Embellishing Accessories with Repurposed Ribbon Belts

Embellishing Accessories with Repurposed Ribbon Belts

When I was a teenager, I had grand plans that involved collecting snippets of vintage jacquard ribbon (and non-vintage, if pretty enough) to decorate “all the things”, such as handbags, headbands, and t-shirts. But I quickly found out that the gorgeous ribbon I coveted so much was expensive…and my plans fizzled out. Fast forward a couple of decades, and I’m back at it with an alternative (and thrifty) plan: What if I repurposed ribbon belts from the thrift store to embellish all the things?Read more ›

Hip Bag / Anti Theft Purse Made from a Thrift Store Handbag

Hip Bag / Anti Theft Purse Made from a Thrift Store Handbag

I think we can all agree that “fanny packs” are immensely handy, especially for travel or while at a festival or fair. BUT, it’s also agreeable that they aren’t particularly attractive and have a punchline stigma attached to them. So, when I was meandering through the purse section of a local thrift store the other day, I had a touch of inspiration from a small purse at a thrift store. I could easily transform it into a hip bag or anti theft purse…Read more ›

Upcycling a Gold Table Runner into an Envelope Clutch

Upcycling a Gold Table Runner into an Envelope Clutch

One of my favorite local thrift stores happens to have an amazing linens department, and I always check it out whenever I stop by. I recently found this gold table runner that looked like brocade fabric and I KNEW I needed to upcycle it somehow. It had some red wine stains int he center, but that was fine by me. Because my upcycling idea only involved the ends, by doing some bag making into an envelope clutch!Read more ›

Refashion a Straw Tote into a Spring Wreath

Refashion a Straw Tote into a Spring Wreath

To me, Spring is all about flowers – the fresh start after winter, the gorgeous colors hanging from branches and sprouting from the ground, and the fragrance the perfumes the air. And to celebrate the arrival of this season, I decided to create a Spring wreath using a straw tote or straw purse from the thrift store.
Read more ›

Vintage Hot Pad Coin Purse / Card Wallet

Vintage Hot Pad Coin Purse / Card Wallet

Several months ago, I found these sweet crocheted hot pads at a favorite vintage shop of mine in Landrum, South Carolina. I couldn’t resist their little clock faces, despite some significant staining.Read more ›

Giving a Makeover to Second Hand Bags with Acrylic Leather Paint

Giving a Makeover to Second Hand Bags with Acrylic Leather Paint

Even though I don’t carry a clutch very often, I was drawn to this thrift store purse. The interior was clean, the magnetic clasp worked, and the price was definitely right. BUT – I wasn’t thrilled about the color (off white). That’s when I wondered if I could paint it. Was painting a purse even a thing? Could it be done?

Read more ›