I scored some great items on my recent trip to Goodwill.
Take a look...
I love this seashell mirror!
And, for $8 I couldn't pass it up.
I took it to my space at Earth Mamas. My plan was to leave it in the store for a couple of weeks, and if it didn't sell, I was going to paint it silver to give it a modern look. Somebody saved me the trouble of painting it...the mirror sold in just a couple of days! Oh, and I marked it up to $18 which I think was still a fantastic buy.
I also bought these 3 wooden plaques. I thought they were really cute. And once again, I thought if they didn't sell at Earth Mamas, then I could paint something else on them. They were $1.97 each! Imagine my surprise when I looked closer... on the back was the sticker from their original store. These plaques are from Pottery Barn Kids! They still had the price tag on them and they were originally $29 EACH!
Then there was this hideous tray. It, too, was $1.97. It had what looked like wallpaper on the inside and stickers stuck to the outside.
I gave it a couple of coats of paint and added a design to the center.
The frame design is from the Graphics Fairy website. I added the words to the center of the frame and printed it in the reverse image. I taped it down onto the tray, image side down, and rubbed with a pencil to transfer the design. I finished it off with a high gloss sealer.
A couple of weeks before this trip to the Goodwill, I found another tray at Goodwill for the same price. It was just as ugly. This one was blue with yet another wallpaper looking design in the tray...
I painted the tray orange and blended in a little black to give it an aged feel. Then using the same technique that I used on the other tray, I transfered a Halloween image also found on the Graphics Fairy website. Once my design was transferred, I painted over it with black acrylic paint. Once it was dry, I gave it a glossy finish.
Don't pass up those great deals at Goodwill and other thrift stores. Underneath the ugliness just might be some treasure!