Christmas thrift store makeovers

December 21, 2016

The lovely folks at Mission 27 Resale in Indianapolis contacted me a few months ago and asked me to come out to visit their new location downtown. 

Mission 27 is run by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, which is an organization that serves the poor and disadvantaged. I LOVE their mission for this store in particular. 

The organization noticed that the food that was being given out at their food bank wasn't always the healthiest of options (because of the cost). The proceeds from this store go to buying healthy foods for the food bank, among other things. 

ALL of the items in the store are donated and it is HUGE. I have to tell you I've never seen nicer items in a thrift shop! I can't wait to go back when I have more time to shop around. 

I grabbed a few treasures that I made over with spray paint for the holidays! They had a bunch of these stocking holders -- I got rid of ours last year because they were falling apart: 
snowflake stocking holder

Some were in decent shape but some had areas where the finish was coming off: 
sanding metal for spray paint

I just took some sandpaper to those areas and sanded until the finish was smooth and not flaking anymore. 

Then I sprayed with my old go-to spray paint, oil rubbed bronze: 
oil rubbed bronze

They turned out as good as new! You may have noticed them on the new fireplace in the basement
stacked stone fireplace DIY

I ended up moving them upstairs to the family room fireplace
gray fireplace and built ins

I also found this CUTE wood reindeer set: 
modern wood reindeer

I loved their modern shape! I took the old bows off and sanded them down a bit -- they were pretty rough. Because of their rough wood I knew spray paint wouldn't cover well, so I grabbed my favorite red paint for Christmas: 
Santa Red paint

You can't go wrong with Santa Red! :) 

I did a couple coats -- still letting a bit of the wood grain come through: 
wood red reindeer

I added some bows just to see how they looked but I think I like them without better: 
red wood reindeer

I spent about $15 on the four stocking holders and the reindeer and the makeovers were easy! The deer are my favorite because they are so unique and fun. :) 

This isn't your regular thrift store...check out some of the photos I grabbed from my visit: 
brick and industrial lighting

Currier and Ives set

vintage Christmas tree

industrial store set up

mission 27 resale store

If you live nearby I would give Mission 27 visit -- the location is massive and they have an incredible selection. (Their women's clothing is crazy good.) This location is near Midland Antiques, another favorite of mine, so you could make a day of it! :) 

I plan to be back before Christmas but not making any promises! Depends on how much wrapping I get done. ;) Hope you all have a wonderful and safe end to your week! 

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  1. I love the way you DIYed everything from the thrift store! Now I really wish there were more stores like that where I live, sigh!

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

  2. Those are wonderful finds! I just love thrift shopping - and a little paint works wonders!

  3. This is so funny, I just bought those same stocking holders from the dollar store and have been thinking about painting them AND we have two sets of those wooden reindeer that my mil gave us. I wanted to get rid of them because ours have googley eyes on them so they just stare you down-it's very creepy, but of course my kids love them, I like the idea of painting them red.

  4. That is THE coolest looking thrift store I have ever seen.

  5. That is an amazing thrift store! Love the reindeer,too. Maybe they needed a different color bow? Black? Plaid? Love 'email plain as well.

  6. What a lovely black dress - perfect for holiday parties! I wish I had a thrift store like this by me. Mine are dingy and smelly.

  7. Oh man! I love the reindeer, but the Currier & Ives place settings! My great grandma had a set and I loved them. I was heartbroken when she died and I found out that my mom and grandma had donated them! They were sad too when they found out how much I loved them! What an awesome store!

  8. I have the googly eyes over those reindeer! They remind me of some of my grandparents have in their home. So good. Merry Christmas, Sarah!


  9. Those reindeer looked amazing after you re-did them, you seriously have the best vision at re-imagining things!

    xoxo, SS

    Southern And Style


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