11 Pre-Holiday Items You NEED to Thrift for Right Now

September 18, 2016

11 Pre-Holiday Items You Need To Thrift For RIGHT NOW

Dear readers,

It’s September, you know in a week or two we will be going crazy for the holidays. I went to Big Lots yesterday and they were actually putting out Christmas stuff with the Halloween decorations. Pretty much sacrilege in my book, but, alas, I digress.

Soon enough you will be roaming Pinterest for ideas on home-made centerpieces, decorations, and gift ideas, so now is the perfect time to start scouring thrift stores for these crafty, useful items that are pro-Earth and pro-wallet.

Here is my helpful list of “11 Pre-Holiday Items You Need to Thrift for Right Now…” Start looking now, before the holiday haze sets in and you feel the need to blow tons of cash.


There are SO MANY things you can do with a mason jar that have nothing to do with canning food. If you live under a rock, or just don’t have time to search for your own on Pinterest, here are a few of my favorite tutorials I have found using thrifted mason jars:

The 36th Avenue’s “DIY Pumpkin Mason Jars”

Sadie Seasongoods “Mason Jar Lid Wreath Ornament”

DIY Ready’s “Autumn Leaf Mason Jar Candle Holder”


I am one of those people that thinks wreathes are a perfect gift. Why? Because decorating for the holidays can be very time consuming, however, a wreath takes one second to hang -BOOM- decorated. Not only are they easy to put up, take down, and store away, they are also fun to make.

Wreath forms are one of the major things I look for when thrift store shopping. I can usually get one for around .99!

Here are some of my favorite (and easy) wreath tutorials that I have found around the web:

“Rustic Burlap and Yarn Fall Wreath DIY” by Consumer Crafts.

“DIY Interchangeable Fall Wreath” by Decor by the Seashore.

“Jute Letter and Burlap Flowered Wreath Tutorial” by Talk of the Trains.


Buttons are always good to have on hand for a home made gift or a home made gift tag. Here are several thriftspirations that prove buttons aren’t only for clothing:

“Button Wreath Ornament for the Christmas Tree” by Happy Hooligans.

“Simple Yet Stunning Crochet Button Flowers” by Wonderful DIY.

“Jars of Buttons Handmade Gift Tags.” by Live. Laugh. Rowe.


What’s cuter than a vintage teacup and saucer? Not much. I’m sure your friends and family will feel the same way after they see these two tutorials:

“How To Make A Tea Cup Bird Feeder.” by Practically Functional.

“Hanging Teacup Wall Art.” by Tattooed Martha.


The options are endless (and inexpensive) when you start looking into thrifted frame projects:

“How to Make a Chalkboard From an Old Thrift Store Print” by The Magic Brush.

“Chicken Wire Frames- DIY Repurposed Thrift Store Find”  by Duct Tape and Denim.

unique-containersFact! Many of those adorable home made gift ideas require an adorable container. Here are some great tutorials on what to do with those thrifted containers or upcycled jars:

“Upcycled Jar Canister” by Reuse Grow Enjoy.

“20 Plus Creative Ways to Upcycle Glass Jars” by The Crunchy Chronicles.


Number 7 on this list has my favorite ideas! The gifts inspired by these craft tutorials are both vintage and beautiful:

“How to Deck Your Halls with Literature” by Book Riot.

“DIY Book Page Wreath” by Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.

“DIY Dictionary Bunting” by Brooklyn Limestone.

“Book Balls!” by Muslin and Merlot.


I grab these whenever I see them, either on sale or at a thrift store. I know my daughter will have a lot of fun with clear glass ornament projects. I like the fact that you have so many options with clear glass ornaments, and creating something you like takes very little effort:

“DIY Swirl Paint Glass Ornaments” by A Cork, Fork and Passport.

“Melted Crayon Ornaments” by Meet by Dubiens.

“DIY Glass Photo Ornament” by Virginia Fynes on Hometalk.


Keep an eye out for funky pots and planters you can up-cycle into a great gift for a friend or co-worker any time of year:

“10 Creative DIY Planter Makeovers” by A Cultivated Nest.

“Bunny Succulent Planters” by Oleander and Palm.


Fun fabric or burlap is a great way to add texture to any home made gift:

“Rustic Rage Banner” by Home Made Interest.

“Scrap Flower Tutorial” by Pink Suede Shoe.

“Fabric Gift Tags” by Live Laugh Rowe.


Three words. Gift. Wrap. Options.

“DIY Santa Gift Tags Using Soda Can Tabs”  by Crafty Morning.

“Simple White Christmas Wrap” by Love That Party.

“12 Creative Gift Wrapping Ideas” by Tips for Women.

I hope you enjoyed all the tutorials and thriftspirations in this post. What do you plan on doing for your holiday projects this year?

Happy September!

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