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Thrift Store Refashion into Little Girl’s Dress

One of my top tips when on the hunt for a thrift store find, is to keep your eyes open for patterns and prints that you love. That was the case with this oversized women’s button up shirt.

As my sister and I walked through the aisles of clothing at our last thrift store hunt, this bright print caught my eye. I wasn’t exactly sure what I wanted to do with it, but the print yelled “spring” at me. So for $3, I snatched it up!

Easy way to take your thrift store find and refashion into a new girl's dress. Easy DIY sewing project to makeover your thrift store find. Continue Reading →

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August 2016 Thrift Store Haul

It doesn’t happen all the time but when it does… euphoria takes over! For us frugalistas, it’s when the stars align just right as you walk through the doors of your favorite thrift store and everything you touch seems to be hand picked just for you!

Do you know what I’m talking about? With thrift stores it can be completely hit or miss. For example, just yesterday I wandered into our local Goodwill Store and there was nothing. Not a single thing I was interested in. Oh well, better luck next time. Right?

But! On this particular beautiful Monday morning, things worked out just right!

She found such cute things in her thrift haul! Motivation to do my own thrift haul and find cute clothes for cheap! August 2016 Thrift Store Haul Continue Reading →

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3 Ways to Refashion Your Wardrobe for Summer

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The feeling you get when the warm sunrays shine down on your face trickles through your entire body. Summer is almost here and you might be wondering where you are going to find the money to replenish the sad remains of a winter wardrobe lingering in your closet.

Not all of us can afford to go out and buy brand new clothes with each season. Or maybe you can? If that’s not you, then you are in the right place!

My mind is telling me that I really need an entire new closet full of clothes but my wallet is telling me that I am only allowed to go pick out one item from the clearance rack.

With these three ideas on how to refashion your winter wardrobe into summer, I think we will be able to satisfy both our minds and wallets!

3 Easy and cheap ways to refashion for $0! FREE refashion ideas. Summer Refashion Tips to transform your winter wardrobe into summers favorite outfits. Continue Reading →

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$5 Thrift Store Makeover

Does anyone else get as excited as I do when I head out to the thrift store? I’m not sure exactly what it is but the excitement of not knowing what I’m going to find just makes me so happy! I guess it’s kinda like a treasure hunt!

When it comes to repurposing or refinishing thrift store finds, spray paint is your best friend! It makes anything look new again and you can make any thrift store treasure match your home décor perfectly.

Thrift Store Makeover project for only $5. I love how this thrift store makeover turned out and for so cheap! Learn tips on how to transform thrift store finds into something fresh and new. You will never know it came from a thrift store! Continue Reading →

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Thrift Store Finds – Dainty Side Table

I know I have told you before but I just love going thrift store shopping on Mondays! If I miss a Monday I get a little depressed. Just ask my hubby! Well… this last trip was one of those golden thrift store shopping trips! I found a large set of cooking dishes, some cute books for the kiddos, a couple vintage books for a different project, and this cute little thing!

I didn’t even know I needed it but as soon as I saw it sitting all by itself I knew just where I was going to put it! Our living room has a nice big comfy chair but no end table anywhere nearby but not a lot of space for one. So this cutie was the perfect solution!

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DIY Craft – Roped Hurricane Vase

I have another easy frugal fabulous home décor project for you today! When I say easy I really am not kidding around! The supplies and time you need are very minimal and the total cost of east of these ended up around $2.

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Copycat Inspiration
The original expensive piece that I used for inspiration on this project was spotted at one of my all time favorite stores Homegoods. As I walked into the store they had a beautiful table decorated with all sorts of nautical or roped items.

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I walked up to these beautiful vases to see how much they cost, retail was about $25 each! I knew right then they weren’t meant for me to purchase that day but to go home and find something similar I could make for way less money! A DIY craft idea was born!

Items You Need
Any size glass jar or vase you like
Hot glue and gun
Rope (I bought this 50ft spool of rope at Home Depot for under $5)

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DIY Craft How To

1. Make sure to get all of the gunk and dust off of your jars. I found these at one of our local thrift stores but they had this broken-apart stick design all over them. Luckily they just slipped off and soap and water was all I needed.

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2. Decide where you want to place your rope. I was going to try and do an exact copycat design duplicate with these and the ones I saw at the store. But after I finished the first, I decided against that idea.
3. Start attaching the rope by placing a ribbon of hot glue along the base of the vase. Be sure to attach the rope before the glue dries. For the first layer or two of rope you will want to continually attach each part of the rope with glue.

As you are working try to keep the rope tight and each layer close together. You can do this by gently pressing down on the layers each time you add glue.

Once your first two layers are attached you can start using less glue. I used a small amount (about 1” long) on opposite sides of the glass about every two to three layers. But with your last two layers you will want to go back to using more glue.
4. Finish off the rope when you think it looks fabulous by doing a diagonal cut along the rope and attaching with hot glue. Try to tuck the end of the rope gently behind the lower layer.

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That’s it! So quick and super frugal fabulous! Right now I am keeping these beauties on one of my entry tables in our home but my plan is to get some large candles to put inside each vase and move them out to live on our porch. Maybe when the holidays come along I will switch the candles out for some Christmas lights. So many options…

What do you think?
Where is your favorite place for DIY craft inspiration? Do you have some vases already at home that you want to do this project to? Let me know in the comments below. Let’s chat!

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How to Organize Your Closet for Pennies

Have you ever seen those beautiful before and after pictures of a nicely organized closet? The ones where everything is color coordinated, pretty baskets and bins are all matching. Do you ever wish that your closets looked like those?

I have! The problem I always run into when I try to attempt this seemingly magical feat is that to buy baskets and containers that all match each other can be crazy expensive. One pretty basket on it’s own can cost more than $15 each! If you need more than a few, your price tags are quickly adding up to be more than $100!

No way! That is insane and a pretty closet is not worth it! But don’t you worry! I am going to show you how to organize your closet and only spend a few pennies. I was able to organize 2 large closets and made them look beautiful for under $15. There are only three tips you need to know to do the same thing.

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Look at a thrift store
The secret… thrift store finds! For a few weeks I would go into the thrift store and search their isles for any sturdy office organizing tools. Things like stackable files, desk organizers, pencil holders, and paper holders were all things that I found almost on a weekly basis.

Don’t worry about the pieces matching. We will take care of that next. For now, focus on looking for items that will suite your needs. Try to think outside the box. One item I bought is actually made to hold little coffee creamers but is now being used to house all of our miscellaneous office supplies.

Every single piece I bought cost about $1.50 – $2.00. This method is way cheaper then going to the store to buy brand new.

Save your leftover condiment tubs
Things like leftover yogurt tubs, glass jars, or tin cans will help make this project achieve your desired end result. Again, they don’t need to match. Just make sure to get them all cleaned up and remove any paper labels. Then you are ready to make them look organized.

Spray paint
I told you I was going to show you how to organize your closet and make it look pretty and this is where the makeover happens. Choose just one color of spray paint that you love and would like to see in your soon to be beautiful closet.

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Now take all of those pieces you just found at the thrift store, go to a well-ventilated area (outside is best), and start painting all the pieces the same colors! Some of the things I had I only painted part of it, like glass jars. I wanted to be able to see what was inside so I cleaned off the glass and only painted the lids.

How to Organize Your Closet

Take a look at what these pits looked like before I started on this organizing journey…
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Pull everything out
Let everything completely dry and bring them inside and start organizing. My closets were a disaster zone. We called one of them “the craft pit.” The very best thing to do is have all of your new organizing tools set out and just pull every single piece out of your closet!

Every – single – piece! As you are pulling things out place them in piles of related use. So papers with papers, coloring supplies, kids crafts, ribbons, things like that all piled together.

Throw it away
Don’t be afraid to throw things away that you know you don’t need. I was surprised at how much trash I had in there. Not just things I didn’t think I would be using but actual pieces of trash.

Finished!

How to Organize Your Closet for Pennies - penniesintopearls.com - Tips on how to get organized and where to find the supplies for cheap to keep you in budget!

How to Organize Your Closet for Pennies - penniesintopearls.com - Tips on how to get organized and where to find the supplies for cheap to keep you in budget!
It sounds like a lot of work but let me tell you, I spent about 2 hours total getting this project completed and I am so happy that I did! Sometimes as I am walking through our hallway I will just stop and open the closets to look in and see how pretty they look now. You will be so happy you did it!

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