I have wanted to make a chalk board tray for my dining room for a long time. I first saw this project done on a fellow bloggers site a few years ago. So long ago, in fact, that I can’t find the bookmark from the site it was from *blush*. I want to give credit for where this fantastic idea is due, so please if it was your site, let me know so I can link you into this post!
The blogger had painted an old oval ceramic serving plate with chalk board paint and placed it on the sideboard in the dining room. In following posts she used it for menus, lists and other creative ideas. I have been keeping my eyes out in the thrift stores ever since, for the perfect oval platter. I knew I wanted one that was large and preferably metal, not ceramic. Last week, I finally found a large medal serving tray. It wasn’t much to look at, a dingy yellow with lots of chips in the paint, but I knew, for $2.00, it was perfect.
After two coats of chalk board paint, it is a fantastic addition to my dining room Halloween decor.
I already have Thanksgiving and Christmas ideas for using this tray. It was a great addition to the dining room for $2.00!
Have you thrifted anything good lately?
How about this thrift? I saw this wool runner rolled up on the floor as soon as I walked into my favorite thrift haunt. It had just come in and didn’t even have a price tag yet. I asked the attendant and she threw out “$10.00″. Sold.
After a little time in quarantine and a good washing (never can be too careful), it cleaned up great!
Have you found any good thrifts lately?
My thrifting adventures last week yielded some great finds! First, I found this red tea kettle for another pop of red in my kitchen. It was a whopping $2.00. I see these same kettles at Home Goods for $15.00-$55.00.
Then on the very bottom, of the very back, of a shelf, I found this beautiful coffee container. It is very good quality ceramic. It has pads on the bottom, and a label on the front which is made of copper. The lid is air tight and made of wood and detailed with a cover of more copper. It holds over a pound of coffee. I was really happy with this buy. I splurged on this one and spent $3.00.
I have been keeping my eyes open for a new crock for my crock pot. My crock pot crock is almost 15 years old and gets so much use that it has started to crack down the middle. I have been nervous the last few times I used it, afraid it may crack right apart. I was so excited to find the right size crock in a brand new stainless steal crockpot at my local non-profit thrift store. While checking out, the lady thought I was crazy when I brought the beautiful stainless steal crockpot to the counter and said, “I’ll pay full price, but I only want the crock.” She laughed a bit and shook her head. She sees me every week and finds my “treasure hunting” most amusing. Besides, the newer crock pots just don’t cook the same as the old ones. It’s not the same color as my old crock, but will run me another 15 years.
To hand down my thrifting talents, I have enlisted Griff. When he comes with me, I give him a dollar and three rules. He can search for treasures he can buy for a buck, it has to be in good shape, and something he will play with a lot. He has gotten very good and has even left the thrift store before with nothing saying, “Sorry Mommy, nothing in the “rules”. This day was a good day for Griff. He found this large Star Wars X-Wing Starfighter. It’s in great shape (besides the need of a good scrubbing). It has lights that work and it has a button that starts the Star Wars Anthem and other sayings including the famous “Let the force be with you.” He was so proud of himself for this buy. I have to say, I am pretty proud of him too!
What did you thrift this week?
I always go thrifting with a plan. I always know the shapes, sizes and colors of things I want. I never know what is actually going to catch my eye, but I always have something in mind. Some treasures take longer to find than others, but it is always so satisfying to find the perfect thrift.
I have been slowly collecting wooden spoons. They have become a nice collection, but need a home. I’d been looking for a utensil holder for a few months now. I almost broke down a few times and purchased a brown bean crock, but it just wasn’t tall enough, and I wasn’t sure it would add to my decor. Then, I came across this holder last week at my favorite little thrift store. I dug it out from behind a stack of dishes. It was the perfect shape, and the pop of red makes it the perfect color. What I like the most about it is the style. I just fell in love with the little flower decals. The ribbed bottom also gives it a nice finished feel. Best of all, it was $1.00!
Don’t you think it goes lovely next to my thrifted wooden recipe box and garlic keeper? A perfect home for the wooden spoons!
Have you thrifted anything lately?
Something about this teapot spoke to me. Sitting atop three pedestal feet, this solid brass pot is colored with inlay and beautiful flower etchings.
The wooden top shows signs of wear where the stain has been worn off, but I don’t mind.
I am not sure what it is about this pot exactly, but I knew I had to have it. It feels very at home on the shelf in my kitchen.
What have you thrifted lately?
Thursday already? I have totally missed this week. I am having a blast decking the halls and finding Christmas treasures. I found these Santas at the junque store downtown. These guys stand about 2 feet tall. There are three Santas with different looks and a glittery tree (hard to tell in the picture). They look hand painted, there are no marks on them.
I am not sure where they came from, but for $3 each, they came home with me!
They are perfect addition to the mantel.
A great score at the local kids thrift store. A lightly worn Columbia jacket, long armed mittens and a set of boots. After exchanging an Oshkosh jacket and a pair of snow pants from last year, this whole set cost me $25.00. Good thing I purchased them early this year, it seems to be just in time for a Nor’easter heading up the coast this weekend.
What have you thrifted? Do you get slightly used clothes for the kids? Where do you find them?
Now that I know what day it is! LOL! Here is one of our latest and greatest Thursday Thrift.
Pick-up Sticks!!! I forgot how fantastic this game is. The container has a 1986 (1968 original) copyright. It’s a fantastic find.
What have you thrifted lately?
A great day at the thrift store – I was due. I originally went to get a head start on shorts for Griffin. I did well- I got 5 pairs for .50 cents each. All Gap and Children’s Place brands, you can’t beat it! While there, I had to look for some things for me as well.
I found these small crocks FINALLY for my French Onion Soup. I knew if I waited long enough I’d run into a pair… For $1.25 each, how could I go wrong?
I also found a nice colored tin ($2.00) and an old amber bottle ($4.00) for above my cupboards. The tin is nothing fancy, but it is all the right colors for the kitchen. You can’t read it from the top of the cupboards, which is good, considering it was a tin full of coffee flavored lollipops! LOL! The amber bottle is cool.
I did some research online about this bottle. It is embossed on the top saying “FEDERAL LAW FORBIDS SALE OR REUSE OF THIS BOTTLE”. That dates the bottle from between 1935 and 1964. It is a liquor bottle of some kind. I have more research to do on what kind of liquor. Does anyone recognize it? If you do, please leave a comment. I bought it for the amber colored glass and not the collectible value, but I always find it cool to find out where things come from.
Lastly, Griff got to pick out one toy. He must have Mommy’s eye. He found a full size transformer ($2.00).
It’s missing a few pieces. I looked online to try to find instructions on what it transforms into. As I was browsing, I found one on Amazon that was missing the same parts selling used for $80.00! Can you imagine? Not that it really matters. What matters is that Griff is in LOVE with this robot. He actually tucks it in every night next to him on the floor. It’s the cutest thing ever!
Have you found any good thrifts or deals/steals lately? I’d love to hear about them.