Thrift Store Christmas Decorating can be a challenge if you are not an out of the box thinker, so I'm going to help you envision just what you can do with a few fun items found at Goodwill. You will be amazed that just some simple things can transform something. Christmas decorating can become expensive, and Goodwill has some great options to complete your decorating this year and make your home unique.
This year I headed to Goodwill of North Georgia, they are celebrating their 90th birthday of putting people to work here in my home state of Georgia. All proceeds from the thrifty things we buy help support their mission and this year Goodwill will help 20,000 people in North Georgia find jobs. So I usually scour the isles 3 or 4 times. You will always find something new you didn't see the first time and sometimes it's about letting your mind wander When you go back again a great idea will hit you WHABAM!
One of the first things I found was this soap dispenser. It's brown with polka dots and doesn't match anything in my house you say? Well, I say it looks round just like a Christmas Ornament to me! (see where I'm going yet?) I put this baby in my cart with a glass jar I found, some gold rimmed plates, and an iron basket.
To transform this thrift store Christmas decor I just needed vinyl decals and spray paint to update them. Let's start with the run down of how much I paid. The soap pump was $1.50, the Jar $4.50, and the set of 6 plates were $6.67. Not bad just little over $11.00.
I took all my items home and ran them through the dishwasher. I painted the soap dispenser with a coat of spray on primer and then 2 coats of Krylon brushed metallic in champagne nouveau. You can see how I put a long garden nail into a 2×4 to easily spray it all at one time. This works really well for Christmas ornaments as well if you take off the top. I let it dry overnight.
When the paint was dry I used my Cricut machine, found some designs I liked for each one and cut them out. Using the weeding tool I took out all the bits I didn't want. You just use the hook to remove the small cuts, you can see the final result on the right. If you don't have a Cricut machine no worries you can use any vinyl designs you find in your local craft store. Using transfer tape, I peeled the back off the vinyl and set them into place on my items. In just an hour, I had transformed 3 Goodwill treasures into easy Thrift Store Christmas Decorations for my home. Here is the after of the soap dispenser, I just love it and it's so festive! On the plates, I attached a decal to the back of the plate which makes these plates look way more expensive then they were and perfect for holiday appetizers or desserts.
The glass jar is now a treat jar for cookies or candies. I put the gingerbread cookies we just made in them.
Now we have a few things ready that I know we won't see in anyone elses home. I just love thrift store Christmas decorating. I just have to say my soap dispenser makes me happy every time I go to wash my hands, wish it worked as well for my 2 sons (wink, wink). Now aren't you dying to go scour your local Goodwill for some awesome finds? Check here for Donation Locations to drop off items you no longer want and pick up something new.