Friday, February 1, 2013

Thrift Shop Challenge

Update:  Hop on over to Young House Love to see what they scored for the thrift shop challenge!

Excuse me, what's that you say, Young House Love?  You want me to go to a thrift shop with $20?  You don't have to ask me twice!  Needless to say, I was all for YHL's Unofficial Macklemore Thrift Shop Challenge.  And if I hadn't already been all for it, Ellen danced to Macklemore's song on her show right after I read their post.  Meant to be?  I think so.

Here are YHL's official rules of this unofficial challenge... 

Step #1. Go to a thrift shop with – just as the chorus of the song says – “$20 in your pocket” and take a picture.
Welp, I'm not off to a good start.  I have no picture with a twenty dollar bill.  But I can explain.  B.J. and I were meeting family for lunch, they were running late, there was a Goodwill next door, so we popped in.  Thrift shop shopping wasn't in our plan for the day, hence the empty wallet.  Thank goodness for debit cards.

Step #2. Spend that $20 any way you’d like and photograph your spoils.
Now this I can do.  I wasn't looking for anything in particular, which is probably best when you're at a thrift shop.  I spotted some dated wooden lamps with loads of brass that were hideous looking, but would have looked awesome after a date with my spray paint.  But, I passed those up.  What I didn't pass up though was this ottoman with a price tag of SIX DOLLARS!

But, more on that in a bit.  I also scored six neck ties ($2 each) for my friend Asha.  Not to wear, but rather to craft with.  Apparently I was too excited about my ottoman to snap a photo of the ties. 

Step #3. Find one item (or more) referenced in the song and snap a pic. 
Done and done.  We limited ourselves to one item each because we were working on limited time. 

I went with the classic velcro shoes (not my typical shoe shopping find)...

and B.J. went with the big a$$ coat.  He's so pimptastic.  There was actually a lot of thought that went into his facial expression.  Before I snapped this pic, he was unsure how to pose in such an amazing piece of clothing.  Smile?  No smile?  Clearly he went with the don't-mess-with-me-in-my-big-a$$-coat-stare down.

Now, back to that six dollar ottoman.  You know it wasn't going to look like this for very long...

First, I wiped it down really well.  Then I took of the legs and cardboard that coverd the bottom of the seat.

I followed the same steps to recover this ottoman as I did with my vanity seat.  You can get the details here.  The only difference was, I removed these legs and the cardboard backing.  Other than that it's the same--quilt batting, fabric, and a staple gun. 

Once it was done, the bottom looked like this.

And here it is in our family room.

It's the perfect size for our chair. 

Did you spot the touch of yellow on the legs?  It used to be brass, really worn brass, and not in a good way.  Nothing a little yellow acrylic paint couldn't handle.

So that's that.  I would say my thrift shop challenge was a success.  I found the perfect ottoman that I didn't even know I was missing.

Cincy peeps, I'd love to hear what your fave thrift shops are in this area.  I'm always on the lookout for different places to scour. 
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  1. Can I borrow your new shoes?? I absolutely love love the ottoman!! I think this has inspired me to head to the thrift shop this weekend. So fun.

  2. Suzanne Hazlett MehlFebruary 1, 2013 at 5:10 AM

    You are amazing!!!And the ottoman is spectacular!!!

  3. Love that ottoman! Kind of reminds me of one I found over the summer...although you are way ahead of me in the recovering it department :) And fur coat + mean muggin' - I die. Great find!

  4. That ottoman is superb! I saw a post somewhere from someone (really wished I remembered) where they covered an ott just like that one with their Ikea flokati (sp?) sheepskin rug! It was almost as incredible as yours! Nicely done!!

  5. Yay! So glad I saw this! I just scored an ottoman that looks just like that at the thrift store a few weeks ago. I can't wait to make it over (just haven't figured out what room I wan to use it in yet!) Yours turned out fab and I love the touch of yellow on the bottom:)

  6. That is such a great find!! I love the touch of yellow on the legs, perfect :)

  7. What a find! I live in Cincy and I hit up the Goodwill and St. Vincent De Paul in Mt. Washington. Usually pretty good finds, as are the Goodwill in Oakley and a few little thrift shops in Old Milford.

    1. Thanks for the thrift shop recommendations!

  8. I love your stool makeover, especially the yellow feet. And for $6, what a steal!

  9. Diane Hazlett SmallwoodFebruary 1, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    Another wondrful job well done. Love it!!!!

  10. Your ottoman looks awesome! Love the fabric choice :)

  11. So stinikin' cute!! What a great find and awesome end result! Way to go!!

  12. I love your ottoman makeover, especially the little yellow tips. Awesome $6 find!

  13. (Found you through YHL) WOW! Such an amazing find, and I love how you quickly updated it into such a pretty and functional piece of furniture that go perfectly with your decor!

  14. The Goodwill in Montgomery is a good one. Lots of true "old folk stuff" that was covered in plastic for 20 years before they got shipped off to the home. It is on Montgomery Road kind of past the school but before Kroger and the Pancake House.