How to Furnish Your Walls at the Thrift Store

Gallery wall made from thrifted items!

I have a hard time spending a lot of money on wall art. I feel horrible saying that. I got my Bachelor’s degree in art, so I – of all people – totally understand the effort and talent that’s required to create good art. Honestly, I’m just cheap. While I might occasionally splurge for a print or photo I really love, my home is hardly a museum. I can’t afford to fill my walls top to bottom with one-of-a-kind art pieces. Continue Reading

The Art of Craigslist: When to Act Fast, and When to Pass

The Art of Craigslist: When to Act Fast, and When to Pass
Photo: Lexy Ward

Craigslist is one of the best resources for buying and selling used items. Unfortunately it can be overwhelming to sift through thousands of results when you're trying to find something special. Here are some tips to help you become a Craigslist pro! 




The Art of Craigslist: When to Act Fast, and When to Pass

ACT FAST – Craigslist is an excellent spot for used designer goods. You can sometimes find the real thing or a knock off. Use key terms like “MCM” for “Midcentury Modern”, or the name of the designer you are on the lookout for. Continue Reading

Roundup: Inexpensive & Unique Christmas Decor Ideas from the Thrift Store


Roundup: Thrifted Christmas Decor
Vintage Farmhouse Christmas

Some of the most unique Christmas decor is waiting to be found at your local thrift store. If you are not done Christmas decorating, or you are decorating for a Christmas get-together, here are some Christmas decorating ideas using re-purposed thrift store items.   


1. Thrift store mittens can be re-purposed lots of ways. I love how they are styled as door decor instead of a wreath!

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Make It: Upcycle A Thrift Store Basket With Yarn

Make It: Upcycle a Thrift Store Basket With Yarn

Can you have enough baskets? I don’t think so. Here is a fun and easy way to upcycle those super inexpensive thrift store baskets you can find anywhere.   


Make It: Upcycle a Thrift Store Basket With Yarn

I found these two baskets for 25 cents each at my favorite local thrift store. They are the perfect size for what I call “drop zones” for random things I need to set down.

Make It: Upcycle a Thrift Store Basket With Yarn


Make It: Upcycle a Thrift Store Basket With Yarn


I am personally loving embroidered straw hats and totes. This look on a hat or tote is totally a summer vibe, but I thought the idea could be used year round in home decor.  Continue Reading

Roundup: 10 Projects to Do With Thrifted Books…Besides Reading

If you’ve recently visited a thrift store you know there are always tons of books available. Here are ten projects that might make you want to grab a few the next time you go.   

 1. Thrifted books can become art on the cheap. See all the ways Emily A. Clark has turned books into art over on her blog. 


2. Find a colorful book or encyclopedia set to turn into wall paper. Continue Reading

Round Up: 10 Amazing DIY Upcycled Thrift Store Art

Need some affordable unique art? Check out these thrift store art upcycles.  

 1. Mandi from Vintage Revivals painted over the art completely with a monochrome color and add some texture with glaze.

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2. Painted typography is an easy modern update over a painting.

3. Micheal from inspired by charm turned a really blah thrift store painting to a work of art by adding dots of color. Continue Reading

Before & After: A Mod Thrift Store Table-to-Bench Makeover!

created at: 08/13/2012
Show of hands: have you ever seen an old, plain, wooden table in a thrift store, at a garage sale, or even dumped on the side of the road? Chances are you’ve wondered what you’d do with it and, after a few moments’ pause, have moved on to other items. Well, one look at this thrift store table makeover will have you reconsidering passing by another one again!    

created at: 08/13/2012
Shelly from ModHomeEc, whose unique aesthetic longtime Curbly readers will recognize immediately, transformed one such lowly table. Continue Reading

The Motherlode of Master Bedroom Makeover Projects

Just you wait and see.

Wow. Talk about a bedroom makeover! Eddie Ross let homeowners Jill and Craig Logan take care of the walls and floor while he jumped in to help them choose some unassuming  second hand pieces that needed help. With his usual magic, the thrift store finds are what really bring the pizazz to this master bedroom makeover. You have to see them to believe them. 

1. Hideous nesting tables

2. Upside down side table

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Turn an Upholstered Chair Into a Tree Swing


Two sisters, Amy and Jeni, write the Peppertowne blog. One loves furniture and chairs so I’m assuming she’s the one who reworked this $8.00 upholstered chair into a waterproof tree swing. Though, I would probably add a seat belt of some sort to keep the kids from flying out.  Jeni (I’m assuming) shows you how to waterproof this cushy swing, as well as how to string the chair securely onto the end of the ropes. Continue Reading

How to Successfully Reupholster a Curvaceous Modern Chair with a Sweater

created at: 04/19/2010

The Indy Thrift Score Social Club has it’s first event this Saturday. Yes, I’ve found a group of enablers and we’re gathering in the morning for a Tour de’ Junk. I’ve been told that the terms secondhand, thrift, or secondary market would be more appropriate. Anyway, we’re hitting downtown Indianapolis for our greedy little secondhand fix. Most of the scouts are mid century modern fans and that’s where things can get sticky. Chances are that if anyone comes across a tattered chair of the MCM kind, it usually has beautiful soft curves and reupholstering this treasure becomes a dilemma since woven fabrics don’t generally cooperate with soft round curves. Continue Reading