Get ready because it’s time for a thrift store throw down! What in the world is a thrift store throw down you ask? Well, it’s a type of upcycle challenge where myself and 15 other bloggers agree to scour our local thrift stores for 15 dollars’ worth of second hand treasures. Then we pack our not so precious gems in a box and mail them to our special blogger
Yeah, it’s basically a crap swap. But it’s not just any crap swap, it’s a creative, upcycle waiting to happen, crap swap. With the items we receive, we are challenged to upcycle our questionable treasures in a clever or interesting way.
We have all received our mystery boxes and next Monday we will reveal how we upcycled the thrift store items. Sounds like fun wouldn’t you agree?
The Mystery Thrift Items I Received
My mystery box came from Paula of Virginia Sweet Pea blog.
Have you seen her work? It’s pretty amazing, check out some of these great projects….
DIY 2×4 Bench, Goodwill Desk Makeover and my personal favorite Media Cabinet Makeover ! (It’s pretty cool, you need to see it!!)
Not only is Paula a blogger, But she is also a 6th grade teacher! She teaches by day and runs her very creative blog in her free time. But I’m not sure when she has free time because Paula is one busy lady! When she’s not in the workshop doing DIY projects and furniture make overs you will find her either in the kitchen, working in the yard, jogging, playing with her dog, or at the gym.
Oh my gosh, Me Too Paula! I mean the play with the dog part, of course. As for the kitchen, yard work, running, and gym thing, you’re on your own there. Oh and the part where you do meaningful superhero type work as a middle school teacher. But other than that we are totally twinning.
Possible Upcycle Items
So shall we talk about what Paula sent me? She was really kind and went pretty easy on me.
First I pulled out this little Donna Dewberry one stroke special. I have no idea what it’s true use is. What’s your guess for this hanging wooden box ?
Next I pulled out this neat wooden bowl-ish type of dish / tray thingy.
Okay, this bowl is really cool so I’m not going to do a darn thing to it. It’s a keeper. It looks great on my bedroom dresser and my husband has already claimed it for his pocket change. Plus, it has Hawaii carved on the bottom of it and I’ve always wanted to go to Hawaii. So I’ve been telling everyone its from that amazing vacation I took when no one was looking. Thank you for the gift Paula. Aloha!
Lastly, we have some lovely fine art complete with hanging loop. It’s how all the masters use to do it.
And it must have been BOGO day at the thrift store because I got TWO fine art pieces! Bonus.
I don’t know what I am going to do with these items and being the planner that I am, they are still sitting in the box. No worries, I’ll think of something. Unless of course you think of something first, then by all means do share and leave me a comment.
To see what thrift items I picked out and dropped in the mail, head over to Shepherds and Chardonnay. I can’t wait to see what Jeannee makes with the box of junk I sent her. I just hope she doesn’t hate me after this.
Don’t forget to check out all the blogs in the Thrift Store Throw down!
My Life From Home | Farmhouse 40 | Refurbish360Blog | Sweet Pea | Dukes and Duchesses | All Things New Again | Lovely Etc | Shepherds and Chardonnay | Shop at Blu | 3 Little Greenwoods | One Mile Home Style | One More Time Events | Holy Craft | Salvage Sister & Mister
Now I’m off to go jogging. Okay, I’m kidding. I’m off to go sit on the couch and eat Oreos for breakfast. Hey, those Oreos are not going to eat themselves you know. And then after I fuel up I have to run back to the farm and feed all the animals. I am playing zoo keeper this week while my Mom, Dad, brother, sister and her family are all on vacation. It’s okay that they all went without me because after all, I just got back from Hawaii. And I have the dish to prove it! lol Well at least my sister’s property is beautiful this time of year.
Just a couple of yesterday’s shots from the farm… : )
Receive smiles in your inbox!
Join my mailing list to stay up-to-date on all my DIY Projects, Thrifty Décor Ideas and Family Fun!.
Courtney@All Things New Again says
A crap swap! I love it. Looks like you received some good crap. 🙂 Can’t wait to see what you do with it. Isn’t this fun?
Lynn at Nourish and Nestle says
Hey Jen…can’t wait to see what you make with all your goodies. And those pictures from your sister’s farm…just gorgeous! Lucky you…and I mean it.
Have fun creating.
Mary-The Boondocks Blog says
Oh, I can’t wait to see what you are going to do with those items. I like the painting but I won’t complain if you paint over it.
Bahaha…crap swap! You got some great items! So many possibilities! Can’t wait!
Randi Wilton-Clark Dukes says
You could do something so fun with that little bin! Can’t wait to see your transformations!
Ashley ~ 3 Little Greenwoods says
Oh my goodness! What awesome treasures Paula sent to you! So excited to the Thrift Store Throwdown blog hopping with you. I can’t wait to see what magic you make happen!
What fun pieces… looking forward to seeing what you come up with
This sounds like a lot of fun and I will stop by next week to see what you come up with
Jeannee Taylor says
Jenny….don’t fret! I do not hate you! I really like what you sent me…..working on them now! Has anyone told you that you are take beautiful Photos? I think it’s hilarious that your husband wants the wood bowl! What a creative use for it! LOL ! Can’t wait to see what you create!
My Life From Home says
I love the bowl also! Good luck with the other items! Can’t wait to see what you come up with! What a fun challenge.
holy craft says
I love that you call this a crap swap. Totally!
What fun items. I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with in the “crap” swap. HAHAHA
Thanks for the sweet shout out! I’m glad that you like the Hawaii bowl and it’s cute that your husband has already claimed it. I look forward to seeing what you create with your items.