Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Holiday Idea #5 - Thrift Store Creations

Happy Thursday!  It's time for two of my favorite parties...Thrifty Thursday with Leigh @ Tales at Bloggeritaville and Vintage Thingies Thursday with Suzanne @ Coloradolady.  Head on over to both of their wonderful blogs to check out all things thrifty and vintage.

This week I was able to visit two of my favorite thrift stores and I left a happy thrifter!  With the holidays in mind, here's some of the thrifty, vintage things I found:

Take these three little black and silver trees (all three for $5.00).........































Add them to these beautiful silver cream and sugar bowls (also $5.00 for the pair)














Place them on a previously purchased silver tray to create one beautiful centerpiece:































I found this old quilt this week for $2.00!!  It definitely shows some wear but the colors say Christmas and I plan on using it as a skirt under one of my trees.














This $2.50 find is one of my favorites.  It is a vintage holder for the old wood handled rubber stamps.
































I found some red and green Christmas lights in my stash of decorations and created this unique Christmas tree.































My next holiday find was this vintage metal Christmas tree stand ($3.99):















I'm not planning on using it for a tree.....I saw it as a fun plate stand for a holiday buffet (I still need to find a holiday plate to use with the stand)















I also found a HUGE bag of old holiday lights.  I'm going to use these in various jars around the house.



This is my last find.  I have a project that I am working on using these.  I'm going to post the finished project tomorrow so make sure to come back and see how it turned out!


Have a happy Thursday!

61 comments:

  1. My favorite is the stamp stand with red and green light bulbs.

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  2. You are so creative! I love the three trees in the "pots :-)" on the silver tray. Very pretty.

    pk @ Room Remix

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  3. ♥ the little bottle brush trees....you had a good week for silver, I see! Neat idea to use the Christmas tree stand as a plate holder on the buffet.

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  4. Oh I like them all! They are all TREASURES!! :) Great finds, indeed- too bad our thrift store isn't as well stocked with such great items... You are lucky!

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  5. Those little bottle brush trees are just too cute...what an awesome find!

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  6. You have a great eye for turning thrift store items into treasure. I love the rubber stamp tree thingy, very cute. And that's a great idea for a Christmas plate holder. I found some great items but time got away from me and I didn't get a chance to photograph any of them. Maybe next Thursday...oh wait, that's Thanksgiving...lol. Thanks for sharing your lovely ideas.

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  7. My first visit to your blog and the first thing I see are those adorable bottlebrush trees (my favorite things!). They look stunning in the silver! Love your ideas (the tree stand with the tray is ingenious) and your blog. I will be sure to visit again!

    Best wishes,
    Tammy

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  8. How do you think of such wonderful ideas? So creative!

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  9. Cute, cute, cute ideas! Love every single one of them!

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  10. Where in the world did you get your creative mind?!!! I love seeing how it works. WOW, I am so impressed girl.
    Hugs,
    June

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  11. Brilliant with the lights on the stamp stand! I think I have an old tree stand around somewhere, now you have me plotting:)

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  12. I don't know where to start first! The little trees look fabulous in those silver pieces, and that stamp holder tree is pure genius! They're all great ideas, and it's obvious that your brain works harder than the rest of ours! I'll be back tomorrow!
    Happy VTT!
    Carol

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  13. Wow! You got some great finds!

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  14. Every time I think I've seen it all you surprise me again. Do you stay up for days on end thinking of these things? I just love your creativity!
    Hugs,
    Dawn

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  15. You hit the jackpot with your thrift store finds. Love the Black and Silver trees and what you did with them. I could use those in my black and white laundry room. I want to decorate in there this year. I would have never thought to use an old tree stand with a platter to serve on. You have a very creative mind. Look forward to other projects. Thanks again for visiting my blog.

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  16. You know, you are one of my FAVORITE Thrifty Thursday participants. I always love what you share! I am going to follow you RIGHT NOW so that I can read you during the rest of the week. I actually don't know why I didn't think of that before!

    The rubber stamp stand/tree is fabulous. You really have such imagination.

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  17. you must have the best thrift stores!!! you found some amazing items...yay for you!!

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  18. Your so creative! I love your ideas with the trees. They are so cute! Thanks for sharing! I need to get out to some of them goodie stores!!!

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  19. Hi! I found your blog via Bloggeritaville and I must say that I just loved the little Christmas trees paired with the silver cream and sugar bowl! What a fabulous idea! That metal stand is also very unique. Those are some great finds. :) Happy thrifting!

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  20. Just how do you do it? I swear you look at things differently to me.
    The Christmas traa made out of vintage lights & the rubber stamp holder is inspired.
    Maggie
    BTW Next time you visit Normandy we will have dinner together!!

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  21. what wonderful finds..i love that stamp holder & the way you've transformed it with the chrissy globes..GREAT ideas!!

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  22. Jane!!! For goodness sakes, girl! You are more than creative...you have a gift for taking anything and repurposing it into something completely different. You know you are cool, don't you? Thanks for sharing!
    Living it up at Lakewood,
    Cindy

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  23. My favorite by far is what you did with the vintage hand stamper holder!!! Soooooo cute! I thought right away, "that looks like a Christmas tree" but would NEVER have thought up adding the red and green bulbs - - - but what a perfect final touch!

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  24. Great finds, Jane! I love the stamp holder with the lights ~ what a cute little "tree" it makes!

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  25. Jane...I was strolling thru goodwill the other day and saw the cutest shaped silver creamer and sugar - tall and thin - and thought "what would Jane do with these?" NOW I want to go back and get them because I just bought a few of those trees over the weekend!! What do you want to bet that the creamer and sugar are gone? I'll let you know...

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  26. Great finds! I wish I had more luck finding the great stuff at thrift stores.

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  27. As always...you have the BEST ideas.....guess what??? I just receive 3 tennis racket brackets in the mail yesterday I ordered off ebay....and am going to TRY and make a tree like yours...I hid the box, because my husband would think I had lost my mind....hahaha

    Have a great VTT and a wonderful holiday week ahead!

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  28. What fantastic finds and I am just so amazed at how you right away know exactly how you will repurpose something. My brain just doesn't think along those lines, so I am happy to know that I have people like you to inspire me. Blessings, :) Tammy

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  29. Very creative - I usually look at items at thrift stores imagining what to do with them and my whole mind goes blank LOL

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  30. You certainly turned things around today. All your ideas are wonderful. My what a creative mind you have. This was really an interesting and informative post for the holidays.

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  31. Great finds...but how clever you are my friend...That I love..thanks for sharing this with us...now you got my old wheels spinning...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

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  32. Jane-Oh dear...my Christmas tree stand is vintage ?? :) And I just thought I'd had it a while :) Love your centerpice with the trees and silver!

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  33. Wow! Amazing finds! Thank you for the great ideas!

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  34. I adore the bottle brush trees. And thank you for showing different uses for the tree stands. I was a little taken aback to see it called vintage, lol. To me its the stand I got new and still have in my cellar and would be using if they hadn't started shearing back the trees and making the trunks so darn thick! But I know you are right. Maybe I'll bring out my grandmother's tree stand and use it as you have suggested.
    Kathy

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  35. Wow I LOVE all of your Christmas finds! The stamp holder is tops!

    Jocelyn
    http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com/

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  36. You got some incredible deals, and that wonderful little "christmas tree" you added the bulbs to? That is a vintage stamp holder...For stamps like Paid in full, thank you etc.....very sweet! I love your blog!

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  37. What great finds - and you are so very creative with them. Loved your post!!, especially the tree made with bulbs and stamp holder.

    Happy VTT,

    Jo

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  38. You scored big at the thrift store. My fav is the stamp holder and putting the bulbs on it is such a creative idea, I love it. And great Christmas photo, what a fun memory.

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  39. Jane! I.cannot.believe.your.finds. And your creative power! All of it is absolutely, totally awesome! Black trees (never seen any) in silver bowls - beautiful. The bulb tree ..... well... just love it all!

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  40. LOVE the bottle brush trees!!! Looks so good!

    Lou Cinda :)

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  41. Oh, I love that stamp holder Christmas tree, its so unique! XoXO

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  42. You did get some great deals. What a cute idea for the stamp holder.

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  43. Oh Jane...you are soooo clever! I love those little trees in the silver. That changes them soooo much!....adorable. And, that rubber stamp stand? Oh my goodness....I am squealing for you, but I'd REALLY be squealing if that little bit of vintage joy found its way into MY cart. :-) So cute with the little bulbs. What a great idea.

    I'll be back for more tips!

    Huggies and lovies,
    Spencer

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  44. What great thrifting! You're silver bowls are lovely!

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  45. Great ideas, I just sold one of those Vintage Stamp holders. Clever!
    Hugs, Diane

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  46. These ideas are so clever! I want to know.....do you just buy things that look interesting to you, or do the ideas start coming while you're in the thrift store?
    Mary Lou
    PS-Happy Thanksgiving in case I don't post it.

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  47. That rubber stamp looks awesome with those light bulbs!! What a great idea!
    Linda
    PS Thanks for voting for me! :)

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  48. Jane,
    I'm going shopping with you next time! Great finds! I'm not sure which is my favorite.... they are all so great! Dee Dee

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  49. Hi Jane! I LOVE the little trees in the silver creamer and sugar bowl...what a fabulous idea!!!

    And I love your header picture too :)

    :) T

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  50. You found amazing things! I started to make mental notes of what I liked best, but I loved everything and would've bought them myself if I had the chance. I have that same creamer and those silver bowls as well. That $2.00 quilt is ridiculous and I love the stamp holder. You used it in such a creative way. All raves and thumbs up from me.

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  51. Oh my gosh, these are GREAT! I love the little wire trees and what a fabulous idea for the creamer set (I think I'll be "borrowing" that idea. :-) And the stamp stand with lightbulbs -- brilliant!

    Thanks for your comment on my thirfty pew...you're SO right - I need to take up road biking!! Think of how much territory I could cover with two wheels and a helmet! :-)

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  52. What creative ideas you have, and such vision! I love the trees in the silver teacups.

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  53. Hi.
    I just posted an award for you over at my blog. It is ready for you to pick up anytime if you would like. Love your blog. ;)

    XO*Tricia

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  54. Love all the ideas. You are so very talented! I love the old quilt. Great work!

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  55. Shoot! I lost my comment, I think.
    I had said that I LOVE the bottle brush trees in the sugar and creamer! LOVE the tree stand plate-I wouldve never thought of it.
    LOVE the lights in jars-I can just imagine.
    The quilt, so cozy.
    And you know I adore you!
    Thank you for linking up to Thrifty Thursday this week, my sweet friend! Great deals!
    HUGS!
    Leigh
    Tales from Bloggeritaville
    www.lbratina.blogspot.com

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  56. You are so creative. I realy like the trees in the bowls.

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  57. Janie
    These are incredible!! I absolutely love the trees in the cream and sugar bowls on the tray - just stunning! I love old Christmas lights too!
    Susie from Des Moines

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  58. Hi Jane,
    Thank you for the glue information, I'm going to try your silver project.
    Thanks for commenting on my Pink Saturday post,
    you are so sweet. Also, I really appreciate you thinking of me when you saw the pink bottle brush trees. You aren't going to believe this, but when I was visiting with my sister in West Virginia she took me to a Hobby Lobby. I had never been to one before and I went crazy. I spotted the pink bottle brush trees first thing and loaded up on them. My sister had already bought a bunch for herself.
    I sure wish we had a HH store here but maybe someday. I guess we crazy creative bloggers always have our radar on when it comes to finding stuff that makes us drool!

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  59. Love the stamp holder with the Christmas lights. Great idea. I hope people come by and see this post. I am really looking forward to your posts.

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  60. Oh, you and your thrifty finds, and then your creative uses for them. Thanks for sharing these fabulous ideas.

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Thanks for stopping by. I really enjoy reading all of your comments!