Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Thrifting for parties

Having a party is lots of fun, but can be quite an expense. If you are having a party and plan ahead, you could utilize yard sales and thrift stores to purchase items for your party and save on some of those party needs.

Some really great items that you may need to have a party, like large bowls or baskets for chips and dips you can usually pick up very inexpensively.
When I buy baskets, I clean them up a bit buy brushing them off and then spraying them with rubbing alcohol.
How about table linens, some thrift store options could be table cloths or how about some bed sheets. I was able to find some bed sheets in red, white and blue for a fourth of July picnic, they were $1.50 to 2.00 each, I ripped them up in large strips and layered them on a table and loved the the way the strips swayed in the breeze, I also ripped sheets into napkin sizes, for napkins and lining baskets for things like bread, rolls and chips. It turned out to be a very nice country look and was fast and easy.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Hello All /Welcome to Thrifting For Fun

Do you love to shop and save money?

Do you love to hunt for bargains?

Do you like to find unique items?

Do you like Vintage items?

Do you love crafting? or Would you like to learn?

Do you love to recycle?

Well at Thrifting for fun we love all of the above and would like to share some of our adventures with you all. So come and join in Thrifting for Fun.

We will bring you some great tips,resources, ideas and lots of fun.

If you would like to share your adventures, we would love to hear from you.

Please make a comment on the blog if you are enjoying it so we know that we are headed in the right direction and you are all enjoying the fun.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Free Craft project ideas from Thrifting For Fun

Here is a really cute project using socks as the material to make wristcuffs. This is a great project for kids and teens.

There is always these stray socks or the heal of the socks wears out and what are you going to do with them. We are always losing socks, sometimes I keep them around for far longer then I should so I had to come up with some ideas for them, because of course the mate never shows up after it hits the black hole.

Well just cut them up to make these cute wrist cuffs.
Then tuck under the edges and sew the edges so that it will stay tucked under.

If you have some plain socks that are not interesting on there own add some buttons or maybe you could use a permanent marker to write on initials or draw some cool designs on.

Teens are really into wristcuffs these days, you could make a couple of these to give away as presents to those teens in your life.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Free Recycled Can Projects

All of these projects are using recycled Cans.
These craft projects combine my love for recycling items and thrift store finds.

In the top picture I used a juice can and the last 3 were made out of large coffee cans.
Simply by gluing and wrapping the cans with jute or twine you will have a base to decorate in any number or ways.
The first can I added some wooden things I found at a thrift store not sure what they are, but they look like buttons with no back.
The second one was decorated with a piece of fur that was salvaged off of a coat I picked up a small grocery bag full of the salvaged pieces for $1.00. I hot glued it around the upper edge and then cut 3 strands of jute and glued it to the under edge of the fur and added some beads and a feather.
The third one was decorated again using a combination of those wooden finds that look like buttons and pieces of fur .
The last one has a play horse on it that I picked up at the local dollar store.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Nature Walks and Crafting

Going for a walk in the woods is a great way to get some exercise, but it is also a great way to collect items to use for crafting and decorating.

When I go out for a walk with my kids my kids volenteer for helping keep out roads clear of garbage, so we take a few grocery bags along for the garbage and along the way we always find items to use for crafting and decorating.

Some of the items we find are broken glass, when we find the broken glass pick it up using work gloves and are very careful. We will then bring it home and dispose of the smaller pieces and then the larger pieces we wash and put into glass jars with lids on them and place them on window sill or even make hangers to hang in the windows.