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thift store treasures

roanoke, va

Two weekends ago I road tripped up to Roanoke, VA to visit my sister, Sarah, who is in grad school at Jefferson College of Health Sciences. Lucky for her she gets to live in such a cute little valley town surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains while studying. We packed the weekend full of activities including: eating at cool places, visiting the farmer’s market, shopping at numerous antique stores, stopping by a mountaintop vineyard, going downtown, and hiking part of the A.T.

enjoying the drive, windows down!

sarah at the farmer’s market

black dog salvage – this place is AWESOME

antique car for sale

charlotte’s web – this is where i actually made some really good purchases – more on those later!

valhalla vineyard

downtown Roanoke at night

father’s day hike with Sarah and Dad to Dragon’s tooth

top of the dragon’s tooth!

enjoyed father’s day lunch at The Homeplace with this view

I had a great weekend visiting Sarah and hiking with Dad. I’ll share more later on my antique store finds and what I plan to use them for! Think doily coasters and vintage brewery crates. Oh yes!


spray painters anonymous

A few weekends ago I went on a spray painting binge. Meaning: I bought quite a few colors of spray paint and went to town giving old things a new look. If there’s anything I’ve learned from YoungHouseLove and Pinterest it’s that you really can spray paint anything. Check out my multi-tasking skills:

For example, old candlestick holders? From brass to blue to stone. I picked blue first because it was something I normally wouldn’t pick so I thought it’d be a nice accent. Nope, I liked it less and less the longer they sat on the mantle. So on went a couple more coats (thin and even per Sherry @ YoungHouseLove) of stone instead, I’m much more pleased with that outcome.

Next up, picture frames. I’ve got plans for a big photo frame collage wall and have been collecting frames from thrift stores with plans to paint most of them. Who knows how long it’ll take to get the photo wall started, much less completed, with my reputation when it comes to projects.

Lastly, but most exciting, a hair barrette. For a year I’ve been searching high and low for a metal feather-shaped hair clip. I found one on Etsy that was just perfect and only $5. The only problem, it was a strange metallic green color. Nothing spray paint can’t fixed. At last, I’ve got a beautiful oil-rubbed bronze barrette!

new {old} things

Today I went to the Salvation Army with a few coworkers and had some great finds. And I just had to share my new shoes – well at least they are new to me. $3.99! Yep, that’s how I roll.


I’ll update later on the rest of my finds and my plans to “upcycle” a few things. Don’t you love making old things new?

ps – this is my first time posting via iphone – SWEET