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Thrift Store Challenge: Soups On

I’m so excited that it’s that time of the month again!

NO! Not THAT time of the month…..THAT time of the month.

Time for the Thrift Store Challenge! I got a sneak peek at some of the wonderful projects our other participants have been working on for this go around and all I can say is – y’all are in for a treat!

The Rules

So it’s pretty straight forward but we all up to a few things from a single source, typically a thrift store but it could be a garage sale, estate sale, vintage market etc. so long as the item(s) are not new. We have no set budget but try to keep it as budget friendly as possible. Then we show you what we did to it to make it work in our homes including styling it. That’s it!

Are you ready?

My Find

I was super late even going looking for something this month. Like literally I just got back from a quick trip to Goodwill. I hate leaving it to the last second in case I can’t find anything worth buying (not typically a problem for me) but also because it gives me no time to work on the item and do whatever to it that I might need to do.

Thanks to our upcoming move most of my crafty things are packed though (insert gasp and sob here) so I pretty much knew I was going to need to find something that really needed just some styling this month. That always makes it a bit trickier because I pretty much always fix things up at least a bit.

I wasn’t doing so well and was nearly ready to start a second pass through the store when I saw it!

Not only was it just $12.99 to start with but it was 50% today! Yup!

I absolutely love the shape of it with all the extra little frills and “ruffles” and of course you can’t go wrong with a basic white. What’s more, there is not a chip or mark or crack anywhere to be found!

I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it and it has NOTHING at all to do with food. Some things never change. Haha 😀

Styling My Find

Clearly since it IS a dish it makes sense to display this in the dining room, right? I thought so!

Voila! All done!

Now I can go take a bubble bath and maybe have a coffee and some ginger snaps.

Don’t you love how I spent so much time on this challenge this month? I mean hours and hours! I’m exhausted. I should book a massage.

Okay fine! I went ahead and added some lavender. I would have preferred to use fresh lavender because….FRESH but mine would have been completely gone if I had harvested that much this early in the season and I couldn’t find any of the english lavender today which is by far my preference. Luckily I keep some faux lavender on hand for just such an occasion!

Now please try and focus on the soup tureen and my lavender and not on the fact that I don’t have pulls on the lower drawers of this buffet yet. I know you’re jealous of that fact and are already planning on taking some of the pulls off your furniture to copy me. I’m trying to start a new trend.

Isn’t this cute just like this?

It’s so pretty that it makes everything look good.

But I can’t resist adding just a few extra touches here and there…..

I’m on a roll now….

This! This right here is what I love. Simple and elegant and natural.

And less than $7.

The Other Participants

Let’s go see what the others found this month!

The Farmhouse Eclectic
LeCultivateur
This Full Life
The Home Envy
Through A Vintage Door
Sweet Southern Grace
The House House Blog
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24 Comments

  1. What a great find! Looks so lovely with the lavender in it too. Good job, Tara!

    1. stilettosandshiplap says:

      Why thank you, Jodi! I was so pleased to find it!

  2. I just love what you did here Tara ! Great way to style a soup dish.
    I have two of those and would have never of thought of styling them this way …I’m definitely inspired by this … Great job girl!!

    1. stilettosandshiplap says:

      I will admit that I have styled dishes like this in random ways before, unrelated to food. However to give full credit where it is due, one of my favorites on IG, Becky Cunningham, has styled a tureen similarly and it was just so cute with the lavender specifically.

    2. Emily says:

      Tara, I’m so jealous of your find!! It’s beautiful! And, of course, styled to perfection!!!
      ~Emily

      1. stilettosandshiplap says:

        Isn’t she pretty? SO glad I went to the thrift store that particular day!

  3. Beautiful job Tara – and I love the lavender touch.

    1. stilettosandshiplap says:

      Why thank you! It is my firm belief that you can’t go wrong with chandeliers or lavender EVERYWHERE! ???

  4. I have to tell you I love this tureen for the same reasons as you. It almost has a ruffled edge. How sweet is that? Small turns are not easy to find. Can’t believe the price.

    Lavender is a great finishing touch.

    Happy Memorial day ??????

    1. stilettosandshiplap says:

      I feel the same way. I’ve been needing one and although not specifically searching for one, it has been in the back of my mind. This was the perfect find and the perfect day to find it too with 50% off!

  5. Shae says:

    Tara! You always have the best finds!! I love how you added lavender!!

    1. stilettosandshiplap says:

      I sort of have a thing for lavender so it was an easy choice for me. Thanks, sweet friend!

  6. Great find Tara! Very pretty!

    1. stilettosandshiplap says:

      Thanks so much, Dori

  7. The tureen looks great with the lavender. Hope you have a great week.

    1. stilettosandshiplap says:

      Thanks! I have a major weakness for lavender at the best of times let alone in a lovely little specimen like this!

  8. Tara… I’m so stinking jealous! That is a lovely tureen.. .AND it still has the spoon? For $6.50? Wow! Love the ruffled edges, and how you styled it with the lavender! Don’t forget to link up at Tuesday Turn About! We’d be blessed to have you!

    1. stilettosandshiplap says:

      Yes it still has the spoon and not a mark, chip, or crack to be found! I’m totally in love with it. And by the way – I did link up already! ??. Can you believe I remembered? Wonders never cease ?

  9. What a great find and clever way to decorate it! Thanks for sharing at Tuesday Turn About!

    1. stilettosandshiplap says:

      Thanks so much! It was my pleasure

  10. Hi Tara!
    I love this thrift store challenge! The tureen is so pretty and what a score! I love how you styled it with the lavender. Beautiful! Don’t you love how the simplest changes can make the biggest impacts? I would love for you to link-up at Homestyle Gathering via Serving Up Southern. I hope to see you there! 🙂
    >>> Kim

    1. stilettosandshiplap says:

      Thanks so much, Kim. I’d be happy to!

  11. I have a soup tureen like this one—-I need to add some lavender to it! What a wonderful way to add a little summer to your sideboard.

    Happy day friend!
    KariAnne

    1. stilettosandshiplap says:

      I mean – You can’t go wrong with lavender! 😀 I think a little pot of pansies would be adorable too!

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