10 Things to Always Buy at the Thrift Store

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

DIY Antiqued Frame Jewelry Display

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

10 lovely things to do with old vintage books: unique DIY ideas

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)

IMG_3764IMG_3796Baskets.  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

Picnic basket updated with paint and a transfer

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. fullsizeoutput_1015

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.

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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.

repurposing a tattered vintage quilt for my spring mantel, crafts, fireplaces mantels, mantels, repurposing upcycling, seasonal holiday decor

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?2017-05-15 11.29.15Art & 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.

 

My $2 Thrift Store Repaint

Find some decorative pieces and put them under glass, instant glam and looks high end. That what the interiorfrugalista did and they look fantastic.

DIY Cloche Glass Dome

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.

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Thrift store finds are A Wandaful Thing!

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IKEA Items and Chalk Couture #5 – Give Thanks

In my last post – check that out here, I showed you how I transformed blank IKEA Gurli pillow covers into customized home decor using Chalk Couture ink.

I also wanted to show how versatile and easy it is to make customized items for your home, using products from big box stores.

Today I am showing you the last of my IKEA products I purchased to transform with Chalk Couture products. When I saw this little wooden IKEA crate , I knew it would make a nice display for my kitchen. The  longest  part  of the  whole  project  was  putting  the  crate  together. I forgot to take a picture of the crate before I added the chalk paste.

I only used one transfer but three different pastes. The transfers have a sticky side and a side that you apply the chalk paste or ink on.  I had my tools ready which included my fuzzing cloth,  chalk paste, stir stick and small squeegies to apply the paste.

I also love all the surfaces that Chalk Couture sells and you can check all the products they sell right here on my own Chalk Couture website https://www.chalkcouture.com/awandafulthing

The transfer I used is very versatile and I have already used it on three different surfaces; raw wood, a chalkboard stand and an oil painting that I painted black and then waxed and applied the chalk paste on. The frame on the painting originally was gold so I used chalk paint and a wet rag to distress it and make it look chabby chic. I waxed it with Minwax to protect it.

Chalk Couture – It’s A Wandaful Thing!

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Sunshine Blogger Award

The Sunshine Blogger Award is an award given by bloggers to other bloggers to award our peers. Each blogger nominated for the award is asked to nominate 10 other bloggers that they admire or are inspired by. It’s an honor to be recognized, and a wonderful opportunity to encourage others to keep doing what they love.

I was nominated by Amelia from https://youcanalwaysstartnow.wordpress.com,  Who is not only a friend but a fellow blogger. Thank you Amelia for nominating me.

RULES FOR THE SUNSHINE BLOGGER AWARD

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and then provide a link back to their blog.
  2. List the Sunshine Blogger Award Rules and display the logo on your site.
  3. Answer the Sunshine Blogger Award questions given by the person who nominated you.
  4. Nominate 10 other bloggers and ask them 10 new questions.
  5. Notify the nominees of their nomination.

Questions Amelia posed to me.

  1. Favorite comfort food. Apple pie(homemade of course)
  2. Favorite place you have visited. I think Stone Henge.
  3. What TV show you are currently binging on – or maybe you don’t watch TV. Hand of God on Prime
  4. Favorite book and why? The Secret Garden  as it contains powerful truths just beneath the surface. There is always a level at which the story is telling children about more than just events; it is telling them about the nature of life. That is what Roger Ebert said about the movie but it is true for the book as well.
  5. What is the meaning behind your blog name? I was trying to find something catchy that was personal :0)
  6. If you had a superpower what would it be? Flying
  7. How do you go about getting blog post ideas? As I am a vintage buyer and seller and I am a Chalk Couture Designer, a lot of my post ideas come from repurposing or revamping some of those items.
  8. If you wrote a non-fiction book what would the title be? Henry’s Haven (my deceased dad and my favorite place where we use to hunt for sea glass together).
  9. Do you have a goal you want to accomplish before the end of the year? Host two Chalk Couture workshops.
  10. What is on your playlist? Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit because I have tickets to see them in September.

My nominees are…….

https://www.bestofthislife.com/

https://justinecelina.com/

https://www.awalkandalark.com

https://fancypaperblog.com/

https://taunieverett.com

https://mountainmodernlife.com/

http://love2upcycle.blogspot.com/

https://recycledcrafts.craftgossip.com/

http://upcycledstuff.blogspot.com/

https://petticoatjunktion.com/

Questions for my nominees.

  1. Do you ever shop at thrift stores?
  2. What is your best childhood memory?
  3. If you had a chance for a “do-over” in life, what would you do differently?
  4. If you could only keep five possessions, what would they be?
  5. How do you spend your free time?
  6. Why did you start blogging?
  7. Are you a coffee or tea lover (or both)?
  8. Could you live without the internet?
  9. Do you have a goal you want to accomplish before the end of the year?
  10. What is your favorite time of year and why?

IKEA Items and Chalk Couture #4

In my last post – check that out here, I showed you a few more items that I used Chalk Couture on from the 10 items I sourced at IKEA.

I also wanted to show how versatile and easy it is to make customized items for your home, using products from big box stores.

Today I am showing you how I transformed these IKEA Gurli blank cushion covers into custom made cushion covers using another Chalk Couture product. I used black velvet permanent ink.

I used two different transfers on the cushion covers but the technique is exactly the same.  The transfers have a sticky side and a side that you apply the chalk paste or ink on.  I had my tools ready which included my fuzzing cloth,  chalk paste, stir stick and small squeegie to apply the ink.

I made a youtube video when I was making the thankful blessed cushion cover, to watch the technique – check it out here https://youtu.be/GyDeneAD5fII really like how easy it is to use the Chalk Couture transfers on so many household surfaces.

 

I also love all the surfaces that Chalk Couture sells and you can check all the products they sell right here on my own Chalk Couture website https://www.chalkcouture.com/awandafulthing

 

Stayed tuned for the next post as I will show you what I did with the IKEA wooden crate.

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IKEA Items and Chalk Couture #3

In my last post – check that out here, I showed you the second item I used Chalk Couture on from the 10 items I sourced at IKEA.

I also wanted to show how versatile and easy it is to make customized items for your home, using products from other box stores.

This laundry basket was my most expensive purchase on my IKEA trip – it was $8.99. It is the perfect size for not only laundry but could easily be used to hold or display towels in a guest bathroom or to hold extra blankets or pillows. The shoe mat was the least expensive item I bought on my IKEA trip and it was $0.99.

I used the same Chalk Couture transfer on the basket and the mat – with much better results on the basket as the surface was flat. These transfers have a sticky side and a side that you apply the chalk paste or ink on.  I used chalk paste in a deep blue on the basket and a lighter blue on the mat. I had my tools ready which included my fuzzing cloth,  chalk paste, stir stick and small squeegie to apply the paste.

I really like how easy it is to use the Chalk Couture transfers on so many household surfaces.

 

Although the mat had deep ridges, I still like the worn look it took on. I did spray seal both of these projects so the paste will not come off it they get wet.

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IKEA Items and Chalk Couture #2

In my last post – check that out here, I showed you the first item I used Chalk Couture on from the 10 items I sourced at IKEA.

I also wanted to show how versatile and easy it is to make customized items for your home, using products from other box stores.

I purchased these really cute fake succulent plants and decided to cheer them up a bit with some simple words – gather, welcome, hello. I was on a roll and decided to add the hello transfer to the real succulent I bought as well.

Before

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IKEA Items and Chalk Couture

I hope you caught my post on Sunday regarding Coffee Share (if not click the link).

I made a trip to IKEA to look for items I could use my Chalk Couture products on. I purchased 10 items in total for just under $50.00 – $48.22 to be exact.

I love the surfaces that Chalk Couture sells and you can see all the products if you check out my chalk couture website https://www.chalkcouture.com/awandafulthing

I also wanted to show how versatile and easy it is to make customized items for your home, using products from other box stores.

Here are the products I bought. A real succulent plant, a package of three fake succulents, a laundry basket, 2 blank pillow cases, a soap dispenser and a wooden crate – yet to be assembled, and a small mat for boots or shoes.

 

The first item I revamped from IKEA was the matte black soap dispenser.

It was really easy to transform this into a customized shampoo dispenser for my bathroom.

I used one of the smaller Chalk Couture transfers. They have a sticky side and a side that you put the chalk paste or ink. I used chalk paste in white for this project. I had my tools ready which included my fuzzing cloth, white chalk paste, stir stick and small squeegie to apply the paste.

Once I removed the transfer and the paste was dry I sealed the paste with a spray matte laquer, just to make sure it didn’t wash off it it gets wet in the shower.

I really like how it turned out.  It matches the other nautical decor in my bathroom.

I love the surfaces that Chalk Couture sells and you can see all the products if you check out my chalk couture website https://www.chalkcouture.com/awandafulthing

I also wanted to show how versatile and easy it is to make customized items for your home, using products from other box stores.

Stayed tuned. I will be posting on all of the items I bought and how they turned out and how I plan to use them.

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