Tuesday, February 28, 2012

GoodWill Hunting

OK so we decided to start a new section called "GoodWill Hunting".  We want to share with you the incredible treasures we have found thrifting and antiquing (sometimes even dumpster diving!!)  Most of the time we can take these dumpy old things and make them "new" again.  A couple coats of paint and some finagling with the hubbies, these new pieces become part of our homes!  If you've read Mo's bio she tells you a little bit about this thing we do.  We name where, when and how much.  Its a habit I suspect we picked up from our mother.  With seven kids in the family I think we all learned how to become bargain shoppers and now we HATE to pay full price for anything, especially when you know it will go on sale the second after you buy it!  We've always said "cuanto cuesta?".  Its a Spanish phrase for "How Much is it?"  and we ALWAYS use it.  Actually I think we've shortened it to cuanto.  But you get the drift.  We hope you enjoy our finds and maybe they will inspire you to  start "hunting"!

I'm going to kick start this new post with a few of my most recent favorites.

The first piece is this cabinet redo, I found at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore.  The one by me has tons of great finds, while Mo tells me hers is kind off lacking!  So, I usually hit up every couple of weeks to see what new finds they have, and all the money goes to a good cause, so its a win, win! 

What: Ugly Green Cabinet
Where:  Habitat for Humanity ReStore (Jefferson City, MO)
Cuanto: $53.00
We had an small empty wall and I'd been looking for a small cabinet that would fit for months. I spent an afternoon sanding and painting.  I found a great gray, black and yellow shelf liner paper at T.J Maxx for $5.99 that matched my kitchen perfectly.   I added some new knobs from Hobby Lobby  for $1.50 each (I still need to go grab a couple more!) and I love it.  Its so perfect for that little spot.  Here are some more shots.

What: Vintage Aqua Sewing Machine
Where:  Habitat for Humanity ReStore (Jefferson City, MO)
Cuanto: $3.00

For $3.00 I couldn't pass this baby up. I had seen a post on a blog that i of course can't find now with a machine similar to this.  She had it as an accessory in her craft room.  I thought it was so adorable and for 3 bucks, it was TOTALLY worth it.  I haven't done anything with it yet but I will. 

What: Antique Letterpress Drawer
Where:  Applewagon Antique Mall (Mongomery City, Mo)
Cuanto: $11.99

Now, this is not in the best condition but these things can get really expensive.  My mom has been wanting one for a while but couldn't justify spending the cash that people wanted.  I had found one a while back and she was JEALOUS!  So on my way home last weekend I stopped in this antique mall that I pass everytime.  Of course it was getting late and they were closing in 10 minutes, so I had to hurry.  The first thing I saw was this letterpress drawer and I knew it had to be.  For 12 bucks it was a steal, even if it is a little beat up.  I want to make a jewelry holder out of mine like these I've seen on Etsy
bluebirdheaven on etsy

This will give me a few more projects to work on and for only a few bucks!!!!  LOVE GoodWill Hunting!

What are you favorite thrift shops to check out?  What is your latest find??

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