Thrift store finds

I Only Went to Buy a Mirror…

I went to the TROSA thrift store today to purchase a mirror to go on my vanity.  Just a mirror.  I walked in the store as if I had tunnel vision and looked for the mirror but every mirror I saw was way too big.  I couldn’t find my tape measure before I left but I measured it a different way.  It could be no wider than my arm (arm pit to finger tips) and no taller than my forearm (fingertips to elbow) so I walked over to the counter borrowed their tape measure, measured my arm while they looked on with a “what the hell is she doing” expression on their faces, and then told the guys I need a mirror, gave them the size I needed and pleaded for help finding it…”you know if I walk around in here I am going to buy something I don’t need but I DO NEED  this  mirror, then I HAVE to get out of here as I HAVE to preserve my money to pay my bills today”.  They laughed and directed me back to where I already looked and to the front where I had not yet looked.

In the front  I found some blinds for my window but I put them back as fast as I picked them up.  I came in here for a mirror and a mirror only and dammit I am not buying anything else, I argued to my self.  I still did not see one so  I walked aimlessly around knowing I would eventually find it.  I was touching the $5 I have in my pocket, remembering this is all I can spend, and rubbing my debit card in the other pocket as if it were a Jeanie that was going to produce this mirror.  I am kind of in a twilight right now thinking about how I spend too much money in here, even with the deals…then I spotted a small white plate.  I snapped out of my fog and came back to life excited because I  need one of those.  Really.  I was looking for one in the dollar store just yesterday but they did not have any I liked.  It’s like the universe FINALLY heard my plea.  A day late but hey.

I picked up the plate feeling grateful.  As I was about to walk away I spotted its twin, okay so my daughter probably needs one as well.  WHAT?  Do I spot a triplet?  I cannot separate matches and besides my ex daughter-in-law might need one too.  They like my projects and everyone appreciates a gift.  Prices?  49 cents each for the plates and 99 cents each for the do-dads.  I ran to the line to get out of there before I saw something else.  I get in line and look longingly towards the books.  I know they probably have some new books over there as I see the shelves look fuller today.  THEN WHAT DID I SEE ON THE WALL BEHIND THE BOOKS???  MIRRORS!!!  So I run over there past the books.  I know you are thinking “any excuse to get near those books” but no, really…. I don’t even look at them.  When I get to the mirrors there are three to choose from.  I buy the oldest one I see.  It will match my old vanity.  No price.  I know it is not over $5 so I skipped on over to the register  soooooo happy.  I put on my puppy dog eyes when I asked “how much?”.  He sized it up and priced it at $2.99!!.  Total $7 something.  YES!!  I did good!!

Now on to my Saturday Project!

Aren’t these cute?

Elephant, but the trunk is broke…

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Rabbits with baby duck  but the ears are broke…

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And   rabbit family that is perfect.


The bottom of them say made in China, which reminds me, I have to add China to my travel bucket list.  I bet they have a hellava good selection of thrift stores over there.

Supplies for my project:


  • 3 plates and a do-dad for each from my local thrift shop
  • Rust-oleum Specialty Metallic paint…I chose gold
  • 3M General Purpose adhesive spray
  • Lace pieces
  • E-6000 Industrial strength adhesive
  • Rust-oleum Specialty Lacquer- High Lustre Coating (clear)
  • self-adhesive foam weather stripping (you will see why later)

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I set up my paint station on the porch which consists of a towel, a tarp and a table…IMAG0594

Cut some lace out of a random curtain I purchased from TROSA that I thought one day I would find the match to…never did and one curtain is of no use.  Cut out three panels and sprayed with spray adhesive then applied them to the plates

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Spray painted them and my do-dads with paint.


Took off the lace and let dry

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Turned the plates over and sprayed a coat on the back as well.


Let dry.

I painted a coat of lacquer on the back of the plates and on my do dads.


Holy Crap…the lacquer dulled the gold finish a bit, a noticeable bit, but I had no choice because if I tried to use those plates without a protective coat the paint would come right off….I am going to have to cc Rust-oleum on this post and let them know about that…both paints came from the same line so I thought it would shine the paint like water.  NOT.  When it dried I was okay with it as I had to be.

While I was out there I might as well put a coat of lacquer on this antique vase from India. It is rusted but I love the way it looks but I don’t want rust stains on everything.  I just sprayed the lacquer right on over it.  I don’t know what that will do to it but I guess we will see huh?


I applied the weather stripping to the bottom (that helps protect it from scratching my furniture).


I let them dry for a couple of hours.

I then glued the pieces together.  According to the instructions I should put a dab of glue on each side then wait 2 minutes before pressing the pieces together.  I did that.


Overall I am pleased with the results and they shine okaaaaaay.  I am keeping the elephant tray and giving the other two away.

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And since I have the paint out…I have a few more things I can give the midas touch to…

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Did you do any quick projects this weekend?

One thought on “I Only Went to Buy a Mirror…

  1. This post is exactly why I can seem to pare down my belongings. Even things that don’t immediately have a purpose could be put to good and attractive use with a few spritzes of spray paint. Good job. Jo @ Let’s Face the Music


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