Do you love thrifting?
Does exploring the shops and searching for the perfect piece to makeover spark your creativity?
Oh my gosh, I love thrift shopping. For me that mean garage sales, Goodwills, local thrift shops, antique shops, estate sales, online garage sale apps, anything of the sort. When the kids were little and I’d haul them out on a Saturday morning we’d call it treasure hunting. And I have found a few fantastic treasures over the years. Sometimes it’s pieces to makeover, sometimes it’s things ready to decorate the house with, and even those rare finds that bring in a good amount on Ebay.
I’ve even opened a shop on Etsy called The Creative Blogger where I sell blog photography props that my mom and I spend our time sourcing locally and in our travels. In other words, frugal shopping for great finds is something I truly enjoy.
When I found a group of like-minded ladies on Facebook who participate in this thing they call a Thrift Store Swap, I just knew I had to meet these folks and get in on this deal. So, I asked, and they let me! The girls at the Thrift Store Swap love to repurpose and reimagine items. The way the swap works is we each shop to spend $10 on two items that can be made over. Then we send the items, keeping them secret, to a swap partner. That partner then makes over the items and shares about them on their blog. All of this is done to inspire creativity in others. It’s a lot of fun to think outside the box and imagine what another person may think of with an item.
I picked a few pieces from a brand new Goodwill that just opened here in Florida, and mailed them to my swap partner Betsy from Happily Ever After Etc. It’s funny because I know what I would’ve done with the items, but I have no idea what she’s going to create! She’s been at this swap thing for a while now though, so I’m sure it’s going to be awesome.
And I received my items all the way from Spain from Maria at My Sweet Things. I’m not going to show them to you yet, but I have some great projects being created right now! I’ll admit that I had to think them through for a bit before I found any inspiration.
So, as far as thrift shopping goes, anyone who loves it (or hates it) knows that there are some crazy things you can find. A lonnnnggg time ago when I first started blogging I made a series called “What the Hecka?” (a favorite phrase by my son when he was about two years old) and it was dedicated strictly to ridiculous finds at these places. Maybe I need to revive that series, it was a lot of fun.
As I shopped for this swap, here’s a few of the weirder things I came across in my treasure hunting adventures.
So this doll thing. $5.99, really? I don’t even understand this. It kind of looks like my Aunt Sue actually.
Okay, so I think someone actually maybe put a lot of thought and effort into purple birthday Barbie so I feel kind of bad lumping it in with weird thrift finds.
These aren’t bad I guess, I personally just wouldn’t wear them. In fact, I don’t think many women would considering they were a size 13. I’ll leave that open to imagination, and apologize to any women out there with giant feet.
If this work at home thing fails, I can always sell my creepy baby dolls for profit. I have a book that tells me how. Well, I actually don’t have it because I didn’t buy it, but you know, maybe it’s also available on Amazon.
Grabby hands. Nope.
If I’d have shown this painting of clowns to my eight year old, he’d have probably peed his pants. He’ll admit it. He’s one of those kids with an unnatural fear of clowns, for real.
Of course none of those are the things I sent to Betsy. Hers are much more manageable.
Make sure you check the blog on 27th March when all projects will be revealed!