Monday, December 21, 2009

Thrifty Decor

You know me well enough to know that some of my "new" Christmas decorations were purchased at the thrift store. Let's play a little show and tell.
See these gigantic faux poinsettia plants?
Gorgeous, aren't they? Yep, I found them at the thrift store. They originally came from a very nice boutique. The $99.99 price tag was still on them. I was so excited when I found them and I didn't even have to race to grab them! Why? Because I purchased them in the summer, when few people have Christmas decorations on their mind. I always keep an eye out for holiday decorations, no matter the time of year. A perfect time to stock up on decorations from the thrift store is right after any holiday because people give things away that they don't want to store.
I found this big, beautiful glass vessel a few months ago.
It's very similar to ones you would find in the PB catalog. I love it and I didn't want to hide it away when I brought out my decorations. I figured since it was a Christmas color I could make it work. So I added a little tree charm, paired it with a mercury glass finial, and the combination makes me smile. It really doesn't take much to turn something ordinary into a decoration; usually just the addition of a little ribbon trim or a shiny bauble can brighten the ordinary into Christmas extraordinary.
One of my favorite thrift store discoveries this year is this deer.
I think that he may be made with real leather, at least he looks like it. I added the wreath to his neck so that he would look like one of Santa's reindeer. I found him in the toy aisle of the thrift store, which is a reminder to look in the unexpected places when you shop. Often times great things can be found in the oddest of places in the thrift store, so it's wise to keep your eyes open.
I added a little thrift store garland to the mix and I have a fancy boutique display for an unbelievably low price.
That's the beauty of thrift store shopping!

22 comments:

bj said...

This is a beautiful scape you have created. Love that deer and I probably would have passed him up. I've learned so much from bloggers and I have loved every minute of it.
Merry Christmas

Get Your Martha On said...

Those poinsettias are amazing! My local thrift stores put all the holiday stuff away until November/December/January. Then it's out in full force, taking over all the other aisles of household items. Those are some of the best looking artificial flowers/plants I've seen in looooong time! :)

Karen said...

I just found your blog over this past weekend, when we were snowed in, and absolutely fell in love with it! I even ventured down to my local thrift store during my lunch hour today and purchased three large apothecary jars for $10(total for all three!) Onward to the dollar store - thanks for the inspiration!

MiriamR said...

I love these. That large green class ball is to die for! I am so excited I am headed up to Utah right after christmas and I can't wait to hit all the D.Is your post made me gidddy for thrifting

Arlene said...

The poinsettias are absolutley beautiful. I would have snatched those up too. I get so much of my holiday decor in the summer at yard sales. Our thrift shop here always gets so much Christmas stuff they have "Christmas in July". Most people don't buy that far ahead. I love the deer also!

Lynn from For Love or Funny said...

Just wondered - do you have any hints about where to store our thrift store finds when they aren't on display? By the way, the poinsettias look REAL!
Merry Christmas!

The Bunnell Fam said...

Love all of it! You totally inspire me all the time!:)

linda said...

I was never a thrift store shopper until I started blogging, now I'm addicted! I'm home with a broken ankle and haven't been thrifting since Thanksgiving weekend. I'm having withdrawls, especially after seeing all of your great finds! Way to go!

Janel said...

I waited until after Christmas and found 2 great pots of poinsettias only clearance for 25¢ each! No crowds trampling mine either. ; )

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

You are so right, Joy ~ I should look at things even when they are out of season. My mind automatically dismisses them though, so I may have to retrain it!

Carmen said...

Everything looks great!

Brenda said...

Beautiful! Thanks for sharing your treasures!
Merry Christmas!

Paige said...

What beautiful pieces you found! Where do you thrift in your area? Hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas!

PJ@nmyfreetime.blogspot.com said...

You may pick up some ordinary goodies but you make EVERYTHING extraordinary!
Merry Christmas

steffany said...

You have such a talent to make everything beautiful, thank you for sharing.

Craig, Blair and Turbo Skousen said...

I love Christmas shopping in summertime too! It's the best!

Everything looks great!

Darlene said...

Your thrift store has the most fabulous things!! I LOVE going to our thrift stores but most of the time all I find is other people's junk! BEAUTIFUL display!♥

The Tidy Brown Wren said...

I love your "think outside the box" tips about thrift store shopping. You've inspired me.

Tausha said...

Your sweet words made my day! It was pretty exciting!
Yes-they really are all as nice as they seem on tv.
Your reindeer is awesome! I know what you mean about looking when no one else was. I am on the hunt for easter and have been since the first of december. I have found some fun things.
THanks again for your words. Really, they made my day!

Sandy said...

I LOVE thrift store shopping!! Those Poinsettias look so real!! Good find!
Hope your son is still doing well. When does he go into the MTC?

Kelley said...

You've gone and done it. I've lived on Guam for 18 months now with no thrift stores to speak of. Now I'm sooooooo excited about thrift store shopping and junkin'. Thanks for putting a smile on my face. Your winner for this post for me is the REINDEER! He is sooooooooo handsome!

Mele kalikimaka from the Honolulu airport!

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