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10 Ways to Repurpose Things From Thrift Stores

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10 Ways to Repurpose Things From Thrift Stores

By now you probably know how much I love shopping at thrift stores. The thrill of the hunt runs deep with me. I love finding a diamond in the rough in need of a total makeover. Uncovering a hidden gem that is worth way more money than I paid for it is fun too. Here are 10 ways to repurpose things from the thrift store to use in your home decor.

These items are the best things to buy at the thrift store. Typically, they are fairly abundant at most thrift shops and they are very inexpensive. 

Toast Holder

Toast holders were created in the mid 1700’s. At that time they were made of sterling silver and used in homes of wealth. This hammered aluminum toast rack is from the 1940’s. Personally, I like my toast temperature to be hot. It is hard to imagine that there used to be a rack to hold cold, toasted bread.

This was a thrift store score of just $2.00.

10 Ways to Repurpose Things From Thrift Stores - toast holder

The toast holder is now used as an organizer on my desk.

10 Ways to Repurpose Things From Thrift Stores - toast holder 2

Sugar Bowls

Silver plate items are abundant at almost every thrift store that I visit. Sugar bowls are one of my favorites to purchase. I can usually find them for .50¢ to just $2.00.  They look great in vignettes too!

Sugar bowls are also perfect for little succulent gardens!

Succulents in Vintage Silver Sugar Bowls

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Silver Trays

Silver trays are very abundant in thrift stores as well. Again, they are very inexpensive and can be upcycled in many ways. 

Silver Tray Chalkboard

A lot of times the trays are pitted and damaged. A fun makeover is to turn them into chalkboards!

You can even do a transformation with chalk paint. This silver tray is used as a photo frame and memo board.Chalk Painted Silver Tray Photo Frame.

Door Knobs

Call me crazy, but I think that antique door knobs are beautiful. They remind me of my grandma’s house. 

I decided to create door knob photo holders with a few of them.

Tiles

These blue and white delft tiles are gifted to Holland America cruise ship passengers. I have already collected several of these. A couple of them I was fortunate to receive as a cruise ship passenger.

At just $1 each, I couldn’t pass these up.

With their cork bottoms, they make for perfect coasters in my house.

Small Dough Bowl

This small wooden dough bowl was the deal of the century, at just $3.00! 

 

10 ways to repurpose things from the thrift store - dough bowl

It now houses part of my miniature rolling pin collection.

10 ways to repurpose things from the thrift store - min wooden dough bowl

Most of these rolling pins were purchased at thrift stores as well. Originally they were made as toys for children.

10 ways to repurpose things from the thrift store - child rolling pin

Lazy Susans

Here’s a fun way to makeover a thrift store lazy Susan.

10 ways to repurpose things from the thrift store. Wax paper tutorial for adding graphics to wood.

These graphics were created using a home printer and waxed paper! You can read the entire tutorial HERE.

10 ways to repurpose things from the thrift store. Wax paper transfer method is so easy to add graphics to wood.

This beauty was a gift from my sweet friend, Linda.

10 ways to repurpose things from the thrift store. French Lazy Susan Vignette - Coffee Table Display

I love using it in vignettes and displays.

French Lazy Susan Vignette - Coffee Table Display

Hopefully you have been inspired with these 10 ways to repurpose things from the thrift stores. What have you recently purchased at the thrift store?

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