Learn to Thrift!

When Dina and I started our Thrift Challenge a few months ago, our goal was to show that shopping at thrift stores isn't just about uncovering a lucky find, you can actually go there and shop for specific items, whether it be home decor, furniture, or clothes.

Well now we're going to put our money where our mouth is! Join Dina and I along with Lauren from Noto Boutique at Goodwill Akron (570 E. Waterloo) for our FREE class: Learn the Basics of Thrift Shopping! All three of us are so excited to share our thrifting tips and to help you put them to use.

Mark your calendars!!

Tuesday May 6th @ 10am, taught by me & Lauren.
(I'll also be teaching a fabric bunting craft at 9am if you want to come early!)

Wednesday May 7th @ 6pm, taught by me & Lauren. 
(I'll be teaching a fabric bunting craft from 4-6 if you want to come early!)

Saturday May 10th @ 12:30, taught by Dina.
(Come early for the blogger fashion show at noon!)


As mentioned, on Saturday May10th before the 12:30 thrift class there will be a blogger/fashionista fashion show! 


Think Super Market Sweep at the thrift store!! Participants will have 30 minutes and $20 to put together a stylish outfit. Then at noon they'll model their looks for guests and shoppers who will vote on their favorites. Participants will include:


  • Rachel / For the Birds
  • Amy / Glam and Grace
  • Megan / Garden Variety
  • Collyn / Two Amused Bouches
  • Abby / Les Bottes D'eleanor
  • Lindsey / Ever So Splendid 
  • KSU fashion students: Mercadies, Shelby, Sarah
  • Cyndi Martin / Ms. Ohio Valley, 2014


  • Come and see what outfits these ladies can pull together, and be sure to mark your calendar for on of the three thrift classes!

    DIY Hand Stamped Easter Eggs

    Remember my crafty friend Laura? The one who nearly risked her life to buy this book case off Craig's List? Well she's back to recount yet another DIY adventure, one that required no searching of police records!

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    I have a two-year-old hoarder on my hands. He loves to hunt, gather, tote…and occasionally bite. Enter a few sunshiny days and I was reminded to dig out some Easter decorations from the basement. It was a sad, sad lot. Last year, I had purchased some cute eggs to put in a basket, but they were made out of styrofoam. Styrofoam and my two-year-old’s budding molars do not mix. He just couldn’t resist chomping them to pieces. 



    Thus began the search for some eggs to fill the basket that were more durable. I found ceramic (um…no), marble (that would subsequently be thrown through a window or at someone’s head), glitter (which my sister-in-law refers to as the herpes of the house) and a plethora of foam. Then I stumbled upon some wood eggs in the woodworking area of Joann Fabrics. Durable. Neutral. Unbreakable. Perfect. It then occurred to me that I had a set of small letter stampers from another project and I thought it might be cool to stamp the name of every person in our family.



     It was cool (for the first 6), but then I realized just how large our family is! But the result is very worth it. We now have a basket of personalized Easter eggs and the kids absolutely love searching for their name, finding the names of their cousins, grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts and uncles and placing them in and out of other bowls and baskets. I’ve also found a couple shoved into my son’s pockets. Endless fun. 



    Hopefully we’ll have these for years to come—even if James manages to leave a few bite marks along the way. I swear, he’s like a puppy.



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    I want some!!! A big thank you to James for pushing his mom creatively :) He wasn't going to settle for no ho-hum styrofoam eggs, and he knew his mom could deliver! And deliver she did!!

    Follow Laura on Pinterest here. And go buy her books here!

    Cleveland {April} Flea & 21 Things About Me

    A few months ago I looked at the calendar hesitating whether or not to do the first Flea of the year. My set-up crew (Dan) was going to be out of town, I would be 6 months pregnant, and I hadn't replenished my inventory since the Holiday flea back in November.

    But then the buzz started...

    Steph and Sarah started talking about it on Facebook, then all the vendors started commenting about their excitement, and then I went to my first estate sale of the year, and it was a done deal! April Flea - I was in (and so was my big baby belly!)


    With Dan being out of town I had to recruit another male crew chief. Coincidentally my brother would be in town from Columbus that weekend. Thankfully he didn't balk at my request to help and he willingly drove to my house at 6:15am on a Saturday morning! I had to repay him with "fresh hot malty boiled bagels" from The Cleveland Bagel Company and a fresh pour over coffee from Nathan's Coffee Roasting. He then parked himself in one of my vintage lawn chairs and enjoyed some people watching in the PERFECT 70 degree sunny weather! (Thanks Bri!!!)


    My vintage turquoise Tonka truck has become my "mascot!" Several people wanted to know if I was willing to sell it yet, and the answer is still no. Although I did think about the price that someone would have to offer me and I think it would be in the $500 range! Any takers!?!?!


    The boys and the Grandmas came by for a visit and as usual the boys did some "swiping" of my inventory. Guess who picked out the cards and determined which one they each got? Obviously the one who's smiling. 


    Getting visitors at the flea is the best! These are my old co-workers Kate and Kristin, as well as Kristin's cousin, Kristen. OMG, that's a lot of K's!! 


    I didn't post a Twinsie Tuesday today because I actually have these REAL LIFE TWINSIES to share!!! This is Ferg, one of my best friends from college, and her two adorable little twinsie girls. We are currently in the process of arranging marriages for them with my two boys...


    ...and here they are. The big guys! They tried to buy me some ice cream from Mason's Creamery but it was all sold out so they got me hot, powder-sugar covered doughnuts instead. I love them. 


    The first flea of the year was PERFECTION! Great weather, great people, and great food. I'll be on vacation during the May Flea, but hoping to possibly do the June Flea before the baby comes in July. Stay tuned!

    Oh, and those 21 things about me. Yeah, Dina asked me to play along so here it goes:

    1. Are you named after someone?
    No. My dad wanted to name me "Liza" (pronounced Leeza). I would have grown up being called "Sleaze-a Liza." 

    2. When was the last time you cried?
    Watching Parenthood last week! That show used to be happy and funny, now I cry at every episode! C'mon Parenthood writers, quit making me bawl my eyes out!

    3. Do you have Kids?
    Two with the third on the way. Which is crazy because I still feel like a kid! I guess I'm kinda like a teen mom. 

    4. If you were another person would you be a friend of yourself?
    Yes, because we'd both love thrifting, Pinterest and ordering dessert after dinner. We'd be besties!

    5. Do you have a guilty pleasure?
    Aldi brand animal CRACKers. 

    6. Do you like your handwriting?
    Not enough to turn it into a font.

    7. What's your favorite cereal?
    Ohhhhh, so many! Back in the day I loved Nerds cereal, Golden Crisp and Alphabits with marshmallows. Now I'd say it's a toss up between Cocoa Krispies, Cracklin Oat Bran, and Lucky Charms.

    8. What's the first thing you notice about someone?
    Their laugh. I like people who laugh a lot. 

    9. What is your eye color?
    Brown. But that's boring so I went to a list of Crayola crayon colors to come up with something better, and my option is "Beaver." LOL!!!! 

    10. Scary Movies or Happy Movies
    Considering I had to be driven home at 2 in the morning from sleepovers after being scared of ghost stories, I only watch happy movies. 

    11. Favorite TV Show?
    Obviously Parenthood. 4 of my Twinsie Tuesdays have been Parenthood characters!

    12. Summer or Winter?
    Ideally I'd like 8 months of summer, 2 months of fall, 1 month of winter and 1 month of Spring. Where does this happen? I will retire there.

    13. Hugs or Kisses?
    From who!? If you're not my kid or my husband, hugs only!!

    14. What's the furthest you've been from home?
    I never felt further from home than when I was at 6th grade camp (which was probably 25 miles from my house). Growing up I hated sleepovers (reference question 10), and being in the middle of the woods in a cabin felt like torture! Thank goodness for the walkman and soothing music my mom packed me :) 

    15. Do you have any special talents?
    Recognizing faces and determining people's doppelgangers. And also guessing the sex of a couple's first born child. I should get a job at a carnival.

    16. Where were you born?
    Almost in the hallway of Hillcrest Hospital in Cleveland. 


    17. What are your hobbies?
    Aside from thrifting and Pinterest? I used to play volleyball and softball. 


    18. Do you have any pets? 
    Not currently. We had Sam-boy for a few years. Long story, but he wasn't good with strangers so we adopted him to a wonderful new mommy who spoils him ROTTEN! I still keep in touch with them, in fact I face-timed with them a few weeks ago! 



    19. Favorite Movie?
    Rudy! I turn into a crying hot mess EVERY time it's on. "Who's the wild man now?! Who's the wild man now!?" 

    I met the real-life Rudy at a conference!
    20. What color is your car?
    Dirt-covered black.

    21. What do you want to be when you grow up?
    A professional thrift shopper with an assistant who will clean, price and organize everything for me. 

    Want to play along? I tag Olivia at Ode Vintage, Stephanie at Indie Foundry, and Kristina at Weekly Wanderlust.

    These are a few of my favorite things... for sale at the Cleveland Flea!

    Just two more days until the start of Cleveland Flea Season! The first one is this Saturday, April 12th from 9am-4pm in the parking lot of Sterles Restaurant at E. 55th & St. Clair.

    The Something to be Found booth will be in the middle of row four. Just look for these colorful pom pom garlands!




    Once you've spotted the POMS, you'll find all these other housewares and decorations for sale. 

    Vintage Metal Stacking Canisters
    My Book House books.
    White Lotus Bowls
    Mason Jar Mugs and Polka Dot Glass
    Vintage Maxwell House and Hills Bros. Coffee Tins
    Vintage Pencil Sharpeners
    Vintage Inspired Silver Phone
    Kodak Instamatic 100 Camera
    Colorful Vintage Paper Lanterns
    Vintage Match Books
    Fluorescent Colorado and Toronto Pennants
    Hope to see you there!! For more info, visit the Cleveland Flea website or their Facebook page




    April Thrift Challenge: Color Collection

    I've never considered staging a shelf or table using just ONE color -- so I was excited to see that Dina was challenging me to do just that this month!


    Hilda Grahnat, Swedish photographer, designer and stylist, created this photo series for Norwegian magazine OBOS-bladet's feature on Spring Flea Markets.


    She also did a similar set of photos called "Vintage by Color.





    Aren't they awesome!! Visit her blog at http://blog.grahnat.se/ -- you won't be disappointed! So much vinitagey goodness in all her photos.

    I'm excited that Dina challenged me to create my own grouping of uni-color thrifted items... the tough part will be deciding which color!

    I  challenged Dina this month with a sweet yet edgy outfit for Spring. Go on and check it out at DinasDays.com.

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    The WINNER of Thrift Challenge #3 is...

    We had 8 amazingly CREATIVE submissions for the first ever Reader Thrift Challenge.


    CONGRATULATIONS to Kelli from Norman, Oklahoma for winning the challenge with her take on the "3-Tiered Stand!"


    Kelli spent ONLY $3.96 at the Salvation Army in Norman, OK for 3 plates and a bag of wooden tinker toys and blocks.



    She first ran everything through the dishwasher then tinkered around with the wooden pieces to see which ones would best balance the plates and bowl, and which ones would best make a handle for the top. Kelli used Gorilla Glue on the bolt pieces and glued them to the plates/bowl one piece at a time allowing overnight drying for each step. Once everything was dry and secure she so kindly made us all drool a bit by filling the tiers with cookies and brownies.


    To see some of Kelli's other creative projects (including these painted coffee containers that are ALL OVER Pinterest), visit her feed at Hometalk. She also has a cooking blog at www.Kelliskitchen.org.

    CONGRATULATIONS KELLI!!!

    And again, GREAT JOB to all the participants -- Emily, Krista, Megan, Christine, Amberly, Shanie and Stacey. All the voters and readers were blown away by your talent and creativity. Many of the voters commented that ALL entries looked like winners and I couldn't agree more.

    We had so much positive feedback and excitement about this Reader Challenge that we'll definitely be doing another one this Spring. To make sure you don't miss out on the next one, you can submit your email in the field over on the right hand side there below the Google Followers and above my Recent Pins where it says "Follow by Email." You can also follow me on Instagram at SomethingtobeFound and/or on Facebook.

    THANK YOU again to all the participants and to everyone who voted!! Head on over to Dinas Days to see which fashionista won her March Reader Fashion Challenge. And stop back here tomorrow to see what Dina challenged me with for April!

    March {Reader} Thrift Challenge REVEAL: DIY 3-Tiered Stands

    Welcome to month 3 of the thrift challenge...and our very FIRST reader challenge!!

    Dina challenged us this month to DIY a 3-tiered stand. The only rules were that it has to have 3 tiers and the items used to make it must be thrifted (not including glue, paint, etc).

    First up is my take on the challenge, followed by eight awesome submissions from readers! Be sure to scroll through all the reader submissions and cast your vote for your favorite in the yellow box at the bottom of the post. (Voting is now closed). The winner receives bragging rights, plus a custom hand painted sign and pom pom garland.



    The Thrifty Details:

    3 Metal Nesting Bowls | $3 | Goodwill Garfield Heights
    2 Gold Candlesticks | $3 | Goodwill Cuyahoga Falls
    White Lace Trim | $0.25 | Estate Sale 
    TOTAL | $6.25



    During the ONE semi-warm day we've had the past month I spray painted everything with a white primer. I would have then spray painted them with color, except it's literally been snowing or below 30 the past week and a half! So I busted out the paint and paintbrush. For the bowls I used basic Americana acrylic craft paint in Royal Fuchsia mixed with a little bit of plaster of paris to make sure it would adhere really well. After about 4 coats, I lightly sanded the bowls and sealed them with Annie Sloan Clear wax. For the candlesticks I used Behr's Yellow Carat in satin (same color from this side table I painted) and did 3 coats. No sanding or waxing on the candlesticks. Not sure why, just didn't. To sass it up a bit, I glued on some white lacey trim.

    I tried attaching everything with hot glue and it kept falling apart -- Ithink because of the annie sloan wax it wouldn't adhere. I found Krazy Glue in the junk drawer and that seemed to do the trick! 


    The stand quickly become my washi tape holder / business card decorating station. 




     


    And now for the reader submissions!!!!  


    ENTRY # 1: Emily from Cincinnati, Ohio



    Emily used three thrifted bowls and platesand used 527 glue to connect them to a candlestick and a mini wine glass that she spray painted gold.

    Emily's Thrifty Details:

    Bottom B&W Handmade Platter | $3 | Goodwill Woodlawn
    Middle White Bowl | $0.69 | Valley Thrift Store Cincinnati, OH
    Top Small Saucer Plate | $0.25 | Goodwill Woodlawn
    Bottom Candlestick | $0.49 | Valley Thrift Store Cincinnati, OH
    Mini Wine Glass | $0.15 | Valley Thrift Store Cincinnati, OH
    TOTAL | $4.58


    ENTRY # 2: Kelli (KalamityKelli and Kellis Kitchen) from Norman, Oklahoma



    Kelli used 2 plates and a bowl connected by wooden tinker toys and wooden blocks. She used Gorilla Glue to hold everything together. 

    Kelli's Thrifty Details:

    Bottom Plate | $0.99 | Salvation Army Family Center, Norman, OK
    Middle Plate | $0.99 | Salvation Army Family Center, Norman, OK
    Top Bowl | $0.99 | Salvation Army Family Center, Norman, OK
    Grab Bag of Wood Blocks/Toys | $0.99 | Salvation Army Family Center, Norman, OK
    TOTAL | $3.96


    ENTRY #3: Krista (Goodwill Glam), from Chicago, IL



    Krista used 3 plates that she decorated with gold, black and white polka dots. The plates were connected together by candlesticks that she painted green.

    Krista's Thrifty Details:

    Bottom Plate | $1.99 | Goodwill Chicago
    Middle Plate | $0.99 | Goodwill Chicago
    Top Plate | $0.49 | Goodwill Chicago
    2 Candlesticks | $1.98 | Goodwill Chicago
    TOTAL | $5.45


    ENTRY #4: Megan from Sharon Center, Ohio



    Megan was lucky enough to find an actual 3-tiered stand at the thrift store. She then decorated it for a gold/cream/white wedding theme using all thrifted items. 

    Megan's Thrifty Details:

    3-Tiered Stand | $4 | Goodwill 
    Decorative Items in and around tray | $9.88 | Salvation Army, Goodwill, Garage Sales
    TOTAL | $13.88


    ENTRY #5: Christine (Mamas Happy Stuff) from Cleveland, Ohio



    Christine used 3 metal cake pans spray painted turquoise, then connected them together with glass vases by using magic E6000 glue.

    Christine's Thrifty Details:

    3 Cake Pans | $1.00 | Estate Sale
    2 Glass Vases | $2.00 | Goodwill
    TOTAL | $3.00


    ENTRY #6: Amberly (Bingo Buttercup Crafts)


    Amberly used a broken 3-tiered stand and added crochet tiers made from heavy duty cardboard.

    Amberly's Thrifty Details:

    3-tiered Stand | $0 | Curbside Freebie
    Crocheted Tiers | $0 | Curbside Freebie
    TOTAL | $0


    ENTRY #7: Shanie, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio



    Shanie used 3 gold charger plates super glued to two metal cups.

    Shanie's Thrifty Details:

    3 Gold Charger Plates | $4.50 | Goodwill
    2 Metal Cups | $4 | Goodwill
    TOTAL | $9.50


    ENTRY 8: Stacey (RSVP Paper Co.), Cleveland, Ohio



    Stacey used three white dishes in which she painted the edges and the leaf mark with gold paint. She attached the plates using white candlesticks.

    Stacey's Thrifty Details:

    Bottom Plate | $1 | Goodwill Shaker Heights
    Middle Plate | $1 | Goodwill Shaker Heights
    Top little leaf dish | $1 | Goodwill Shaker Heights
    2 White Candle Sticks | $2 | Goodwill Shaker Heights
    TOTAL | $5.00

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    HUGE round of applause to all 8 of these thrifty/crafty ladies! Now it's time to cast your vote for your favorite 3-tiered stand. You can only vote once. Voting is open until Sunday, March 30th at 10pm. The winner will be announced on Tuesday, April 1st.

    (Voting is now closed).

    Which 3-tiered stand was your favorite?
      
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    Don't skip the vote!! (Voting is now closed). The winner will be known all over blog land as the best 3-tiered stand maker, plus they'll receive a custom hand painted sign and pom pom garland.


    Now let's go check out the results of Dina's Reader Fashion challenge. I challenged her and her readers to recreate this distressed jeans/white blazer look. And guess who gave this fashion challenge a whirl???.....  ME! Oh my, I give so much credit to Dina and other fashion bloggers who step in front of the camera on a weekly basis. I only got 2 somewhat acceptable shots out of the fifty that we took! Go. Go now and judge me. Then when you're done laughing, be sure to vote for your favorite reader outfit(Voting is now closed).


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