3/29/10

Thrifty Treasures

It's my pleasure to introduce the first of my Thrifty Treasures series. Thanks to all of you who contacted me about your thrift stores/cheap finds. I hope to continue showcasing your projects and items, so please keep sending them my way.

On to the good stuff!!!

My first item is courtesy of Roeshel from The DIY Showoff blog, which features amazing DIY projects daily. If you haven't checked out her blog, check it out now. It's one of my very favorites!

Roeshel wrote, "It's not exactly thrift store find because it was something previous owners left hanging on the wall for keys or coats but it is a thrifty find because it was 'free'. It's been in the basement collecting dust for a few years. You can't tell but they left it there when painting the wall because there is sloppy white paint on the sides. The screw holes aren't level either but it adds to the charm, right? lol

I saw THIS at the Pottery Barn site and I wanted it for hanging towels on in our bathroom:


I almost used my gift card to buy it but then that little light bulb in my brain went off and I ventured down to the basement to look for the one we had (which led to cleaning the basement which was an added bonus - a little spring cleaning too.)


I found it and gave it a little coat of left over white paint and distressing and it's just nearly exact, but better because it was free!"


Doesn't that look great!?! Looks just as great as the Pottery Barn version and it was free! Thanks for sharing with us Roeshel.

Our second thrifty find is from NatiGirl of the Living in the 513 blog. This fabulous mother of three has found lots of GoodWill goodies, like this metal candle holder-
that just needed a fresh coat of spray paint for a whole new look-

She also scored this sweet carrara marble cheese cutter that looks like it came straight from Williams Sonoma-

Lucky girl! Great finds. Check out her BLOG for more.


For those of you that love milk glass, check out these pics from The Cat Said Quack's recent thrift store excursion. She hit the milk glass motherload!

For just $15, she was able to take enough milk glass pieces home to fill 2 shelves and decorate a cabinet.



Awesome! I love milk glass and like seeing it mixed in with modern decor, as The Cat Said Quack did above.

My next contributor is Jenny from JennyFreeStyle. Jenny is as sweet as pie and also resides in Kansas City! She found these great pieces at a local thrift store-

This green vase was just $0.99! Too bad she got to it first, this would look perfect in my green Great Room :)

Check out these old books from the same store-

The hardcovers are lovely hues and the "How to Keep Slender and Fit After Thirty' title makes me laugh!

She also revamped a set of these chairs-

(before)


(after)

Click HERE if you're interested in purchasing them.


If you haven't checked out Spearmint Decor before, you are missing out on a truly great blog. It features awesome DIY projects, decor and inspiration pics.

Check out this GoodWill frame redo. This frame was purchased for a measly $2.99-


and turned into this cool piece of art-

Isn't that seriously tres chic!?!

Our last thrifty treasure submission is courtesy of The Metamorphasis of Me. I see a ton of old (usually brass) lamps that are in great condition but look dated at thrift stores. I usually pass them by. After seeing her lamp transformation, I think I may have to pick one up.

She took this-

Used my favorite decor trick (spray paint) and turned it into this-

Doesn't that look like something you'd see at HomeGoods? LOVE it. It looks so fresh and modern. No one would ever guess that it used to be brass.

Did this inspire anyone to head to their local thrift store and find some of their own Thrifty Treasures?

Although I frequent antique shops and thrift stores, thanks to the girls above, I'm going to check out items that I usually pass over, like lamps and old books. Please keep sharing your thrifty treasures with me! I hope to encourage everyone to revamp items that they may already have in hand but aren't using. I love to bring new life to discarded items. It's cheap, fun and best of all, environment friendly.

Thanks to the sweet bloggers that shared their finds with us! You're the reason I love blogging so much.
-Suzanne

6 comments:

  1. Thanks for featuring me! I love your blog!

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  2. Suzanne,
    Just got home from out of town & saw your post. Great finds from other bloggers that I am checking out. Thanks for the post!! NG

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  3. Thanks to both of you ladies for sharing your finds! Keep 'em coming:)

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  4. Thanks so much for the feature! I love this topic so I can't wait to see more. Great finds and amazing makeovers! :)

    Roeshel

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  5. Hi Suzanne! i'm moving into a house, and am looking on new ways to decorate! I defintely liked this blog about thrifty treasures! You'll have to come to my house warming party! :)

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  6. @Murph-I'd love to see your new digs. Decorating a new house is very fun but can be overwhelming at times. Just take it one room at a time and remember paint can go a long way:) When's the party?

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