Thrift Store Transformations:
How to Upcycle Used Items Into Unique Gifts & Decor
Are you a second hand shopper, a shopper wanna-be, or just wonder what it’s all about (or why anyone would want to)? If you do go to thrift stores or flea markets, do you wander the aisles, overwhelmed by all the
junk choices? Then you’ll love our new eBook that will help you see how shopping thrift stores, flea markets, yard sales and Craigslist will help you to:
- save money
- find unique items
- discover actual antiques and treasures
- give new life to cast-off items (the ultimate in recycling)
- give back through charity shops
- be entertained (it’s fun!)
I’ve been enjoying all these ‘benefits’ of thrifting for years and in 21 Inspiring Thrift Store Transformations, I give you tips to navigate the tons of stuff you’ll find, ideas about what to look for and how having a mental ‘list’ can streamline your shopping. You’ll find encouragement to look at thrifted items in new and different ways – to see beyond their current condition or even what they were initially intended for – by the twenty-one projects included that turn those items into beautiful and useful gifts and decor (i.e., we’re not talking kitschy here).
Throughout my thrifting ‘career’ (is that a thing?) I’ve learned a lot, including how easy it is to not only give items a new life, but also how to completely reinvent them, which I’ve shared here on An Oregon Cottage. Shopping thrift is one of the ways we live our tagline: “living simply and embracing imperfections.” These transformation posts have been so popular that we decided to put some of the best into an easy-to-read eBook, along with tips and easy DIY techniques that can be used with the things you often find when shopping second hand.
For just $4.99 you’ll get 100+ pages full of information and ideas for an essential creative resource about how to make your transformations easy, elegant and fun. You can buy directly from our site by clicking the button below:
Our main goal with 21 Inspiring Thrift Store Transformations is to inspire you by showing how simple diy skills like painting, sanding, staining, or even straight-stitch sewing can yield catalog-worthy products that you will be just as proud to gift as you will to keep. I promise — no one will guess that your gift started out as second hand! Here are just a few examples of the projects we’ve included to get you looking at used items in a whole new way:
garishbrightly painted holiday candle holders into an elegant catalog knockoff
- use chalkboard paint to transform placemats, napkin rings, and many more
- create meaningful word art from the many
badamateur art canvases you will find
- see how to make a dresser into a vanity, or broken chairs into an elegant bench
- and many more!
Here’s what some of AOC’s readers have said about our projects:
Thank you for all of your clever and economical ideas~I can’t wait to make more good stuff! -Ellen
I love your tutorials on faux mercury glass and several more transformations. Your instructions are clear and the pictures clearly demonstrate the sequence of steps. Thank You. -Margaret
[You] do some cool things with a little money… – Phyllis
This is a brilliant idea!! It looks very classy. It’s resourceful and creative! As always, thank you for sharing your great ideas! -Amy
Simply click the button below to go to the page where you can purchase 21 Inspiring Thrift Store Transformations for $4.99, and start making good stuff out of cast-off items today!
Thanks so much for taking the time to check out our ebooks!
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