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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fabulous Deals @ Conroe Assistance League of Montgomery County

Fabulous Deals @ Conroe Assistance League of Montgomery County

This weekend a cousin came in to town and she wanted to shop a few thrift stores.  Of course the Assistance League Thrift Store is definitely one of my favorite places to shop in Conroe!     I only purchased a few things so maybe you might be able to still find some of these items.

Tory Burch inspired golf skirt for $6.00

Tory Burch inspired golf skirt for $6.00

 

Darling Kay Unger silk dress for $22

Darling Kay Unger silk dress for $22

 

Vintage Pink Halter Gown (has original tags inside) also a matching jacket ... $24

Vintage Pink Halter Gown (has original tags inside) also a matching jacket … $24

 

 

Cute Floral Dress was on Sale so it was only $3.00

Cute Floral Dress was on Sale so it was only $3.00

 

$22 for this sequin cocktail dress!

$22 for this sequin cocktail dress!

Old Gringo Boots!

Old Gringo Boots!

 

 

Scarf for $1.00

Scarf for $1.00

 

NEW with orginal tags .... this darling beaded purse is $10

NEW with original tags …. this darling beaded purse is $10

 

This 4 piece activity table for $45

This 4 piece activity table for $45

 

Play Tunnel for $3.50

Play Tunnel for $3.50

 

 

 

Sabatier Pottery Dishes

Sabatier Pottery Dishes

I found a Set of Three Square Dinner Plates and Two Square Salad Plates that recently SOLD on ebay for $59.99. Fine Pottery by Sabatier. The pattern is LE GRANDE BUFFET, number 4530. The Dinner Plates are 11-1/4″ wide and the Salad Plates are 8″ wide. Compare at $46 each for the Dinner Plates and $26 each for the Salad Plates from the replacement companies.

 

Waterford Crystal $4 per goblet

Waterford Crystal $4 per goblet

 

Set of Heart Liquor Glasses for $15

Set of Heart Liquor Glasses for $15

 

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You attach these to a wall or fence and you can put a plant inside of them!

You attach these to a wall or fence and you can put a plant inside of them!

 

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Rooster Plate Holder for $5

Rooster Plate Holder for $5

 

 

Lillian Vernon Double Sided Organizer with 66 compartments!   $5.00 (this went home with me!)

Lillian Vernon Double Sided Organizer with 66 compartments! $5.00
(this went home with me!)

The 3 Little Pigs Necklace!!!

The 3 Little Pigs Necklace!!!

 

Oh yes … I must not forget the ugliest find of the day (thank you Cynthia!) ….

Ugly Thrift Store Dress

Ugly Thrift Store Dress

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jen & Pippa Tuesday Thrift Finds in Houston

 

Jen & Pippa Tuesday Thrift Finds in Houston

We have so much stuff we have found the past few weeks we are now going to divide our finds into twice a week!

Tuesday and Friday.

Once again we are showing you the fabulous treasures found in a thrift store.

Please leave a comment and let us know if you have a favorite.

 

Escada skirt for $3.90

Escada skirt for $3.90

White House Black Market Tweed Skirt for $5.99

White House Black Market Tweed Skirt for $5.99

 

Chanel Shoes in the boutique section

Chanel Shoes in the boutique section

Olive Juice Dress $3.90 ... similar currently for sale for $69.50

Olive Juice Dress $3.90 … similar currently for sale for $69.50

 

Vintage Henson Kickernick Chiffon Set for $4.90

Vintage Henson Kickernick Chiffon Set for $4.90

Brand New with Tag ~ Laurel by Escada for $7.25 (half off yellow tag day)

Brand New with Tag ~ Laurel by Escada for $7.25 (half off yellow tag day)

Dresses were 50% off so all of these sundresses were $1.50 - $3.00

Dresses were 50% off so each of these sundresses would have been only $1.50 – $3.00 after discount

More sundresses ... 50% off

More sundresses … 50% off

Jen Shopping!

Jen Shopping!

Cute beaded vintage skirt

Cute beaded vintage skirt

 

Womens cowboy boots for $12.99

Womens cowboy boots for $12.99

 

We love how they hang the pants so you can quickly look for sizes or brand names!

We love how they hang the pants so you can quickly look for sizes or brand names!

 

These brand new Jessica Simpson shoes were only $6.99

These brand new Jessica Simpson shoes were only $6.99

 

Awesome stuff to add to the costume collection!

Awesome stuff to add to the costume collection!

Texas Stuff!

Texas Stuff!

 

Really??????????

Really??????????

 

Value Village in Houston .... huge selection!!!

Value Village in Houston

 

Boutique section at Value Village

Boutique section at Value Village

Value Village frequent shoppers card

Value Village frequent shoppers card

You can find Jen at:

 

Jen and Pippa are virtual volunteers working to benefit nonprofit organizations by

helping promote thrift stores in the Houston area!

If you are not yet doing so, consider DONATING for the nonprofit organization of your choice today!

GOODWILL Dress Makeover ~ Redux

GOODWILL Dress Makeover ~ Redux

You have to admit that it is hard to resist a .99 Dress SALE at a Thrift Store!

When I first saw this “matronly” looking dress I wasn’t sure if it could be made-over or even worth the time to try.   Luckily just hemming it and adding a belt made all the difference for this simple Makeover!!!!!!!!!!!

This was a simple yet dramatic makeover!

This was a simple yet dramatic makeover!

 

THRIFT STORE FINDS:

  • Blue Floral Dress:     (San Antonio Goodwill)  …………… .99
Goodwill San Antonio Dress Makeover!

Goodwill San Antonio Dress Makeover!

Cut off a few inches and adding a belt was all this dress needed!

Cut off a few inches and adding a belt was all this dress needed!

 

Cute Goodwill Dress!

Cute Goodwill Dress!

 

 

 

 

 

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Itty Bitty Flower Power ~ Thrifted Floral Dress

This darling floral dress was thrifted from Austin Goodwill for only $9.99

This darling floral dress was thrifted from Austin Goodwill for only $9.99

Itty Bitty Flower Power ~ Thrifted Floral Dress

This delicate floral print dress is simple yet perfect for church and a family luncheon!   Wear it with boots in cooler weather and sandals in the summer … this dress will certainly get a lot of use!

THRIFT STORE FINDS:

  • Floral Dress   (Goodwill) …..            $9.99
Thrifted Dress

Thrifted Dress

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Sisters!

 

 

 

 

 

Rockin Goodwill Thrift Shop with Abercrombie and GAP

Rockin Goodwill Thrift Shop with Abercrombie and GAP

 

Its hard to believe this entire outfit is from a Goodwill Thrift Store!

Its hard to believe this entire outfit is from a Goodwill Thrift Store!

 

Thrifting sometimes gets a bad rap and this completely thrifted outfit is Amazing for under $12!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Luckily we found both the pink GAP button down shirt and the off-white Abercrombie skirt in the childrens section so they were lower in price than you would normally find at a Goodwill Thrift Store.

 

The thick Leather Belt, found for only $2.99, is DEFINITELY  a favorite wardrobe staple!!!!

 

Thrift Store Finds:

  • GAP, pink oxford shirt …… (Houston Goodwill)            $3.99
  • Abercrombie, off-white skirt  …………..  (Houston Goodwill)   $3.99
  • Thick, leather belt ………………. (Houston Goodwill)      $2.99

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Complete Goodwill Outfit ... Amazing for under $12

Complete Goodwill Outfit … Amazing for under $12

 

Save money by shopping at Thrift Stores in Houston!

Save money by shopping at Thrift Stores in Houston!

 

 

 

 

Pitchers and teapots … found thrifting …

Pitchers and teapots … found thrifting …

This Darling pitcher was found at a Houston Goodwill store for only $2.99

This Darling pitcher was found at a Houston Goodwill store for only $2.99

 

Lets start with this darling heart pitcher that I found a Houston Goodwill Thrift Store for only $2.99!    I find unique pitcher’s, vase’s and tea pot’s to put flowers in.   I now have a collection so when I need a one of a kind vase for a hospital visit I can pull out something from my collection!

A precious friend of our family was recently put in Texas Children’s Hospital … yes, I could go get the regular boring glass vase from the florist but I was so happy that I had a variety of items to put her flowers in.

I have to mention my blue bird of happiness shown in the picture, that my Nana gave me when I was a teen-ager, at the time I thought “why did she give this to me … I would much rather have clothes” but now this is my FAVORITE thing in my house … it is full of happiness and sunshine!   (its my good-luck blue bird Sam … I love you!)

Blue Bird of Happiness!

Blue Bird of Happiness!

 

Houston Goodwill Pitcher full of beautiful flowers for a precious friend!

Houston Goodwill Pitcher full of beautiful flowers for a precious friend!

 

 

 

 

 

Spring into Spring with Bright & Happy Colors!

Poppy Orange sweater from the GAP was thrifted for only $5.99

Poppy Orange sweater from the GAP was thrifted for only $5.99

Spring into Spring with Bright & Happy Colors!

Think of Spring … Sunshine …. Bright … Flowers … Happy …

This colorful outfit is certainly full of all of those qualities!   This poppy orange/red pullover sweater was thrifted and worn with Rockstar Printed Skinny Jeans from Old Navy.

These bright red wild flowers are growing all over the side of the road in The Woodlands and I keep thinking they will make an amazing backdrop for pictures.      I will post one picture of how many cars were around us but when you crop them out, it looks fantastic!

THRIFT STORE FINDS:

  • GAP, pullover sweater   (Goodwill)  ……………………    $5.99
Gorgeous red wild flowers all over The Woodlands in April

Gorgeous red wild flowers all over The Woodlands in April

 

GAP sweater thrifted at Houston Goodwill

GAP sweater thrifted at Houston Goodwill

Shop at Thrift Stores for amazing finds!

Shop at Thrift Stores for amazing finds!

 

 

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Endless Enchantment with this Floral Dress from San Antonio Goodwill, only .99

Endless Enchantment with this Floral Dress from San Antonio Goodwill, only .99

Cute Liz Claiborne Dress found at San Antonio Thrift Store

Cute Liz Claiborne Dress found at San Antonio Thrift Store

 

 

This dress was found at the after Thanksgiving Sale, at San Antonio Goodwill, for only .99!

This pale pink floral dress,by LIZ CLAIBORNE, is pretty and feminine.   The flowers give it almost a retro feel.

After adding a belt and boots, it changed the entire look!   (looking at these pictures,  a denim jacket would have been so cute!)

You really can’t go wrong with a .99 Dress Sale …..

Thrift Store Finds:

  • Liz Claiborne, Pink floral dress …… (San Antonio Goodwill)            $ .99

 

You can't go wrong with a .99 thrift store sale!

You can’t go wrong with a .99 thrift store sale!

 

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Endless enchantment with this pink floral dress, found at Goodwill for .99

Endless enchantment with this pink floral dress, found at Goodwill for .99

 

DON’T miss out on my PINTEREST Thrifting Thrift Shop Board …. I post thrifting finds from all over the nation!

CLICK HERE for my THRIFTING BOARD

 

 

Attitude ...

Attitude …

 

 

 

 

Its official .... Goodwill Blogger for 2013

Its official …. Goodwill Blogger for 2013

 

 

 

 

Seeing Red and White

Seeing Red and White

Red & White makes for an eye popping color combination!

Red & White makes for an eye popping color combination!

Cowgirl Chic in red and white!   Well, we are in Texas so adding boots to any outfit will change the entire look!

Cowboy boots are expensive so I always feels like its the best FIND when I come across a pair of boots at a thrift store such as these.   This lace top is also from a thrift store and paired all together with a pair of her favorite red jeans from Old Navy makes for a darling outfit.

THRIFT STORE FINDS:

 

Windy Day!

Windy Day!

 

White Lace Top thrifted at Conroe Assistance League

White Lace Top thrifted at Conroe Assistance League for $3.00

Justin boots found at Houston Goodwill Thrift Shop for $12.00

Justin boots found at Houston Goodwill Thrift Shop for $12.00