 1960’s and I brought it right into the 2000’s with a little elbow grease (ok sanding, painting and staining)
Baskets. They are abundant in thrift stores. I look for old picnic baskets. They are easy to paint and distress and have many uses besides going on a picnic. I use one of my many (yes many) to hold blankets and throws. Here is a link to a post on how to paint a picnic basket, just in case you come across one. She is one of my favorite diy bloggers. Confessionsofaserialdiyer
Wood Trays. These are usually pretty inexpensive (under $5.00) and can make quite an impact to your decor. Use them in your kitchen, living room, bathroom (for makeup or towels) use one to serve cold drinks on a hot day. The last one I found, I painted it navy blue and used one of my chalk couture stencils (link to my designer site if you are interested in finding out more or purchasing products) to make it country farmhouse chic.
Tool Caddy. I don’t think I’ve ever passed up a little wood or metal tool caddy. I usually paint them and either put a vinyl stencil or use a chalk couture transfer. They are also quite versatile in what you can use them for. I have one holding coffee pods, another holding CD’s and another sitting waiting for a makeover. The one below I gave as a gift to a friend. You can check that post out here.
Quilts: I prefer to find older vintage quilts and it doesn’t really matter what condition they are in. If they are not usable to display at the end of the bed, they can be turned into other types of home decor, like pillows, pot holders, christmas stockings or framed in an old vintage window. I love this one by sadieseasongoods.
Cast Iron. It is not always easy to come by and there are some things you should watch out for, like where it is made. If it says made in USA buy it!! The top vintage cast iron skillet makers to watch for are Griswold, Wagner and Lodge. Most people don’t like to use cast iron as they say the food sticks. It’s all in the way you season it. Check out an article on that here. Aren’t these interesting?Art & knick knacks: You know what they say, one man’s junk is another man’s treasure. The same can be said for art and I don’t just mean paintings. You can find some really interesting, unique, quirky or one of a kind things at thrift stores. Don’t overlook the art and nick nack sections, your next piece of home decor could be waiting for you. Even if the piece isn’t exactly to your liking, just remember it can always be diy’d. Check this out, love it or hate it, it’s an example of what you can do.
Find some decorative pieces and put them under glass, instant glam and looks high end. That what the interiorfrugalista did and they look fantastic.
Salt and Pepper Shakers. Yes you read that right. Salt and pepper shakers are cheap – usually under $1.00. They can be turned into ornaments, necklaces, place card holders and more. Here is a makeover by Ducttapeanddenim that I particularly love. It even shows a video tutorial on how to make one.
This isn’t the first time I have posted on how to fold and store plastic bags. Way back in 2015, I shared a method on how to fold plastic bags in neat little triangles – you can check that out here. After this post, you’ll have a couple of ideas for storing plastic bags.
You know those plastic bags the ones that were banned and frowned upon, so every time you’d go shopping on a whim and didn’t have a plastic bag, you either had to buy the plastic or buy the cloth ones… then this pandemic hits and suddenly plastic is once again KING – I find myself with too many and they are getting messy and I wanted to try a new method of folding and storing plastic bags. This is just the first bunch I did, they were hanging off my kitchen chair.
First take all the bags and fold them in half and smooth them out.
Now take another bag and lay it over the first bag at the bottom of the bag (as shown below).
Now fold the top of the first bag down and make sure it points to the left and start to roll the bag down toward the next bag, roll it right over the next bag and continue on adding another bag at the bottom and keep rolling until you have rolled all of your bags.
You will end up with a cylinder of bags, that will act like pulling tissue out of a box, one will follow the other.
At this point, if you have an empty cylinder shaped container or even an empty tissue box, you can insert your bags in the container or tissue box with the first bag coming up through the top. This is a neat and tidy way to store those bags and when you need one, you can easily pull one out at a time. You can get creative and decorate the container you chose to match your decor scheme.
I hope this was useful and helpful and gave you a quick, easy way to store those, once again, popular plastic shopping bags.
Easy plastic bag folding method – It’s A Wandaful Thing!
I found this tool caddy at Value Village for $2.99. It was the last trip I made to a thrift store before the world shut down due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Last weekend , like the weekend before and the weekend before that, lol I had some time on my hands so I decided to transform the caddy.
I had some left over indoor white latex paint and I started to paint it and realized I forgot to take a “before” picture. The picture below is shown with only one coat of paint. The paint soaked in quite well and it took about three to four coats to completely cover it.
I decided to use my Cricut Maker to make a No. 1 decal and a combination of my Chalk Couture transfers to complete the designs on both sides of the tool caddy.
I put the No. 1 vinyl decal and used a Chalk Couture transfer with black chalk paste on one side. Here is a link to the Chalk Couture transfer I used.
I used part of another Chalk Couture transfer and black Chalk Couture paste on the other side. This transfer was from the March Club Couture monthly subscription.
I left the sides plain.
I made this as a gift for someone but I’m not sure when I will be able to give it to her. So, in the meantime, I’ll enjoy it in different areas of the house 🙂
I am leaning toward the side that says MARKET. What’s your favorite side?
I’ve seen Bless You Jars at craft shows and on Pinterest and I’ve had them on my to do list for awhile. I finally got around to attempting to make them and they turned out great – so great I gave most of them away.
To make a Bless You jar – you will need a one quart mason jar the ring but not the lid, a small piece of felt, some vinyl letters, chalk paint, spray paint or any acrylic paint that will adhere to glass and metal, mod podge and some twine or raffia, if you decide to add a little embellishment. I used my Cricut die cutting machine and designed the “Bless You” and scroll using images from my Cricut Design Space program.
For a few of the jars I painted them using chalk paint in various colors, and although not shown in the picture above I did paint the rings black. I would have preferred to spray paint them as it would have been quicker but the evening I decided to start the jars the weather wasn’t cooperating to allow me to spray paint them outside and of course I wanted to do them right away and not wait…lol apparently I have no patience. The black one pictured at the beginning I did spray paint (in half the time it took me to hand paint the others ~sigh).
Each jar required three coats of paint and one coat of mod podge before adhering the vinyl letters.
I cut rounds of felt and cut an X in each piece in the middle before gluing to the inside of the metal ring. This enables the tissue to pull through one piece at a time. I was a little confused at first on how to fold the tissue to make it come out the top of the jar but after I did it once it clicked and was pretty easy to do for the rest of the jars. Here is a quick tutorial https://youtu.be/ZHgs0phpdqk On how to fold the tissue to fit in the jar, if you don’t figure it out on your own.
I kept the white one for myself and it just so happens it was my favorite one…lol
Which one is your favorite? What other colors do you think would make a wandaful bless you jar?
Bless you jars are A Wandaful Thing.
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