Thursday, December 11, 2008

Thrifty Christmas Fun

Have you ever gone shopping at the thrift store and not been able to find anything to buy. Not one single treasure catches your eye, but yet you are determined to not go home empty handed? So you might make another pass through the shop determined to find just one little thing to take home and "play" with?? Am I the only one who does this? I know I'm not because I see a lot of familiar faces when I go to the thrift shops (the regulars) and they are often going up and down the aisles over and over again.
Well . . . it was just such a scenario on the day I discovered this little oil painting. It was face down in a pile of pictures. Some days I don't have the patience to dig through a bunch of stuff, but this day I was determined not to go home empty handed . In this instance I think persistence paid off.

This little treasure found a new home on the top of this little cupboard I have hanging in my powder room. Soon it was joined by a happy community of Christmas folks who, by the way, came from the same thrift shop on a different day. A few Goodwill Christmas trees were added to the collection.

I added a little fake snow and ice I already had.

And, voila . . . a very economical touch of Christmas in the powder room. And oh so satisfying to my thrifting addiction.

This was another fun "thrifty" project. Thrift shop bell shaped jar filled with some vintagey thrift shop nativity figures and a few sprigs of greenery makes a sweet little addition to the top of my pie crust table.


  1. Kim,
    I thought I was the only addict that did this! Just TODAY I went and on rare occasions I could not find a thing! After passing through twice I left...very dejected!
    I think we were seperated at birth!

  2. Great find Kim...I NEVER find anything at our Goodwill. I think it is just the area. I wish I had a nice antique store nearby...but none of those either...but my hubby would tell you...I am not hurting for "stuff".

  3. I love your thrift store treasure and I'm so glad you decided to look just one more time! You have such a knack for grouping things together in an attractive way. Love the snow scenes. Have a very happy weekend! Twyla

  4. What wonderfully festive thrifted Christmas finds! They are beautiful! Thank you for visiting my blog party today! You've got a wonderful blog, and I'll be back to visit again!

  5. Yep, I do that, too. We need a support group (or maybe we have one here!) That ice-skating picture is amazing, and I love that nativity scene in the bell jar. Something to look for the next time I thrift! Barbara

  6. I love the oil painting as well as your other "thrifty" finds. I need to start shopping at thrift stores more often. Thank you for sharing them.


  7. Hi Kim,
    I do the same thing at the thrift shop! Love your treasures.


  8. I love the picture, and today I was at Salvation Army and did look through the pictures, always hoping for a find like this, or maybe a paint-by-numvber scene. You lucked out! Good job diggin'!

  9. Oh, and I wanted to say that I love the way the picture is so well matched to the little figurines you have placed near it. I have a thrift store story on my blog today too! You might like it.


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