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


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? free polls

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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Linking up with {Katherines Corner, My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia, Domestically Speaking, Coastal Charm, Knick of Time Interiors, Lolly Jane}

Twinsie Tuesday: Colleen & Lauren Graham

Surprise surprise, I have yet another Parenthood character as a Twinsie Tuesday. So far I've TT'd Dax Shepard (Crosby), Sam Jaeger (Joel), and David Denman (Ed). In the spotlight today is Lauren Graham (Sarah). Her Twinsie? -- my hot, sarcastic, funny friend, Colleen!

When asked if I could post a picture of her eating a donut, she responded "I'm not ashamed of eating donuts. Bring it!"  

It's been brought'n: 

If you follow me on Pinterest you may recall a little board called "Colleen's BIG day!" That's for this lady who's getting married in ONE MONTH. I'm helping her create "Golden Vintage Glam" centerpieces with things like these sparkly garlands. More pics coming soon!


Tomorrow is REVEAL day for the March Reader Thrift Challenge 3-Tiered Stands. Be sure to stop back between Wednesday and Sunday to cast your vote!

$4 DIY Rainboot Wreath | Goodwill Project #17

I’m totally that neighbor.

It’s March and I still have a plaid suitcase, ice skates and an old sled decorating our front porch. After the beating they took this winter they’ve raised their white flags and surrendered. “Replace us!” they cried!

So despite the rain and 29 degree temps we're expecting this weekend, I’m swapping out the soggy, mangled, defeated Christmas d├ęcor for something fresh, bright and oh-so-BOOT-iful. (too easy - had to say it!)  

This wreath was inspired by similar ones done by RefreshRestyle and Red Hen Home. You only need 3 things for this project, making it sooooo easy!

1 | Rainboots. I bought these from Goodwill Cuyahoga Falls for $3
2 | Fake Flowers. Found a ton of these at Goodwill Twinsburg and got the whole bundle (more than I even used) for just a $1.
3 | Ribbon or twine or burlap or whatever you want to use for hanging the boot wreath.

That makes the total cost of this project, FOUR DOLLARS!

I strung the boots together by weaving the ribbon through the buckle on one boot and the pull-tab on the back of the other boot. Then I hung them from a pre-existing hook on our front door. And that’s it!!

You’re welcome, Christmas decorations. And you’re welcome, neighbors. 

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

Linking up with {Lolly Jane}

Twinsie Tuesday: Steve & Anderson Cooper

I had some Twinsie Tuesday nominations sent to me a few weeks ago for "Olympic Twisnie Tuesday" and they were GREAT! You guys amaze me with your Twinsie-Tuesday-Spotting-Talents!  This week, former Royal Twinsie Tuesday herself, Susie S., nominated a Trainer at her work. She texted me his picture and I responded with "OMG!!!!"

Meet Steve, Anderson Cooper's twin!

I asked for guesses on Instagram and the amazing doodle artist Amy Lou Hawthorne guessed Anderson Cooper, (way to go Amy!) but there was also another great guess from Shavonda at A Home Full of Color (whose kitchen was recently featured in Better Homes & Garden!) she said Steve Martin!! 

Thanks for playing Amy and Shavonda :)  

If you have a Twinsie Tuesday nomination send it on over to me at: somethingtobefound(at)gmail(dot)com

Somethings: Jackets, Maxis, & Dresses

It's been quite awhile since I've shared my Thrifted Somethings. And that means I have A LOT of them to share so prepare yourself for a post dump of thrifted somethings the next few weeks. 

The thrift store can be a dangerous place for me. I suffer from oh-its-so-cute-and-so-so-so-cheap-and-I've-seen-it-on-Pinterest-and-I'll-just-get-it-and-hope-I-wear-it-itis. And that's how I end up with a closet full of clothes that I don't wear.

I am working hard to only buy things that I know will get worn, but I think some of that oh-its-so-cute-and-so-so-so-cheap-and-I've-seen-it-on-Pinterest-and-I'll-just-get-it-and-hope-I-wear-it-itis crept back in when I bought these two coats.

I think*. I could be wrong!

This black leather Forever 21 coat was  dressed on a mannequin that was displayed near the checkout lines. I was already being rung up when I spotted it so I bolted to the mannequin and ripped it off without thinking twice about whether I'd really wear it. (or whether the people in line thought I might be crazy).

I've got some girls-night-out events coming up so we'll see if it makes the cut!

This shimmery gold, 3/4 sleeve Kensie swing coat was too pretty to leave behind. I haven't worn it yet, but I'm thinking it will be perfect for the "Gold Vintage Glam" wedding I"ll be attending next month!

Speaking of that "Gold Vintage Glam" wedding... there is a very good chance I might also wear this gold, vintage, pleated maxi skirt! I found it at Unique Thrift Store in Ohio City back in November. It was $10 which is way too pricey for me at a thrift store, but a friendly store patron gave me a $5 off coupon, making this just five bucks. HIVE FIVE to her! 

If I see a maxi skirt, in my size, you better get out the way! You can guarantee it will end up in my cart! This black and white polka dot one came from Goodwill in Mansfield for a few bucks.

I also picked up this floral Abercrombie Dress at Goodwill in Mansfield. I originally planned to cut it up and use the fabric for a project (I may have just heard a teenage girl screaming) but I may also give it a few wears before taking the scissors to it. 

I didn't inspect this navy blue Gap dress well enough when I bought it from Value World. It wasn't until seeing these pictures that I noticed the HUGE stain across the chest area. A little mad that I paid $7 for it, but I'll still probably wear it...

...because this guy was with me when I tried it on and he told me it was "cute!" 

I did a little bit of thrift shopping while in Florida and found two great Maxi dresses at the Fort Meyers Goodwill (right near the Miromar Outlets). This purple tie-dye looking one is from Target (Merona) and was $7.

This green one, which I will be LIVING in this spring and summer is by Route 66 (K-Mart?) and was also $7.

It's the perfect dress for the extremely large baby bump I'll be sportin' this summer. Baby boy #3 is due in July! 

March {Reader} Thrift Challenge: Three Tiered Stand

This is the third installment of the Thrift Challenge and we don't want to do it alone... we want YOU to participate with us this time! It will involve thrifting, crafting, submitting a few photos, and potentially winning a grand prize! (more details below)

This month Dina challenged us with making a three-tiered stand like this one from Pottery Barn:

But we don't need to make it exactly like the Pottery Barn version. It can be made of any thrifted materials (bowls, plates, baskets, etc.), the only rule is that it has three tiers. Here's some more retail inspiration:

And for even more inspiration, check out my 3-Tier Display Pinterest board.

1 | All materials in your project must be thrifted (except for glue, nails, etc.)
2 | Their must be (3) three tiers to the stand
3 | You do NOT need to have a blog or website to participate.
4 | Leave me a note in the comments or send me an email at somethingtobefound(at) to let me know you're participating.
5 | Be Creative!!!

1 | Submit 2-3 quality photos via email to somethingtobefound(at) NO LATER than Monday, March 24th at 5pm. Include your name, where you're from, your blog or website address (if  you have one), details on where you thrifted your items from and how much they cost, and a brief "how-to" on how you put it together.
2 | Photos from each participant will be posted here on the blog on Wednesday March 26th
3 | Online voting will be open from Wednesday March 26th through Sunday March 30th.
4 | The winner will be announced and featured here on the blog Tuesday, April 1st
5 | The winner will receive a custom, hand-painted sign and pom pom garland!

I hope you'll join me in this month's thrift challenge! And don't forget to leave a comment or send me an email if you're participating -- it will make my day!!

Dina is also doing a reader challenge this month and guess what, you can participate in that one too and have a chance at another awesome giveaway! Head on over to Dina's Days to see what fashionable outfit I challenged her and her readers to try and recreate.