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    Thrift Shop Picture Frames Offer Oodles of Decorating Possibilities

    When I poke through my local Goodwill® retail stores, I’m often a little sad to see the piles of picture frames that have been donated and are just waiting to find a new home. They once held photographs of family members, collage-d memories or documents of note for an individual or an entire household. This month I set out to find an alternate purpose for some of the members of this picture frame graveyard.

    Here’s what I came up with:

    Picture frame used as a message board

    It’s so easy to place a light colored fabric or wrapping paper inside the frame, then write on top of the glass with a marker as though it were a whiteboard! My boyfriend Ryan and I still haven’t settled on an official place to hang our big menu board since we moved (I always cringe when putting holes in the wall!), so this temporary “whiteboard” will work just fine perched on top of any surface we choose until we decide to commit the big board to one spot. I love that when you’re repurposing picture frames, they have stands of their own so you don’t need to put any holes in the wall unless you want to.

    Use a picture frame as a mirror

    It seems to me that mirrors with pretty frames can be rather expensive! The more ornate the frame is, the more expensive the mirror is. An easy way to get around this would be to purchase a cheap-o unframed mirror (maybe you even have one at home?), then find a nice frame to match it at Goodwill! If you find the frame first and don’t feel like searching for an appropriately sized mirror, you can even make your own as a weekend project with a little help from Google.

    Don’t need another looking glass? Check out this tutorial on how to make an easy vanity tray:

    Over 74 million people – all with different tastes – donate to Goodwill retail stores every year in the United States and Canada, so even if upcycling picture frames isn’t your thing, I’m positive that you’ll find something that suits your fancy the next time you make the trip. I also encourage you to let these projects inspire your own creativity! Last Christmas, one of Ryan’s friends made us a magnet board from a thrifted picture frame, beer bottle caps and a magnet – that’s manly crafting! Check it out…

    Magnetic board made from picture frame

    How have you repurposed your Goodwill finds?

    xx, Julia

    P.s. Don’t forget to take a peek at our Pinterest DIY board for more ways to use and reuse thrifted picture frames!

    Julia Marchand
    is a home decor/DIY blogger at LITTLEroost. From her little roost in rural New England, fueled by coffee and fresh air, Julia blogs for Goodwill Industries International creating sustainable DIY, home decor, and fashion content from thrifted finds.
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    • Lori Felix
      July 15th, 2012 at 8:10 pm

      I loved all of these ideas. I have a popular blog post for additional creative ideas for re-purposing old picture frames.
      The include a Jewelry Board,a Dry Erase Calendar, a Family Message Board,a Custom Storage Pegboard,a Magnetic Entryway Organizer, a Chalkboard Grocery List, and a Artwork Roundup Station.
      I love Goodwill and shop with you all the time. When I travel, I love to visit the Goodwill in a new part of the country!
      I hope you will stop by my money-saving blog. Goodwill shoppers will love my tips and reader-tested ideas.

      My frugal blog is called More With Less Today (dot) com and the blog post about re-purposing picture frames can be located here:

      • Julia
        July 21st, 2012 at 10:09 am

        Great minds think alike! Can’t wait to see how you’ve repurposed your picture frames.

        And I know just what you mean about visiting new Goodwill stores when you travel – it’s so interesting to see what’s there! Another of our Goodwill shopping bloggers, Jenna, did a very interesting study in this area where she traveled around different States looking at their thrift stores. It’s so interesting, check it out here: http://www.goodwill.org/author/jenna-isaacson/


        • Lori Felix
          July 25th, 2012 at 11:20 pm

          I took your advice and checked out her site. I also shared her great tips for shopping at Goodwill on my blog today. Thanks so much- also I love your blog.

          • Julia
            July 30th, 2012 at 9:52 pm

            Thanks, Lori! I am so glad that you had a chance to check it out. Interesting stuff, huh?

            And I’m happy that you also took time to click over to my personal blog. Keep in touch! :)


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