Thrift Store Finds & Opinions Wanted

The pickings have been slim at the thrift stores lately, but I did find a few things recently.

This is a set of Pampered Chef finds.  It included a platter, two bowls, two tiny bowls, and four tiny spoons.

An online search didn’t yield much info, but I don’t think they were originally sold together.

If you have any info about them, I’d love to hear it.

Also, if you have ideas for repurposing the bowls, I’m drawing a total blank and would love to hear those also.

The platter has some scratches, so I’ll probably paint it.

Opinion Needed:  The question is what color and what to do with it after that?

Pampered Chef bamboo platter

My last find was a glass bottle with a flower frog lid.

Opinion Needed:  Should I sell it in my Etsy shop as is, or paint it to keep?

It’s pretty, but blue just isn’t my color.  So if I keep it, I’ll paint it.

Glass Jar Vase with Metal Holder & Flower Frog Lid

I’d love to get your opinions!

Vaya con Dios,


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  1. The big tray would look great if you painted and distressed it and put 2 handles
    On it just to use as a tray on a coffee table or porch or something.
    The bowls may work as a tiered set. Maybe you could also cut one of the spoons and put it at the top like a handle..I think gravel road distressed with a white glaze on it. Maybe
    Even fluff interiors for a bit of contrast. You could use it for sugar etc. at a coffee bar
    Or even for little stuff in your workroom or desk.

  2. ColleenB.~ Tx. says

    The wooden bowls, cracker tray & and the spoons are all made from Bamboo. I think basically at one time it was a snack set. Not knowing the size of the larger bowls but they could had been used as a salad bowl.

    Sometimes if I don’t know what to do with a thrift find; I will put it aside for awhile and hopefully someday something will come to mind on what to do with it. The cracker tray you could make into a welcome sign.
    Put handles on it and make into a small serving tray

    • I’m with you on this! Right now I have 2 old wooden windows without the glass, and since I’ve had them for 1 1/2 years I think it’s time to sell them. I’m on a fence post though.

  3. elaine cekola-menard says

    ‘morning angie,
    I saw the platter slightly white washed with a transparent transfer of, “give us this day…”
    the blue jar in the center of the bowl with some silk daisy flowers “until the real thing comes along”,
    the bowl filled with lemons surrounding the jar.
    the utensil, flower row markers.
    all this creative thought before 8am. goodness, i’m tired!

  4. Debra A Wise says

    The big tray would look good white washed and add handles to it for a serving tray. Love the glass jar with flower frog in it. If blue isn’t your color, then paint it and fill it with some flowers.

  5. I would paint the platter and mod podge a floral picture from a napkin in the middle. Then I would use it in a plate stand on a counter, side table, or bookshelf.

    Hope that helps!


  6. Great finds! You always come up with good ideas to repurpose things.
    It is interesting to hear from others and thier ideas and how many creative
    ideas they have to offer. Thanks you for sharing!

  7. LaVonda Popp says

    Re-stain the tray and do a Chalk Couture stencil on it! I’ve got some wood pieces I need to do the same thing with.

  8. Keep the blue glass as is and sell it!!! It would be a great piece for the upcoming spring season!!

  9. The platter could be painted & then put either chicken wire or hardware cloth on it and make it a jewelry holder. The glass bottle I wouldn’t paint till you see it’s value the way it is. If it’s not worth much, then I’d paint & stencil it. To cute! Great find!

  10. Marlene Stephenson says

    The bowls would be nice stacked, tray painted with decal and that jar is a beautiful color for spring, it reminds me of iris’s. Just do what you want, you will come up with some wonderful ideas you are so talented.

  11. Donna Bracey says

    I Have that same vase but I love blue! Picked up at a thrift store also.

  12. Naomi Shelton says

    Nice items, Angie. Please don’t paint that beautiful blue jar! I love that shade of blue and I would buy it in a heartbeat! How much?

    The wooden platter could be painted and a chalk couture stencil added to it for a serving tray or to hold various containers in the kitchen or bathroom. It’s a nice shape. It could even be decorated and used as wall decor.

    I’ll be interested to see what you decide on the wooden things. Just don’t paint that blue jar!

  13. Think poolside snack set. Here in the Southwest we all have outdoor entertainment areas. It’s just considered extra square footage. We’re always looking for something that is unbreakable, and durable. Cheese and crackers, tortilla chips and salsa, chips and dip, even nachos with carna seca , jalapeño, cheese, and the works, served on a tray. We eat off paper plates and drink out of plastic cups. My daughter just decorated her pool area in navy blue, white and cactus green. Mine was done last year in red cushions, and wrought iron and I’m already bored with it.

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