Monday, February 18, 2013

Making the Most of Your Thrift Store Visits and Eco Kids

I love poring through racks and shelves for the vintage treasures that are just waiting for a good home.  I started shopping in thrift stores in high school when I discovered the vintage dress section.  Although I don't look for plaid schoolgirl skirts or lunchboxes as in the old days, I still find lots of things that are wonderful additions to my home without putting a strain on my budget. 

If, like me, you love looking for discarded treasures, use these tips to help you on your hunt:

1. Keep a running list about the things that you are looking for.  Include measurements of spaces where you are hoping to find furniture to fit. 

Make the most of your visits to the thrift store with these great tips!
2. Think beyond the obvious.  This lovely embroidery was a small table runner, but I thought it would look lovely as a framed work.   Look for hand-crafted items, and think about all of the things that you could do or make with them.  Wool sweaters are great for felting and creating new projects.

Make the most of your visits to the thrift store with these great tips!
 3. Mix found vintage items with your own sentimental treasures. 
 4. Shop your house for items that will work to create the look you want.  I wanted a bench by my front door, and I soon discovered that I already had one at my kitchen table. A simple swap of chairs and the look I wanted was accomplished!  The elephant pillow, basket, and music book were thrift store/flea market finds.
Make the most of your visits to the thrift store with these great tips!
 5. Be selective.  Look for stains and tears before buying from thrift stores.  You don't want to be stuck with a ton of things that you cannot use.
Make the most of your visits to the thrift store with these great tips!

 6. Baskets, baskets, baskets.  If you have lots of toys, craft items, books, and other things around your home that need stored and/or carried, look for baskets.  They are extremely inexpensive at thrift stores, and I have never bought a basket that I couldn't use. 
Make the most of your visits to the thrift store with these great tips!
 Happy Thrifting!

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Last week was another record breaking week for Eco Kids Tuesdays.  We had 63 amazing links!  Thank you all for sharing, and please keep the great ideas coming.  This week I'm featuring a few of my favorites:

Five Things You Should be Making by Brown Thumb Mama

Spare Parts Upcycling by Simply Home Blog

Starting Preschool by Happy Whimsical Hearts

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  • Outdoor Activities

  • Crafts made with re-purposed or recycled materials

  •  Sewing and DIY home projects

  • Science Experiments

  • Posts on environmental issues for kids or families

  • Non-toxic living

  • Homeopathic Remedies

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  1. Hi! I'm Maro from Maro's kindergarten. I'ts the first time I am participating in your link party with my new blog! I hope you like it! Have a nice week!

    1. Thanks for joining us with the new blog too!

    2. Sorry to bother you again but my link is not showing a picture. Did I do something wrong? It;s the link that says "Summer memories in a bottle".

    3. I have no idea... I checked out the post though, and it's beautiful!

  2. Becky, Thanks for featuring Spare Parts. It has been a life saver for us, hope it helps someone else out there too. Thanks for the link up and blessings to you! PS- I love you little bench by the front door, cute cute!

    1. I think I will definitely try something similar! Thanks about the bench! We love it there.

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