Sunday, February 3, 2013

The "Unofficial" Macklemore Thrift Shop Challenge

I've said it before and I will say it again a million times... I LOVE John and Sherry of Young House Love! I look at their blog daily... sometimes twice a day! Last Friday they issued a challenge based on the new Macklemore song...(You have to click the link and watch the music video!!! It is the BEST!)

Step #1. Go to a thrift shop with – just as the chorus of the song says – “$20 in your pocket” and take a picture.
I visited B Thrifty in Woodbridge, Virginia (13412 Jefferson Davis Hwy  Woodbridge, VA 22191) This was my first time at this thrift store and after such a successful shopping trip it will not be my last. I was armed with my $20 and my trusty shopping partners (Hunter and my mom) and boy did we make out!

I mean how could we not find something good...look how massive this store is! Also, look at all of that furniture!

Step #2 was to spend your $20 any way you’d like and photograph your spoils.
The first thing that caught my eye was this gorgeous bronze bowl... With a little rub n' Buff I'm sure that I can get this thing shinning. I plan to use it on the counter in my bathroom. it can either hold small soaps or jewelry that I take off at night. At only $4.99 it was already a steal but I managed to only pay $2.50! ** more on that discount later!

The next item that caught my eye but didn't come home with me was this awsome basket shaped like Virginia! Had to show some love to my state!
 Even though I didn't buy the basket it would have been neat spray painted a fun color up on the wall or as a gift basket for someone with items from Virgina inside... In fact now that I think about it WHY DID I NOT BUY THE BASKET??? At only $4.99 I should have swipped it up! Maybe if I go back today it will still be there??

Here is what I did end up purchasing... 

 This great solid wood trashcan was only marked $5.99... I got for $3... I plan to paint the sides a pink color and will add Emma's monogram in purple vinyl.

Brand new scented drawer liners for $4.99... I Paid $2.50. This will be perfect in Emma's room as well.

This large grey plastic elephant was only 99 cents! I scored for 50 cents!!! 

He has already received a coat of spray paint and will soon find a home in our bookcase as a bookend. Project Complete... click here to see the result!

To pay Hunter back for all of his assistance while shopping I bought him this super cute Gap outfit with a shawl collar.

The best purchase of the day however was this GREAT chair!!! It was $9.99 and I paid $5.00! I couldn't pass it up! I had been looking for a desk chair for Emma's room for over a month and I knew that I could make this one work the second I saw it.

This thing did have some rough spots but I could see the potential

Here is the direction I was heading in...

AND BECAUSE I COULD NOT WAIT... All other projects were put on hold while the chair received a little love on Saturday!
Just 15 minutes before heading to the thrift store I almost paid $80 for a chair from IKEA that had no personality! I'm so happy that I didn't buy it and that I found this great chair! With a little elbow grease you can have some truly unique items for GREAT prices! You do not have to spend a lot of money for great results!

Here is my final bill!
 Yes I got all of this... for only $15.75. I received a 50% discount because the cashier asked what I was taking photos for and I mentioned that I was doing it for this blog! They are actually looking to start a blog themselves about projects that people have done from items found in their store and I plan to provide them with photos of what I did. I"m so excited to share all of the fun things that I will be able to do with the items I purchased...

Do you want a discount??? B Thrifty offers 30% off every Monday!!! I bet you can guess where I will be every Monday!

Now back to the Macklemore Challenge...
Step #3. Find one item (or more) referenced in the song and snap a pic.

So tempted to run over these sofas like Macklemore did in his music video! I showed self restraint however!

Can this count as a Knee board??
I'm not going to wear my Grandpa's Clothes... but maybe my Grandma's???

**NOTE:  Be sure to ask permission before taking photos in any store.

And since we have a new little one in the house... look at this awesome parody about spending money on babies.


  1. I looked at Every. Single. Challenge. photo for YHL, (I was obsessed with this challenge) and your makeover was really the best of all of them! I would have walked pass that chair, and not had your vision. Super cute, and your daughter is so lucky to have such a stylish thrifty mom!

    1. Thanks so much Laura! It was such a fun project to work on. Emma Even picked that fun color! Please keep coming back as there will be a ton of DIY projects coming from thrifted items! Thanks for stopping by!


  2. ehhh blogger fail! I went to read a comment that someone just left and when I went to click the link I accidentally clicked delete! I'm so sorry if I deleted your comment...

  3. Wow! That is a HUGE thrift store. And an awesome score on that chair! I love the bright yellow on it.

    1. I know the thing was massive! It was actually my first time in there and I cannot wait to go back. Totally worth the 30 minute drive from my house!

      The Bright Yellow was all my daughters’ idea! I was going to go with a dark purple and she said, "what about that yellow color in the fabric!" Clearly she has a future in design!

      Thanks for visiting my site!


  4. You are an amazing customer dear Julie, and actually, the most creative one that we have so far. We would like to work with you and support your creativity as much we can. Have a wonderful week... say hi to your beautiful mother and your little princess! ♥