Local Thrift Stores middle Utah County

I thought that I would write a little bit about the local thrift stores in the area that I have been to. Since I love to find good deals, I shop thrift stores quite often to see if they have any good finds.  This is in no way a complete list of the stores in the area!  These are just the ones that I know about.  If you know of other local Utah county locations, please let us know in the comments.


Thrift Store Finds - Picture Frame

Usually when I go to the thrift store it's first thing in the morning.  They are usually in the process of putting out new items.  This week I went in the afternoon and there wasn't as much to choose from.  I did find this cute little stencil and a picture frame that I am going to recover.

  That's the fun of shopping at the thrift stores though, you never know what you will find!  I did see some cute wooden blocks there, but decided against buying them.  They were the ones where you stack three and they have a cute saying on each one.  Unfortunately the wood seemed to have chunks gouged from it.  Oh well, maybe there will be something equally as interesting next week.

It's Monday: Thrift Store Finds

In one of my previous posts, I mentioned that I try to find deals at the local thrift store to re-purpose into new craft ideas.  I generally don't work on Monday, so I take a trip to the thrift stores in the area to see if there are any interesting items.

This week I got lucky! I found two wooden letters that I'm going to re-paper and decorate.  For the size that I found, they are between $5-$6 each at the craft stores.  I was able to get both of them for a total of of $1! The little green cabinet is a jewelry holder.  I plan to spruce it up with a new coat of paint.  The little sign with the ribbon says "Bath" and all I have to do is add hanging hardware to the back and I'm going to use it in our spare bathroom.  I'd have to say it was a great day at the thrift store.  I spent a total of $3 and have three crafts to work on!

Shopping Therapy at the Jo-Ann Fabrics

Do you ever have one of those days where you feel as if you woke up on the wrong side of the bed?  That was me this morning.  I was such a grump that I decided to head out the door and lose my worries and cares at the craft store.  Thankfully, I have a wonderful husband who encouraged me to take some time for myself and he took our little girls shoe shopping.  My husband also bought me a great gift for Christmas; a gift card for Jo-Ann Fabrics!  I took my coupons off the refrigerator and headed out for some alone time.

Wandering down the aisles was like therapy for me.  I looked at all of their holiday items, perused the aisle of cute owl fabric, headed to the clearance section, then made my way over to the crafting items.  I had four things on my list to buy: 1 wooden letter and 3 different paints.  I then thought about my gift card.  This was the perfect time for me to buy those items I had been looking at for quite a while, but hadn't wanted to spend the money on.  I decided it was worth it though.  I bought 2 cute stencils that adhere to the item and I'm hoping that this will cut down on paint bleeding under the stencil. I bought some transfer drawing paper so I can finally work on a craft I've wanted for my wall for about 8 months (and had all the supplies for too!). Here's a picture of all the great items I found, then I'll write about my best deal of the day.

As you can see in there, I do have my wooden letter and 3 bottles of paint.  I did get my list items!  I have oodles of stickers and scrapbooking items too.  Here was my best deal of the day. They have loose crafting items in these sticker packs. I bought these on sale today for $3.49 each. They are generally $6.99. I decided that since I was actually getting 2 for the price of 1, I would buy them.  After getting them home and seeing all the items included, I was so excited. The bags have 15 items inside. There were 4 different alphabet sticker sets, a gift bag, die cuts, decorative boarders, decorative stickers, and sparkle gems.  You can use these for so many different projects; scrapbooking, mixed media art, making cards, art journaling and more!  To illustrate what a great deal this pack was, one package of decorative gems is $2.99 all by itself!

All items in the bag

Items out of the bag so you can see them a bit better.

After I was done at Jo-Ann's I was in a much better mood.  I was mentally planning the fun crafts that I wanted to make and I realized that the things that were bugging me earlier didn't really matter. I posted on my Facebook site when I got home about all the neat items I found, and Jo-Ann Fabrics actually commented on my post!  That was so exciting for me.
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