Fun Thrift Store Finds and a Sign Project

Time to share a few fun finds! 
It's always a great day doing a little treasure hunting! 
I'll share my prices with you, too.

Fun Thrift Store Finds


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 I love this old fly fishing creel basket 
that will be used in our decor at the lakehouse. 
I paid more than I usually do for thrift store finds...$9.99...because it is a keeper.

Fun Thrift Store Finds

Fun Thrift Store Finds

I found two blue cheese crocks...the spatter glaze is so pretty.  75 cents for both.

Fun Thrift Store Finds

 And I found this wonderful tall covered demijohn bottle!   
It was $7.50...a bargain for one of these.



My last $1 find was a more unusual piece...my husband looked at
 me like I was nuts when I picked it up and placed it in the cart.
It is a long piece of galvanized metal.

Sign making project

It is a front face piece for perforated store shelving.

Sign making project

Industrial looking, with a great worn patina.

Sign making project

 I thought it would make a perfect sign project piece! 
So it became a vintage style sign for the lakehouse.

I started by designing out my basic sign on Picmonkey {affiliate link}.
I printed out the Beach View words, enlarged to the size I wanted.

Sign making project

I tried using white transfer paper, and rubbing graphite on the back, but it wasn't transferring the pattern well.  Finally, I used orange chalk on the back, and traced...leaving a faint image.  Then I pencilled over it to get a good image for painting.

Sign making project

Sign making project


 The MOTEL section of the sign was done by tracing stickers for the pattern.


 After  hand painting in the pattern, I shadowed it, and distressed it.


Sign making project

Sign making project

Sign making project

Sign making project

I love how it turned out!  I'll be looking for more pieces for sign making!

Until next time...

12 comments

  1. LOVE the sign and you got some really good deals on your other 'bargains'. I had a ton of those cheese crocks but disposed of them (idiot that I am). Years ago most of our local cheese came in crocks like that--not any more!

    I hope you have a blessed, wonderful Thursday-xo Diana

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  2. Linda, I actually get excited to read your blog. You got some wonderful deals. I bet your husband isn't rolling his eyes now. LOL Your new sign is fantastic. I love it. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

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  3. Some great finds and that sign is wonderful!!

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  4. You always find wonderful things when you thrift! You are so talented in making that piece of metal into a cool sign...wow. It turned out great!

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  5. Your sign turned out wonderful - you are so creative! Great finds, too - and such good prices! Love the little crocks. x Karen

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  6. I really look forward to your posts -
    in fact, if I see one posted, I open it first! People looked at me like I was nuts (last spring) when I was searching for a kreel for our lake room. I did finally find one, as well as a really cute string of wooden fish. BTW if you hang any fishing poles - old fish scales work really well!

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    1. You are so kind! Thank you! I love the idea of using the fish scales!

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  7. LOVE the fishing creel, what a deal! your new sign is wonderful. great job on the painting, perfect fonts!

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  8. Excellent, and what did the mister say about the finished product? He should have known you’d turn the metal into something great.

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  9. I really wish we had thrift stores like yours in my town!! Great finds! And I love the sign you painted for the lake. The galvanized finish gives it a vintage look. Fun!

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  10. Love your finds. Have you noticed, referring to the $9.99 price of the creel, that Goodwill has increased its prices considerably in the last month or so and that most of the things you really want are, in fact, $9.99? I think, at least in Colorado, they are compensating for all of the 50% off sales they schedule, which used to be only every other Saturday, but are now more frequent.

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    1. Thank you! I always try to shop with donation coupons or a discount to pay less...but sometimes I'll pay that $9.99, if I have to lol.

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