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Challenge Accepted

So this has been making rounds in the blog world. Young House Love called out to everyone to participate in the Macklemore Thrift Shop Challenge and then link up your post with your finds. Now I am not a big Link Party person – not sure why considering I scour them all the time and have met some of my favourite bloggers through them – but this, come on. This is made for thrift addict like me.

The bigger challenge for me was trying to keep my finds under $20. Not that I am rolling in cash, but usually if I find something I instantly think “I can totally squeeze this into my basement and keep it for my imaginary yet to be opened vintage store/business” ( that I am being peer pressured into doing – Hi Jen!).

Here are the Rules.

Rule # 1 – Go to a thrift store with $20, take a photo of the store.

Rule # 2 – Spend your $20 anyway you’d like, post about your spoils.

Rule # 3 – Take a photo of something that appeared in the video (the Scavenger Hunt portion – which I totally forgot about it til I got home and re-read it all but I found a nice ride to show you anyway that may just make you forget about the DeLorean in the video)

So I went to hit up two of my local favourite stores that morning and here are some of the fun treats from there.

thrift store

I almost took home that turquoise cabinet. It was $5.

Below you can see the Vintage Bamboo Ski Poles (with a plastic bucket at the bottom – if it was real leather I’d have used them in self defense at anyone who tried to pry them out of my hands). I almost took home if only to hang them along with my imaginary vintage wooden sled that I have been looking for forever.

vintage wooden ski poles

A cute little wooden cake tray. This would fit a 9″ pan cake. I actually found it too expensive.

retro wood cake holder

Vintage typewriter up for silent auction.

vintage typewriter

This was pretty awesome. It was a skyline painting of the City of Toronto on a wooden canvas. If we had any orange in our decor I would taken this home and hung it up to remind us of our life in our old condo. We miss the city sometimes. Sometimes…

painting of the skyline of Toronto

Here’s my contribution to Rule # 3 as a replacement for a great ride because one of the guys in the beginning of the video was riding in a stroller.

Try out this vintage blue baby carriage / pram, totally made for a horror movie set waiting to happen. I’d have way too much fun with that at Halloween. I’m kidding. If someone could restore this, it would look really good. It was also up for a silent auction.

vintage baby carriage

And if you want to iron out all the sexy thrift store clothing you buy, here you go. I’ll bet it will still outlast the irons of today.

vintage iron

But backtracking to Rule # 2 – here’s what I took home. All under $20. Ok I’m lying. $21.75. We have higher taxes in Canada.

The ice cube fanatic finds herself some alphabet ice cube trays. I didn’t even know these existed! There’s a slight crack in them but the letter compartments are totally fine.

alphabet ice cube tray

Embroidery hoops. Otherwise known as mandatory baby crib mobile making contraptions on Pinterest. I see them, I automatically buy them.

Up until last year I had no clue what these were called (because I can’t sew or knit so I never actively looked for them) until I used one on a bird feeder that I made based on the kick ass bird feeder Karen from The Art of Doing Stuff invented and she told me what they were.

Who says blogging isn’t educational? And since then these are used by me for every craft under the sun, except for knitting.

embroidery hoops

A leather belt which I am going to transform into something else. And a whole box of wooden Merry Christmas signs for .25 cents each. I already know what I want to do with that for next Christmas. But first I have to go through the holiday with all the pastels and the bunnies. At least I can drink green beer and Shamrock shakes in between there.

leather belt with wooden merry christmas signs

But this. This is my favourite. I took it home and yes it is in our living room and it actually matches our decor.

I know it seems a bit insane to put a No Cell Phones Allowed sign/wooden plaque in someone’s living room but when I do an upcoming post on the new couch from IKEA we dragged in here during a blizzard later this month, it’ll make more sense. This sign is such an inside joke between me and my husband as we try to have a rule where we do not sit on the couch next to each other at nighttime and scroll through our phones.

Oh don’t pretend like you don’t know what I’m talking about. “I swear I’m not on Pinterest. Just bloglovin’…”

no cell phones allowed sign

But at the end of the trip, a really nice twist happened.

My older daughter has a sweater from Old Navy that she lives in that is since long gone from stores. It is absolutely her favourite sweater in her closet. Sadly, as with all kids clothing, they grow out of their favourite items and she has been wearing it to a point where I have asked her if she is comfortable in the sweater because it’s so blatantly small on her.

Now I don’t believe everything happens for a reason but I do believe in serendipity. So when I came across her exact sweater in a size up in almost brand new condition, I thought to myself that if I hadn’t decided to participate in the challenge, I never would have gone out that morning and found it. To say she was thrilled was an understatement. I think I even got a hug. How many years of hugs do I get left before the teenage years take over and she locks herself in her room?

Either way, this alone was worth the trip. And the hearts match all the Valentine’s themed posts. See? Serendipity.

old navy heart sweater

LINKING UP: Young House Love – The Macklemore Thrift Store Challenge



  • Reply
    February 7, 2013 at 8:53 am

    I’ve been wanting to do this challenge ever since I saw it on Young House Love. 🙂 And adorable sweater!

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      February 8, 2013 at 12:48 pm

      I don’t think it’s over yet. Go run to a thrift store today!

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    February 7, 2013 at 9:44 am

    Wow it looks like your thrift stores have some great stuff! I’m super jealous.

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      February 8, 2013 at 12:51 pm

      They do but believe it or not, they’re getting slimmer with their pickings than they used to. I think a lot of the coveted ‘trendy’ MCM items are now being searched for by collectors and people who know their value, so it’s getting harder to find that really good piece.

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    now at home mom
    February 7, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    cute sweater! and glad you took the challenge; fun stuff you got! I like the alphabet ice cube trays too

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      February 8, 2013 at 12:52 pm

      I came home right away and googled and I was like oh no they come in a silicone version. Now I have to find those.

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    February 7, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    I want and need that cake plate Alex

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      February 8, 2013 at 12:53 pm

      You need to give me a list. It pains me what I have to leave at the stores sometimes.

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    Jolene Fournier
    February 7, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    I love how the iron has 4 settings (A,B,C or D)… life used to be so simple. Is it really necessary to have a setting for a 36.5% polyester blend? Less is more I say!

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      February 8, 2013 at 12:55 pm

      Hahahaha! It’s so true. My grandmother had a cast iron ‘iron’ that you heated up and it was one degree – smokin hot. Somehow they survived the war with that and my Grandpa’s shirts all came out pressed.

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    Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
    February 7, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    I love that you found her favorite sweater!! That is the BEST feeling… when something totally random happens that you would never have expected. (And it’s good…)

    I laughed at the ice trays… I think you’re the only ice collector I know.

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      February 8, 2013 at 12:57 pm

      Woman I was so happy! I wanted to save it as part of her Valentine’s gift but I was like oh forget this. She was sooooo excited! This is why I love second hand stores for kids clothing so much. Half the time what one child loves another barely wore.

      It’s a problem. You should see my seasonal stash from IKEA alone.

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    February 7, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    It’s true – – the Young House Challenge was made for you. I’m definitely envying the thrift stores you have up in your parts. After 7 months in Orlando, I have yet to find thrift stores that can hold a candle to the ones we had in Columbus, OH. I suppose I got spoiled on Goodwill after Goodwill.

    The alphabet ice cube tray might be my favorite of your finds! (And I can’t wait to hear the no cell phone IKEA story….)

    And that sweater find – – serendipitous indeed! Love it when those moments happen.

    Great thrifting!

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      February 8, 2013 at 12:59 pm

      Really? No good finds in Orlando? I wonder if it’s a lot do with the history of each state and where goods were manufactured. I always find it interesting when I see other bloggers thrift store finds and how an item got to a given location (ie – traveled overseas during the war).

      Oh there’s not really a story except for the total joke that we sit on the couch and surf our cell phones and when we realized it we try to avoid it b/c it’s just ridiculous. But the sign, matches our living room decor to a tee.

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    February 8, 2013 at 12:04 am

    That cell phone sign is AWESOME! Was it just “calling” to you to take it home? We love signs and this would definitely be happy in my house…. esecially since Richie hates it when I’m on the phone. So great!

    Can’t wait to see what you create with those hoops and the sweater find makes you the best mom ever! I guess the hug was proof of that.
    I’m also thinking life might be way more fun with some COOL cubes. Must keep my eyes out for some of those.

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      February 8, 2013 at 1:00 pm

      It would match your red arrow!! Totally. And the couch. You’re right, it would work in your house. Phew! I am not crazy.

      I am thinking that maybe instead of ice cubes there’s a candle project in there somewhere. Me and hot wax in the kitchen. What could possibly go wrong?

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    A Ponytail Kind of Day
    February 8, 2013 at 11:34 pm

    What an amazing challenge, I go to my thrift stores every week !! I never see what you do, the typewriter is amazing!! I see jewelry made from the keys, lol.

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      February 10, 2013 at 10:17 am

      Sometimes I think it’s a fluke that I come across these items and other times I think maybe b/c it’s not as much of a sought after area to look for stuff. I always go to the stores that no one wants to go to b/c they’re run down and older.

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    Karah @ thespacebetweenblog
    February 9, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    Wow!! You scored some great finds! Really, alphabet ice cube trays … who knew!?!?!

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      February 10, 2013 at 10:19 am

      I know? I didn’t know they existed and I have every shape on the planet in my cupboards.

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    the home tome
    February 9, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    This is a great idea! And go you got some great finds 🙂 I can imagine may hours of party fun with those ice cubes – like spelling out everyone’s name in their drink…or sharing a secret…or spelling out LOVE at valentines day. 🙂

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      February 10, 2013 at 10:20 am

      hmmm…I hadn’t even thought of the fun you can have with alcohol and these. Thanks for the creative inspiration! 😉

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    February 15, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    HILARIOUS that cells have been around long enough now that “no cell phone” signs are popping up in thrifts stores. Just did the math and realized this year will mark the 20th anniversary of my first day at college. I can NOT wrap my head around that. When did I become an adult? (Or did I?)

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      February 16, 2013 at 11:13 am

      Aging + me = lots of wine to repress that common fact.

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    February 18, 2013 at 8:34 am

    Oh yeah… that would help! Luckily, I have a few bottles of champagne to help heal the hurt! You are wise beyond our years… 😉

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    Danielle from Storypiece
    February 23, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    Love the cell phone sign! It made me laugh since Tyson and I are currently sitting together on our old sofa… each on our own laptop. Totally doesn’t count, right?

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