When I was in college, the majority of my clothes were thrifted. I would frequent the secondhand stores in search of "old man shirts" with snap buttons and wide-collared, polyester tops. My style was very unique (that is to say, "odd") and I loved it! I wore bell bottoms. I thought I was a hippie. I listened to Cat Steven's, "Catch Bull At Four," incessantly.
Now I like to go thrifting for other things: ugly frames I can refurbish for my home, novels that have been read once, and old jewelry I can revamp...which is what my latest creation involved!
I had this old bag:
It was cute, the color was nice, and I liked the shape. But...it was lacking a little zip, a little sass! I went to a thrift store and found all kinds of inexpensive treasures. A pretty scarf, some plastic pearls, a gold chain, and some "Granny brooches." It would have been easy to overlook these items, but I saw their potential! (And isn't that one of the important mantras of thrifting? "See the potential!")
I fired up my trusty glue gun and went to work. First, I wrapped the scarf around the bag. I glued it into place in a couple of spots, then tied it in the front. Next, I took the pearls and the chain and wrapped them around the scarf. I periodically glued those into place as well.
Lastly, the finishing touches...the brooches! I attached them to the front of the bag, in front of the knot. And, viola! ZIP and SASS!
Isn't it cute? And charming and unique and fun?! It was very inexpensive and super easy to make. (The best kind of project, if you ask me!) If you choose to create something similar, the possibilities for originality are endless. Think of all the colors and textures and old jewelry you could play with. What a hoot!
Have fun thrifting and creating, my friends!