What’s your favorite garage sale/thrift store/flea market find?

With the arrival of Curbly’s latest how-to manual, Make It! Secondhand Chic, just around the corner, it started me thinking about some of my most treasured secondhand finds. One found at a non-profit rummage sale was the glass container pictured below. Can you read what it says on the front? 

created at: 04/08/2010   

“Perfection Urine Specimen Bottle”. When I saw it, I cracked up. I HAD to buy it.    Perfection and urine are two words you don’t often see side by side. Continue Reading

Thrift Store Highboy Once-Over

created at: 2009-10-28

Centsational Girl spotted this highboy at the thrift store and made a beeline for the cash register. One weekend giving it a TLC once-over, this is what she ended up with:

created at: 2009-10-28

Some might say the change is subtle, but that’s sort of the point. Sometimes furniture makeovers are like having plastic surgery: a little can go a long way. To see the entire make-over from start to finish, follow this link. (She’s got a great hint at getting out stains in wood surfaces with mayonnaise. Continue Reading

From Thrift Store Junk to Lovely Vignette


Maria's table and decorations - before

Maria snagged a side table, vase and mismatched frames at a thrift store for $10.67. She gave each its own re-do, and she now has a sweet display in the corner of her home. (Don’tcha love framed image on the right? Cheeky!)

Maria's table and decorations - after

She did have to spend a bit more than her original investment for some supplies, which included the following:

For the table

  • paint
  • primer
  • wood stain
  • polyurethane
  • newspaper/drop cloth
  • fine sandpaper
  • paint brush
  • screw driver
  • mineral spirits, if needed

For the vase

  • spray paint
  • masking tape
  • newspaper

For the Frames

  • latex paint
  • primer
  • newspaper/drop cloth

For the Votives

  • votives/tea lights
  • frosting spray for glass
  • newspaper

To see all four how-tos, head on over to Crafty Nest. Continue Reading