Making your Treasures a part of your Home

How often have you found little treasures at The Salvation Army Thrift Store, but pass them by because you aren't sure how to make them an addition to your decor, and not just another dust collector?

One of my favourite things to do is to collect meaningful pieces (ones that 'speak' to me in one way or another), and create ways to use them in my space that are practical and pretty.

Don't be afraid to use items in ways they weren't intended ~ get creative and think outside the box!

I have an affinity for tarnished silver. I was upset that I had these pieces I loved,  but they were just stacked up on a shelf, with no way to enjoy them. I decided that I would create some wall art with my plates, and I love the look and the way they reflect the light! These have all been hung easily with Command Velcro strips. 

Although I may one day find or make a print to fit this gorgeous thrift store frame, for now I am using it to house my other thrift store treasure - this black and white sketch of the old Kitchener Market. 

I love the rustic look of burlap and anything grain sack motif - when I found these bags for $0.50 at a thrift store,  I knew I needed to use them somewhere. This coat rack at my front door was the perfect little spot, and the bags act as holders for decorative flowers that can change with the season :) 

Again, I love anything tarnished silver; since a full fledged tea set isn't practical for my daily life, I have found a good way to enjoy these vintage pieces ~ by making them a center piece on my kitchen Island. The vintage wine chiller serves as my greenery, with some plants hens and chick's (and did you spot the silver bird nesting inside??).

Vintage jewellery isn't just for sitting in your jewellery box ~ I have several pieces of vintage jewellery that I use as furniture accessories, like this silver plated locket that adorns my bedside lamp (which is also an upcycled thrift store find.


Contributed by: Amanda of Rechic Studio and Design, Salvation Army Thrift Store Creative Expert. 
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