While I love my site, one of the challenges I have had is getting much reader participation. I know we all lead busy lives and might think the last thing I have time to do is upload a picture and e-mail it, but you would make my day with this project!
Do you love to decorate? Well I do! But, things are not getting any cheaper. So, whenever I have a spare minute and some spare “Fun Money” I like to visit my local thrift stores. I used to go much more frequently when my children were younger because I would get great deals on clothing, toys and books. Now that they are growing up before my eyes, when I go it is usually just to browse and try to find something cute to use to decorate my home. Sound familiar? This is where you come in. I would love to see some of the great items you have found at thrift stores, garage sales or even free along the street. I know I get inspired at the creativity of others and learn so much. So, I will start it off and share a few of the kinds I have come across and then it is your turn! E-mail me your pictures along with where you got the item and how much it was (if you can remember). I will posting these throughout the next few weeks so we can see all the great things you have gotten too!
This is my kitchen table. We bought the table and 4 chairs when we moved in around 8 years ago. None of the chairs survived and the table had marks all over it. What did I do? First, I was able to get a free can of paint from Glidden. They were giving away cans about a year ago so I picked black. Then I let a friend of mine know I needed chairs and did she come through. She actually had 2 chairs sitting in her garage that she gave me for FREE! So I painted my table and 2 chairs and that was it for about 6 months. Then my friend (Barbara) came through again when she noticed 2 chairs similar to what I had at a garage sale down the street from her house. I went and was able to buy the other 2 for $5 each. There are some differences, 2 have arms, 2 do not, but when they are all painted black they look great.
Now to what is on my table. I fell in love with this platter at the Assistance League of Temecula Thrift Store. If you are a local reader and have never visited there, it is a must! It was $5. I was able to purchase the 2 candlesticks for $1 there another time and the candles are from a large box I bought at Ikea for $2.99.
I bought this candle holder at the Assistance League Thrift Store for $5. It was already aged and so cute! My newest find is this plate holder. My plans are to add a thin layer of black paint to it and use it as a towel holder in my bathroom. I will keep you posted on how it turns out!
OK, your turn!