Last week, I posted my latest thrift haul from my favorite thrift store and invited you guys to share your latest (or most favorite!) thrift haul with me, as well.
Every week I will be featuring the amazing stuff that we all find in my new weekly series call Thrift & Tell Thursdays.
And while today isn’t Thursday (it’s Wednesday!), I couldn’t not post today. I mean…..NATIONAL THRIFT STORE DAY!
What a way to honor our love of thrift stores and thrift hauls by showing all the amazing stuff that everyone’s been finding, right?!
One reader said it best: “I can’t buy everything, so I get to live vicariously through you.” LOL
The same is true for me!
I can’t possibly buy everything, either (you do know that I once had a faux-hoarding problem, right??). Seeing the awesome stuff that you find, too, will satisfy my “thrift itch” and hopefully will satisfy yours, as well.
But I do caution you….This post may cause you to drop the keyboard and run to your nearest thrift store! After all, it is National Thrift Store Day!
Don’t say I didn’t warn you…..
To Paint or Not to Paint?
Because I reeeeaaallly want to convert my garage into a workshop, I have been limiting myself from buying a lot of furniture from the thrift store. But recently I was walking past this desk at the ReStore and–I’m sorry–it kept calling me.
It wasn’t fancy and ornate…it wasn’t antique…just a nice ‘ole solid desk from probably the early 80’s.
It was $40, and if you shop at the ReStore, you know that’s a steal. So I bought it!
I’m debating on whether I should paint it or keep it natural and just change the knobs?
The color of the wood matches nothing in my house, but there’s something about that gorgeous wood that I hate to cover up… Hmmmm……
I’d love to actually strip and restain it, but those legs…….all those nooks and crannies….those legs will leave me ripping my hair out. Trust me. Been there, done that!
What would you do?
Vintage Sewing Box
Sometimes you just see the perfect little treasure that you have to buy it because it’s so unique. I know that everyone and their Auntie had little sewing boxes like this, but I had never seen them. And since this doesn’t take up much space (read: I’m justifying why it was okay to buy, LOL!), I knew that I had to buy it.
Plus, for only $6.00, why wouldn’t I??
The larger one was in worse condition, so I just bought the cute smaller one and will likely use it for nuts, bolts, and small DIY odds and ends.
But someone had a great idea: paint it bright colors and create a LEGO storage box to use while on-the-go with the kids! Don’t you love that idea?!?
Thrifted Bench Makeover
I couldn’t believe that Eileen had found this bench for $5.00! And you’ll want to take note of her use of steel wool! I discovered a few months ago the magical power of steel wool over paint. It shines like no other! In fact, I’ve been meaning to do a post on it! But you can see in my mid-century modern chair makeover how transformational steel wool is! Anyhow, Eileen did a great job on her thrifted bench makeover!
“The bench cost me five whole bucks. $15 for foam (the firm stuff), $3 for spray paint and leftover batting and fabric from a chair recover project. The plywood was garage stock. I had wanted a gray matte finish for the legs but was only able to find gloss gray paint (Rustoleum Painters Touch 2X Gloss Dark Grey). A light rubbing with fine steel wool gave me a surprisingly even satiny finish. And the steel wool wrapped nicely around those curvy legs.”- Eileen
See how magical the transformation is?
Craigslist is an awesome place to find stuff for cheap, and the following find is a prime example! Definitely with new stain and hardware, it will look even more beautiful! Here’s what Kathy said:
“I purchased this curio cabinet on Craigslist for $50, retail price is over $900. I think I got a good deal. I am in the process of sanding it down and then will stain a dark mahogany and new hardware. I have wanted one of these for years but could never afford it so was very lucky. In the process of a few more purchases from Craigslist so will send those as they get here.” – Kathy, Agassiz, BC, Canada
Ten Dollars Desk Transformation
Kathy from StylishRevamp.com sent me this picture of this really cute, but “ugly” desk that badly needed a makeover. I love that she restored it by sanding and staining and didn’t use paint. As much as I love paint, I have to totally agree with her! There’s nothing like the beauty of fresh stain on sanded wood, especially when it had been so badly marred. The truth is that not everything should be painted ( as I mentioned in one of my popular articles What Should You NOT Paint Wood?). It’s okay to not paint wood, and this is one project I am glad wasn’t painted. It looks awesome, doesn’t it?
Here’s what Kathy had to say:
“The first thing I did was scrub it down with some cleaner and disinfectant. Then I got started with the sanding. I was surprised that it did not take that long to sand it down. Once the dust was wiped off really well, I stained it with a dark walnut stain. I am beginning to like the process of staining much better than painting. It is instant gratification when the stain hits the wood.” – Kathy
Pretty Metal Hanger
I love these metal hangers that Lisa found at the thrift store! There are a lot of things she could do with these, such as make lights out of them, use them as candle holders, and so much more. But she’s right–she could leave them right where they are on her front steps! They’re beautiful! Here’s what Lisa had to say about her awesome find:
“I shopped at the Salvation Army in Raynham, MA last week and made a bee-line straight for these pretty metal hangers. The large one was marked $9.99 and the smaller one $7.99. The nice lady there gave them to me for $6.99 each! Love her! I thought they would look pretty with some sort of dainty flowers spilling out of the holes. Not sure where their permanent spot will be yet; but for now I think they look pretty on my front steps.” – Lisa
Garbage Can Panels Upcycled Into a Colorful Privacy Fence
“I wish I had your will to walk away from a really great deal if I don’t have a need for it but I buy it and figure I will do something when inspiration hits me….such is my $5 find…8 panels of plastic all dirty and dingy…I found out they were garbage can surrounds that can be bought at Lowes for $60 for 4 panels…Remember, I bought 8 for five dollars. Well they set in my back yard for months till your back yard redo got me inspired…I had a side yard that was nothing but clay no grass would grow (North Carolina) so….I painted each panel with Rustoleum spray paint and attached to the dogs chain link fence with zip ties…instant backyard art. So one thing leads to another and I painted my patio furniture to match the fence. This all started because I found a multi-color umbrella for $10 at the thrift store but that’s another story. ha ha. I enjoy reading your blog keep it up.” – Margaret, Charlotte NC
“This is my best find ever. I found it at our SPCA thrift store. It was $100.00 but that day they had 75% off all furniture, if you could take it with you. Well, we had the car that day, instead of the truck, but told her we would fit it in somehow. It is solid oak and has two drawers. The top drawer is for adding things to display through the beveled glass top. I got a great coffee table for $25.00, just had to polish it up a little with Old English!” – Sue
Vintage Buggy Display
“This small Amish-style buggy was just $10.00 at a Goodwill store. I had a 20% off coupon so it cost just $8.00! It is very dirty!!! I will clean it up and use it on a shelf in my living room next to a child’s antique dresser and Rocking horse (we have cathedral ceilings).” – Claudia, Ohio
Thrifted Picture Frame Upcycled Into a Jewelry Holder for Necklaces
“I found this old frame at a flea market in Giants Stadium and decided to try something I saw on Pinterest. The paint was left over sample paint from when I was trying to figure out how to do my room. I then took thick cardboard and glued 2 pieces back to back and covered that with canvas. I found cheap pushpins that are small hands and now I have an easy way to pick out my necklaces that also functions as wall art. No more searching through a jewelry box and untangling messes.” – Llima
Decorative Antique Silver Hand Push Pins
Elizabeth was so excited to find four of these cottom doilies! Her first thought was to use it for a little girl’s overdress, but her mom had a great idea: curtains!
Here’s what Elizabeth had to say:
“Check out these awesome cotton doilies! There are four of them. Two are 15 inches wide, the other two are 30 inches wide. At first I envisioned incorporating them into a little girl’s pinafore, or overdress if you will. However, after my mother saw them……curtains……?? They’d be lovely in a powder room.” – Elizabeth
“Lately, I’ve been looking for art, real art. I’ve decided that unless I totally loooooove some mass-marketed print, I’m going to hold out for a piece of real one-off art, or a signed and numbered print. So far, the thrift store has delivered! My first find is this absolutely stunning piece of needlework. It’s truly a masterwork. It’s 36″ long, and those cross-stitches are about 1/16th” square. I especially love the subtle use of glittery thread, giving the fishes’ scales a true shimmer. Whoever CM was, back in ’96, she outdid herself! You can imagine my Olympic-quality sprint across the Goodwill when I saw it leaning up on the shelf, marked $7.99!! My photos truly don’t do it justice. I wish you could see it in person….” – Theresa
What Have You Found Lately?
Everyone found such great stuff! I’ll be a little busy over the next two weeks because I’ve got an exciting new project coming up that I can’t wait to tell you about so I probably won’t be able to hit the thrift stores this week. However, I would love for you to share with me anything cool that you find over the next couple of weeks! If you do a project makeover, go ahead and email me your BEFORE & AFTER pictures so I can show it off to everyone!
So what’s your favorite find above? And how are you planning to celebrate National Thrift Store Day?