Mystery Thrift-Off, round three!

Mystery Thrift-Off, round three!

Get your excitedface on, it’s time for round three of the Mystery Thrift-Off! I’m having so much fun! Are you having fun too?

This is the last round of projects before we vote tomorrow.  Did you see round one or round two? Get your buns over there and check them out if you didn’t! Like Steven Tyler, you don’t want to miss a thing.


Today’s first mystery item was the most expensive item in the contest, costing a whole $18.  But when I saw that lovely face …

… I nearly peed myself. Creepy creeper creeping hard. It’s like a mummy, only the mummy’s face is somehow on the outside of the bandages, and the bandages are actually potato peels.

I couldn’t get it out of my house fast enough. I sent it onward to Kelley at Life & Art with Glamma Fabulous. I knew she could make some headway. Heh. Heh. Headway.


before head sculpture





What I didn’t think was that she’d create something out of this mummy bust that I’d actually want to put in my house!  I really would. It’s so darn funky and quirky. All it needed was a head of fabulous flowing flower hair. Kelley somehow managed to cut the top of the head off to fit the flowers in, and did you notice the necklace? She’s a classy gal.


Next up, this clock from Jenna at Jenna I wish you could touch it. It had this spongy cork layer that was certifiably disgusting and was missing a hand. Was a treasure lurking underneath?

before clock


clock tray makeover


clock makeover

Oh yeah. After a couple false starts, (one included a spitball dartboard game) she ended up with this an adorable weathered-wood tray.  I’m quickly learning that I’ll never need to buy a regular tray at a regular store again.


Eileen at Johnson 3 received one of the more ‘mundane’ items, this very babyish tissue holder.

before duckie tissue holder


snakeskin tissuebox closeup


snakeskin tissue box makeover

But it grew up fast when Elaine covered it in Chinese red SNAKESKIN! Check out that entire table underneath it too! Elaine is a custom furniture artisan and commonly works with exotic skins and textiles, and most likely never ever works with tissue boxes festooned with duckies. Fantastic.


And very last but not least, we have Erin at Purdue Avenue.  I was stunned to discover that Erin lives only a few miles away from me! That was lucky for me, not only so I can worm my way into her life and make her my friend and have her bake me up some of her delicious looking recipes, but also because I was so worried that her mystery item wouldn’t survive a trip trough the mail.

So, I hand-delivered her this gorgeous beast:

before german shepard


beyoutiful mirror makeover


beYOUtiful mirror

Even though her first light-hearted attempt included giving the German Shepard a fabulous mustache, we both knew that he wouldn’t be sticking around for long. She scraped him away and added some girly details and the inspiring ‘Be YOU tiful’ lettering that she made with her cutting machine.

She also included a tutorial and a printable on her blog so you can make one of your own!  You could make this on almost any surface, but bonus points for starting with a German Shepard mirror.


Remember to check out round one or round two if you haven’t already! Voting for your favorites begins tomorrow!!



  1. June 10, 2015 / 5:48 AM

    4 more good ones! Sorry to see that the reveals are over – this was fun! And that head … Yikes! That mirror is too cute – I would be dangerous with one of those cutting machines. Cute font! Great job everyone!

  2. Jessica H
    June 10, 2015 / 7:28 AM

    It will be so hard to vote!

  3. l
    June 10, 2015 / 7:42 AM

    This is my kind of competition! love the creativity. I want to see more rounds.

  4. June 10, 2015 / 10:01 AM

    Lindsey – This competition has been so much fun! My husband is mocking me severely for being so excited about it!! The drama looking at the other entries and my heart dropping at how talented these ladies are! I know I should be happy…but let’s be honest. I was sad. Ha ha. Maybe this means more to me than it should??? BAHAHAHAHA.

    Consider yourself my new bestie! I’ll make you treats any time!

  5. Just Justin
    June 10, 2015 / 10:04 AM

    I want the brown creepy head with flower hair. It is beautiful.

  6. June 10, 2015 / 10:09 AM

    That tray would go perfectly in my back room!

  7. June 10, 2015 / 10:47 AM

    I thought I might like participating in this challenge…NO WAY!!! You are brutal girl! I can build anything and refinish anything but there is now way I could have been as creative as some of these ladies…major cudos!!!! I would gladly have any one of them in my home now…wouldn’t have given any of them a second look at GW in their original state! Great job on ALL of them!

  8. June 10, 2015 / 1:16 PM

    …I actually kind of like the doggy mirror xD Though I do much more like the finished product, ha!
    I am so glad you put all of this together, it has been awesome seeing all of the entries – and what people are able to do with the random stuff from Goodwill! 😀

  9. LeeAnn
    June 10, 2015 / 3:45 PM

    I’m in love with that German Shepherd. The actual painting/picture of the dog.Otherwise, all the makeovers are fabulous!

  10. June 10, 2015 / 6:46 PM

    @Just Justin — I’ll flip a coin with ya for the flower head 🙂

    This has been so great. The anticipation of seeing them all, the creativity of each one, just amazing.

    Lindsey — this I think has been especially fun because of your fun spirit and being able to feel your excitement, too.

  11. Maria from Oz
    June 10, 2015 / 8:19 PM

    OMG! That Elgin clock! I hope Jenna didn’t throw it away? It is a collectible now! The Elgin clock company was quite a good quality maker in USA. Mind you the tray is a hundred times nicer but gawd, the money is better. 😉

    That ‘I just flunked the security dog training’ mirror is terrific; AFTER!

    Heads up on the flower vase,too!

    Every time I would go to get a tissue from that box, I’d be like, “Ah, suffer an amygdala response phobic terror palpitation or suffer a runnier nose….AGH! Decisions!”

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