This tray is a living miracle.
Ok. Maybe not living.
But a miracle none the less. I purchased this glass vanity tray (really, I don’t know if it is technically called a vanity tray, but that’s what I’m calling it) at an epic Goodwill half off day.
Have you ever experienced a Goodwill half off day?
I so very much hope you have.
Here’s how my Goodwill half off days go:
1. Wake up at 6 a.m. on the first Saturday of a month. This is when everything at Middle Tennessee Goodwills is half off. (Chattanooga Goodwills do have half off days sometimes as well.)
2. Drive two hours to Nashville to shop at an abundance of Goodwills.
3. Arrive at first Goodwill. Wait outside with the other crazies until they open the gates and you hear the angels (oh, I mean doors and the Goodwill radio station).
4. Get your power walk on and peruse the home decor aisles for items to re-hab.
5. Put items you find with the person who has the cart. (This is best done with a minimum of two people. One maneuvers the cart, the other maneuvers the aisles. I tell ya, it's madness people.
6. Whoever is finished looking first gets in line with the cart to avoid the line that will eventually wrap around the store. We will not tolerate lollygagging on a Goodwill half off day. We. Will. Leave. Your. Butt.
7. Pay for goods. If necessary, combine all goods into one purchase and work out who owes who later. Time is of the essence. People are buying junk you want at the next Goodwill.
8. Throw purchased items in vehicle, give your hands a good dose of Germ-X, put address for next Goodwill in the Garmin, and haul butt to the next location.
9. Repeat steps three through eight a minimum of six times at area Goodwills. If time permits, you may repeat the steps up to nine times and shop at all 10 area Goodwills.
And, no matter what, as Grunt Labor would say, be sure to take your business purse. My business purse goes over one shoulder, across my chest and consists of three small zippered pockets to carry the essentials for the day while staying firmly attached to myself. Somewhat like a fanny pack, but flat and on your hip. Grunt Labor makes fun of me each night before a Goodwill trip when I am packing my business purse.
He doesn't understand how crucial the business purse is on these days.
Ain’t nobody got time for big ole handbags gettin’ in the way at the Goodwill.
So, I now bring you back to the regularly scheduled post of this vanity tray makeover and why it's a miracle.
I imagine it sat in a once stylish hunter green bathroom (circa 1989?). I’m somehow sure all the mirrors in said bathroom had gold speckles on them. Said mirrors may have covered all walls. Classy.
The lady who rang me up when I purchased this tray banged it around so much, I thought I may not get it out of the store in one piece. Hello, lady, it may just be a $2 tray, but its soon gonna be priceless. Be careful with my junk! Thankfully, the miracle tray made it out unscathed.
Upon getting it home, I propped it up on a flower pot and commenced spray painting after I had removed the gold corners and glass tubes on the sides. Unfortunately, there was a mishap when Grunt Labor arrived home. He did not see the tray in the garage and ran into it. This time, the tray did not make it out unscathed. Grunt Labor scratched some of the spray paint off with the car. But, it was still alive. The tray held strong to the flower pot and did not fall onto the concrete and shatter.
I gave the gold corners a coat of metallic gold spray paint so they weren’t so shiny and put it all back together.
It has a new home on my entry table. It much prefers the openness of the area as opposed to its previous mirrored wall bathroom.
Isn’t that magnifying glass set fabulous? Read the full post here to see where I scored it for $12 and to find out about those beautiful vases.
And yes, those roses did come from my yard. I’m so glad you asked. Remember that fabulous gardener I told you about in my kitchen tour post? He’s responsible for these as well.
Do you have some favorite Goodwill finds? Please share in the comments below.
There are many more thrift store makeovers here.
Jenna LaFevor rants on at Rain on a Tin Roof about DIY projects, junk décor, thrifty finds, crafty creations and other decorating dilemmas. She went to UTC, where she got a teaching degree that now collects dust. When she isn’t trying to keep her kid from climbing out of the circus ring or making sure her husband’s shirts are taken to the dry cleaners so she gets out of ironing, she can be found with a paintbrush in one hand and a cheap beer in the other. But if you’re buying, she’ll have a cosmopolitan. You can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org; or you can connect with her on Facebook, Twitter @raintinroofblog or at her blog. The opinions expressed in this column belong solely to the author, not Nooga.com or its employees.
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