I scored so much great decor, or soon-to-be-great decor, for under $20. I took Young House Love’s Unofficial Macklemore Thrift Shop Challenge. With only $20 in my pocket I took some ridiculous pictures of myself, bought some great pieces, and ended up with only 30 cents left in my pocket.
I decided to check out a new-to-me Goodwill by my son’s school. It seemed bigger than the one by my house. In lame fashion, I did not have a $20 bill, so i went in with my 10, 5, and five 1s. It is what I had on me.
I took a seat in this crazy rocking chair…totally like the ones Macklemore walks on in his video (watch it here). It was pretty comfortable, but so ugly!
Then, I got serious and did some shopping. I found two glass containers, like used at restaurants, that would be perfect string dispensers. I found a yellow tart tin to add to the collection I started for the studio. I also added a cute Siletti ceramic milk carton and a couple small embroidery hoops to my basket. I checked out for $7.98.
Didn’t seem right to leave $12 on the table, so I stopped by the other Goodwill on my way home :) I found a bunch more great stuff. I ended up leaving the second store with an even bigger bag. The total for my second stop was $11.72, leaving me with 30 cents after both stops.
Before I left I felt compelled to try on a big a$$ fur coat for the scavenger hunt part of the challenge. I was already wearing a big a$$ coat, because I live in frigid Minnesota, but I took mine off to try on this crazy big, itchy faux fur number. I think I will stick with my coat, although it was fun to pop up that huge fur collar.
So here is everything I bought for under $20. There is so much potential here.
At the second stop I found the large wooden candle holders and the small round Capiz shell box. I also found two Target pieces. Seems like they give a lot of things to Goodwill. The wood urn is actually part of this finial, but it was missing the top. The bottom was only $1.99 and I thought it could make a cool vase. Then I spotted this wood tray. It is actually the bottom piece of this butterfly cloche. Also at $1.99, I couldn’t pass it up.
I was so excited about my finds I already started transforming them. Yesterday I shared my first mini-video on Vine, showing how I used the wood urn as a cool vase for a bunch of hydrangea. (Side note: Have you tried out Vine? I think I am already hooked!)
— Jackie Hernandez (@TealandLime) January 31, 2013
I measured the inside of the round wood tray before a trip to HomeGoods yesterday. I found a glass container for $9.99 that fit perfectly inside. Now it reminds me of these cool wood-based glass vessels at West Elm. I think mine looks pretty cool displaying a pile of sisal rope.
I already put my favorite turquoise baker’s twine and jute twine in the glass containers. They make super cool twine dispensers. The jute twine is stuffed in there, but the string pulls from the center of the roll.
Lastly, I added a photo to the tart tin. I am planning a whole gallery of them for my studio office.
I am still working on the large wooden candlesticks, and the embroidery hoops. I will share their transformations over the next week.
I linked up to the YHL Thrift Shop Linky. Please click over and check out everyone else’s thrift finds :)
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