UPDATE: Hey, I'm Susie! Thriftables was just a little ol' blog I started in 2012 about thrifting and DIY. When t
he domain thriftables.com got bought up from under me, I decided that I'd let the blog die. It's just a well; I never really updated it anymore anyway.
I will keep the most popular posts up. If you still want to be my buddy, please find me on Pinterest, Instagram, or Etsy. I'll probably start another blog or vintagey project someday soon. When I do, you'll hear about it there.

On a side note, if you find a pin or link that leads you back to thriftables.com, would you mind updating the link to point it back to thriftables.blogspot.com? I would appreciate it, and I'm sure the lost thrifter who stumbles across it will appreciate it, too.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Peppermint Oil Sugar Body Scrub (and Other Amazing Uses for my Favorite Essential Oil)

I love peppermint oil. Like, love love it. Not just because it's the perfect cure for a tuna salad lunch, but because it's a little miracle in a bottle. Don't believe me? Here are a few of my favorite uses for it:

- Got a tummy ache? A drop of peppermint oil in a glass of iced water gets rid of gas, bloating, nausea, and indigestion faster than you can spell P-E-P-T-O  B-I-S ...you get where I'm going with this.  

- Wanna cool off? Peppermint ice water is just about the most refreshing, invigorating beverage ever.

- Add just a teeny bit to your shampoo and body wash for a tingly shower experience (and to stimulate circulation.)

- Smelly feet? Add a little peppermint oil in your body lotion and rub it on your feet after you shower. Your feet will feel nice and smell great. 

- While you're at it, that peppermint lotion is wonderful for relieving joint and muscle pain, too. 

- Take a big sniff to awaken your senses.

- It makes a lovely, fresh-smelling DIY air freshener (Note to self: I need to post about DIY air fresheners!)

- My favorite use for it? An invigorating, renewing (and oddly tasty) face and body scrub.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Tuesday Thrift Finds: Fiesta and Boozin' it Up!

If you follow me on Instagram (you totally should,) you may have seen a few of the things I thrifted last week. I picked up some kitschy towels, a bright throw, sweet vinyl, and these: Fiesta and a huge vintage decanter. 

I have found a ton of Fiesta since moving to Chicago. Most of it I pass on, since I have plenty of dishes. I can't help but pick up a few pieces here and there when I see good deals, though. These purple pieces were less than $2 a piece. I've been wanting a giant, Don Draper-style decanter forever, and this one was only $2!  

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Anthropology-Inspired Animal Head Wall Hook

I've been in dire need of a coat hook for some time. I'm the type of person who comes home, throws her coat wherever it lands, then wonders why it's always covered in cat fur. Though I've admired this adorable elephant head hook from Anthropologie for awhile, I am not willing to pay $20 for a single coat hook. 

I found this hook at the thrifts. No, he's not quite an elephant head, but once I got past his cold, dead stare I began to see a project forming. I snatched him up and made a bee-line for my paint supplies. 

Who doesn't love Deco Art Americana Chalky Finish Paint? It makes everything so effortlessly cool, and it doesn't need priming! 

I painted the duck twice with a thin layer of paint, then painted once more with a bunched-up paper towel. This gave me the textured look that the Anthro one has.

Here is a detailed shot of what it looks like dry. No more cold, dead stare! I think the crazing that happened around the eyes makes it look more vintage. Plus, total cost for my version was only $1.99, as I already had the paint supplies laying around. 

Friday, July 18, 2014

Maximizing Small Spaces with Clotheslines

When the soulmate and I moved into a new apartment last month, we were pleasantly surprised to find a two bedroom for about the same price as we'd been paying for a single bedroom. Though tiny, we knew exactly what we'd do with the extra space: home office!

My original plan was to hang a gigantic corkboard over the desk to function as an inspiration board. Once I realized how expensive corkboards are (what the heck?!), I settled on a few smaller boards instead. To extend the functionality of the board, I added this little "clothesline" to the bottom edge. Hallelujah! This speedy little craft cost me $0 (I already had everything hanging around,) and it's opened my eyes to a whole world of clothespin organization. Yessssss. 

jute twine + clothespins = that's it!