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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mom’s Birthday Tree and her Party from a Thrift Store!

 

 

 

Mom’s Birthday Tree and her Party from a Thrift Store!

You know me and my “tree” that I decorate for all occasions!   Mom just had a birthday and I decorated the tree with her gift, things for her garden!   Wind chimes, gloves and garden tools (these were all brand new, not thrifted).

Birthday tree for Mom

Birthday tree for Mom

 

 

I realized while setting everything out for her birthday party that all of my dishes were thrifted.

 

McKenzie Childs platter, vintage French yellow serving dish, "girly" plates ... all from a Thrift Store!

McKenzie Childs platter, vintage French yellow serving dish, “girly” plates … all from a Thrift Store!

 

Thrift Store Birthday Plate

Thrift Store Birthday Plate

 

Butterfly wings from the Dollar Store go along with the "Garden" theme.   The "Birthday" plate and cake stand both from a Thrift Store.

Butterfly wings from the Dollar Store go along with the “Garden” theme.
The “Birthday” plate and cake stand both from a Thrift Store.

 

Thrift Store Birthday Plate

Thrift Store Birthday Plate

 

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday!

Birthday Party!

Birthday Party!

 

Garden Themed Tree with wind chimes, garden tools and garden gloves!

Garden Themed Tree with wind chimes, garden tools and garden gloves!

 

 

Wind Chime

Wind Chime

 

Welcome!

Welcome!

 

Garden Gloves

Garden Gloves

 

Coffee Carafe, coffee cups and plates all thrifted

Coffee Carafe, coffee cups and plates all thrifted

 

Make a Wish!!!!!!!!! Happy Birthday to an Amazing Woman!

Make a Wish!!!!!!!!!
Happy Birthday to an Amazing Woman!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mother’s Day gifts ~ Thrifted and Re-purposed!

Sorry, to wait to post this so close to Mothers Day, but both my mom and mother-in-law read this blog so I wanted to wait until the last minute to post this.

I am so excited about my Mothers-Day gifts this year!   All in the spirit of being Thrifty and Frugal, both my mother and my mother-in-law, have been the perfect example of how to not only thrift but save money.

After reading a review on this book I couldn’t wait to get it for my mother-in-law (the queen of thrifting).   Of course I always try to find it re-purposed first and bought it from Goodwill/Denver (how fitting)!

Tossed & Found: Where Frugal is Chic

“You Can Be Frugal, Fashionable and Fabulous!

Tossed & Found dishes up a generous plate of intriguing stories pulled from the frugal adventures of a newly thrift-conscious nations. Barb Tobias, America’s Thrift Talk Diva, is the Mistress of Thrift showing the adventure seeker how to find the treasures beneath the tarnished.

Tossed & Found takes the reader on an amazing journey with tales of treasure; it reveals how to clear the clutter from the home and resell it; and it uncovers the secrets to decorating and dressing with fantastic results. From first-time apartment dwellers to transitioning baby boomers, Tossed & Found has something for everyone.”

For my mom, I found this handmade pottery serving dish …. when I first found it (4 months ago, I have been waiting patiently to give to her) I knew I had to get it for her!  First of all the quality is incredible, it is hand crafted and probably weighs 3 pounds!   She grew up on the Oregon coast so it is perfect for her with the seashell in the center.

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Talavera, Hand Made Tapestries all thrifted for Cinco de Mayo …

Handmade Blanket from Mexico found at a Thrift Store makes a perfect tablecloth for my Cinco de Mayo setting.

 

Talavera thrift store finds!

Talavera thrift store finds!

 

When I found this gorgeous hand made blanket from Mexico for only $7.00 at Assistance League Thrift Shop in Conroe, I knew it would make the perfect table cloth for my Cinco de Mayo theme I do every year at my house!   The talavera cowboy boots are actually piggy banks that I got on a trip to Mexico last year.   The cactus glasses are from the Dollar Tree … probably cheaper than even a thrift store would charge!

I found this hand made bowl, made in Greece, at a thrift shop for only $7.99

I found this hand made bowl, made in Greece, at a thrift shop for only $7.99

 

 

Talavera pottery of Puebla, Mexico is a type of majolica pottery … I have gotten plates as a gift and have found several pieces, while thrifting, to compliment my collection.  The pitcher on the table is talavera and was only $4.99, here are some pics of my original find in an Austin Goodwill Thrift Store …

 

In LOVE with this hand painted chip & dip plate and hand made Mexican Talavera pitcher ..... Perfect to go with all my Cinco de Mayo dishes!!!!!!

In LOVE with this hand painted chip & dip plate and hand made Mexican Talavera pitcher ….. Perfect to go with all my Cinco de Mayo dishes!!!!!!

 

THRIFT STORE FINDS:

Hand Made Blanket from Mexico:  Thrifted for $7.00

Cactus Glasses:   Dollar Tree,   $1 x 6

Sombrero:    Dollar Tree,  $1

Blue & White Greek Bowl:    Thrifted for $7.99

Striped, Chip & Dip Plate:    Thrifted for $4.99

Talavera Pitcher:    Thrifted for $4.99

Cowboy Boots:   Flea Market, 2 for $14

Pinata’s:    Texas Dollar Store

 

Combining finds from both the Dollar Store and Thrift Shopping help complete this table!

Combining finds from both the Dollar Store and Thrift Shopping help complete this table!

 

 

 

This striped, chip & date plate and the navy candlesticks were all found at a Thrift Store.

This striped, chip & date plate and the navy candlesticks were all found at a Thrift Store.

Cute Cactus Margarita Glass found at a Dollar Store

Cute Cactus Margarita Glass found at a Dollar Store

 

Of course I have to decorate my bottle tree for Cinco de Mayo!

Of course I have to decorate my bottle tree for Cinco de Mayo!

 

 

 

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