You all saw that I had my first guest post from Paula at Sweet Pea on Monday, and today we are finishing off the week with another guest post. I’m so excited to have Serena from Thrift Diving share how she scores the best items at thrift stores. Read on to hear more about her fab tips!

Hey there! I’m Serena from Thrift Diving, a blog that inspires you to decorate, maintain, and improve your home on a budget! Thanks to Megan for inviting me to come share some thrift tips with you.

Remember when you were a kid and you’d get teased for your mama shopping at thrift stores? Things have changed! Thrift stores are cool, hip, and trendy. But I was shopping thrift stores before people knew how hot they were ;). I’ve picked up a few tips along the way and wanted to share them with you. I also wanted to share some of my favorite thrift scores!

TIP #1 – Stalk the Thrift Store!

If you love thrift stores, this is an easy tip: go often! It’s true that thrift stores get lots of shipments and turnover of inventory. You may pop in after work one day to find nothing, but the next day you find a gem like this:



Yesterday I stopped by the thrift store, convinced there would be “just junk” there, and look at the beauty I saw! If you can believe it, it was only $50. GASP! I know….. Sadly, I didn’t buy this because 1) I had my teeny Honda Accord and no amount of bungee cords was holding this thing in my trunk, and 2) my garage is already full of beautiful thrift finds. I can’t move another thing in until I move one out!

TIP #2 Become a Fan!

If you’re not following your favorite thrift store on social media, you may miss out on some fabulous merchandise that just hit the floor! Better yet, join their mailing list and you’ll get alerts when sales are coming.

This here beauty I found at my favorite thrift store for just $60! I happened to get their email about an upcoming sale. I will purposely rearrange my schedule just to make it!

I haven’t yet painted this to go in my bedroom, but when I do?? Watch out! It’s going to be even more beautiful!

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On another day, I scored this mid-century modern dresser for a measly $20! Hey– at half price (original $40), I couldn’t walk away:

1 - dresser for boys

Once I got my hands on it, it was lovely once again! (Click here to see how I transformed this mid-century modern cast-off into something pretty! It was a bear of a project, though!)

Ombre Mod Dresser

TIP #3: Embrace the Wobbly & Broken!

If you’re reading this post, it’s because you love DIY. You probably have some DIY skillz you’ve picked up along the way. Therefore, when you see wobbly furniture, or broken furniture, it’s okay–buy it. As long as it’s good quality wood. Because you may just need a drill to tighten up some loose bolts. You’re handy. You know how to do that :). Or, maybe you can remove a flimsy drawer and get creative with filling that space.

TIP #4 Don’t Let the Ugly Fabric Scare You!

There’s a lot of great stuff at the thrift store. Most of it, though, has worn, disgusting fabric that makes your skim crawl to even think of sitting on it. But don’t let it scare you. Of course, check it for bugs….leave it out in your garage for a year to let all the creepy crawlies die off (hopefully), and then pull out your pretty fabric and get ‘ta reupholstering!

Here’s a solid, but outdated chair I got from the thrift store for $60.

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After I stripped off the old fabric, this was the beauty that was just waiting to be revealed! (See the full project post for details on how I achieved this look).

A Vintage Chair Makeover

If you’ve never done a chair makeover before, don’t worry. I did a post on 7 Tips for Better Chair Makeovers that will be a good starting point for you. As a bonus, there is a video on my YouTube channel, too. (Would love it if you were to SUBSCRIBE!!)

TIP #5 If You Love It, Buy It!

I know that’s not the best advice if you’re trying to stick to a budget. At the very least, put it in your cart until you’ve made up your mind if you’re going to buy it or not. My experience has shown that if you love something, never walk away from it. It won’t be there tomorrow. Heck, it won’t even be there 2 minutes after you walk away! Someone has already spotted it and they’re just waiting for you to walk away so they can get their claws on it. And you’ll lament forever about letting that {{insert that awesome thing here that you let get away}} get away.

So there you have five tips that I hope will help you navigate thrift stores a little easier! To see all my projects, and for more tips on thrift stores, DIY, and home improvement, subscribe to my blog, Thrift Diving. I look forward to chatting about home decor with you! You can also find me on Pinterest and Facebook. Oh, and don’t forget YouTube, where I put out new tutorials and videos bi-weekly!;)

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    Hey all you lovely people! I am so excited to introduce you to the first ever guest post to be here on Rappsody in Rooms. You’ve heard me talk about my friend Paula a few times around here and today I am turning over the blogging reins to her. Both her and her husband are so good making projects – especially building things from scratch – which I am always impressed with. Armed with their vast knowledge, creativity, and tools, here Paula is to teach you an awesome tip of the trade when you get to woodworking.

    How to Draw Parallel Lines on Wood Guest Post by

    Hello, Rappsody in Rooms readers, I’m Paula from Sweet Pea. I’m a 6th grade teacher by day and in my free time enjoy both blogging and being active. I love to run, bike, play tennis, and go to the gym. When I’m not teaching or sweating, I blog about DIY, crafting, decorating, cooking, gardening, and travel.

    My husband enjoys woodworking and in recent years I’ve enjoyed joining him in the workroom for projects. Slowly but surely he is teaching me woodworking techniques and some of the tricks of the trade.

    Most men love gadgets and my husband is no exception. Over the years he has accumulated many tools that save time when woodworking. One such tool is a Saddle T Square made in the USA by Woodpeckers. (I have no affiliation with Woodpeckers but do like supporting made in the USA products.)

    Let me show you how easy it is to draw a line parallel with a board’s edge with a Saddle T Square. Start by clamping the board to your work surface. You don’t want it to slide while you are marking the line.

    How to use the Woodpecker Saddle-T6

    Note that each outside edge of the tool is marked in 1/16” increments. The 30 degree bevel helps to draw a perfect perpendicular line, another great use for this tool.

    Insert the tip of the pencil in the hole that aligns with the measurement that you want the line parallel to the board to me. My pencil is in the 1 1/2” hole which will make a line 1 1/2” from the edge of the wood.

    Helpful Woodworking Tool

    Slide the square along the board’s edge to create a perfectly parallel straight line. This is a lot faster than measuring two points with a tape measure and connecting them with a line that may or may not be parallel to the board’s edge.

    How to use the Woodpecker Saddle-T6 to draw a parallel line on wood

    My sample line is exactly 1 1/2” from the board’s edge.

    How to draw a line parallel with the edge of wood

    Many thanks to Megan for inviting me to guest post. I would love it if you would drop by to visit me at Sweet Pea or connect with me on Facebook, Pinterest, Google +, or Twitter.

    • Thank you so much for allowing me to guest post on your blog, Megan. It’s great to be here.ReplyCancel

    • LOVE this! This is one of the things I struggle with–drawing straight lines. So to find tools that help me to do it better??–PERFECT! Thanks, Paula!!

      Serena @ Thrift DivingReplyCancel

      • I agree! Go Paula for finding a way to do this and to explain it to us in such an easy to understand manner!ReplyCancel

    Sometimes fall decor and I don’t jive.

    Whaaaaat?!?! You may ask. Well don’t freak out too much. It is just because I am always so sad to let go of the bright, bold summer colors of summer for warmer and more traditional tones and decor.

    So I don’t. I do a more modern take on fall. I do that by mixing the colors I love with fall elements. It’s taking me and inserting fall into my decor instead of fall inserting itself into my decor. Got it?

    I also don’t like spending a ton of fall decor (as you can tell by my acorn jack o’lanterns, plaster leaves and gourds, and sweater vases) so I like to use elements that are free – and from nature! I made three different crafts from pinecones and branches that I collected from the yard (or my work’s yard – same difference).

    Dipped Pinecones

    Fall Craft Dipped Pinecones |

    Some of the pinecones were still young and hadn’t fanned out yet. I liked the more sleek look of them (although I kind of messed that up, but I’ll show you that in a second). I thought they had a more modern look to them so I decide to give them the paint dipped look.

    I just took my sample paints (look for coupons for free ones in magazines) and dipped in the pinecones. Then I just took them out and laid it on wax paper to dry.

    Fall Craft Dipped Pinecones |

    This is where I messed up my pinecones’ modern lines. They were taking forever to dry so I put them outside to speed up the process.Duh. The heat makes them dry out and open up. So that happened a little. But I still definitely like them!

    Fall Craft Dipped Pinecones |
    Fall Craft Dipped Pinecones |
    Fall Craft Dipped Pinecones |

    Yarn Wrapped Pinecones

    Fall Craft Yarn Wrapped Pinecones |

    I also picked up some yarn (’cause cozy yarn definitely makes me think fall) and decided to wrap it around the pinecones (the open ones were perfect for this project). I played around with different colors and patterns and textures of yarn. The fuzzy yarn definitely worked the best.

    Fall Craft Yarn Wrapped Pinecones |
    Fall Craft Yarn Wrapped Pinecones |

    Yarn Wrapped Branches

    Fall Craft Yarn Wrapped Branches |

    Lastly I used branches and wrapped those with yarn too. It was easy – tie the yarn in a knot, wrap the branch, and then finish off with another knot.

    Fall Craft Yarn Wrapped Branches |

    Now you have bright, modern, and playful fall items that break the traditional fall decor mold but still bring the spirit of autumn into you home (without breaking the bank)!

      Let’s wrap this week of fun fall crafts up with a video with a little bit of pep to it. Spoiler alert: I go all double time in this video too.

      If you liked the sweater wrapped vases that I told you about earlier this week, then you will definitely want to check out my video tutorial on how to make these sweater wrapped vases. I’ve been living with them all week and love them!

      Sweater Wrapped Vases for Fall |

      They would be great gifts to give to teachers, friends, or hostesses. Perhaps a house warming gift filled with goodies? Just some ideas…

      So let’s take a watch on how to make sweater wrapped vases!

      Behind the scenes:

      • I finished filming this gem on Labor Day – another blazing hot day just in time for …. September?
      • Eric’s Dad came over to the house to work in the yard (not asked for – he does it for fun!!) and might have thought me a wee bit crazy if he heard me talking to myself in the house. But then again, he’s known me for a while so he probably already knows that I am indeed a little bit crazy.
      • I didn’t do anything to my hair except wash it and let it dry and methinks it turned out good on its own — which never happens.

      Happy fall crafting this weekend! May the force fall be with you! <—nerd alert!

      PS – For more fun fall crafts don’t forget to check out my plaster covered fall items and pumpkin painted acorns.

        Anyone else ready for the slight chill that makes you grab for a sweater for the first time in months? I am all about soft, cozy knits that seem to hug you with their snuggliness. Cause who doesn’t love the snuggles?

        Since I like that feeling so much, why wouldn’t my décor, right?

        I decided to give my glass vases the snuggle treatment with their own cozy sweater.

        Sweater Wrapped Vases for Fall |

        This is one of those insanely easy projects.

        How to Make Sweater Wrapped Vases and Glass Containers

        Step 1: Grab some old sweaters you aren’t afraid to take some scissors too. This is a great way to recycle those seen-better-days sweaters. Or if you are still holding on to all of yours, hit up a thrift store.

        When looking for sweaters look for chunky knit sweaters with interesting cabling and details.

        Sweater Wrapped Vases for Fall |

        Step 2: Gather all the glass jars, vases, and containers you have.

        Sweater Wrapped Vases for Fall |

        Step 3: Thread your vase through the sleeve (or turtleneck as I did for this one!). Situate where you want your sleeve/neck to fit on the glass.

        Sweater Wrapped Vases for Fall |

        Play with cuffing if you would like. Then snip off the sleeve/neck about one inch below the bottom of the glass container.
        Sweater Wrapped Vases for Fall |
        Step 4: Using a knitting needle and yard, sew up the bottom to make it flat.
        Sweater Wrapped Vases for Fall |

        Step 5: Fill, decorate and enjoy! Toss some branches into a tall vase for some extra height. Light a candle in another. They look adorable in groupings too!

        Sweater Wrapped Vases for Fall |
        Sweater Wrapped Vases for Fall |
        Sweater Wrapped Vases for Fall |

        Check out my tutorial on how to make the ceramic looking items on the table by dipping cheap plastic fall pieces into plaster of paris!