Monday, April 12, 2010

Nifty Thrifty Garage Sale Project

I stopped at my first spring garage sale last Thursday and was not disappointed.  An older gentleman was selling a lifetime of tools and I am not exaggerating when I say he had hundreds of tools for sale.  I really didn't need tools but I had fun digging through everything looking for something that I might repurpose.   What I ended up buying was a wonderful, old 50 ft. cloth measuring tape (50 cents), 5 brass hose nozzles to add to my collection ($1.00 apiece) and these old screwdrivers for 35 cents apiece.
I loved the aged, wood handles on the screwdrivers and thought I might be able to come up with an idea to give these old screwdrivers a new life.

Today at Hobby Lobby I purchased a couple of these small, round, unfinished wood pieces. 
They are 30% off this week so they cost 35 cents apiece.

I painted the wood base black and drilled a hole through the middle of it.  I also drilled a hole in the bottom of the wood handle of one of the screwdrivers.   I then screwed the wood base and the screwdriver together to get my finished project.

And what am I going to do with this? 

I'm using it as a frame holder for a picture of my great-grandmother, Mamie Tabor.

Here's what the back looks like. 

I attached a sawtooth picture hanger on the back of the frame and the frame hangs perfectly on the screwdriver.

Another quick idea for the screwdriver stand.....

A holder for a couple of large spools of crochet thread.  I also placed a roll of paper towels on this and it made a great paper towel holder too.  Not bad for 70 cents!

I'm linking today with Linda @ Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday.  Linda hosts a great party with lots of thrifty inspiration.  Stop by Linda's blog and join in on the fun.

Jane

59 comments:

  1. omygoodnessgracious .. you've done it again!

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  2. So smart! Wish my brain worked like yours!

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  3. I'm always amazed at your ideas!!! And in awe as well. Fabulous idea!!!

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  4. That is just to cool! I love what you did with that screwdriver.

    Blessings,
    Vicky

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  5. Another really clever, original idea, Jane! Just love it!

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  6. You are a clever girl, Jane! I love your idea of the screwdriver holding that picture! What a gorgeous hat your great-grandmother is wearing. It's wonderful that you have such a lovely picture of her!
    Hugs,
    Julia

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  7. Wow you are so creative! I love the old screwdrivers and then for a picture holder...awesome!

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  8. Hi Jane, Did you see that you won the Gipsy Fish Journal giveaway? Yay! I'm happy for you, girl!
    Hugs,
    Julia

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  9. Love it! Great ideas! I would have passed those by!

    Jody

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  10. Hi Jane, I am always amazed at the wonderful and creative thing you come up with. I love all of them. congrats on winning the give away at Gypsy Fish Journal. Also I just wanted to say thanks for all the sweet comments. I always look forward to reading them whenever you stop by for a visit.

    Rebecca

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  11. I am always amazed at how you "see" things and know how they will fit together. I would never have thought of any of these super ideas. The picture of your Mamie is amazing and it looks wonderful on it's "new" stand.
    Chapeau, encore.
    Maggie

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  12. Super idea! Beautiful picture of your great grandmother...
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  13. Seriously Jane you should be a contributor to a magazine or HGTV show...you are so creative! This is an awesome idea!!

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  14. How cool is that! GREAT idea! So creative. Thanks for sharing such an incredible idea.

    Jocelyn
    http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com/

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  15. Hi Jane! You are brilliant! Those look so cool and now I know what I want to do next... stack my string on a screwdriver! The photo of your Mamie is beautiful, both ideas are wonderful! I love going to older gentlemens garage sales, they have the best old stuff in those workshops! See you soon, Theresa

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  16. Look at the ways you've come up with to use these, Jane! I wouldn't have thought of that and probably would have just grouped them together as a collection. Great idea!

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  17. Hi Jane,
    You never cease to amaze me with your creative ideas! Now, I am going to look at old screwdrivers differently!
    Your Great Grandmother was so beautiful, love her hat. What a lovely way to display her photo.

    You're the best!

    hugs
    Sissie

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  18. Jane you have done it again! Pure genius! I thought first it would be the stand for a lampshade!!So inventive of you, well done!

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  19. What a brilliant idea. I really love your blog!

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  20. What a creative idea with the picture! Be blessed. Cindy

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  21. Great idea...thought for sure I would see spools of ribbon on one (I am sure you thought of that, too!)
    I can also picture them "nailed", horizontally, into a beam and used as a "hook" to hang things on...and more nozzles?? wow, I've never known anyone to collect those - cool! The photo looks great displayed and will make a great conersation piece!!

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  22. I'll say it again - You're such a clever gal! I love those ideas. I'll definitely be stealing the picture holder one. My mom's garage has a ton of my dad's tools still just laying there for the taking. Now I know what to do with them.

    You happened upon a great sale indeed.

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  23. Jane, great idea with the screwdrivers and the picture! Love it. I don't know if it is because I grew up with my dad and grandpa always scrounging around auctions and flea markets for old tools or if I just love to work with tools but, I always like to go through them when I come across boxes of them. And I rarely walk out without a tool or two!

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  24. I love old tools so much, and always enjoy looking at them at garage sales. Jane, you boggle my mind! How do you come up with these great ideas? Your brain is obviously wired differently, and you see things in such a creative way. Love this idea!
    Have a great day!
    Carol

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  25. OMGosh you are so creative, I'm lost for words and that don't happen much.
    Love it!!!!!

    Hugs,
    Melissa

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  26. Do you ever stop thinking? Another great upcycled project!

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  27. You're so creative! :)
    Great ideas!

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  28. Hi Jane,
    Well, if that isn't the most clever idea I have ever seen!

    Kelly
    Second Hand Chicks

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  29. I couldn't wait to scroll on down to see what you did with these old screwdrivers! ha! You are amazing. Do I say that with each and every post? It is so true.

    Jane, I am trying to link to Linda's blog today but when I try and download a picture, I never see the word "next" to click on to make it post! :( Any advice for little ole me??
    Donna

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  30. You are truly creative - I am amazed at your ideas and love your blog!

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  31. Jane,
    Creative as always!
    I'm in need of a papertowel holder... hummmmm!
    Love it!
    Dee Dee

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  32. Fabulous idea and that photo is just...I'm speechless. I love old photos and to have such a beautiful one of someone in your family is just amazing!

    Jeanine

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  33. You do come up with unique ideas and it's so sweet that you share them.
    Warmly,
    Deb :)

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  34. Jane,
    Another COOL idea...thanks for sharing with all of us at NTT!

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  35. ohmygosh...i love it!!!! i'll never look at an old screwdriver the same again.

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  36. Jane, you are unbelievable! I am always amazed at what you find and what you do.

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  37. Wow! Such clever ideas! Love it.

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  38. You have the most creative use of stuff! Great job and I can't wait to see what you do next! Have a fun day! Donna..the 3rd sister

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  39. You never cease to amaze me. I was guessing some kind of spool holder, but a frame...I would have never thought of that. What great finds. Makes me want to go garage saleing this weekend. You are the queen of "Nifty Thrifty"

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  40. Love this idea...I needed a small picture hanger this week for a table display...this would be fun if I had an old screwdriver...all my husband say Craftsman on them.

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  41. You are a wealth of imagination and inspiration.

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  42. You are sooo clever Jane!

    You asked about following me? I don't have a follwers widget on my blog (what can I say...I'm a rebel w/out a cause LOL) but you can follow me by entering my blog addy in your dashboard. Don't feel that you have to reciprocate though...my feelings wouldn't be hurt.

    Loved reading about your parent's wonderful anniversary lunch...waht a sweet post!

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  43. Only you could see a connection between an old yardsale screw driver and that beautiful picture! You have such great artistic vision!
    Hugs,
    Dawn

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  44. Hi Jane,
    You have such an amazing creative eye! Love the photo holder idea.
    XoXO Michelle

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  45. I Love that you said you bought some old hose nozzles! I've become addcited to collecting those, too, I love all the different shapes, they're visually really cool. :-)

    Have a wonderful weekend!
    Anne

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  46. What an absolutely cleaver idea! LOVE IT!

    Gina @ Craft Tea Cottage
    www.crafttealady.xanga.com

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  47. Only you could make old screwdrivers so fun and fashionable! Great project.

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  48. you will NEVER cease to amaze me, jane!!
    clever and creative...kudos to you!
    ox

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  49. Hi Jane!

    I'm finally getting around to commenting! I'm really behind! Just had to add how much I love your project. I will never look at screwdriver the same again! Once again, you blow me away with your creativeness!

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  50. Jane, great finds and ideas too. You have the best ideas, I love them all especially the picture stand for the sweet picture...hugs, Linda

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  51. Oh, too clever! My husband loves old tools so this would be great in his office!
    Thanks for a good idea.

    http://mmtncrfts.blogspot.com

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  52. You absolutely NEVER cease to amaze me! What an awesome idea! I hope your eye is better soon!

    Lou Cinda :)

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  53. i love these - you are brilliant - i found several of these in my grandpa's workbench -which i believe you read that post - and never dreamed of doing this -- i am going to get those on my next trip home and use yoru idea -- i just love it!
    hope you are feeling better with your eye.
    jen

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  54. Oh my...I don't think I ever would have thought of that one...I love it! Now, I'll be keeping an eye out at garage sales for old screwdrivers! Who would have thought?

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  55. YOU JUST BLEW MY MIND!

    I'D BE SO HONORED IF YOU'D CHECK OUT MY BLOG
    WWW.MINNESOTAJUNKER.BLOGSPOT.COM

    THANKS FOR ALL THE GREAT IDEAS!

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