Thrift Store Challenge

I’ve joined in on a fun thrift store challenge.  15 bloggers were assigned the task of shopping for another blogger at a local thrift shop for items that could be repurposed.  The budget for the items was $15 and they were to be sent by July 1. I was lucky to receive my items at the end of May from Courtney at All Things New Again.

Today we are sharing what we received, and on July 25, we’ll share what we created with our items.

Thrift Store Challenge - 15 Bloggers Exchange Items to Repurpose. See what we received!


Courtney sent me a variety of items from Goodwill.  First up, we have a set of wooden coasters in a caddy.  If you are a child of the 70’s like me, half of the parents of your friends had a set like this on the coffee table.

Goodwill coaster set


Next up, we have a lovely faux flower covered purse.  I’ll admit that this one made me laugh when I pulled it out of the box.

thrift store purse


A heart wall pocket was next out of the box.  I honestly don’t mind this piece just as it is but being the crafty type, I know I’ll improve its looks somehow.

Goodwill Heart Wall Pocket


And the grand finale is a decorative chicken piece.  Perfect for the chicken lover’s home.

Goodwill Chicken decoration

Courtney really challenged me and I’m so glad that she gave me a head start by sending the items by the end of May.  I have been working on and off on my makeovers since then, and they still aren’t complete.  No worries, I’ll be ready by July 25 and I can’t wait to show you how I repurposed these things.


If you aren’t familiar with Courtney, she blogs at All Things New Again.  All Things New Again is also her business in Leesburg, Virginia.  Look at her gorgeous shop!


All Things New Again specializes in hand painted furniture and upcycled items.  If I’m ever in Leesburg, I’m sure to visit this quaint shop.


Here are a few of Courtney’s favorite projects:

How to Apply a Paper Napkin to Furniture

Tips for Decoupaging Paper Napkins Onto Furniture


Tips for Using Milk Paint

Milk Paint for Control Freaks Like Us

Transform Ordinary $1 Vases with Unicorn Gel Stain

Transform Ordinary $1 Vases With Unicorn Spit Gel Stain

My items were sent to Jenny at Paint Yourself a Smile.  Funny story, I boxed Jenny’s items on a teacher workday at the end of the school year.  A few teacher friends were in my room chatting as I was wrapping the items, so of course I explained what I was doing.  One item was waiting to be wrapped and my friends didn’t think that it needed a makeover.  Head over to Paint Yourself a Smile and see if you can guess which one it is.


thrift store throwdown


Want to see what everyone received?  Click on over to each blog!

My Life From Home

Farmhouse 40

Refurbish 360

All Things New Again

Dukes and Duchesses

Paint Yourself a Smile

Lovely Etc

Shepherds and Chardonnay

Shop Blu

3 Little Greenwoods

One Mile Home Style

One More Time Events

Holy Craft

Salvage Sister and Mister


Be sure to come back on July 25 to see the end result of this challenge!




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  2. Hi Paula! Thank you for the great write-up on All Things New Again. I am so excited about participating in this challenge. I can’t wait to see what you do with the “goodies” I sent you! Just with your pretty photographs, they look better already. 🙂 ~Courtney

    1. I am so glad that you gave me a head start, Courtney. Two things that I’ve made, I adore!


    1. I did get some challenging things. Can you even imagine thinking about carrying that purse??


  3. What a good haul! That handbag (wow) has so much potential. So excited to see what you pick for a makeover.

    1. I’m working on all of them, Carol. The handbag might be my favorite of what I’ve created.


    1. I think I got the most challenging box, Tammy! I’m up for it though and have plans for my goodies!


  4. Paula, I can’t wait to see what you do with these items. I love each one individually and am not even sure where I would start! Good luck and can’t wait to see the final product!

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