You’ve probably seen every one of these thrift store finds – and walked right past them because they’re so common. And you just missed some amazing projects!
Thrift store finds can be the start of some of the most amazing projects ever!
I’ll admit that I’m a big fan of craft stores and all the new and shiny.
But if you really want to test your creativity, start with the thrift store, ho-hum variety of goods and make them into something fabulous.
That, my friend, is a very satisfying feeling!
Basic and Expected
If you’ve been in a thrift store even once, it’s unlikely you haven’t seen every single one of these items on the shelves!
Maybe you’ve seen them, but haven’t seen them!
And that’s because they’re so common.
Like denim jeans.
When was the last time you noticed how many people were wearing them in a crowd?
You don’t, really – unless you’re at a fancy party and everyone else is dressed up. And yes, if you live in my neck of the woods, you’ll definitely see this happen. 🙂
That’s because we see them every single day.
They’re common, basic, expected clothing.
It happens in the thrift store too.
But overlooking those basic gems can mean you’re missing some really amazing project opportunities.
And that’s a shame!
So what are those sure-to-be-there items that are ready supplies for a Creative’s imagination?
5 Basic Thrift Store Finds You’re Probably Overlooking:
You’ve seen them, right?
Rows and rows of them in all kinds of shapes, sizes, and heights.
My guess is that most of them originated in a flower shop or floral department, were gifted with a gorgeous (and often expensive) bouquet of flowers, then ended up in a cabinet or on a shelf until a purge session landed them in the donation area of the local thrift store.
But that’s good news for you because now you can snag them for nearly nothing and transform them into creative projects.
We may not be as crazed about baskets as we were years ago, but I doubt we’ll ever completely ditch them.
They’re just so perfectly functional for all of our…stuff!
Dated baskets that once nestled potted plants or were stuffed to overflowing with a collection of gifts show up in thrift stores by the cartloads.
If you’ve got even a shred of imagination (and you know you do!), there’s no reason to pay outrageous prices for new baskets at craft stores.
The next time you stop in at your favorite thrift store, toss a couple of baskets onto your arm, take them home, and transform them with our thrift store finds BFF!
Here’s a couple of ideas to get you started:
If you browse the photo frame section in craft and department stores, you can collect a load of inspiration for updating and customizing thrift store frames.
But don’t limit yourself to upcycles. There are some creative repurposed projects hiding inside those unassuming frames too like message boards, calendar holders, wall cabinets, ceiling medallions, and even furniture!
Fire up your imagination for those easy-to-find frames the next time you visit a thrift shop.
Here are two projects I’ve made with photo frames:
And you just thought lamps were for lighting a room?
Of course, you can simply update them with paint, for a fresh look, and use them for lighting.
But lamps are a treasure trove of repurposing material!
One way I like to stir up a fresh idea for them is by really studying their shape for an idea of how they could otherwise be used.
I’ve seen some gorgeous candle stands made from them, and others fashioned into birdbaths, tables, fountains, and garden decor.
Outdoor projects are probably my favorite way of all to repurpose them, like these two:
Yes, I know I’m treading on dangerous territory here.
Some people consider it an absolute outrage to deconstruct a book for a creative project.
So while I’m a big believer in reading great books, there are more than a few out there that aren’t worth the time or mental investment to read. And untold numbers more that would have served the world well to have never been published!
These are the books I lose no sleep over taking apart for more creative use of their pages.
And thrift stores overflow with them!
Often you can find thrift store books for mere pennies, and here are a couple of creative ways to repurpose them into something amazing:
And there you are! 5 Thrift Store Finds you probably see in nearly every thrift shop out there.
Is there anything you would add to the list?