Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Tuesday Tribute to Junk Stores

It's Tuesday. Tribute Tuesday to be exact. That means I have to do a post on someone other than myself. Jay and Deb are bossy like that. See, look directly to your right. They made me put the button up there, too, so you can click and go to their blogs. So I am going to give my tribute this week to second hand stores that benefit great charities. (I never follow instructions to the letter, so I am branching out here. Plus I had this for today's post before I remembered what day it was. Sue me.)
These places such as Good Will, Salvation Army, Soul's Harbour, local women's shelters, and many others need our support financially to keep their wonderful organizations going. They have great things donated and schleps like me drag them home and re-do them.
Below are some pictures of my latest rescue.
An old antique table that I bought at a junk shop. She was $10. And she was very unloved. She needed a new home and I needed a new desk.

This is what she looked like before. She was all sad and worn.
Man, my posts and front door need re-staining!

A little sanding, a little paint and stain, and she looks good as new. Only her edges have been re- sanded and stained to make her look not-perfect. I cannot have something perfect in my house.
That chair is the next project. She doesn't go with the table all brown and shiney in her pleather dress. And before you tell me, I know the rug is too small. Remember I am lazy and I would have had to move it. And no, I didn't mop the floors either.

I think she is sexier than me in a blonde wig.


No, Amy, you can't have her.

If you haven't ventured inside one of these shops, I highly encourage it. You will be giving back to the community as they assist those needing help.
Donate items or money for the homeless, the abused women, the needy families, and people trying to get their life together. God knows if it's cool, I will buy it.

53 comments:

Vodka Mom said...

that is FANTASTIC!

You and my sister could be twins.......

Doublebanker said...

Wow..looks like you landed a great find. A little elbow grease never hurt no one.

Soxy Deb said...

I think baby diarrhea is sexier than you in that blonde wig.

Nice find though. You'll have to take me around and show me how it's done. I never find anything, but I am NOT the most patient person in the world. Unbelievable huh? Right? RIGHT!!!???

Brenda Jean said...

Wow, that is an awesome table! You are just too handy. I'm so jealous. Okay, the blonde wig scares me but the table is cool:)

tardevil said...

I hear ya, sista! I came home last night w/ more dishes...and got a small lecture about how I don't need more! :O) The desk looks sooooo good painted/stained.

koopermom said...

That desk is beautiful!!! I want it.

Justine said...

Wowee, woman, you made that table look fantastic!!!!!!!! I need to go cruising these places to see what I can find. But then I'll need to fly you down here to re-do the stuff for me, 'cause I have no talent for that.

Justine :o )

Megryansmom said...

Dang! Do you do people makeovers? Could you make me beautiful like that table?

Ronda's Rants said...

Great! I love doing this...not the sanding and the painting and all that but Ilove finding cheap used stuff and saving it from the land fill! Plus, the money goes to a great cause! You did an excellent job! I love your curtains! I need to do this...I have awful blinds in the family room...gross...it bugged me all Christmas!

Jay @halftime lessons said...

Oh wow, you have props, lady. I thought you had a cool table in there, but the view from your bushes and spotlights is a bit encumbered.

Congrats on your innate ability to take advantage of the misfortune of others. When I lose my home you can come salvage our wares...our toilet seats in particular could be diamonds if you clean them up.

;-)

In all seriousness, I seriously wish I had your MADD Skillz. I would show you some of the things I have done, but I think they ended up looking slightly worse than I found them.

Loved the post, GREAT Tribute!

♥georgie♥ said...

Geesh Jill you make the rest of us look bad...I think you should have your own show on HGTV-that desk ROCKS!!!!!

Scary Mommy said...

HOLY SHIT, That is amazing, Jill!!! I've tried to do the same and my pieces always end up worse than they started. :(

binks said...

That desk is SWEET!
I never find anything good at the thrift store.
You could have a second career there, sister.

Julie said...

Nice!!!!!!!!!!! Who knew you were so talented WITH your clothes on?

nonna said...

my mom does stuff like that all the time. me, not so good at it. great job, congrats!

Sheri and George said...

I love those second hand stores too. I buy stuff, just never get it finished like that. Looks great!

Sidney (Sixy Mama) said...

Yes, she is fantastic! And my second home is the thrift stores. Shut up.

Debbie said...

If I go hang out in a junk store, would you take me home, sand me, repaint me, and make me look that good?

Michelle said...

Awesome! You did such a great job. You must really have an eye of good finds. It looks great blonde.

Eudea-Mamia said...

Oh, you're one of those able to see cool potential in everything, no matter what, kind of chicks.

I so want to be that way!!

But then I would have to give up blogging to actually complete a project.

For now, I just admire yours.

(Give you $30 for it.)

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

I love shopping at Goodwill for furniture and kids toys. Great job on the table

TexasRed said...

Beautiful! Now I need to spend the weekend scouring the salvation army.

Annie said...

I love it! I'd venture in, but I can't fix.

Deb said...

luring me to texas with your beautiful house and furniture distressing talents is NOT going to work (yet). PLEASE, PLEASE tell me those aren't walnut floors. please tell me they just look that dark in the photos.

NucMEd is Hot said...

The table/desk looks great, better not sexier than you in a blond wig. Nothing is sexier than that!

Kritta22 said...

You are a superstar!

While you were out there, why didn't you just do your posts and door? how can you even walk through that door without thinking that....everyday!!!???? I would be soooooo embarrassed!
I'm glad it's dark out when the trick or treaters come around or you might be judged by the community!

Can you here the sarcasm?

Kritta22 said...

I mean hear...I'm on drugs right now and less than two hours of sleep between the kid and my coughing. Forgive?

cIII said...

Far out!

You're like a sexy Norm Abram.

Good work.

Mom Taxi Julie said...

So did you make drawers too?? It looks great

The Frugal Angel-Guided Psychic said...

LOVE IT! Beautiful work! And, yes I agree wholeheartedly with your post. Very Cool!

MiMi said...

I love that table! It would look great in my living room. I love to go to thrift stores and find treasures. The problem with me is they sit in my garage and I can't ever get around to fixing them up!

Swirl Girl said...

I've gotten some of my best pieces at antique and thrift stores!

..but I wouldn't trade the wig for anything!

Swirl Girl said...

I've gotten some of my best pieces at antique and thrift stores!

..but I wouldn't trade the wig for anything!

Ginger said...

Wow, that table came out fantastic. I've tried thrift store shopping, but I am not lucky when it comes to finding stuff. It's all too high priced here.

KatieZ said...

WOW! Is that the same table?! Are you sure?! You did a great job on it, it's beautiful! Love the post too!

Myssie said...

Oh my goodness, your new desk looks fantastic!! You and I have similiar taste in our decorating styles. You did a great job on the desk!!

Ps. Where did you get your curtains!! Love them too!!

Jennifer Suarez said...

Holy SHIT!! That's friggen AMAZING!! I mean wow. I'm just blown away at what a great job you did!! That is freaking... just wow.... loss of words.. wow.

You rock my world!

Amy Amy Bo Bamey said...

WOW, Great Job! That looks fabulous!

You should open a store for you reworked treasures! That desk you could have sold for some good money!

Brenda said...

Love it! The new hardware is especially great!

Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

Love the desk/table! If it could talk it would be saying, "Thank you for the extreme makeover!"

You got skillz for sure!

Marilyn said...

Wow!
She looks HOT!
You two make a fine couple : )

Dawn said...

It turned out just beautiful!

I'm super impressed with all the little projects you do.

I wish you lived closer!!

amelia bedelia said...

good job sister. i wasn't going to ask for it. gah.

Rhonda said...

Wow! Well done! She's beautiful!

Lee the MWOB Queen said...

That is so impressive! I don't think I could have done that!! It looks killer! And great worthy tribute post....

:-)

Anglophile Football Fanatic said...

Would it save time for you to just come and peruse my crap? Just kidding. Well done. My parents are crafty that way, too & love to give things a new purpose. But, you are SO much better than they are.

nikkicrumpet said...

WOO HOO YOU! Who knew you were a furniture goddess too! I thought you were just all hot blond hair and humor!

Tiffany said...

Look at you you Handy Woman. Awesome job. And I like your lil rug.

Miss Anne said...

you are AMAZING!

xoxoxo!

GinGin said...

Love your great find. It looks beautiful. Now you need to junk it up like mine is right now. I have the hardest time keeping a desk clear of papers. I'll work on that tomorrow. GinGin

GinGin said...

Love your great find. It looks beautiful. Now you need to junk it up like mine is right now. I have the hardest time keeping a desk clear of papers. I'll work on that tomorrow. GinGin

LuckyMe said...

OOOH. a little imagination goes a long way, too. What a great job you did. Your little corner is very funky! That's the same chair I blog from. I love it.

Elaine A. said...

Great job on the desk!!!

Second-hand shopping is one of my VERY favorite past times!