Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Before and After...A Thrift Store Makeover

On the weekend, my good friend and I meet for breakfast.
We talk and catch up and laugh.
And then we go for a walk -
We try to catch a local consignment shop when it is open.
We have failed.
So this last week - we did a local thrift store.
I love to go thrifting.
I grew up thrifting and garage saling.
My mom and I spent countless hours on Saturdays and during the summer months looking for treasures.
My mom was an expert at finding something that looked sad and dated and turning it into a one-of-a-kind treasure.
She mastered the art of it long be "upcycling" became trendy.
And I carry that love with me to this day.
I feel a sense of thrill when I find something special.
Some of my favorite clothing items were thrift-store finds.
Most of furniture has treasures that I have found and repurposed.
I love it!
Back to this last weekend.
My friend and I pulled into the parking lot and I got a little giddy.
What would I find today? Anything?
Who knew...that's part of the fun!
We meandered through all the aisles looking for treasures.
A few gadgets for the kitchen.
A little something to decorate with.
Something to repurpose.
And then I flipped through the racks of sweaters.
I know the seasons are getting ready to change -
but it's still sweater season where I live.
I found a nice brown sweater vest -
it's long, will work good for work, and was in good shape.
It looked nice.
And the price was right.
With the colored tag of the day, I got the sweater for about $6.
Like I said ... it's nice.
But kind of...brown.
And plain.
Very plain.
I'm all about dressing it up.
But I decided this time, to do a little extra.
I have toyed with the idea of brightening up clothes with some art for a couple years.
But I never seem to get around to it.
I decided that it was time to change that.
So with a little felt, some embroidery floss, a needle and a couple hours for a few evenings watching a movie before bed....
This little sweater vest got a little splash of color.
Just a little something to say...
Hey! I'm special.
I'm a little different...
Kind of like me!
Hmmm...I wonder what else is in my closet that could use a makeover?

1 comment:

Giggles said... mom always up-cycled too...mostly from things we possessed though. I did also, and could be found meandering the flea market on a Sunday afternoon. Good job on the says I am an artist...

Hugs Giggles