Thrift stores and garage sales offer a virtual treasure trove of scrapbooking supplies if you know what you desire. I have a list of items I know I will use and I stick to the list. I also buy it only if I love it. I have a small craft space which is already bursting at the seams. There is no need to add something that will take up valuable storage space if I don't love it.
|my last thrift store treasure hunt|
1. Doilies- I wish I could crochet. It's just not something I have time to learn right now. I often find hand crafted doilies for $1 and under. That's far less than the supplies and my time would cost.
2. Records or ephemera- You can also find postcards, vintage stamps, and vintage holiday cards.
3. Costume Jewelry- a cheap way to add bling to your layouts.
4. Buttons and ribbon
5. Scarves or belts- these can be cut apart to use as embellishments
5. Old game boards
I love using the items I find in thrift stores. I know that the items I find are unique and therefore they make my layouts very much one-of-a kind. I don't have to spend a ton of money and the supplies make a huge impact. Since I haven't spent a lot of money on the supplies, it makes it a little less daunting to cut them apart and alter them.
by Christy Strickler
Supplies| Patterned Paper, Alphas, Buttons: Basic Grey; Tape: Recollections; Border Sticker: Webster's Pages; Metal Sign: Pink Paislee; Ink: Ranger; Modeling Paste: Liquitex; Other: jewel, stencil, doily; Sketch: Scraphappy.org, As seen on the Scrapbook News and Review Blog; Submitted for Simon Says Stamp And Show Lace love Challenge
For Keeping You Warm, I cut apart one doily and tucked it underneath the photos. Part of me wonders how the creator of the doily would feel, knowing that I had cut their hard work apart. I think though, they would just be happy to know their beautiful creation will forever be a part of a family keepsake.