DIY ALERT – VASES!

Let’s talk about – vases. Now there’s the crystal vase you buy for a wedding present for your 2nd cousin’s daughter, who has everything she needs and is planning a destination wedding in Tuscany. Then there’s the plain clear glass vase you buy in real life, which, of course, is where the THRIFT SHOP comes in.

There are so many creative things you can do with these vases, and the thrift ship ALWAYS has a great selection at LOW PRICES. Here are just a few ideas!

  • Make a terrarium with your kids (this is a great summer vacation project). Find a vase that’s wide but not too tall. You’ll need pebbles, terrarium soil, and some tiny succulent plants. Look for detailed instructions on the internet.
  • Air plants in glass containers are very trendy now. You can grow these indoors or outdoors, and they require virtually no water!
  • Fill your vase with alternate layers of different colored pebbles and sand. This requires NO artistic talent and makes a beautiful sculpture-like piece to display on your mantel or coffee table.
  • Your vase could also hold a collection of things with sentimental value – wine corks, shells, rocks and minerals, foreign coins. It’s a great way to display these small treasures that bring back memories.
  • On a purely practical note, a vase can hold those kitchen utensils that won’t fit in the drawer, or all kinds of miscellaneous bathroom items (think Q-tips or cotton balls). And clear glass works with any style of decor.

– It’s SUMMER. Keep that vase filled with flowers from your garden!

Advertisements

CRAFTERS – DON’T MISS THIS!

If you like crafting, ESPECIALLY SEWING AND QUILTING, we have a gold mine for you right now at the thrift shop. We have a huge number of Simplicity patterns for craft-type items like fabric purses and backpacks, children’s slippers, and caps, plus a few patterns for Christmas crafts. We also have a treasure trove of large pieces of material in different colors and patterns that would be perfect for quilting.

We’ve got a selection of miscellaneous sewing accessories to go with all this – pins, zippers, elastic tape, etc. And (as of this writing) we’ve got a beginner’s sewing kit in purple colors that would be perfect for a grandchild.

If you like paper crafts, check out our rubber stamps. We currently have a big supply of those, too, and it’s a great chance to add to your collection.

All these things are HERE NOW but may be GONE TOMORROW, so hurry in!

Our newest gift idea!

iStock_000009799796MediumDid you know that the ALI thrift shop has GIFT CERTIFICATES? These come in $5 denominations and are a perfect solution for those situations where you need an affordable gift. Like these:

  1. You belong to a Bunco group where everyone has to bring a token door prize to award during the evening.
  2. Your 8th grade daughter wants to have a sleepover birthday party, and you need party favors.
  3. The kid down the street, who has been sleeping on his parents’ couch ever since he graduated from college five years ago, because he’s “writing a screenplay,” finally moves into an apartment, and you want to give him something to send him on his way. (You give his parents a bottle of champagne, however.)
  4. You’re the church youth group advisor/band mother/drill team chaperone or some other type of adult volunteer for a high-school group, and need a unisex-type gift or prize for the kids, that isn’t food.

See how easy this could be? Just visit the thrift shop and tell the cashier you want to buy some GIFT CERTIFICATES. (And while you’re at the shop, reward yourself with a little something, too!)

Small is Beautiful on Valentine’s Day

valentines day hearts picture (18)Valentine’s Day is a challenging holiday.  Up until the age of 12, it’s pretty straightforward – hearts, candy, handmade Valentine’s cards for all your relatives.  Then love strikes, and it’s never the same again.  From then on, Valentine’s Day gifts fall into two categories:  the Grand Romantic Gesture (a solitaire diamond in a heart-shaped box; Super Bowl tickets; dinner in Paris; a Ferrari), or the Small but Meaningful Gift.

The Small but Meaningful Gift is especially useful if you’ve just started dating someone, are hoping to start dating someone, want to communicate with your teenager, or made a New Year’s resolution with your spouse to save for a new refrigerator.

Since this is a blog about a thrift shop, we assume our readers are looking for ideas for Small but Meaningful gifts:

– DVDs! EVERYBODY has a favorite movie.  (Particularly good for someone-you-are-hoping-to-date, because it would be really inconsiderate of the recipient not to invite you over to watch the movie.)

– BOOKS! Everybody also has a favorite author, or at least a favorite genre.  Just don’t buy a cookbook for someone who’s dieting, or, because we obviously sell used books, a book that’s inscribed on the title page, “To Andrea – Happy Valentine’s Day 2003.”

– CUDDLY PETS! No, not a REAL pet, because this present is a surprise, and in spite of all those stories where the little girl or boy opens up a birthday box to find a puppy inside, a real pet should never, never, never be a surprise.  But cuddly stuffed animals are perfect.  They’re huggable, kissable, can go anywhere, and make people happy when they look at them.

– HOBBY AND CRAFT SUPPLIES! These can be anything from cooking gadgets to scrapbooking materials to sports equipment.   Your Valentine will be thrilled, even if you are privately thinking that no one needs 15 different cheese graters.

And remember to check out our special hand-made Valentine cards, created by our own members in our Thursday night “Crafters” group.  One of these unique cards would go perfectly with your Small but Meaningful gift.

 

 

 

DIY BELT BUCKLE

 

 

 

Finished

Ever wanted to create your own belt buckle? Take a look at this awesome belt buckle craft below!

Materials:

Belt buckles – Etsy (search for “belt buckle blank”)

  • Mod Podge Dimensional Magic
  • Mod Podge Gloss
  • Scraps of scrapbook paper
  • Embellishments – stickers, brads, rhinestones, glitter . . . whatever you have in your stash. The cool flowers are Maya Road Resin Blossoms in
  • Vellum
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • STEPS:
First, use a piece of vellum (or another scrap of paper) as a template – trace the inside of the belt buckle with your pencil. I did a rubbing of the edge and it worked well.
First, use a piece of vellum (or another scrap of paper) as a template – trace the inside of the belt buckle with your pencil. I did a rubbing of the edge and it worked well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tape the template on your paper and cut it out (with scissors or a craft knife).
Tape the template on your paper and cut it out (with scissors or a craft knife). 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Mod Podge the paper into the belt buckle blank and let it dry for about 15 – 20 minutes.
Mod Podge the paper into the belt buckle blank and let it dry for about 15 – 20 minutes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Add embellishments and then add Dimensional Magic. Use THREE layers. Do one layer and allow it to dry in a warm place (to prevent cracking). Then a second layer and allow it to dry again. THEN a third layer and add the scrapbooking brad embellishments so that they would be “dimensional” on the top of the Dimensional Magic.
Add embellishments and then add Dimensional Magic. Use THREE layers. Do one layer and allow it to dry in a warm place (to prevent cracking). Then a second layer and allow it to dry again. THEN a third layer and add the scrapbooking brad embellishments so that they would be “dimensional” on the top of the Dimensional Magic.