Only a few more weeks of summer with the Kids, go to a Thrift Store, Have FUN, Be Creative!

A few more weeks of summer … Go to a Thrift Store!!!!!!!!

I know we have a few more weeks of summer.  We all started out with grand plans with our kids but now we are to the point where we are looking for anything to keep them occupied!

Why not head to a Thrift Store and you will be Amazed at how much FUN you will have with them!

  • Come up with an idea, plan or treasure hunt!
  • Create a scavenger hunt!
  • (maybe even a budget)?
  • Find a Family Game…
  • Books
  • Recipes
  • Crafts .. paint a weird piece of pottery!
  • You never know what you will find but I can assure you its a Treasure Hunt!
  • (maybe they will find a thing or two for Back-to-School Shopping!)

 

Look at all the frames at a Thrift Store!  .99 and up Paint Them! Embellish Them! Glue stuff on Them!

Frames at Goodwill San Antonio Thrift Store! .99 and up
Paint Them!
Embellish Them!
Glue stuff on Them!

 

Go look at the books ….

 

Look at all the books at a Thrift Store!

Books at a Thrift Store, Family Thrift Center!

Book Store in Conroe @ Assistance League

Book Store in Conroe @ Assistance League

 

Fun Road Trip Games @ Houston Thrift Store

Fun Road Trip Games @ Houston Thrift Store

My daughter couldn't put this book down ... it was full of all kinds of experiments!

My daughter couldn’t put this book down … it was full of all kinds of experiments!

 

 

Tons of New Games to Try ….

Goodwill in Houston .... TRY all kinds of games prices $2.99 and up!

Goodwill in Houston …. TRY all kinds of games prices $2.99 and up!

 

Try Cooking with your kids ….

Kids Cookbook @ Thrift Store ... Easy and Fun recipes!   My 13 year old and I did a few together!

Kids Cookbook @ Thrift Store … Easy and Fun recipes! My 13 year old and I did a few together!

 

We just got this "Circus Animal" waffle maker ... can't wait to try this out!

We just got this “Circus Animal” waffle maker … can’t wait to try this out!

Puzzles ….

 

 

Puzzles @ a Thrift Store

Puzzles @ a Thrift Store

You never know what type of unique things you will find in a Thrift Store!

Houston thrift store

Houston thrift store

 

Painting / craft table @ Conroe Assistance League

Painting / craft table @ Conroe Assistance League

 

 

A fun toy box with a chalk board!

A fun toy box with a chalk board!

You find all kinds of stuff at Thrift Stores!

You find all kinds of stuff at Thrift Stores!

 

 

Conroe Assistance League ... tunnel for kids

Conroe Assistance League … tunnel for kids

Fun craft table @ Conroe Assistance League

Fun craft table @ Conroe Assistance League

Hmmmm weird alien figure

Hmmmm weird alien figure

 

Have FUN !!!!   We only have a few more weeks … you will be amazed at what they find!

 

 

 

 

Summer Thrift Store Shopping Adventure in Conroe ~ Assistance League and Goodwill

Summer Thrift Store Shopping Adventure in Conroe ~ Assistance League and Goodwill

I love it when my kids ask to go thrift shopping with me!    We always have the best time together with lots and lots of laughs!

They find a few things that they will wear, some silly gifts for friends, Halloween costumes, books for summer reading and more!

We started out at Assistance League Thrift Store in Conroe ….

Every week there are different sales

Every week there are different sales

Montgomery County Assistance League Thrift Store Shopping in Conroe, TX

Montgomery County Assistance League Thrift Store Shopping in Conroe, TX

Look at this AWESOME Levi's Jean Jacket ... we are going to cut the sleeves off, leave raw & unfinished!  only $4

Look at this AWESOME Levi’s Jean Jacket … we are going to cut the sleeves off, raw & unfinished! only $4

 

I asked the girls to find a book to read over the summer (NO more over-due Library fees!)

I asked the girls to find a book to read over the summer (NO more over-due Library fees!)

UGGGGHHH ...... she found a book .... this girl loves to mess with me!  :)

“Mom, I found a book” …. this girl loves to mess with me! 🙂

Isn't this the cutest little summer top for only $3

Isn’t this the cutest little summer top for only $3

 

 

They picked out this top for little sis ... $3

They picked out this top for little sis … $3

Another cute top at Assistance League for $3

Another cute top at Assistance League for $3

 

A special gift for a friend ....

A special gift for a friend ….

She thinks that sometimes my taste is so bad that I might pick these out for her!

She thinks that sometimes my taste is so bad that I would probably pick these out for her!

 

Assistance League of Conroe

Assistance League of Conroe

Nautical Dress from Assistance League

Nautical Dress from Assistance League

Summer Floral Dress

Summer Floral Dress

Kids Art Table

Kids Art Table

Desperate Housewives Game from Assistance League in Conroe

Desperate Housewives Game from Assistance League in Conroe

 

After Assistance League we went to Goodwill Conroe (the 2 stores about one mile apart)  …. they found several costumes ….

Twister Dress

Twister Dress

Guess what she is going to be this year????

Guess what she is going to be this year????

Oh yeah ... even Dude gets a costume.   He isn't enjoying his sequined Merman outfit ... ha ha ha

Oh yeah … even Dude gets a costume. He isn’t enjoying his sequined Merman outfit … ha ha ha

Conroe Goodwill

Summer Camp for $4.99

 

We had such a wonderful day together!!!  The only thing that would have made it better is if all the girls could have joined us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Over 20 Ideas for Kids Pinterest Inspired Fun Summer Projects from Thrift Store Shops!

Amazing Ideas to do with Your Kids ... Using Thrift Stores, Dollar Store and Garage Sales!

Amazing Ideas to do with Your Kids … Using Thrift Stores, Dollar Store and Garage Sales!

Over 20 Ideas for Kids Pinterest Inspired Fun Summer Projects from Thrift Store Shops!

I have scoured the internet but I can’t find the article I recently read about how every year ambitious parents make plans with their children every summer …We are going to take them to the library to get books and end paying more for library fees than the book was even worth!   Well, I would like to help you not just save money with books but I have over 20 Thrift Store Ideas (garage sales & Dollar Stores) to do with your kids this summer!

Amazing Ideas to do with Your Kids ... Using Thrift Stores, Dollar Store and Garage Sales!

Amazing Ideas to do with Your Kids … Using Thrift Stores, Dollar Store and Garage Sales!

I have been there for so many summers … trying to come up with creative ideas and I sooo wish I would have had this list of ideas when my kids were younger …. even though they are teens now we are still working on this list!

I have over 20 Ideas for you by shopping at your local thrift store!

  • Books … no LATE Fees!!!!!
  • Clothing to cut up, paint, add decals, learn to do alterations …. so many options!
  • Crafts … repaint, bejewel, add fur or trim to little knick-knacks
  • Cook Books … I found a great cook-book for kids that I am going to attempt to teach my kids to cook
  • Games ….. all types of games for under $5  (or even re-create a game with existing pieces!)
  • Maps … I found a Large U.S. and World Map for $2.99 each, we are going to do some “fact finding” games this summer!
  • Costumes … create a box of costumes for plays or dress-up (use them over at Halloween)
  • Custom Jewelry … buy a bag of “junk” jewelry, its all the broken odds & ends, to create “one-of-a-kind” pieces
  • Bracelets out of old watches (add pictures to the face)
  • Think “outside the pot” … use creative items to make unique planters
  • Tea-Cup Bird Feeder
  • Stencil your clothing
  • Vintage handbags into picture frams
  • Christmas ornaments from salt & pepper shakers
  • Paint glass jars
  • Paint, decopage or fabric a piece of furniture
  • DIY kitchen set
  • Create a shadowbox of your kids favorite toys (that they have outgrown!)
  • Paint & Decorate Frames
  • Create cute cake plate stands
  • Create an Art Suitcase!
  • Cover a piece of furniture in marbles
  • Repurpose your maps
  • Crafts with recycled toys
  • Make a “Dress-Me” book with their baby clothes (darling way to preserve them)
  • Home Made Popcorn in a Whirly Pop …. Tons of yummy ideas to make with homemade popcorn!

Do you have any creative idea’s that you want to do with your children over the summer?

Re-create Jewelry from a Thrift Store

Re-create Jewelry from a Thrift Store

 

Paint Frames

Paint Frames

Cut off jeans and paint!

Cut off jeans and paint!

 

Paint Shoes

Paint Shoes

 

Create Shadowbox with Old Favorite Toys!

Create Shadowbox with Old Favorite Toys!

 

Paint & Embellish Shorts!

Paint & Embellish Shorts!

 

Paint Silverware

Paint Silverware

Old watches that no longer work ... replace the "face" with a picture

Old watches that no longer work … replace the “face” with a picture

Creative Cake Stand from old records!

Creative Cake Stand from old records!

Create gardens from all types of planters

Create gardens from all types of planters

 

World & US Map ... I made up my own "Find Facts" game

World & US Map … I made up my own “Find Facts” game

Make an Art Box out of Old Suitcase

Make an Art Box out of Old Suitcase

 

Old Toys make great planters

Old Toys make great planters

 

Popcorn Recipes

Popcorn Recipes

 

Make Christmas ornaments from Salt & Pepper shakers

Make Christmas ornaments from Salt & Pepper shakers

 

Repurpose Old Maps

Repurpose Old Maps

Paint shoes from a thrift store

Paint shoes from a thrift store

DIY kitchen from a garage sale find

DIY kitchen from a garage sale find

 

Crafts from recycled toys

Crafts from recycled toys

Cover a piece of furniture with marbles

Cover a piece of furniture with marbles

Tea Cup Bird Feeders

Tea Cup Bird Feeders

 

Costume Box for plays, dress or halloween

Costume Box for plays, dress or halloween

Create unique serving dishes

Create unique serving dishes

Paint Jars

Paint Jars

Cover furniture with fabric

Cover furniture with fabric

Create picture frames from vintage purses

Create picture frames from vintage purses

Paint & Decopage Furniture

Paint & Decopage Furniture

Re-Paint quirky items you find

Re-Paint quirky items you find

Painted Furniture!

Painted Furniture!

 

Home-made Popcorn

Home-made Popcorn

 

TONS of Books to choose from!

TONS of Books to choose from!

 

Puzzles and Games from Thrift Store

Puzzles and Games from Thrift Store

 

Kids Cook Book

Kids Cook Book

 

What an incredible keepsake ... use your baby clothes to creat a "Get Dressed" book

What an incredible keepsake … use your baby clothes to creat a “Get Dressed” book

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ready for Summer ~ Swimsuit Cover Up for .99

Ready for Summer ~ Swimsuit Cover Up for just .99

San Antonio Goodwill Swimsuit Coverup for only .99

San Antonio Goodwill Swimsuit Coverup for only .99

As we head into the hot summer months, everyone needs a fabulous swimsuit coverup!   We found this tan/white (can’t see the print in the sun) at San Antonio Goodwill for .99!     Ready for summer and looking forward to hanging out by the pool!

THRIFT STORE FINDS:

  • Swimsuit Cover Up   …………. (Goodwill) …… $ .99

 

Hanging out by the pool!

Hanging out by the pool!

 

 

Shopping at Goodwill

Shopping at Goodwill

 

 

 

Flowers and Polka Dots ~ Goodwill Summer Delight

Bright and Colorful Sun Dress found at San Antonio Goodwill for only .99

Bright and Colorful Sun Dress found at San Antonio Goodwill for only .99

Flowers and Polka Dots ~ Goodwill Summer Delight

This bright and colorful sundress was found at Goodwill Thrift Store in San Antonio for only .99!

She felt it looked a little juvenile with polka dot hem so we did a DIY project and cut it off!  Perfect …. now she LOVES the dress!

THRIFT STORE FINDS:

Sundress  (San Antonio Goodwill)  ………    .99

DIY project

DIY project

 

San Antonio Goodwill Thrift Store

San Antonio Goodwill Thrift Store

 

Cute summer sundress!

Cute summer sundress!

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