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Thrifty Finds!

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I love second hand shopping.  Thrift stores…. yard sales….. even dumpster diving!  There’s always something unique to be found.  So today I thought I’d share my latest finds at my local thrift store.

The Find of the Day: A mint condition box set of the 1978 printing of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings series.

Seriously, they look like they were hardly touched!  The spines on two of the books weren’t even bent.  It does make me a little sad that whoever owned these probably didn’t enjoy them as they deserve to be enjoyed but I am glad they were generous enough to donate them to the thrift store for others to enjoy.

 

My thrift store is getting tricky.  Or smart.  Usually all their jewelery and small accessories are piled on a shelf and you have to search through the dredges to find the one or two cool things hidden in the mess.  And of course, nobody buys the mediocre stuff.  Well, now they’ve started sorting everything into clear plastic bags and they’ll put one or two cool things in the bag and a bunch of mediocre things and charge $3 for all of it.  Not a bad idea, actually.  Well, as luck would have it, I found a bag with no less than 4 pretty cool things and so I bought the whole bag.

 

I was the most excited about this:

Sure, it’s a little rough around the edges but I think it could be absolutely fabulous with a little work.  Maybe a few more feathers, some lace to line the rough ribbon edges…. and it has a pin and a hair clip on the back so it’s versatile.  Love it!

This is also a favorite:

Best part about this one?  I don’t have to change a thing.  It looks great to me!

 

This one, on the other hand, needs a little something….

I’m probably going to throw it in the washer with a hand wash load and if it survives I’ll decide what to do next.  Maybe nothing.

I’m excited about the possibilities:

I’ve never seen barrettes like these!  They are whimsical and classic and I love them!  The question is, do I leave them as is?  Or do I create something new around them?  Necklace? Earrings? Bigger hair clip?  What do you think?

And all the rest:

So there’s some useful stuff in there. I could use the plain barrettes to make some sweet hair clips.   Lets just say I won’t be heartbroken if this stuff happens to get lost.

Have you had any sweet thrift finds lately?

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Necklace Make-over!

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Well hello all.  I’m not sure how to start this out.  I’m not the eloquent writer my sisters are.  However, I am brilliant at saving a penny or two on things I like.  For years I bought necklaces at a store that would sell their old necklaces ten for five dollars.  I would easily get tired of them and give them away, but that was fine because they didn’t cost much.  Well one day I had brilliant idea.  I would take them apart (those that I could), save the beads and make new, cooler necklaces!!  So that’s what I did.  If I had planned better I would have taken pictures of the old necklaces and my refurbished necklaces, but I didn’t.  So to start I went and found a box (an old jewelry box) to hold the beads.  I went and bought some wire.  I found necklace making books at my local library (it took me a couple of tries to get the right books).  Then I went to work.  One of the books showed how to string beads to make cool patterns.  Other books just gave me ideas.  I had a lot of fun and learned a lot!  I felt really good about my dexterity and mental acuity.  This made me want to do it more and more!  So now I have another hobby that I have no time to pursue!  Please enjoy these picture which show the fruits of my labors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks for stopping by!

Upcycling

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I hate throwing old clothing away so I’m always looking for cute and fun ways to upcycle it.  For example, I made a nightgown out of my old bedsheets that had a huge hole in them. They were my favorite sheets, high thread count and so soft, I couldn’t throw them away! Now the nightgown is my favorite.

Here are some other upcycling projects I’ve found; some I’ve tried and some I’d love to try. Enjoy!

What is your favorite way to upcycle?

The Fabulous Wonderful Awesome Bike Trailor Make-Over…well, kinda

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This is our bike trailer. 

It’s in kinda rough shape.  We got it used about 4 years ago and since then it has been sitting outside in all weather conditions.  As you can see, the years have NOT been kind. 

On a different but not completely unrelated subject, picture this.  It was Monday about 3 weeks ago and my house was a mess.  You couldn’t walk through any room in the place without picking your way around a paraphernalia of things and the dishes were piled on the counter, the laundry piled in the hamper.  Despite all these pressing things I had to do, I went outside to empty a garbage bag (did I mention the garbage’s were also overflowing?)  and I walked past this dilapidated trailer sitting forlornly on the side of our apartment.  “Ya know, it’s not such a bad little trailer after all”  I thought.  “It just needs a little love.”  

I was filled with an all consuming desire to fix up this little trailer, which is structurally sound, but lacking in the looks department.  “I have all the stuff I need in my closet!”  I thought, thinking of some outdoor canvass I had leftover.  I didn’t have any netting, but I got the idea to use the old netting which was in OK condition. 

Well.  Long story short, when my husband returned home that evening, the kids were running wild (in their pajamas no less), the house was in even WORSE condition, and the wife (that would be me ;)) was very upset and frustrated with this awful project.  So, here is the finished product.  It turned out too small, and is not well sewn together, but hey, at least there are no rips!  Also, I had wanted to change the color of the trailer body somehow, but that didn’t happen.  So although it is far far away from the glowing picture in my mind that day, at least I tried, right? 

        

 

Have you ever had a project go wrong?