Who loves finding a good deal? I do! No matter where it's found - garage sale, yard sale, thrift store, Craigslist, Freecycle - I love finding things for our home on the cheap! I usually go looking for some particular items for our home, but there are definitely times I find a cool vintage item I just have to have.
Lately I've been scouring all of the places mentioned above for picture frames. I have an idea for the hallway going up the stairs and it's going to require a lot of frames! I've collected about 6 so far (Goodwill and yard sale purchases) and spray painted them a nice satin brown. I know what you're thinking....spray paint again? I love, love, love to spray paint things - it's quick and easy and provides instant change.
Here's a picture of some I've already done (there are two small matching oval ones somewhere as well...).
I think they turned out nice, they're just kind of plain. I've been on the hunt for some frames that have character and/or texture. Last week - I hit the frame jackpot. I procured (I love that word!) about 20 frames that are now in my garage and I paid a total of $6.43 for all of them. Now, to be honest, I got the majority of them free from posting an ad on Freecycle. I did get five of them for $6.43 at Goodwill.
Here are the five I got at Goodwill...
And here is the box of frames I got from a Freecycle Friend. Well, these are the ones I am probably not using for this particular project, but I think I have plans for them already!
There are some good ones in there - they are all 4x6 or 5x7 and I needed a few of the larger ones.
Here are the Freecycle Frames that I WILL be spray painting along with my Goodwill finds tomorrow.
I love find great items that can have another life! So - here's a final picture of tomorrow's project (sorry that it's a tad out of focus).
I know everyone loves good deals so with that, the question is.....what's your thrifty weakness? Is there a particular item or collection you always look for or do you look for things that catch your eye?
PS - my sister scored an awesome find this past weekend, too! A super-nice Ethan Allen head- and footboard at a garage sale. It was a good weekend!
I'm linking up to the Southern Hospitality blog and her Thrifty Treasures link party.