The make something project sent me to a thrift shop today. The instruction: buy something to work with … and maybe even give the result back to the shop after documenting the work.
The daughters went with me. I set myself a $5 limit and gave each of them $3. In the end, we spent just over $10, because I stayed under budget. Not bad for an hour’s entertainment in real time … plus all the fun we’ll have with what we purchased.
Emma made out like a bandit, scoring a collapsible plastic basket, an organizer full of buttons, a package of blank buttons to cover with fabric, and a VHS tape featuring the Olsen twins. (Please know that the tape was only 20 cents. I told her I will not watch this movie. Personally, I think the store clerks should have given Emma a dollar to remove the video from their premises.)
Hannah bought a funky red photo frame shaped like a TV. When we got home, she wrote “Today I feel …” near the top of a piece of paper, then trimmed the page to fit behind the glass. She will use a dry erase marker to write updates on the glass, helping the rest of us stay abreast of her swinging moods. If you live with a tween girl, you might share my view that this could be a ridiculously helpful little message board.
And me? I invested $2 in beaded necklaces to disassemble and use another day. The other $2 got me a 3″x9″ framed, stand-up “art” piece. With a little measuring, the right words, and creative font selection, I imagined I could reinvent this item. The refashioned work may not have broad enough appeal to resell at the thrift shop. But it looks quite nice in my office.