Mystery Thrift-Off, round two!

Mystery Thrift-Off, round two!

Day two of the Mystery Thrift-Off is upon us! Did you catch all the action in round one?  Remember, voting happens on Thursday after we’ve seen all the projects.

But first, I thought I’d rewind a little bit today, and tell you how I narrowed it down to 12 participants out of 250 applicants.

When I created the online form for people to apply, I asked a few basic questions like: where do you live, what’s your name, do you have a blog, etc. Then I just left a big blank space at the end and said “What else do I need to know?”

THAT’S where I really got to know people. Some people shared links to awesome projects they had done in the past. Some people didn’t have blogs or much DIY experience, but their enthusiasm more than made up for it. And some people …


Some people …


Some people used that space to send me all the lyrics to We Don’t Need Another Hero by Tina Turner, from the 1985 Max Max movie Beyond Thunderdome.


I obviously chose those people.

Husband and wife team Justin and Rachael aren’t bloggers, but probably should be. They sent me Thunderdome lyrics, I sent them this collection of fake brass sconces. Or planters. I’m not sure what they are, other than made out of plastic and illegally ugly.

Then, life hit, and they decided to up and MOVE right in the middle of the contest! Amidst all the crazy, they wound up with only one day to start and finish their project, photograph it, and submit it to me.

before brass sconces

a brass planter makeover

a planter makeover

They got down with some paint and paisley and created crazy craft storage! Also kitchen storage! And bathroom storage!

I’m shocked at how much those things can actually hold. Way to be creative under pressure, guys. I would have used them as an urn to hold my tears, because moving is the WORST.


Next up, Elaine at Elaine Wagg received one of the items from the what-the-heck-is-this category. Any guesses? I initially thought it was some kind of spice rack, but upon closer inspection I realized that it would actually make the world’s worst spice rack, so that can’t be it.  Elaine supposes it was some kind of cat toy.

What oh what could be done with this?

before circle box

circle box makeover 2

circle box makeover

A ’70s inspired light-fixture, that’s what. Groovy man! She had a piece of plastic cut to size, then stuffed a string of Christmas lights inside. Those psychedelic paint colors were found at an art supply store. If you love it, you might be in luck because she plans to eBay it.

Elaine’s blog caught my eye, because she is hilarious. Be sure to visit and say hi!


Next up, one of my more diabolical choices: this pair of olive platters sent to Denise from On the Verge of Snapping. Hahahahahaha! How impossible! I’m the meanest! Denise said she was expecting something hideous, but this pristine pair of oblong dishes really had her stumped. But not for long.


before olive dishes


olive art

olive art schnauzer

olive art pair

Bet you didn’t see that coming! Neither did I! When she sent these pictures back to me, I was like, “Wait, what exactly did I send her again?” Then it hit me that the dishes had been turned into stands for the cat and the schnauzer. SO great.

I love all the detail here, and the colors. These just make me happy! Animals are close to Denise’s heart, she actually runs an animal rescue that focuses on schnauzers, so triple awesome points for that.


And now, for our final project of the day …



Did you think you could escape?




Did you think I really wouldn’t go there?





Oh yeah.





I went there.





It’s time for ….







before scabies bear upclose




Oh man, I really am the worst. I don’t think anyone is going to sign up for this contest next year.  But Janet insisted, and I quote “If you see an item that you are wondering if it’s too horrid, if you should even include it, send that one to me!”

So I did. But wait.  There’s more.


Scabies bear had a brother.


before scabies bears

Ha! HaHA! But Janet didn’t even flinch.  She rose to the challenge like a champ. Now YOUR challenge is to spot Scabies Bear and brother in the next photo:

scabies bear makeover


See it?


Look closer …



scabies bear close up


Hot tamales! Scabies Bear is no more, but his ghost lives on. It lives on in STYLE.  She ‘deconstructed’ the bears into bits, then glued them one piece at a time on edge inside the design, like a mini stack stone wall. It’s fantastic!

She still had lots of crushed bear shards to work with, so she made two more pieces of art: these super hip geometric glittered diamonds for her daughter’s room.


scabies bear diamond graphic

Could crushed ceramic bears be the next big thing? I think probably maybe yes.



Be sure to check out round one if you haven’t already, and click here to see the third and final round! What did you think of round two? Do you have a favorite already??


Redesign By Goodwill - Peoria 7-26-12

Huge thank you to Goodwill for making The Mystery Thrift-Off possible.



  1. June 9, 2015 / 5:59 AM

    Awesome projects! I can only imagine how satisfying it must have been to smash scabies bear into a ton of tiny bits.

  2. Ginny
    June 9, 2015 / 6:02 AM

    The nasty bears turned into art is amazing! Never would have guessed that is what they became.

  3. Just Justin
    June 9, 2015 / 6:03 AM

    MOS for Scabies bear…and now his brother…and done…

    YAY! Super excited to be a part of this!

    Lindsey is a good picker… I’ll leave it up to the professionals to diagnose that. 🙂

  4. June 9, 2015 / 6:12 AM

    Scabies Bear was terrifying. Props to her for managing to look past the scary and transform it. I would have likely just thrown it away and hoped it didn’t reappear in my house anywhere after the fact.

  5. June 9, 2015 / 6:52 AM

    I fully expected scabies bear to be under a couch cushion or something. HUGE props.

  6. Rosie S
    June 9, 2015 / 6:54 AM

    Scabies bear…I am crying here! LOLOLOLOL Your sure got geniuses here! All, so far, are great!!!

  7. Jessica H
    June 9, 2015 / 7:49 AM

    Amazing, yet again. I applaud these brave souls.

  8. June 9, 2015 / 8:10 AM

    Hahaha! Bravo. When I saw scabies bear in your initial post, I thought I’d totally shatter that creepy thing and make a flower pot! When I was opening my box I secretly thought “what if it’s scabies bear?” Lol! Great projects today! Congrats to all!

  9. June 9, 2015 / 8:42 AM

    Do I have a favorite? Yesterday I thought so. Today I have four favorites. This is going to be so hard!!!!! Everybody ROCKS!

  10. Janet
    June 9, 2015 / 10:27 AM

    Haha! Great write up, Lindsey. That lead in followed by the zoomed in shot of scabies bear is awesome. My kids asked me, “Did you really say that?” (About getting the worst item). Yes, I did. I gotta admit, if I opened my box and got a bag o’ hair, my stomach would have dropped clean out of me. Because no matter what you did with it, if it was still recognizable as hair, it would be creepy. That’s probably why you picked the craft sticks instead.

    Anyway, you found such a variety of items and I am SO enjoying this. I Love seeing the items, what they have become, your write ups and the hilarious comments. Thanks again for picking me, I had a ball. I can’t wait to see the rest tomorrow.

  11. June 9, 2015 / 11:58 AM

    Fully Awesome day two!

  12. June 9, 2015 / 4:38 PM

    The vintage vibe of what scabies bear has become is up my alley…and the the box light! I adore the paint technique and colors on the storage board.

    This is so much fun, I’m so thrilled to have been a part of it.

    I’m excited to see what tomorrow brings, but I don’t want it to end. 🙂

  13. LeeAnn
    June 9, 2015 / 5:15 PM

    There’s some pretty talented people out there!

  14. Stephanie
    June 10, 2015 / 2:57 AM

    This contest is so great! Such creativity! Can we start the next mystery contest because this is so much fun, so why stop! I really wanted to be picked but I can already tell I would not have had the creativity of all these people! They are great!

  15. Maribeth
    June 10, 2015 / 5:03 AM

    Best. Contest. Ever.

  16. Cindy
    June 11, 2015 / 6:26 AM

    I can’t believe I spotted the new bear right away LOL Way to go everyone love the creativity.

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