$7 goodwill transformation + I came this close

I made a quick trip into Goodwill a couple of weeks ago for the first time in forever. I was excited to score this huge oil reproduction for $7:


For some strange reason the painting seemed really familiar to me. I'm definitely no art connoisseur, but the artist turned out to be a name I actually recognized: Charles Baskerville. He was a pretty well-known American painter! 

I kind of liked the yellow/green flower boy in a way, but decided I wouldn't be going with that combo anytime soon so I made it into a chalkboard instead:


I was happy with the new look, but I still need to work on my chalk-writing skills. ;)

Oh, and I have to tell you, while I was in GW I also spotted this dress and kind of fell in love.


Being married and all, I couldn't think of one good reason to buy a $99 wedding dress, ;) but this polka-dot tulle still called my name:


It was awesome. I didn't buy it, but I came this.close to nabbing it for one of my girls to use in 20 years. ;)


Have you found anything awesome at the thrift store lately?

Ever bought something 20 years in advance? 
Hey, people buy cemetery plots even earlier than that. ;) I might too if I could get a good deal!

What did you do with your wedding dress?
I still have mine in the attic. I can't bring myself to part with it! :) I would love one of my girls to wear it someday.

23 comments

Sonia Leiter said...

I just found a few cute maternity and non-maternity clothes yesterday! I'm 13 weeks pregnant with #5. My girls were obsessing over the wedding dresses there.

Amanda said...

I haven't went treasure hunting at the goodwill in a long time. But you've inspired me to do so! Why don't we go together. LOL! We only live about 5-6 hours away. bahahha. I am a central AR girl ;)

Mariel Collins said...

I love thrifting! I can usually find some pretty awesome clothes and home decor:)

Molly Bronson said...

Speaking of cemetery plots, my grandfather collected them. Literally. When he passed, we found out there were 17 extra plots in his name. He bought 19 total. He was definitely planning for the future...but in his defense, he was a funeral director for 50 years.

Mandy said...

oh wow- congratulations!! #5 is SO fun!! :D

Mandy said...

hey now my sister-in-law is in the Bentonville area and says they have awesome stores! :) If you're ever up that way I'll find out for you!

Mandy said...

those are my two favorites to find there too!!

Mandy said...

whoa!! that's incredible! I bet he must have gotten good deals on them? That's very thoughtful of him to plan in advance!!

Mandy said...

And I would LOVE to go with you!!

Kerry said...

Wouldn't that dress be beautiful refashioned into a skirt? Worn with a black sweater? Too bad it's so pricey.

Rebecca W. said...

I thought the green/yellow flower boy was a typo- then I saw the little boy behind the flowers! I think your chalk-writing is great- my hand-writing is terrible- if I want it to look nice, I have to type it up and print it out. I found a brand-new-looking pair of Keen's sandals at a consignment shop in town a while back for $8. Then I found I never really wore them, so I decided to try to sell them. Sold them on a local FB sales page for $40! I don't really ever do that- buy with the intent to re-sell, but I was happy with my profit!

Life Soap Simple said...

I recently found a $3 painting/print that I reframed and hung in my kitchen. Love thrifty finds...especially decor.

thetwistedruffle said...

i adore that dress. only my budget would keep me from buying it. it's so cute! i know it would be so hard to leave that behind!!!!

good luck on the chalkboard writing!! ;-)

Sarah said...

I still have my dress too but I'm thinking about donating it. I can't remember the name of the organization now, but they take wedding dresses and turn them into pretty burial clothes for babies born sleeping. Just seems like such a good use instead of taking up room in my closet, lol.

Sarah said...

I found it, here's the article if anyone is interested!

http://www.lifenews.com/2014/03/27/bridal-gowns-transformed-into-angel-gowns-for-stillborn-babies/

Sarah said...

Two pairs of new or "like new" designer jeans in my size (I was needing some new jeans really bad). Over $350 worth of jeans for $25!

Whitney said...

I find things all the time at the Goodwill. We just bought two mountain bikes: one for my son and one for my daughter. They totaled $23 for both. About my wedding dress.....well it is in a box preserved but I don't think my daughters will be wearing it. It is very dated, but they might want to take it apart and make a new one from it. I can't bring myself to part with it either but I don't necessarily like it much anymore. I am not sure I would pick that style again. I was "persuaded" into getting it by my mother. I probably would have chosen something else, but I wanted to make her happy.

Stefanie @ CalledHis.com said...

Thank you for finding and NOT BUYING my wedding dress for my wedding next year. How dare you! xD It is beautiufl, I showed it to my fiancee, and I told him I want to find something inexpensive and beautiful like it!

Stacey said...

Threads of Love is an organization that does this also....started in Louisiana, now they have chapters all over the southeast....I'm in Alabama...I also take old sweaters and t-shirts and upcycle them into hats, for needy children, teens, or for the newborn baby program....Awesome group of GODLY led women that are in the burial gown group....truly pray over each stitch

Lisa Walline said...

I bought an artwork plate for 5$. Discovered it's worth 800 to 3000$ will sell and put money towards my son's college tuition.

JoyBelle said...

I found a cool black cabinet for $8.99!!!! And it's solid wood, painted black. Other than a green cup ring (thinking they had a cup of watercolor water sitting in a cup in there at some point? Maybe used as a craft cabinet?) it looks unused.

Morgan Ingram said...

I found a pair of rusty red Old Navy shorts for $2 and a jade green JCrew sweater for $3 just last week!!! My wedding dress... Well it's only been 2 years (and 1 baby later) but I squeezed into it and we had anniversary photos taken here: http://chloeluka.wordpress.com/2014/09/08/caleb-morgan-dayton-ohio-anniversary-photography/

Morgan Ingram said...

Ah it didn't let me finish! Chalkboards: a clever thing my sister taught me is to take letter stamps and use a chalkboard pen to essentially "ink" the stamp and spell your wording out that way. You can use a variety of fonts if you have them on hand. Sometimes you can hit the jackpot at a yard sale of someone that scrapbooks like it's their job and pick then up super cheap. :) love your blog and the encouragement you bring!