Thrift Store Treasures

I didn’t have a post planned for today but after my trip to Goodwill yesterday I just had to share.  Don’t you just love sharing a fun find or a good deal with someone.

Thanks for letting me share.

I picked up a few more frames for a project I have in mind for one of my walls.  It also involves spray paint.  I was excited to find a small square mirror (they are hard to find at Goodwill!) for another project I have in mind that also involves spray paint!

Then I found this interesting item….  wasn’t really sure what it was but fortunately for me the man standing next to me did know.  It’s a wind chime!

I didn’t want a wind chime but I did want the fun fork and spoon that were attached to it!!

You may be wondering, like my husband was, what I am going to do with them?  Not sure yet but I know I’ll find something!

I picked up a few more pieces for a class I am teaching at church in November.  The class is all about jars!  If you live in Portland and would like to come let me know – you’re welcome!!

And then my treasure of the day.  I found this little original water color of County Waterford in Ireland – a place I have visited.

But the thing I loved most about it was what someone had written along the bottom….

How funny is that.  I had to have it just for that.  I wasn’t crazy about the frame job though – boring.

So a little paper and spray paint later and it was much prettier!  I’m thinking it will look quite lovely on one of the shelves in my craft room.

Have you found a great Goodwill or thrift store find lately!?

Leigh Anne
Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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  1. Tammy says

    I love your post today. I hope that you will post your thrift shop finds and ideas more often…. It helps me come up with creative ways to use cheap finds at the goodwill. You are so creative – and I love what you did with the picture frame ! ! !

  2. Laura says

    I always love seeing thrift store finds. I always want to find picture frames, but I can never seem to find the right ones when I go. Last week I was really happy to find the perfect mirror for our bedroom. I didn’t have to do anything to the frame; it already matched with our other frames, and it was 1/2 off! So for a HUGE mirror, I paid less than $20. I’m still a little giddy off of it!

  3. Eliza says

    My family recently had a huge garage sale at my Grandmother’s house who passed in February of this year. I found some darling candle stick holders that were bright redish orange and thought if I could spray paint them they would fit in more with my holiday decor. Your posts gave me the courage to have fun with projects and to go with the flow. I’m on a spray painting kick and am headed to Good Will this week-end to see what other treasures I can restore. Thank you for sending good vibes all the way out to NY!

  4. says

    Love the picture frames, but your treasure certainly is the watercolour. How cute and the little saying speaks volumes.

    Brought home a little demi-lune table from thrift store just yesterday myself. It’s painted white with a purple top right now. Don’t know what colour it will be when it’s done. But you’ve inspired me to get it done.

  5. Ellen says

    I can’t stop repeating “One man’s (or woman’s) trash is another ones treasure”. It’s almost become my mantra. Can you give us some details about how you turned your treasure into an even better self? How did you do the mat, the burned inside edge, the frame? I can’t wait to get to Good Will or Salvation Army. I guess I don’t go often enough ’cause I never find such great things. Guess I’ll have to do something about that. Thanks for the inspiration…s.

    • says

      Ellen. I used the same mat and frame. I just cut a piece of scrapbook paper to the size of the mat and used spray adhesive to glue it to the mat. I used an exacto knife to cut the center of the mat out. I then used a distress inkpad I have and just distressed the inside edges a little. I did that mainly because my cut wasn’t perfectly straight and it helped cover it up. The frame I spray painted and then sanded it a bit to distress it. I already had the paper, spray adhesive and the spray paint so it was cheap and easy! Glad you enjoyed it. One of the tricks of thrift shopping is you have to stop in frequently. Some trips I find nothing and others I leave loaded!!

  6. Dawn says

    I love Goodwill shopping. I found a big gaudy gold framed print last week. I pulled off the back, tossed aside the glass and the strange print and painted the wooden frame to use as a prop for photographing the kids in my class. A good investment at 6.99.

  7. marti says

    Your thrift store finds were great…one of my favorite places to shop! I LIKED the wind chime with the little house :-) A friend has one in her garden that is a copper tea pot, tipped on it’s side with a spoon and fork and other fun things dangling from it…so whimsical!

  8. Mrs C says

    I love the windchime! I knew exactly what is was even before I read it. I am soooo excited, I think I will propose it for a super saturday craft this next year. I wil have a good 6 months to shop the thrift stores for the trinkets and then each lady can make a unique item that is not like everybody else!!

    Thanks for posting your thrifty treasures!

  9. says

    I love your blog! I am an avid goodwill shopper and really enjoyed reading about your treasures. I can’t wait to see what you do with your finds!!!

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