We don’t use a lot of cash in our house – we tend to use our debit cards instead – so it’s not often that Corey or I have any sort of cash or change on us. But every once in a while we do have some, and since we both hate walking around with a ton of change on us, we started keeping a change jar a few years back. It takes forever for the change to actually build up, so we usually forget about it for several months (or, um, years) and once it starts to get full we go ahead and cash it out and buy something fun.
The very first time we got cash from our change jar, we bought this:
Yup, we adopted Cullen from the animal shelter using cash from our change jar. So now, cashing out our change jar to buy something has turned into a fun adventure for us, and we like to see how many awesome things we can buy just with leftover change from around the house.
It had been a long, long time since we last cashed out our change jar, so a few weeks ago we decided it was time. We headed to the nearest CoinStar machine (which, yes, takes a small percentage, but we were willing to give up a few bucks for the convenience) and ended up with a whopping $60 to play around with. We decided to challenge ourselves to buying only thrift store items with our change jar cash, so we could see how many cool things we could find at our local thrift stores for less than $60.
Let’s just say we managed to get a pretty good haul.
Let’s look at a few close-ups and discuss makeovers, shall we?
Here we’ve got that cute bird print that we grabbed for $4.99, the lemon pitcher snagged for $2.99, the green glass for $1.99, the gold owl for $1.99 and the brown poodle for $0.99.
We left the lemon pitcher and the green glass alone – the pitcher is perfect for strawberry lemonade and we’re hoping to eventually collect a full set of the green glasses, because I’m head over heels in love with this one. The frame on the bird print, the owl, and the poodle all got a makeover, but we’ll get to that in a minute.
In this photo you can see the (so, so gorgeous) botanical print that we got for $9.99, the flower pitcher we got for $1.99, the blue decanter for $1.99, the gold frame for $2.99, the little ceramic snail for $0.99 and the globe for $9.99.
We left the pitcher, the decanter, and the snail alone – I plan to use the pitcher as a vase (it’s currently living in our china cabinet in the kitchen) and we haven’t decided if we’ll actually use the decanter or just let it sit and be cute. The snail is just adorable as he is, so of course we didn’t need to touch him.
The frame on the botanical print got a makeover, as did the base on the globe. The gold frame, as you’ve already seen, got turned into an earring holder in my bathroom.
And, since you can’t see it well in any of the above photos, here’s a close-up of that gorgeous faux-bamboo mirror that we scored for only $9.99.
It’s huge (almost four feet tall!) and has a ton of potential! We haven’t actually done anything with this guy yet, but we have a spot all set aside for it in our powder room, for when we someday get around to giving it a facelift (we can’t hang it yet because we’ll have to move the lighting, which will be a slightly large undertaking).
Not bad for a little less than $60.00, right? It took us several trips and about four different thrift stores to find all of these, so it wasn’t a one-day trip or anything, but we had a blast gathering everything and we were a little sad when our change jar money ran out and we didn’t have an excuse to constantly hit up the thrift stores anymore!
So, are you ready to see how we gave some of these (admittedly ugly) pieces a new life?
Here’s the little poodle before his makeover…
…and here he is after:
I’m not gonna lie – when I first picked this guy up at Goodwill, Corey was giving me some serious side-eye. I’m pretty sure he thought I was crazy, and he absolutely did not agree with my declaration that he was adorable. Luckily, I had a picture in my mind of how cute this little puppy would be with a couple of coats of glossy white paint, and I was absolutely right. Adorable, no?
The owl was also looking seriously sketchy when we first picked him out, but Corey and could both agree that he had potential.
Corey requested that I paint this guy kelly green to go in our guest room (we already have a couple of white ceramic owls in our bedroom, so I didn’t really need another shiny white guy). I obliged, and I think he turned out pretty dang adorable too.
The globe was a piece that I immediately knew I had to have the second I laid eyes on it. I’ve been in love with globes used as decor for a long time now, and I loved the muted colors in this one. And for a measly ten bucks, there was no way I could pass it up.
A quick coat of glossy black on the base, and it was looking much more chic and modern.
I love the contrast the black adds, and I can’t wait to find a good spot for this guy. Right now he’s just floating around the house until I find a home for him, but I’m sure I’ll find a landing zone for him sometime soon.
And, finally, those two prints got a fresh coat of black spray paint and found a new home in our bedroom above the bed.
We’ll probably eventually add some more to it, but it makes us happy for now – we decided that the faux-zinc letters were a bit too small for that area, so we took ’em down while we look for a better spot for them (we’ll probably put them above our bedroom door in the hallway). We’re thinking that eventually we’ll have a big gallery wall here that spills over the sides of the bed and fills up the wall a little better.
And with that, you’ve seen what we got for $60 and a lot of patience at our local thrift stores! We had so much fun tracking down all of these cool pieces, and we love how they look in our home. Plus, with all of the different stores we visited, we have surely found at least two new thrift stores to frequent in our area, which makes for another item crossed off of our 101 in 1,001 list!
What do you do with all of your extra change?