Friday, April 17, 2009

The Gift of Thrift: Dial a Dance

I am always up for a thrift-store challenge that requires a quick turnaround on a minimum amount cash. So when I was challenged to come up with a door prize on a tiny budget, I hit Housing Works in New York. (Shop now at!)

I had no idea what I was going to come up with, but thanks to my periphery vision that was set for a treasure, I spied beyond  a blue and yellow cardboard wheel, probably from the 1960s, called “The Ballet for the Beginner,” decorated with delicate sketches of tutu-clad girls in ballet positions ($5!). Dial a position, such as a grand pliĆ©, and a pronunciation shows up in one window and a definition of the term in another. I was on to something.

Wheel in hand, I returned to the housewares area and there was the second find: a gorgeous, pink pressed glass candy dish ($6!) exactly the same diameter as the wheel.What if the wheel became a lid for the dish? All I needed was a topper for my creation, and across the way, there it was: a curvy pink wire sculpture of the Eiffel Tower ($4!). My grand total was $15 plus tax, with just enough money left over to fill the dish with Swedish Fish candies, jellybeans and gumballs. The towered ballet candy dish has layers of discoveries. Certain to delight -- and gentle on the wallet!

Discover other uses for thrift store treasures in 
The Find: The Housing Works Book of Decorating With Thrift Shop Treasures, Flea Market Objects, and Vintage Details at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. 

Perfect for the hostess with the mostest!

Always Frugal, Always Fabulous!

The Elegant Thrifter

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