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Thrifty Thursday: Thanksgiving decor

OK, so first let me apologize for posting this on Friday, instead of Thursday. But I’d like to introduce a new feature to the Doing Good blog, even if it’s a day late.

Thrifty Thursdays will feature projects, outfits and home decorating tips from area thrift stores run by non-profits. And I’m hoping you’ll help me keep this up. I know there are a lot of local residents who are doing great things with their thrift-shop treasures. If that’s you, please email me a picture and a description of your project, outfit, decorating–including where you found your treasure.

I’ll start with some Thanksgiving decor. I always hate it when I go in a store the day after Halloween and Christmas has taken over the shop. Thanksgiving is a beautiful holiday, and I wish it would get a little bit more credit. And really, you don’t even have to spend a lot of money to decorate for Thanksgiving. A lot of your Halloween decorations will do double duty. And, with some help from area thrift stores, you can decorate on the cheap. Here are two examples from my own Thanksgiving mantle:

I found a ceramic pumpkin at the Goodwill in Massaponax last year after Halloween. It was a really bright purple, which is a fun Halloween color but wouldn’t work for my Thanksgiving decor. So I also picked up a book from the thrift store’s shelves. I ripped the pages up (which was emotionally hard for a book-lover like me), and got some Modge Podge. I painted the liquid all over the pumpkin and onto the strips of book pages, then laid them over the pumpkin. When I had covered the entire pumpkin, I applied more Modge Podge on top of the project. I let it dry, then glued some faux leaves and berries to the top of the pumpkin.

By the way, the sign next to the pumpkin isn’t from a thrift store, but it was super cheap. My dad nailed some old boards together, and I painted it using white craft paint and a walnut stain. I really love it, and it’s an awesome reminder to count my blessings during Thanksgiving.

Here’s another simple decorating project from a thrift store find:

I found this cute jar last year while scouting for containers for Christmas goodies, so I could give them as gifts. As luck would have it, I was pregnant and too exhausted to bake last year. And I’ve discovered that this container is perfect for quick, easy and elegant mantle scenes. Here, it is filled with mini gourds from the Dollar Store.

OK, so now it’s your turn to share your projects and finds. I’m especially interested in holiday decor and gift ideas, so I can share them in the upcoming weeks.

So shoot me an email (aumble@freelancestar.com) with pictures and descriptions, and I’ll feature your projects in upcoming blog posts (which will be on Thursdays in the future).

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