Friday, July 31, 2009

The Gift of Thrift: Message in a Bottle

My pals over at The Hired Guns recently took a few select folks on a cocktail sea cruise around Manhattan, and here are the invites! They took easy-to-find bottles, glued a copy of a vintage map on the front and rolled the the invitation through the opening for a clever invite that definitely grabbed people's attention.

When I saw the paper portion of the invites, I suggested they go a step further and make the edges look weathered and rustic....sort of like the things we did in Cub Scouts. Now I'm sure there are other ways to do this (rip the edges and apply shoe polish, stain the paper with tea, and so on....), but I looked to my inner pyromaniac and burned all 40 or so pieces with a lighter myself.

I didn't realize what a project I had taken on, let alone how much smoke I would create, prompting several office mates to "jump ship," and the janitorial staff to make an unexpected visit. Either way, I love the way they turned out. Note the little red wax seal on each bottle that gives them an even more personal touch.

For more unique party ideas that won't break the bank, pick up The Find: The Housing Works Book of Decorating with Thrift Shop Treasures, Flea Market Objects, and Vintage Details at Borders, Barnes & Noble, Amazon or Powell's.

Drifting off for the weekend!

The Elegant Thrifter

Always Frugal, Always Fabulous!


  1. Stan! I just realized you are a follower of my little blog! What an honor. I love your book, in fact I did a post about it this week. Wonderful work.
    Take care,
    Maria Fe

  2. Hi Stan. Thanks so much for commenting on a blog. WOW! Loved what you said, and yes I did buy your book. I could not wait to get it. I had a hard time finding it though. I went to Overstock, Barnes and Noble, and nothing. Lucky for me Amazon had it and it came my way. Love what your doing, and I wish you much success. I have dreams have in my head of doing a book one day, but not on decor.. Wish me luck.

  3. Hello Stan,
    I got your comment and I've just entered your gorgeous world. You've got it all going on! Do you know if The Find is available in any Canadian book stores? If not, I'll purchase it online.
    Bye for now,
    Erin Toronto Yard Sale Snoop

  4. Hi Stan,
    Glad you liked my post about The Find! I'm really glad you wrote this book - I've started reading it and it's very lovely and very inspirational. Buying used is more important now than ever before. I didn't know that your shops support the work against HIV; this makes your important work even more important!

  5. This is my first visit to your blog. I can't wait to get my hands on your book!

    I too would have taken the pyro route, good call!!!

    Have a happy day,



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