Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Thrift Store Treasures and Request for Ideas

So yesterday I went with my mom, and Tanielle to a couple of DI's. Here's what I scored! Please excuse the boxes of bow-making stuff in the background and the flash - the lighting in my front room is horrible!
I want to redo my kitchen, and I'd like to incorporate copper into the decor. I'm on the lookout for some cool copper stuff - and found these.
The jello molds were each 75 cents - I'm going to hang them on the wall. The bucket and basket will decorate the top of my cupboards - paid$1 each for those. I'm really scoutin' for a cool copper tea set - wish me luck with that!
I found this amazing apothacary jar/hurricane vase looking thingy (if you want to tell me the proper term for what this is - feel free!) for $5. I saw something similar looking, but half the size at Walmart for $20! I'm thinking of making some mod podged decorative balls in earth tones and putting them inside, with a nice bow around the narrow part. What do you guys think? If you have any other fabulous ideas - please, do tell! As for the big ivory and burgundy vases ($2 and $3), I wanted to do some sort of fancy decorative stencil on the side like I've seen a couple of other people do. I'd rather do a rub-on transfer instead of paint, but the only ones I've seen are teeny. Does anyone know, can you get them larger (like 4-6 inches), and where? OR do you have any suggestions of something else I could do?
I got this set of 3 candle sticks for $1.50! Aren't they fun? They're for my mantle. They had some ugly Ivy twisted around them, but I ditched it. I think I'll either paint them black, or a really dark brown. Do you think I need to put any sort of embellishment since I chucked the Ivy? I'm going to put these cute, chunky candles on top. The bottoms are little coffee beans! These were each 75 cents.
I got everything in the pictures for a grand total of $19 plus tax! Woo-hoo!
Please - share your ideas of cool stuff I might do with these treasures!

18 comments:

jenjen said...

Wow - what great treasures! I think they will look really great! Those candles are so cool.

XOXOXOOX
Jen

Amy said...

What a great day of shopping. Great finds for sure.

Matt and Andrea said...

What a great bargain shopper you are. You could try vinyl for the vases. I've seen that done (even on pedestal sinks) and it was very cool.

STILLMAGNOLIA said...

Get out of here!!!! Seventy five cents each for those awesome jello molds. I am green with envy. I think they will make a lovely wall grouping. How neat. I love the candles too. I do the altar for our Praise and Worship service and I am always hitting up the thrift stores for cool stuff. Thanks to for the thorough comment on my blog. I won't call it rambling....because it had a lot to say.

Heather @ Sugar N Spice Mostly Nice said...

What great finds! The candle holders, I think would look good brown and would match the candle sticks well.

Brynn said...

You got some great things there. I love the candle stick things just like they are, I think they'll look FANTASTIC painted dark. I love finding "treasures" like you did!

Kally said...

Awesome finds!!!! I think the candle sticks will look fine once painted. I don't think they really need more than that.

Sturgmom said...

How fun!! I'd love to hear how you plan to mod podge decorative balls. I'm always on the lookout for inexpensive and esay decorating ideas.

LOVE the candlesticks!

The Masked Mommy said...

Cute! Great finds! ;-)

Lisa said...

I love going trash to treasure shopping. Some days I just wake up and feel an urge to bargain shop- since I hardly spend any money there's no guilt. Fabulous! Love the copper tins!

Angie said...

Oh..I am in serious thrift store withdrawal! I love the hurricane glass..that would look so pretty with a tall candle in it. Thanks for including me on the fun confession tag..I will post my answers tomorrow!

lisalyn said...

I just can't hardly wait to see what you do with all this stuff! Great shopping trip!

Marci @ All Things Wonderful said...

Love the candle holders. I think Brown is a great idea. Love the idea on the balls for the jar. Good Shopping Day!!

Michaela said...

I really like the candle holders and I agree they would look better in brown or black. You definitely found some steals there!

Lorie said...

I love the candle sticks. No embellishment needed! They have enough design on their own.

As for the rubons, do a google search for vinyl wall art. Or you can make your own rubons using a transparency! OR find some similar ones and connect them.

And as for the vase, there are a TON of things you could put inside! Is it going in your kitchen? If so you might want to find something copperish! And I think it looks great without the ribbon.

Marrdy said...

I love the DI. My yongest son and I can spend hours in there finding treasures. You made a great haul.

Carrie said...

you did good girl!

Kimm at Reinvented said...

Great finds! You could even put eggs in that beautiful jar! Of course, I've got eggs on the brain lately.
The vases would look cool with a design that mimics that on the candlesticks. I'm not sure where you'd find that, though.