Thrift Store Makeovers and No More Complaining

I’m so glad my son wasn’t with me last week when I went to the thrift store.

If he was, I’d be eating crow right now.

I almost never find good deals there these days.

I’ve ranted about it before, so I won’t rehash it.

Since he’s usually in the car with me, he hears me gripe about the prices every time I shop there.

He rolls his eyes.

I ignore him and continue griping.

I need to get it out of my system, and he’s the unlucky soul who has to suffer through it.

Thank goodness he wasn’t with me on this occasion though.

Normally I’m lucky if I find one good deal, but I walked out with not one or two, but three great finds!

I got an old wooden paper tray, a lazy susan, and a vintage rubber stamp holder.

I’m not going to tell him where I bought them though.

I’ll have to suffer through him rubbing my nose it in.

I gave the paper tray and lazy susan the easiest makeovers.

In fact, I got them both done in one day!

Easy Thrift Store Makeovers you can finish in one day! -

I didn’t take any photos of the work in progress, because both were so simple, but here’s how I did them.

I spray painted the lazy susan first and set it aside to dry.

Next, I spray painted the paper tray and set it aside to dry.

Give a thrift store lazy susan a quick farmhouse makeover with paint and stenciling! -

While they dried, I printed one of my 1920’s tin can fruit labels as an 8×10 image and cut it out.

farmhouse style lazy susan

Normally I use a blow dryer to speed up the paint drying time, but it was really hot outside, so both pieces dried quickly.

I used painter’s tape to secure my Milk and Cream Co. stencil on the lazy susan and painted the design on it.

Then I mixed up some homemade Modge Podge (white glue mixed with a bit of water), and decoupaged the fruit label onto the wood tray.

wooden tray apples

I let the tray dry completely, then sprayed sealer on it to protect the image.

    Then I patted myself on the back for having such a productive day. 🙂

decoupaged farmhouse tray

The vintage rubber stamp holder didn’t need any help from me.  It’s awesome as-is.

vintage rubber stamp holder

It has 3 wooden stamps with it, but if I had any glass test tubes, I would have put them in the clips and put a flower stem in each one.  Wouldn’t that make a pretty table centerpiece?

So, I’m willing to stop ranting about thrift stores for a little while, and hope I get this lucky next time I go!

Achilles rubber stamp holder

Viya con Dios,


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  1. well, well, well aren’t you just a frugal crafty crafter!!!! don’t ya just love it when those “brain bulbs” start flashing!! LOOK OUT…..


  2. So where did you get the apple label? I am new to this.

  3. Karen Black says

    Angie, I live how you up cycled those pieces. I live in North Carolina and the thrift stores I frequent are usually pretty reasonable. I travel with my husband quite a bit and am often shocked at the prices in the same stores, in different parts of the country. I almost always see something I would like to have but I am the queen of cheap. I see the pictures Sadie Seasongood post and I wonder where she
    shops? I think she lives around Columbia, SC but the goodwill I stopped in was way overpriced. Keep up the great work.

    • Karen, I had been so disgusted with our thrift stores for awhile. Their prices were often higher than antique stores, and all their stuff is donated! I was shocked that I found several good deals, because it’s been a good long while since that happened!

  4. Great finds, Angie! I love your makeovers, too! I don’t often find a rubber stamp holder at the thrift!

  5. I love the tray! It is really pretty ♥

  6. So fun, Angie. I’ve had a set of three wooden trays – forever – that I need to do something with. Maybe this will get me going!

  7. susan st. john says

    I hear you girl, I was at my favorite G.W. yesterday and thinking that the days of great stuff to be found might be over. I don’t know whether I am fussier (not a bad thing), have so many potential projects (also true), the prices are silly high (sometimes, things that are chipped, cracked,etc. with high prices) and that everyone and their brother is shopping the thrifts. I have been leaving the thrift stores without purchasing anything and that is a change. Love the stamp holder and your ideas for using it another way.
    Happy picking

  8. I think that GoodWill stores are the priciest of all the others where I live. But they are also the pleasantest and most organized to shop in. Except our Saint Vincent DePaul store. Lovely things there, a lot of very pretty dishes which always hook me. But, in general, prices in all the thrift stores in my area have gone up over the last two years or so. It is frustrating.

    Glad you were able to find some good pieces, Angie. I love how you transformed that wooden tray. Seems like I have one somewhere. Hmmn, I’ll have to go hunting!

  9. I agree all our GW stores are priced so high, luckily we have st vinenct de Paul. Always find lots of goodies there! The your stamp holder idea, I’m on the look out for one now. Thanks for sharing your ideas !!!

  10. Great job on the tray and the lazy Susan. I love the rubber stamp holder…..and I actually remember using one of those years ago. Nice job.

  11. I love them all! The tray especially came out great! Thanks for sharing

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who struggles to find great deals at thrift stores. Maybe it’s the areas we live?

  12. Commendable idea! And things you bought were in decent shape and not priced sky-high? Great! At a thrift store near here, the merchandise is in very poor condition (grimy, materials are fraying, seams are torn, just all-around shabby) and priced ridiculously high in the first place. Once I priced a medium-sized plush toy, and was amazed that it was so high for being so beat up. Torn seams, grubby, just generally scruffy and old-looking. I had seen an identical one a couple years before in Walmart and knew how they were priced, so I was disgusted that they would charge the same price as it was new in the store. At the thrift store it looked as dilapidated as if it was a decade old and played with hard. Pay the price it was new? I don’t think so!

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