I’ve been working on another great big project, a blog for local mommies, called Mommies of the Valley. You can visit that here. And I’m continuing to transition this blog to wordpress, AND we were away on vacation last week, so it’s been all sorts of busy!
But for those who didn’t catch it on the new site for moms from the Shenandoah Valley, here was my most recent post about my thrift store plate wall, and my handy secret for how to hang plates on a wall!
During my regular thrifty rounds over the past 6+ months, I always frequent the plate/suacer sections to scope out pretty plates. I know, you can say it, I’m weird. I’m sure my husband agrees with you :)
When I made my first visit to The Lady Jane shop last week, I knew my plate wall could finally come to completion when I laid eyes on oodles of pretty, feminine china. Love at first sight!
Here’s my (not-so) fancy visual breakdown of how I created a lot of decor for a little price (under $20), mostly all from thrifted finds.
And at this time I would like to interrupt myself to make an important disclaimer:
I do love to thrift. I like it because it is a way to reduce/reuse/recycle, a way to find hidden treasures at affordable costs. I love supporting local businesses and mommy-run businesses. I advocate for fairly traded, hand-made, and sustainable goods. I think there is tremendous value in an item crafted by loving hands, not in a big ol’ factory.
But girls (here’s that disclaimer part), I love me some Target. Really, sometimes I think I should move in. It is not unusual for me to frequent the place two or three times a week, often just to stroll the aisles and not make a single purchase (although this requires a great amount of self-restraint). And if you ask my kids where they want to eat out for dinner, it’s highly probable that if they don’t answer Chick-Fil-A, the answer will be Target. That cheesy pizza — they can’t get enough of it. Nice ‘n health, eh? :)
OK, all that to say, the plain white saucers and plates without a hot pink arrow and identifying price and store – those were from Target :) Not that they cost much (under $4 each, I believe), but just wanted to be clear that I’m not all thrifty all the time, mmmmK? Phew, glad I got that off my chest :)
Oh, and in case you don’t think this is the craziest idea ever and would actually like to try to hang plates on your very own wall, here’s how I did it:
This stuff is my friend. They are like velcro strips but way stronger. I’ve used scotch mounting tape for heavy duty items as well as the Commando ones. Holding up well so far! I should buy stock in this stuff, folks!
So, any thrifty finds out there lately? Do share whatcha got :)