12 thrift store DIYS you should try today

Looking for clever, cheap thrift store DIYs? Click through for DIY ideas for four things you can always find at thrift stores for cheap: hardcover books, vinyl records, silk scarves, and dishes!
I’ve been a voracious thrifter for ages.  I’ve been pawing through racks of second hand clothing since plaid and high-waisted jean shorts were cool – the first time around.
(You can read my thrifting tips here.)
These days I don’t thrift as much because, well, I don’t need anything.  I’ve got all the cute dresses and vintage t-shirts a girl could want! (Or at least, as many cute dresses as a girl who hates having excess stuff that she doesn’t use could want.)
Every time I pop into a thrift store I see shelf after shelf of the same items – there are always piles of vinyl records, dishes, silk scarves, and hardcover books.  These items might not be too exciting in their current state, but with some elbow grease and creativity, they could be amazing!

Click on the photos to see how to make these adorable things!

DIY project you can do with Records

Looking for clever, cheap thrift store DIYs? Click through for DIY ideas for four things you can always find at thrift stores for cheap: hardcover books, vinyl records, silk scarves, and dishes!
Vinyl record DIY
Vinyl record DIY

DIY projects you can do with Hardcover books

Hardcover book craft ideas
Hard cover book crafts
Crafts to make with hardcover books

DIY projects you can do with Silk scarves

silk scarf craft ideas
Shorts made from silk scarves
Silk scarf pillows

DIY projects you can do with Dishes

DIYs with dinner plates
Crafts with dinner plates
Crafts with tea cups
Do you have any favorite DIYs for things you find at the thrift store?  Leave links in the comments!

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13 Comments

  1. Lotta

    Oh wow. I love the book headboard. That's just brilliant.

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  2. thebockster

    Those poor books!! I like the scarf ideas though 🙂

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  3. Raquel

    This is super lame and not really a DIY, but I find really good plastic containers with good lids at the Salvation Army all the time. For some reason those things are really expensive in New Zealand. I have now graduated from storing my bulk lentils in plastic bags, to storing my bulk lentils in containers with lids. Not fancy, but still awesome.

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  4. Jessica

    I buy odd tea cups/coffee cups all lthe time. I find them useful both for serving but also for mise en place (I adore mise en place when I'm in a cooking mood)

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  5. Crafty Lulu

    I am addicted to vintage pyrex and other dishes. I haven't done a whole lot of DIY stuff but they are so pretty and just make me happy. Plus I like to think about the former lives of all the stuff I find.

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  6. Jess

    Cutest post ever! Just love it 🙂

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  7. Kaisa

    Lovely ideas. In Estonia it's more common to find clothes in thrift stores rather than dishes, records, books. However, sometimes one gets lucky. 🙂

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  8. Steph G

    Love them ALL! Especially the scarf camera strap! Adorbs!

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  9. Creole Wisdom

    I love this. You know thrifting is always a fun time 🙂 I never seem to purchase books because I don't know what to do with them exactly. Thanks for the great ideas on those 🙂

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