March 7, 2011

Thrift Store Decor

 I wanted to show you how to put thrift store finds to good use.  At first glance, that unwanted gaudy dusty goblet might be something you wouldn't take a second glance at.  Before you walk away, close your eyes and look beyond the dirt and dust.  You may just think of a new way to re-purpose the lonely little guy.  Now that you are aware of such a fabulous find that can be re-purposed in many ways - beware!  Unnecessary collecting may become an obsession.  Well, in my case the collecting was serving a purpose.  I used these vintage goblets as table centerpieces at my wedding and displayed a large flower bud in each.  Once I found a few goblets at a local thrift store, I began searching every single thrift store in the area and I kid you not, they all had sets of these!  Did everyone own these back in the day?  I collected around 30 vintage glass goblets in olive green and amber in less than a week. They varied in price, but ranged from $0.50 cents to $1.50 each.  Now that I have more goblets than I know what to do with, I wanted to find a way to make use of at least some of them.  I now use them as votive candle holders and flower vases. 
Just think of the life cycle of these goblets: beverage holder turned wedding table centerpiece turned candle holder / bud vase.  Interesting.  The brass candle stick holders are from Goodwill, which I talked about here.  The candle sticks are from the Dollar Store and cost $0.50 cents each. 

15 comments:

  1. Yay for Goodwill wedding supplies! We also got all our "vases" from GW.

    I love the green, purple, & pink combo. Annnd, what a great move to put your candles in front of the mirror-- I bet they look awesome lit at night!

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  2. wow they're great!! we used similar glasses to your first ones when we were getting ready on the day-of (http://www.stylemepretty.com/2011/01/12/connecticut-shoreline-wedding-by-scobey-photography-for-carla-ten-eyck/)

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  3. this is such a great idea! recently, i have been looking at new ways to display flowers rather than using a normal vase and I love this idea! you have a great blog..i just found it and have been reading through all your posts haha. im a new follower x

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  4. yessssssssss so happy you found my blog so i could some visit yours! I LOVE! so so pretty.

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  5. Amazing!! So glad you are back too :) I have that exact same green glass that I spray painted in my Milk Glass tutorial hehe I think those things really did use to be popular!! xoxo

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  6. Super cute idea! I see those goblet everywhere I will definetely pick some up next time!

    Shana
    p.s. thanks for being a new follower to my blog :)

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  7. Looks great, I love the decoration!
    Would you like to be followers? <3

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  8. Love this! Such a great use for those pretty glasses.

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  9. beautiful pictures. I really like the two last pictures!:)
    drop by my blog if you feel like it;)
    /josephine

    simplyjuststyle.blogspot.com

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  10. I adore glass like this--and I scavenged many a consignment store here in Rhode Island and Massachusetts to find some blue glass for our wedding! We even used books too, just like you've got going on in this post! LOVE it! {here are the books in action, btw!} xoxo {av}

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  11. Oh my gosh, LOVE this post. What great ideas!! It's so neat to imagine how something can be used in a new and different way!!

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  12. ooh those goblets are simply fabulous! love it.

    http://shesays-susan.blogspot.com/

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  13. I love the goblets. I have been looking for cool ones at Goodwill for my bar.

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  14. Love this idea. Sometimes I feel like I'm actually an 80 year old woman because I.DIE.FOR.OLD.THINGS. aka.. vintage shopping. ;)

    Thanks for giving me a new project for this weekend!

    xoxo
    Christine

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