Thrifty couture

July 10, 2012 § Leave a comment

School clothes and larger sizes are coming up in the thrift store search. This week I found three yards of linen fabric for $3. Shirts from H&M and Target, and jeans from Gap and Children’s Place. All for $9.47. My girl wears size 8-10 at the waist, but I have to tailor off 2-3 inches at the bottom. And she isn’t really chubby! I love these colors.

Treasure box

July 9, 2012 § Leave a comment

This gentleman is spacious and very sturdy. He was $10 at the thrift store.

Tea bowls

May 15, 2012 § Leave a comment

I adore these little cups, perhaps remnants from a chinese restaurant. I hope to find a whole collection of them over years.

Bag addition

May 9, 2012 § Leave a comment

Thrifted for $3, this bag appears never used and is the fourth in my collection of the same bag in different patterns. Someday I’ll probably give them away as favors. The colors and size make them great for little girls.

Pinterest project-the first of the bunting

April 25, 2012 § 3 Comments

My preferred party decor is strands of yard and strung felt beads, but I do love bunting too. Take a look at all the bunting inspiration on pinterest!

This set of banners was made from a thrifted quilted jacket. $6.

Unique, right? When I cut the lining out the construction was double sided quilted pieces stitched together with raw edges. I cut a template from a cracker box and sliced out my triangles. This coat yielded 43 pennants and over 9 yards of banner goodness. There are a lot of mattress ticking type patterns.

I made it to hang in the master bedroom but it is not quite a perfect fit so I’ve listed it in my etsy shop.

Colanders

April 7, 2012 § Leave a comment

These were thrifted at different times and cost about $6 each. I love enamel, I love color, and I love how repeating objects become art. They live on a bench in the playroom by the window and currently hold stamps and wooden cars. Someday maybe I’ll use them for planters like this one via apartment therapy.

Purple plunder

March 28, 2012 § Leave a comment

More keens. You are probably tired of them, but I’m not. Affordable quality footwear for the kids! Size youth 2 for $6.

Frame findings

March 27, 2012 § 3 Comments

I’ve been looking for a huge frame, I thought I could tilt it against a wall and make a succulent garden in it with a backing, wire, and small ledges. Succulents don’t need much soil or water and are wonderful in their radiating symmetry. But I’ve used the huge frame for another purpose, so check back soon. 4 foot frame was $5, the tan kids Gap shorts were $2, and oak framed mirror was $4.

I have been looking for a frame for a print with an odd size, 4″x8″, and here it is! I sprayed the frame white and had a spare piece of glass cut to size, Michaels did it for free! Another addition to the “I love daddy wall.”

Clothes trove

March 19, 2012 § 1 Comment

This week’s haul of kids clothes. I threw away three pairs of pants with butchered knees and was thankful to find replacements. I do select thrifted clothes very carefully. Gone are the days when I could buy a size without having the child try it on and be confident that it fit, so clothes must be perfectly sized and of good quality. These are from left to right Gap, Gap, Gap, Gap, and Old Navy and while these brands matter not as a sign of status, they usually mean the clothes will last well and have good hand-me-down value. $10 for all.

Suspenders

March 12, 2012 § 1 Comment

Thrifted for $1, a great pair of suspenders. There is just something of old-world charm about them. And my husband likes to wear them.

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