The Mystery Thrift-Off RESULTS!

The Mystery Thrift-Off RESULTS!

I hope you’ve enjoyed the first ever Mystery Thrift-Off! I’m so sad it’s coming to a close. I’ve had so much fun. I can’t wait to share the results with you!

mystery thrift-off logo copy

First off, I must thank all of the participants one last time. Huge thanks and uncomfortably long hugs to every single one of you for your pure bravery in signing up for this thing when you had no idea what to expect (nor did I!). Thank you for sharing your time and talents with me and my readers. What would this contest have been without you? I’ll tell you: Me cradling Scabies Bear, sobbing. Not nearly as fun.Β  So thanks again for being so awesome everyone.

Ok, so the voting process yesterday was a little weird, I apologize for that. I think the categories weren’t different enough from each other, which made voting confusing.Β  I’m still just making this up as I go! Next time I’ll probably just have 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, whattaya think?

Next time I will also not be out of town right in the middle of the contest! I was unexpectedly invited on a blogging trip this week in Indiana, which was super cool and I’ll be sharing some details later, but it left me with hardly any time and even less brainpower to devote to the contest. Hopefully it wasn’t too obvious.

Hmmm … anything else I can talk about to build up suspense before the results??? No? Then let’s have it.

(*prepare the t-shirt cannons and confetti*)

Winner of the Best Case of Using What Ya Got Award, carrying nearly 25% of the total vote was …


using what ya got award

… Janet with her genius reinterpretation of the now legendary Scabies Bear!!!Β  You may recall how she systematically dismantled (smashed with a hammer) the bears and used the chips to create stacked-stone-like artwork. I think she’s simply brilliant and you agreed!

Congrats Janet! You will be receiving a $50 gift-card of your choice and the prize packages from Wildfire Events and Retrofit Baby.


Next up, the Most Creative award, which was a race to the finish between several projects. When the dust cleared, the triumphant winner emerged with 22% of the total vote …


most creative award

Brittany and the Christmas village that could! Voters were impressed with her creativity in making not one, not two, but THREE entirely different projects out of that thing. She also shared all of the how-to’s on her blog this week, so be sure to check them out right here: chalkboard arrow sign, housewarming gift caddy, little toy playhouse.

Yay Brittany! You will be receiving a $50 gift-card of your choice and the prize packages from Graphic Design Market andΒ The Reclaimed Life.


And finally, the winner of The Better After award, the project that wowed the crowd, your hands-down favorite with a 35% landslide victory …


The Better After Award

Naomi and Sage and their ultra hip plastic cactus side table!!! Seriously, be on the lookout for this in stores soon. I’d buy it. Read their hilarious thought-process as they worked out this project on their blog Plaster & Disaster.

Congratulations ladies! You will receive a $100 gift card of your choice and the prize packages from Trish Stitched and FabulashKrash.


Big thanks to the small businesses and etsy shops that offered prizes to our winners, it was a treat partnering with you.

And once again, this wouldn’t have been possible without Goodwill. Thank you, thank you.

Redesign By Goodwill - Peoria 7-26-12

And thank YOU dear reader, for reading and voting and playing along with me. What did you think? Did you have a good time? Any constructive feedback for next time? Would you like to see a next time? I’d love to hear from you!

Till next time!


(*credits roll, lights go up, Lindsey shuffles by sweeping up confetti*)



  1. Rose
    June 12, 2015 / 11:35 AM

    Perfect! These are exactly what I voted for. πŸ™‚ They were all great projects though. It wasn’t like it was easy to vote. Good job to all of the contestants and their awesome creations!

  2. lisa
    June 12, 2015 / 11:35 AM

    how about a category for Best ”I want that !”
    That cactus table genius!

  3. Just Justin
    June 12, 2015 / 11:36 AM

    AWESOME JOB!!! This is exactly how I voted. I feel affirmed… πŸ˜‰

    Lindsey – You did a fabulous job!!!



  4. June 12, 2015 / 11:37 AM

    Congratulations to all the winners! I think everyone knew the Cactus Table had it from the get go. The only problem with that is I now have the Dixie Chicks song “Landslide” stuck in my head! Well done ladies!

  5. June 12, 2015 / 11:41 AM

    Funny thing…the cactus table IS the one I called my husband in and said “LOOK AT WHAT THEY DID WITH THIS!” followed by, “I have no chance…” Ha Ha Ha.
    Congratulations, ladies! Amazing job!!

  6. Jessica H
    June 12, 2015 / 12:28 PM

    You should totally do this again. I really like the Using What Ya Got award. That was the only category that was easy to vote on.

  7. Vicki
    June 12, 2015 / 8:02 PM

    This was so fun! So yes, please do it again sometime…there could be numerous versions of this, you know. I do think the voting process was a little hard to figure out, but no biggie – those kinks will work out. Great job everybody!

  8. Hanna
    June 12, 2015 / 10:57 PM

    I loved it! And I loved who won. That bear turned amazing wall art? Genious. Thanks for putting so much time and effort into something so fun for your readers!

  9. June 13, 2015 / 12:24 AM

    Thank you for running this contest! It was fun to watch and to participate in πŸ™‚ Destined to be a fan favorite right up there with the Ugly Lamp contest!

  10. June 13, 2015 / 4:50 AM

    Congratulations winners!!! It was a lot of fun!

  11. Rosie S
    June 13, 2015 / 6:16 AM

    Fun, fun, fun! I guess I didn’t see anything I would change! Such creative people out there….CRAFT ON, Good Willers!!!!

  12. Autumn
    June 13, 2015 / 9:08 AM

    I think you are being way too hard on yourself! The categories were NOT confusing; I knew exactly what you meant and it was easy to choose the projects I thought best fit them. Also, your writing and everything else was great, as usual! Just because you felt rushed doesn’t mean you didn’t do a good job. The whole thing was fun, from concept to finish, so thanks, and seriously, stop apologizing. We all LOVED it!

  13. June 13, 2015 / 7:32 PM

    What awesomeness this whole thing has been! It is my new favorite, even cooler than the ultra cool ugly lamp challenge. Love the winners (I got 2 out of 3, pretty darn good!) but am in complete awe of every single contestant. Do it again!

  14. Jaime
    June 15, 2015 / 10:48 AM

    Fun stuff! Give us more time to vote next time- I didn’t get a chance to check out the submissions until after you announced the winner. You were totally on the ball!

  15. Tenille
    June 17, 2015 / 8:54 AM

    I hate that I missed the voting! I have been looking forward to this since you first announced it. Please do this again, just don’t send me anything to makeover!

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