Today I’m joining with “Thrift Store Upcycle,” a favorite group of like-minded bloggers! Together we repurpose something “new” once a month using a thrifted find, but of course, it doesn’t have to be a thrift store find. It can be anything really…an estate sale find, a yard sale treasure, or even a curbside find. I absolutely love mine which is a combination of curbside find, shopping my house, and an estate sale find. Found forgotten junk makes a sweet vintage vignette! I enjoyed putting this together and I hope you’ll like it too! There’s no limit on how much we spend. My whole vignette cost only $1.00.
- Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
- There’s no monthly theme.
- There’s no budget to stick to.
Meet the Hosts
Amanda | Domestically Creative Michelle | Our Crafty Mom
Vicki and Jennifer | 2 Bees in a Pod Pili | My Sweet Things
Angela | Simply Beautiful by Angela Kim | Made in a Day
Lindsay | Crazy Organized Marie | DIY Adulation Ann | Duct Tape and Denim
Denise | My Thrifty House Jeanie | Create and Babble Debra | Shoppe No. 5
Shirley | Intelligent Domestications Victoria | Dazzle While Frazzled Lora | Craftivity Designs
Maureen | Red Cottage Chronicles Jeanee | Centsably Creative
Florence | Vintage Southern Picks Deborah | Salvage Sister & Mister
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I found a pile of old snapshots at an estate sale last weekend, so picking out my favorites from that became a part of the vignette.
Others are personal photos from a vintage album my mother put together for my brother and me, and one is a vintage cabinet card. I’ll explain more as we go along.
I love using unusual vintage objects to display photos! Here are a couple of unlikely junky, rusty pieces that make up the “found forgotten junk,” which you can see above too.
You’ll never believe where I found these unlikely pieces! The soap dish is from the estate sale, and isn’t a part of the vignette. The other two pieces came from an automotive storage yard. I have no idea what they were. Because the grate is made out of soft metal, it was pliable and easy to bend into shape. I fashioned the metal plate on the vice to form a photo prop. Then I simply glued it to the grate with E6000. It worked even though there wasn’t much surface area for the 2 pieces to join. The vintage metal clamp was in my stash, and the rose at the top is a bit of jewelry scrap, which also came from an estate sale. It now makes the perfect little easel to display vintage photos!
Here is the final look! I’ll show the individual parts below.
You see vintage wooden sewing spools are holding the 2 photos on the left.
You can also see part of my vintage brooch collection.
Who are those people on the left?
My Mother at 8 yrs old in 1918
And me at 8 yrs old! You can see how tall I was! I’m wearing a Halloween costume my Mother made for me (which I didn’t appreciate at the time because I looked vastly different from all the other kids.)
I used to get dirty looks from parents whose homes I went to for trick-or-treating with my friends.
Years later I understood why.
Here is “The Couple.”
One of my favorite photos from the estate sale.
Are they at a prom? A sock hop? Church?
I’ve seen photo displays in glass jars. Here I’m using a glass chimney from an oil lantern.
Displaying 2 more favorite photo finds from the estate sale….
I call her “Wistful”
And “The Babies” look like they’re in their Easter finery.
Look at that boy’s expression!
I’m not sure he trusts the photographer!
And a final way to use the Found Forgotten Junk Easel…
…is with this vintage cabinet card
Hope you’ve enjoyed the sweet vintage vignette! I’ve enjoyed showing it to you!
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