8 Shelves decorated for ONLY $58.97!!

Recently my talented friend Lisa, author of several YA books, invited a small group of creative-minded girls to her house for a night of drinks, brainstorming and goal-setting. We plan to meet on a regular basis to share ideas, hold each other accountable to goals, and collaborate on projects.

At our get-together I shared the current state of Something to be Found; I dabble in re-selling (mainly at the Cleveland Flea), I have this blog, I write sponsored posts for Goodwill, and I host Thrift Night Out events with Dina.

We brainstormed some additional projects/ideas for me to consider, and one that I've thought about for a long time but have never done is to thrift/decorate for clients. I have a lot of doubts and questions on how this could actually be profitable, but like all ideas, the best way to work through those questions is to just try it! Test it out and see what works and what doesn't.

Turns out that Lisa had two brand new Ikea Hemnes shelves in her bedroom that were in need of some decorating so she offered to be my first "client."

 After seeing her the color scheme and vibe of her bedroom, I was sooooooooo excited to get started!

Her bedding and green furniture has a Lilly Pulitzer vibe, so I stuck to that color palette and theme when thrifting pieces for her shelves. I knew right away that I would use books to add bright pops of color, but I would keep all the other pieces like the vases, lanterns and picture frames in neutral tones like gold, whites/creams, black, and wood grain.

After visiting 8 different thrift stores and one estate sale over the period of about 5 weeks, here's the haul for her shelves:

These 50+ items came to a grand total of $58.97!!! If we shopped retail, we would've paid that much for just the bamboo tray, green striped basket, and faux palm plant.

Next came the fun part of putting everything together on the shelves:

I absolutely LOVE this juicy combination of the pink and yellow books: 

This green striped basket and faux palm plant were picked up at Goodwill when I was on my way to Lisa's house!! I was running a few minutes early so I just had to stop in. The faux palm was an ahhhmazing score, and then when I was checking out I spotted the green striped basket and literally RAN over to get it. (You're welcome. Lisa!) 

Luckily Lisa already had another potted plant so we were able to use hers on top of the other set of shelves to balance everything out.

The bamboo tray was saved for last, and we found the perfect home for it on this green bedside table. 

What a fun project!! Thanks, for being my first official "client," Lisa!

Local, Cleveland Friends -- want me to thrift for you!? If you have some shelves or a spot in your house that could use a fresh new look, and you'd like me to thrift and style it for you, email me at somethingtobefound@gmail.com

Found at Goodwill Painesville

Last weekend my friend Kristin texted me a picture of a bunch of clothes and shoes, and followed it with a text that read:
"Had to share! It's a poppin' tags kinda Saturday. Goodwill Painesville and Salvation Army Mentor. $60 bucks total, 15 items, including a cool faux leather jacket, brand new Target shoes, and brands including Calvin Klein, Gap, Loft, NY & Co, and Chicos! My dark winter wardrobe is getting donated and now I have lots of bright colors and short sleeves!" 
My mouth started watering with excitement!! I zoomed in on her picture so fast and demanded she send me full version pics of the grey sweatshirt, white sweater and leather jacket. Look at these!!!  

No words!! I simply responded to her with a million praise the lord /raise the roof / double high five emoticons.

So of course, since I've never been to Goodwill Painesville, I just haaaad to make a special stop out there this week. And woah, it was pretty amazing. There were so. many. clothes. Here's a quick 15 second video to give you an idea... I would've taken more but Instagram only gives ya 15 seconds. 


It's serious work digging through those racks of clothes. My left shoulder cramped up a number of times from all the swiping and pulling and I was literally out of breath by the end of each rack. What a workout! I was able to pull about 20+ things to try on which is a pretty good load! 

I always try a ton of stuff on and slowly widdle my way down by asking myself some very poignant questions:

1 | Would I actually wear this in lieu of yoga pants and a t-shirt?
2 | Is this something that can be worn every. single. day. when I decide that I hate the rest of my wardrobe?
3 | Is this versatile enough to be worn running errands, carting the kids around, going out to dinner?
4 | Can I comfortably nap in this? 

From 20+ pieces I narrowed it down to these three:

Merona cotton dress (with pockets!!) - $7
BRAND NEW w/ Tags Mossimo white tank - $5
Forever 21 cinched waist blouse - $4
I hemmed and hawed on the white blouse because I responded "no" to questions 1, 2, 3 AND 4! But it's just so simple-chic and anthro-looking that I convinced myself to change my no to a yes on question 3.

On to housewares!!

My friend Lisa asked me to style her two white Ikea Hemnes cabinets in her bedroom. Umm, yes please!! This makes her my very first "client"! Her bedroom vibe is very Lilly Pulitzer with kelly green side tables, a bright pink floral duvet, black and white striped pillows, and gold lamps. I thought I had bought everything I needed for her... but then as I strolled the housewares section I found more good stuff!

Glass Jar with Wrapped Rope - $4

Ikea Gold Framed Mirror - $2

Gold Lantern - $1.50

Textured White Vase - $3

Thankfully I'm heading over to Lisa's tomorrow to style those shelves, otherwise I would never stop shopping! I'll definitely take lots of pictures to share.

And last but not least, my totally random purchase: a 3-hole punch! I've been needing one of these so that I can file the kid's artwork (the few pieces I actually keep) into a binder. These are $20-$25 brand new and I found this one for $3.99!!

Rumor has it that both the North Olmsted and Jackson Township Goodwill's are ahhhhmazing, so those two are on my list next! What's your favorite Goodwill store and why?? Share in the comments so I can add them to my list!

**This post was sponsored by Goodwill Industries of Greater Cleveland and East Central Ohio, Inc. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.

Save the Dates

Mark your calendar for these upcoming Thrifty events in Cleveland and Akron! I'll share more details on each  event in the coming weeks, but for now here's the dates and links if you'd like to save the date. Hope to see you at one or all!

Goodwill Good Style Fashion Show
When: Thursday, May 7 at 6pm
Where: Windows on the River, Cleveland, OH
Cost: $30 on Living Social
6 local fashion bloggers create a collection of thrifted outfits and share them in a runway style fashion show. Dina is one of the bloggers and I'll be modeling an outfit in her "thriftaquarium" collection.

Dina's 2014 Goodwill Fashion Show Collection - The Secret Life of Plants

When: Friday, May 8 at 6pm
Where: Goodwill, 570 E. Waterloo, Akron OH
Cost: Free (registration required)
Dina and I will share our best thrifty tips and tricks for creating a stylish home and wardrobe, and then we'll head out and shop the store! (Dinner and refreshments included!)

Cleveland Flea
When: Saturday, July 11
Where:Tyler Village, 3615 Superior Avenue, Cleveland, OH
Cost: Free
The Cleveland Flea is the 2nd Saturday of every month. I'll be there as a vendor in July!

Five Uses for an Ice Cube Tray

I always loved the “New Uses for Old Things” section of RealSimple Magazine. That’s where I learned to store and hang my ribbon spools on a wire hanger and to use an ice cube to smooth out caulk. Speaking of ice cubes, I bought a brand new ice cube tray at Goodwill Wadsworth for 40 cents. Here are 5 new uses that don’t have anything to do with making ice.

Over time, all of our jars of paint became varying shades of brown as the kids would mindlessly dip their brush from the purple jar, to the green jar, to the blue jar. Separating the paint into the ice cube tray may not prevent mixing of colors, but at least the whole jar won’t turn brown. Plus I can add water on the other side of the tray for easy brush cleaning. Which I am sure they will diligently clean their brushes between each paint dip.

Organize Batteries, clips, loose change, rubber bands, staples, keys, twist ties, and safety pins. Use a bunch of trays if you have a lot of junk!

CafĂ© O’Play  in Stow, Ohio provides their kids lunches in metal muffin trays. The kids LOVED that idea so I adapted that idea and used the ice cube tray for small snacks like raisins, cereal, nuts, carrots, pretzels, and candy.

This may not be the most beautiful thing to display on your dresser top, but tuck it inside your drawer and use it to separate earrings, rings and bracelets. 

I haven’t shown this idea to the boys yet but when I do I can guarantee I will never get the ice cube tray back. This could be a boat in both the bath tub and  the kiddie pool, or it could be a bus, a train, a roller coaster, a rocket ship, or an airplane. 

Any other ideas for using an ice cube tray in an unexpected way? Share in the comments! 

**This post was sponsored by Goodwill Industries of Akron. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.

Houseplant Artwork

I've been wanting to add some real plants around the house, but my track record with plants is very bleak. Succulents, which I think are supposed to last FOREVER, die within a few weeks under my care. 

So, what a pleasant surprise it was to come across this book  at Goodwill Eastlake for only $1! It's a Time Life encyclopedia and guide all about house plants!

This book will definitely be a great resource for me if I ever buy a real plant. Until then I'll just play it safe and display pictures of plants from the book in this $3 frame I found at Goodwill Garfield.

I should have no problem keeping these "plants" alive... 

So maybe you're the kind of person that can actually keep a plant alive and you don't need to frame pictures of plants in lieu of the real thing. Good for you... and give me all your tips! But there are plenty of other books you can repurpose into artwork if plants aren't your thing. Here I used clippings from a sports book to create silhouettes of my boys.

Click here for directions on how to make these silhouettes. 

Here I used a page from the children's book "Sesame Street Book of Numbers" to fill an empty frame. 

And here's another picture from that same Sesame Street book. These scruffy dogs reminded me so much of our dog, Sammy.

Next time you are in need of some new artwork (or plants) for your home, stop in at Goodwill and find a book with photographs, illustrations, or artwork that fit your style. Books usually range in price from fifty cents to two dollars, so go wild, buy a few! 

If you give this project a try, I'd love to see pictures!! Email me here.

**This post was sponsored by Goodwill Industries of Greater Cleveland and East Central Ohio, Inc. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.