Thrift Store Challenge

A thrift store challenge for Spring

Teapot ($5.99)

Teapot ($5.99)

A few weeks ago I was asked to participate in a thrift store challenge by some Instagram/Blogger friends and I said yes because it sounded like fun. But then I started thinking about it and asked, what do I know about thrifting? I’ve been to antique stores and I’ve dropped things off at Goodwill. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do, but at least this challenge had a pretty broad and do-able theme - Spring. And if I found some things that didn’t need alot of work, maybe I could do this.

And the end of this post, I’ll share the other bloggers and their thrift store challenge. I hope you go over and check theirs out because I’m pretty sure they will be beautiful and creative. The hosts do these challenges often, so maybe you will get hooked. And maybe, just maybe, it will make you want to challenge yourself to find something too!

Rules:

  1. Purchase item or items from a single thrift store

  2. While there’s is no budget, keep it thrifty

  3. If you revamp the item, you need to show how you do it

  4. Style the items with things we already own

Thrifting

Milk glass tea cups ($0.99/each)

Milk glass tea cups ($0.99/each)

I headed over to a local Goodwill just for convenience sake. I spent some time in the home decor and kitchen areas and made a few rounds. I found a pretty floral teapot so decided to build from there. The teapot was $5.99 which was a good $30 less than the teapots I’ve bought in the past! With the teapot as a possibility, I decided to do something with a Spring tea party theme.

Creamer ($2.99)

Creamer ($2.99)

I browsed the kitchen area and looked at their mugs and cups. I found these cute little milk glass tea cups, There were 6 of them but I only bought 4 (sorry to the people who came later and wanted more than the two I left behind). Each cup was $0.99 so that was another $4 total bringing me up to $10.

Crystal bowl ($3.99)

Crystal bowl ($3.99)

What goes with a tea set? A platter. All their platters were $6 or more but I didn’t like any of them. The one I did like was $24.99 and I have no idea why it was so expensive. So I left it behind because that wasn’t thrifty - it was ridiculous! I decided that I had a tray at home that would work. I wanted a creamer and sugar bowl to add to the set so I looked in the crystal section and scored. The creamer was $2,99 and the little bowl was $3.99. I found another creamer for $2.99 that I liked, and it was a pretty amber cut glass. I got it just in case, but decided to not use it after all.

The grand total for the teapot, 4 tea cups, 2 creamers and a sugar bowl was $21 including tax. If I back out the $3 creamer, this was all less than $20. Not too bad, huh?

The Challenge

I got home, washed up my finds and decided how to style them. As I mentioned above, I had a tray already so I used that. I got it from West Elm last year on sale for $23 (which I think is a pretty good price for a tray given what Goodwill wanted for the one I saw). I also had a little milk glass vase that I added some flowers to, and they really brought out the colors of the teapot. The milk glass vase tied in with the tea cups nicely.

So here’s how I styled it. I just love how it all came together. For height I propped the tea pot up on a small glass pedestal I had from Michael’s (this season). Because of the heat (to be practical if it really gets used), I used a wood coaster that I had from my Spring tablescape. I put the cups off to the side with some pretty green napkins (also from my tablescape).

I think it goes perfectly together and is something that I wouldn’t hesitate to have on my table or in my dish pantry. And I just love the milk glass teac ups. Hmm maybe I should go back and get those other two cups, what do you think?

Tray (West Elm), Milk glass vase (my own), flowers (Michael’s)

Tray (West Elm), Milk glass vase (my own), flowers (Michael’s)

Milk glass teacups ($0.99 each, 4 for $3.96)

Milk glass teacups ($0.99 each, 4 for $3.96)

Well how did I do?

OK, now that I showed you mine, I’m going to share my friends and what they found for this challenge. Again, I am truly among a talented group of women and I just love what they do with their finds. I hope you will go visit their sites and get the thrifty inspiration. Some you may recognize from some past group blog posts - the pie share at Thanksgiving, the Christmas Home Tour, and the Spring Tablescape from last week. Thanks as always for stopping by!

Click on the pictures and you will be on your way to more Thrift Store inspiration!

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Thrift Treasure - LeCultivateur
You light up my life - Stilettos and Shiplap
Brass Antique Lamp - The Farmhouse Eclectic
Thrifted Jewelry Case Makeover - This Full Life 5
Thrift Store Find - The House House Blog
Thrift store challenge - Through a Vintage Door
Pretty Bowling Ball - Shabby Queen
Thrift Store Challenge - The Collected Haven
April Thrift Store Challenge - Sweet Southern Grace