Fun New Ways to Use Buttons

Our friends at housekeeping.org have found several blog posts on how to reuse buttons you have laying around . Check it out and maybe you’ll find a fun craft to do with the kids!

18 Blogs with Creative Uses for Buttons

I especially like the DIY button monogram and recycled button artwork. The DIY monograms could be fun for older kids to make for their rooms. Have fun!

Our Thrifted House

Pitcher, tea cups, bowl, cake stand, relish dish

Many people wonder what easy steps they can take to begin living a greener lifestyle, and thrifting is one of the easiest ways to do it. Thrifting helps the environment, your wallet, and can even be lots of fun! It’s gotten pretty trendy recently and for good reason. There are so many benefits and there is definitely a “thrill of the hunt” aspect to it. I try to go thrifting once a week. Not only to look for necessities but to also check out cheap and easy ways to spruce up our home.There are many treasures to be found at thrift and consignment stores. I’m going to go over some great things I’ve found, tips to thrifting, and some of the not so great things of thrift and consignment store shopping.

Lets take a look at some things I’ve found and other things you can usually find thrifting that will be useful around your home.

Odds & Ends.There are all kinds of great random things you can find at thrift and consignment stores. It’s kind of like a surprise because you will never know what treasures you might find. Some of it is great as is and some needs little sprucing up to look decent. I’ve had a lot of success with both.

I have a collection of milk glass, all of which I found while thrifting.The most I spent was $8 for the cake stand. My milk glass vases look great in the spring and summer lined up on our mantle filled with flowers.

Pitcher, tea cups, bowl, cake stand, relish dish

Pitcher, tea cups, bowl, cake stand, relish dish

This painting was found at a local Goodwill for $8 and is very large and handpainted. It was just what I needed to put over our sofa.

Found for $8

Found for $8

Decorative accessories are great to find at thrift stores. It’s easy to find things that you can easily switch out for the seasons if you like to change up your decor.

Jadeite fish bottle,Ball jar, decorative bird cage

Jadeite fish bottle,Ball jar, decorative bird cage

I have a long wall in my dining room. I bought a bunch of frames and painted them to fill up a lot of space. The whole project cost about $30. The opposite wall has a mirror that I found for $8 that I painted white and highlighted with silver.

Family photo gallery

Family photo gallery

Dining room mirror

Dining room mirror

Furniture is another wonderful thing to search for at thrift and consignment stores. I found these tables at our local Goodwill for $8 each. We are currently working on a dresser for our son’s big boy room. I will do a full post on that room when it’s completed as many things in there will be from thrift and consignment stores. I’m also on the hunt for a dining room table, but no luck yet.

Bought for $8, sanded and painted

Bought for $8, sanded and painted

Well made side table for $8

Well made side table for $8

Found for $100 at furniture consignment store

Found for $100 at furniture consignment store

Various kids items are in abundance at thrift stores. Most of Buddy’s books have come from Goodwill and only cost $1 each. Most of his clothing comes from thrift stores and big consignment sales.

A great way to eliminate plastic is to get dishes at a thrift store. I often see whole china sets for $30 or less. Or you could build a more eclectic collection by just buying what you think is cute! Baskets are also in abundance and an affordable way to start organizing your home. You can also find some great clothes in these stores. I’ve often seen designer brands in great shape.

Join me next week as I go over some tips and not so great things about thrifting (but nothing bad enough to not go thrifting!).