Thrifty Thursday #23

It’s no secret that I love Mission Mart. I always feel like I find great deals when I go in and there is excellent variety. On September 21 I stopped in on my way to a free painting class at Michael’s to kill a little time.

Here’s what I found:  

I did great as far as Christmas items are concerned and got some really cute snowman decorations (one just needs a nose), trees and candle holders. I also found some wood plaques that will be great for crafting as well as a wood shelf that I feel I can give a makeover. I also found an Americana tin that I think will fit in with my living room décor. I love décor that can do double duty as storage!
In addition to the finds pictured above, I also found two GINORMOUS baskets!

 

Rusty, a 76 pound dog, can fit comfortably into the bigger basket and it only cost $5! It currently resides in my craft room where I plan to use it to store finished merchandise for the booth while I’m waiting to take it in for restock.
My free painting class was kind of a bust…I thought they were going to give real techniques on how to do certain things but instead we did a review of primary and secondary colors (which prompted me to sing the class a song from Blues Clues to help them remember…) and then we painted a landscape.

  
I do make pretty cool clouds though. While I enjoy painting very much in general, I found out that they do their paintings from patterns anyway so I’m just going to try to get my hand on some patterns and try my hand at painting on my own.

Happy Thrifting!

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Life Through a Brand New Camera Lens

I finally did it! I upgraded my camera. I got tired of using my cell phone and the poor quality pictures I was posting to this blog because I felt like it wasn’t doing some of my craft work and displays justice so this past week I purchased my new Nikon D3200 Camera.

It was quite the ordeal getting the camera because at first I thought that I didn’t have the battery when I was surveying my inventory. I took it over to my parents to help me look and we found the battery but realized that what it was actually missing was the charger. I called Target where I purchased the camera and asked what could be done. They didn’t have any cameras to exchange it with since this particular camera is not the most recent model and won’t be reordered but they did say that they would give me a full refund.

I did some quick research to figure out what a replacement charger would cost and found out that it was $50 on Amazon to replace the Nikon charger. When I went into Target I asked them if it was possible to still keep this camera but get $50 off to cover the cost of the charger. The manager there was happy to oblige my request (one of the many reasons I love shopping at Target) so I got to keep the camera. I went on Amazon and did some research and actually found some really favorable reviews in an off-brand charger that was made specifically for Nikon camera batteries. This charger was only $14.99 instead of $50 so I ordered it and with my Prime membership I had it the next day! The charger worked great and my camera was up and running. This is a thrifty lesson for everybody – you don’t get anything unless you ask. I ended up saving $35 on this camera + it was already on sale + it came with a free wifi adapter which was a $70 value so really I saved well over $100!

I decided to take some pictures for you all of some of the vignettes and décor that I have already put out there. A sort of recap of where I am now and then I have some major things in mind (not to mention some newfound inspiration and energy to get it done which I attribute to my new 5:00 am runs with Rusty that I just started last week) for where my house is going to go from here.

So here’s where I’m at:

Bedroom

My nightstand arrangement in my bedroom

My nightstand arrangement in my bedroom

Living Room

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Adorable Dog and Cat

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And now I’m off to spend my newfound inspired energy on some projects to share with you all in the weeks to come!

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Thrifty Thursday #20: A Little Thrifting to Beat the Heat

Labor Day weekend started off pretty steamy for me, weather wise. I pretty much melted in order to get these deals! I went to a garage sale in Bartonville after work on September 4 and immediately started picking up items. The ladies holding the garage sale said that I had great direction and asked where I sell my repurposed goods (I loved that they insinuated I was a crafter!). I had a great time chatting with them about my booth at Lucy Davis Thrift while picking up a couple of wooden frames, a beautiful bronze frame, a candlestick, a primitive game board, some fabric, random ornaments and craft supplies, and some “junk” pieces that I am collecting for my eventual junk creation.

  
The bronze frame ended up being the perfect frame for my Kuvasz picture that I got off Etsy.

 

I got this picture because my rescue dog Rusty, according to his doggy DNA test, is a Kuvasz-Labrador Retriever mix. This proved very interesting to me because it means that his ancestors were Hungarian guard dogs and my ancestors are Hungarian! It’s clear to me that he was meant to be my dog and he guards me every day while I take a shower (my most vulnerable time, I guess…)

  

I totally see the resemblance, don’t you?

The evening after the garage sale I went to a baseball game with my brother, sister 1 and my nephews. Sometimes it’s nice to just have an evening with family. We laughed and cheered and enjoyed a beautiful fireworks display when all was said and done.

  

The next morning I swung by and picked up Sister 1 to go check out some more garage sales. We went to 4 garage sales and each bought something at every one of them – a first for both of us!

 

I was so excited that the big basket was still there because I had seen it on Craigslist when trolling for garage sales and it was the main reason I wanted to check this particular one out. The crock was another great find for only $3.00 and, if you remember, I incorporated it into my ladder display that I shared with you last Friday (Climbing The Ladder). The house chalkboard has already made it’s way into the booth and the pizza pan for 25 cents is going to get a spray paint makeover so I can display magnets for sale in the booth! I also got the insulators for only 50 cents for both of them so I picked them up to add to the collection I’ve been amassing this summer. Can’t wait to show you what I have in mind for them!


Happy Thrifting!

Refurbished Plant Tray DIY

Several months ago I picked up a wooden tray from Goodwill. At $5.99, it was really pricey but I had been looking for one specifically and despite its, well, horrible paint job, I liked the shape of this one and it was before I got really into thrifting and found a million other trays.

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I wasn’t 100% sure what I wanted to do with it but I knew I wanted to get it sanded down. First I was going to try to sand it completely down to the wood. Trying to do it by hand was a silly idea, though it was great for getting out some frustrations. I ended up having to borrow my dad’s hand sander to sand the rest of the way. I realized quickly that because there were so many coats of paint I was not going to be able to get it down to just the wood so in came Plan B.
This was going to be put in my kitchen and my accent color in there is what I call “Cayenne” – a red orange that I took from this sign that is the inspiration for some of my decorating.

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This isn’t exactly a standard color so I mixed two of my Americana paints together – bright orange and true red – in order to attain the right hue. I applied it to the tray with a sponge brush but made sure that some of the black showed through in order to show the wood grain. I thought that this gave it a really unique and rustic look, more like a stain than an outright paint color.

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I loved how the color turned out but then I noticed the rust colored handles didn’t quite go with the color anymore so I pulled out some jute string and wrapped them to further give it a rustic appearance.

I decided that I wanted to put an array of planters in it so I coated it with polyurethane in order to protect the wood from possible drainage. I chose a matte finish for the polyurethane because I didn’t want my tray to appear shiny.

Next I raided my flea market finds and pulled together a Pfaltzgraff crock that says “Tea” on it (originally this would have had a lid and been part of a set but since the lid had since been lost or broken, I picked this up at Goodwill for $1.99), the silver teapot that once held Newton the Apple Mint plant (poor Newton was beyond saving when I got him and has since passed on), and a little ceramic pig that I had picked up at 3rd Sunday on a 3 for $1 table (Thrifty Thursday #3). She has a hairline crack on her, but nothing too severe so it shouldn’t affect her ability to hold a plant.
I picked up some low maintenance plants from the terrarium section at Jeffrey Alan and planted the 3 containers by first pouring in some rock for drainage and then adding Miracle Grow plant soil. These plants are really great since most of them are varieties of succulents – they don’t need to be watered often. Just check the soil to make sure it is still damp and they will fair just fine!

Voila – a really sweet little plant arrangement to sit on my kitchen peninsula.

What do you think of my tray redo?

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Thrifty Thursday #16: The Church Mouse – A Quiet Little Secret

Concluding my thrifting marathon from the week of August 10 (I know, I’m still weeks behind!) was a trip to the Church Mouse on Friday August 14. The Church Mouse is a small thrift store in Peoria, IL. I haven’t gone there much but I am definitely going to be a regular patron from now on! I found so much great stuff and was complimented at the register for my “great eye”. The people working were also getting a kick out of what I told them I was going to do as far as repurposing some of the items.

Now I regret that there are some items missing from the picture as I have already started using a fantastic $1.00 basket on my island as my catch all for keys, etc. and I have started to repaint a cutting board I got there as well so it is missing from my group shot.

  
The most I spent on an item was $5.00 for the solid wood step stool. I was looking for one so I was willing to spend that much for myself (and honestly, for something of this quality, $5.00 was a steal!) Other than that and another couple of $2.00 lamps, everything else I had was a dollar or less. Most of it was $0.25-$0.50!

   
   
The gentleman who worked at the Church Mouse (and so kindly helped me haul my two boxes full of stuff to my car) asked me what the silver cage looking thing is because he had been trying to figure it out and he thought that since I bought it that I would know what it was. I told him I didn’t know what it was but I knew what it was going to be! I plan to spray paint it and put a plant in it. I love looking for things that can be repurposed into interesting planters. He just laughed at me.

I was really excited about the tins that I found – more excellent ones for my craft room in my colors! And a kitty one…just because it looks like Mordecai! Not sure if I’m going to use this or if I’m going to make up a silent auction basket for a shelter event using it and some other cat related items. For 25 cents, it doesn’t really matter!

I found a couple more wood plates/trays. I’m amassing quite the collection of those as well. And a sweet little basket with Christmas trees on it. This one I’m on the fence about whether or not to put in the booth for the holidays or keep for myself. Depends on how the decorating comes along! And of course, I couldn’t pass up more wood frames!

I find that the small thrift shops are the real gold mines. Everybody frequents Goodwill but the little ones don’t get as much traffic so it’s more likely that you will find incredible forgotten items just waiting for you to give new life!

Happy Thrifting!

National Thrift Store Day

So yesterday, August 17, was National Thrift Store Day! I celebrated by continuing my thrift store quests and hitting yet another thrift store in my area – the Salvation Army Store. Once again, great luck and some items with really great potential! I have so much to show everybody still from last week that I almost don’t know where to begin! I think I will start where I left off which is with Goodwill.

Last week after hitting up the two Mission Marts, I decided the next day that I would go to the 3 Goodwills that are in close proximity. I don’t always have as good of luck at Goodwill because their prices are a little higher than some other thrift stores, but every once in a while I luck out and find some great quality items. Last week was one of those times. I didn’t get the bang for my buck that I did at Mission Mart but what I got was great for the booth!

  
In the center you will notice two iron trivets similar to the one that I got at the Expo Gardens Flea Market with my mom (Thrifty Thursday: A Day Late But Never A Dollar Short). I got these for $1.99 each and marked them in the booth for $4 each since they are both reproductions of antiques. The gentleman that I bought mine from at the flea market taught me that the way you tell the difference is to run your fingers over it. If it’s rough, it’s a reproduction but if it’s smooth then it is a genuine antique. Since they are reproductions they aren’t worth much but they still look great in a display and add a different texture. I can’t wait to finish my kitchen so I can display mine! I love mixing different kinds of items and having an iron trivet helps to up the unique factor.
  
I also got various baskets and crates at Goodwill. The regular basket I am going to flip as is with Christmas items since it has a rusty tin star on it and some red homespun. The chicken wire wine holder I haven’t decided on yet. I might flip it as is or I might try to do something else with it. The tin bucket I gave to Sister 2 to work her magic on since she has already sold a similar painted tin and the two wood crates I’m going to revamp and paint.

  
The Cracker Jack tin was my second favorite find (you’ll find out my favorite shortly…) I love that each side has all of the iconic Cracker Jack characters and the colors are the same as the tins that I am collecting for my craft room. And it’s also much bigger than the other ones that I have found making it a valuable storage piece for me! The strawberry tin will look great in a booth display.

Two small canning jars will be great for crafts and the cutting board just needs the current design sanded off and then I can put in a new design of my own.

  
My FAVORITE find for today was the Ball mason jar lamp. I know, I know, you’re all like “Seriously Rebecca, again with the mason jars??” But let me explain. This lamp looks kind of gross with the potpourri filled mason jar but from looking at the logo I discovered that it’s from 1896-1910 AND it’s a half gallon jar which is really hard to find. On eBay they ranged from $40 – $75. I got it for $8.99 which is usually more than I would spend but I knew what I had found! Once I empty it out it and wash it up, it will make an incredible addition to my collection!

Did anybody else celebrate National Thrift Day? I want to hear about it!

Happy Thrifting!

Thrifty Thursday #15: Whirlwind of Thrift Stores

So you might notice from the title that I switched things up a bit. I am finding myself referencing back to Thrifty Thursday posts in some of my DIY step-by-steps and while I love coming up with creative titles, the hyperlinks get a little cumbersome. Therefore, I am going to start numbering the posts in addition to titling them so I can better show off what I do with some of those awesome finds! I can hardly believe that I’ve been doing this blog for 15 weeks!

This past week I hit up thrift stores like it’s my job (oh wait…). I’m making up for the fact that I’m going to an out of town wedding this weekend and won’t be going to any sales. This way I have enough posts for the next couple of weeks, and considering my massive haul, I am at no loss for content!

Saturday after work I did go to an antique show and sale with my mom. It was fun to look around at all of the antiques and see what they were priced for. Most things were WAY out of my price range but I consider it good research. I did make two purchases while I was there. The first was a mason jar (imagine that!) I had never seen one with “Mason” written in script on it. It was a unique addition to my collection whether it has any value or not so I parted with the $6 for it based purely on the fact that I have seen hundreds and hundreds of mason jars and never came up with this logo.

 
I also came across this picture that I think is going to look stunning either over my long sofa or my buffet in my living room. I paid $35 for it, but, once again, since I am buying just for me my price tolerance is quite different. This picture makes me happy. My dad is helping me to fix the back of it since it was so old and the cardboard was no longer holding the picture in like it was supposed to.

 
On Monday after work I had a little extra time so I decided I wanted to go to Mission Mart since I hadn’t been there in so long. Boy am I glad I did! I had such great luck at the first one that I traveled across town to go to the other one as well.

  

I got everything pictured here for $31! Yellow tags were 50% off so the majority of the frames pictured here only cost me $0.50 each and if they weren’t marked down they were only $0.99. I always pick up good wood frames like this to paint for my projects so finding so many – and some in interesting sizes – was a gold mine! I picked up 15 frames!

The 6 Courier & Ives prints I got for $0.39 each. The pictures were sweet and I might end up framing them and doing some sort of display in my house. One of them is a double so I plan to frame it and put it in the booth. These used to be pretty collectible where people would seek out specific prints and I feel in the right frame that these could make a sweet addition to any home décor.

The little ball mason jars were only $.25 each and will be perfect for some of the crafting ideas that I have in mind. Nestled in with those is an Atlas Strong Shoulder jar. The glass is bubbled which indicates to me that it is older. I don’t know much about Atlas jars yet having just acquired my first one on August 2nd but this little gem is definitely staying in my collection and not being crafted with.

  
I always pick up cross-stitch fabric when I find it cheap so when I found multiple bags for $.49 each that was a no brainer. It’s always a bonus when it’s colored because then I have options with certain stitching projects. I also found an illustrated copy of Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (this is who I thought I was growing up…) for $0.99 so I had to have that for my library as well!

 
I found two Mason Jars already painted for winter for $0.99 each which is a quick and easy flip for the booth. The wood stick that says “VEG.” I’m not really sure what it was intended to be but it’s wood which therefore makes it paint-able. I’m going to turn it into some sort of garden or pumpkin patch sign.

The rooster frame stood out to me. He was 50% off making him $0.50 so I don’t know if I am going to leave him as is and add him to my own kitchen or paint him a different color and put him in the booth. I think he will look really neat with a small cross-stitch sampler in his frame. The strawberry tin was a bit of a splurge ($1.99) but I wanted it for my own house. I have a thing for tins (see Thrifty Thursday: A Morning on Moss Avenue and Thrifty Thursday: No Pain No Gain) and the colors and design on this one were just great. And finally I added a little wooden sled that I think I might decoupage an old fashioned Santa picture on for the booth, a wooden cutting board that I’m going to paint stripes on to make it look like a feed sack like I just saw in my most recent Country Living Magazine, a white wooden tray because I love wood trays, and a $2.99 lamp that just needs a painting refresh and might be the right size and scale for my buffet. And if not, well there’s always the booth!

So many items to score on a Monday! And that’s not even the half of my week. I can’t wait to reveal the rest of my great finds next week!

Happy Thrifting!