Holiday Thrift Store Challenge Blog Hop

Holiday Thirft Store Challenge

When I got the email from Thoughts From Alice asking if I’d like to participate in the Holiday Thrift Store Challenge, I didn’t have to think twice. Yes! And yes again! Okay, how ’bout yes a third time. I was super jazzed to participate with the list of fabulous bloggers she had put together. And completely honored. But, could I keep up? I mean, I am the (self proclaimed) thrifting queen in my own little world. Well, kinda. I’m the flea market slash antiquing queen in my own little world, but thrift stores are a bit out of my element. I hadn’t been to one in a long time. You really have to know what you’re doing and have good eyes when it comes to thrift store gems. Diamonds in the rough I guess you’d call them.

So what’s this “challenge” shtuff that am I chattering about? Well, Alice asked us to venture out to our local thrift store and procure something anything for under $25 to use as holiday decor in a creative way. We could give these items a complete makeover or use it/them in a creative vignette. She wanted us to see beyond the surface of what someone discarded or no longer needed and think outside the box. She wanted us to show you, our readers, how to save money on holiday decor by using a little creativity. Well, Alice! Challenge accepted!

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Found & Foraged Linky Party #1

Found and Foraged Linky Party

Welcome to the Found & Foraged Linky Party. We are so glad you stopped by! Found & Foraged is a place to show off your creativity and how you’re using found and foraged treasures to beautify the spaces around you. Link up your DIY’s, house projects, vintage finds, shopping scores, upcycled projects, foraged decor, and anything else you’re working on!

What exactly is Found & Foraged? For those of us who don’t have infinite budgets, we sometimes have to search high and low to make our homes beautiful. Found & Foraged is for all those things you’ve found – vintage pieces, curb alerts, clearance treasures, thrift store gems, and those that you’ve foraged – from the yard, the basement, the in-laws garage, the garden, and to show off how you’ve made them a beautiful part of your home.

We will be hosting this linky party every Saturday at 8PM. So be sure to add us to your calendar and check back weekly to add you links and party with us.

The Hosts of Found & Foraged

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Found & Foraged Linky Party and Instagram Challenge

Hi guys! In case you missed my Monday post, I just wanted to drop a quick note to remind my blog buddies that tonight (SATURDAY NIGHT) at 8PM CENTRAL TIME, I’ve teamed up with Grace from The Big Reveal and Laura from Avery Street Design to bring you a NEW Linky Party called Found & Foraged.

Found and Foraged Linky Party

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Thrift Score Thursday

Thrift Score Thursday

Hey you guys! Today I’m guest hosting slash Instagramming with the lovely ladies of Thrift Score Thursday. I seriously was so excited when I received an email from Brynne and Trisha that I leaped out of my chair. They sent me the email a couple months ago, but the guest posts were solidly filled until Halloween. And don’t hate on me for this, but I’m really bah-humbug on Halloween. Cringe, I’m sorry! Boo on me, I know! I mean, yes, I give candy to little children when they ring my doorbell. (And THAT doesn’t sound horrible and weird at all?!?! Oy!) I’m not The Grinch, but dressing up is SO not my thing. That is until this post apparently. I’ll get to more of that later, but I really want to get to the features first! So here we go!

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renegade fair chicago

Last Saturday I was lucky enough to attend the Renegade Craft Fair in Chicago with my little buddy Laura from Avery Street Design. Minus a minor diversion by the navigation lady who lives in the speakers of my car and a parking delay (not to mention almost getting crashed by a white van…that might or might not have been my fault…whoopsies), we had SOOOOOOOO much fun!

Now, when I think of craft fairs, I normally think of doilies, crocheted what-nots, odd garden trinkets and old ladies, but this craft fair was anything but! This well-curated event showcased the best and brightest of the indie craft and design world. Over 300 DIY-ers featured products ranging from leather goods (my favorite was the buttery, Italian leather handmade totes that were found at the FOUNT Leather Goods booth, helloooooo Santa!), jewelry design, ceramics, paper goods and more.

Renegade Craft Fair in Chicago

Laura and I enjoying our walk around the Renegade Craft Fair

After making our way through some crazy traffic on the Kennedy Expressway and an excursion through Logan Square, we arrived on Division Street in Wicker Park! Hooray for finally getting out of the car (not to mention the waffle fries)!

Renegade Craft Fair

One of our first stops was at this cute air plant booth by Kelso Doesn’t Dance. Kelsey Cooper was seriously, one of the sweetest girls we met at the fair. She apparently lugged 3 suitcases, a backpack and purse on a plane by herself to attend. Not to mention all the boxes she shipped in. This gal was well stocked…she also wore the cutest apron. That’s her bending down to string more air plant hangers. I should have waited for her to sit up because she had the cutest pink sunglasses on.

Renegade Craft Fair in Chicago

Kelso Doesn’t Dance booth at the Renegade Craft Fair in Chicago

The air plant hangers are made of brass or aluminum tubing, wire, fishing line and crimp beads and are inspired by the Finnish tradition of Himmeli, Christmas decorations made of straw. She also makes these cute air plant pods. I wanted everything! So hard to pick just one. To buy one of your own, you can find her on Etsy.

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