Friday, September 19, 2008

Thrift Store Decor 5 Ways: Show and Tell Friday

Recently I found these two little pumpkin people at the Hope Village Thrift Store for $2.00 each. I didn't buy them the first day I saw them, and noticed that they were still there the next couple of times I went by. Since I've started blogging, I have started thinking of new ways to use thrift store finds. I guess no one but me saw any potential here!

Here are 5 ways that I've come up with to use the little pumpkin people.


First, here they are as I bought them displayed on both sides of the clock on the mantel.
Here is a close up of one of them. They are in 2 pieces-like a jar with a lid. The little smiling faces have really begin to grow on me!
Here's another way-with fall flowers. The ones in the pic are faux, but I'll use the real thing. LOLOne of my favorite ways is to use them is as a pedestal for a votive.
Here is the base as a little lift for a pumpkin serving plate.
And finally, here is the base as a silverware container. Please excuse the spots on the forks. It's funny how the camera picks up these little details when you don't want it to!
Which way would you use them? Can you think of any other ways?

Thanks to Kelli at There's No Place Like Home for hosting Show and Tell Friday.

55 comments:

Angel said...

Those are just the cutest! I love all your fall decorations. It all loos so cozy and inviting. :-)

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Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

Diane, those little pumpkin people are cute! I think you have already thought of all the ways you can use them. They turned out to be very versatile didn't they .

Nancy said...

Hi Diane, I love them! I liked the first way, on each side of the clock...their little faces are too cute not to display! Blessings, nancy

Grandma Faith said...

You have such a good eye for what looks just right. Your imagination and creativity shine all through your blog. I'm catching up so I also want to say I enjoyed your kitchen remodeling photos. Take care.

Pink Slippers said...

Very darling and cute ways to use them.

Angie said...

Those are really adorable. What a cute little find.

Mary said...

Diane,

I love your little pumpkin people. The faces are delightful. I think I would use them on the mantle on each side of the gingerbread clock. It is fabulous. I love gingerbread clocks and owned one at one time but it was stolen. I still miss it after 30 years.

I enjoyed your show and tell. All of your autumn decor is lovely.

Blessings,
Mary

The Summer Kitchen Interiors said...

Wow! We'll have to keep our minds open to ALL the possibilities of our fun junkin' finds!! Love them all!
Karla & Karrie

Dianne said...

Love your thinking outside the box with your little decorations. Great ideas!

Joanne Kennedy said...

Very good! Five ways to use one item...I would say you got more then your moneys worth out of them. All are great ways to use them. I can't pick one way I like the best as I like them all.

Hugs,
Joanne

Gattina said...

They are really cute !
BTW it was difficult to find you because the link in my comments led me to old blogs of 2007 ! I finally took the Mr. Linky link on Kelly's blog !

Wanita said...

What great ideas for your pumpkin people. You're very creative! Have a wonderful weekend!

ceekay said...

Great ideas. Sometimes I have difficulty seeing something for what it could be...you did a great job.

Anne Fannie said...

Hello Diane,

I just love your great thrift store find! They are so cute and I love all the different ways you showed how to use them!
Great post, and Happy Show and Tell Friday!

Love, Ann

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Dawn said...

That's really clever! I love all the ways that you have used them!!! This fall I really need to go find some thrift stores!!!

take care,
Dawn

Penless Thoughts said...

Very creative uses for cute pumpkins.
Susan

Monique said...

The decorations are so pretty. I love the colours. The fork holder looks great !!
Thank you very much for sharing. Have a wonderful weekend.

Chez Nous said...

I really enjoyed your Show & Tell this week - the pumpkin people are so versatile!

Southern Lady said...

Diane, I love all of your ideas for the little pumpkin people ... and love their little smiley faces, too!

I can understand why you were attracted to them and glad they were still there when you went back to get them.

Sincerely,

Janie

Jen said...

I love thrift store finds! We have a number of them in our area. I may just have to go out and look this weekend.

Hootin' Anni said...

LOVE....just absolutely love the pumpkin people!!! You were so lucky to find them...very unique.

My Show n Tell this week is Halloween. Come by if you can find some time. I'd love to have you visit with me and critique my project.

judicreations said...

Wow you found some great fall goodies. And what a bargain...I love that too.
Those containers are sooooo nice. YOu could put fall flowers of complementary colours in them too. I think the cutlery is a greeat idea. I'd love to serve up a pumpkin pie on the plate too.

Just beautiful. Enjoy the oncoming fall..and your weekend.
Judi

jeanne said...

Diane, I think you have covered it. The show and tell was the best. I adore those pumpkin people. I challenge anyone to think up some other way to display those cute things. LOL

Hugs, Jeanne

Smilingsal said...

I like them on the mantle best of all. Then you see those cute faces.

Gretchen said...

Great vision Diane! They are just cute as can be everyway you changed them and the price sure was right.

Gretchen

B J's Corner said...

I think those pumpkin people are just too cute. I really like the flatware in them. Great ideas and a great buy.
bj

pammiejo said...

Very good thinking - I saw a little squirrel on an acorn similar to that yesterday at a garage sale for $1 but my ol' mind couldn't think of that many uses for it - so I left it there! Rats! You just have to work your mind alot along that line to have those thoughts hit you at the needed time! PAM

Ramona said...

Totally cute! I really like all the ways you have used those pumpkin folks....harvest delight!

It is finally cooling down here and I am really gettin in the Autumn mood...love it!

Happy Weekend.

Smiles ~ Ramona

Alex said...

The pumpkin people are adorable!! :)

Jen - Balancing beauty and bedlam said...

I think you thought of all the great ideas!!

Brown-Eyes said...

Hi Diane...Those are such cuties...and each display was great. They look like they are antique as just pumpkin people...
Happy weekend ;-) Bo

Rambling Girl said...

Oh those are so cute. Yes there are many ways to use them...I like all the ways cause they change up the subject. I can't think of anything else but I am sure many other bloggers can..I guess I need to think about that one.

Kelly said...

Adorable! I love the different ways you've used them, especially the serving base.

Darlene said...

Good Morning Diane,

I LOVE those little punkin' people! I think they are adorable as they are or with the flower arrangement in them....cute, cute!!!

Hadias said...

That's very creative. You really scored big on that purchase.

the pleasures of homemaking said...

Pumpkin People! They are so cute! What a great find and so versatile. I like the bottoms filled with fall decorations!

Manuela

The Berry's Patch said...

Those pumpkin people are so cute. I like all the ways that you have used them but I like their little faces the best. :-)

Barbara H. said...

How inspirational! I loved seeing the different ideas.

Sandra said...

Those are just too cute, love the little pumpkin guys :)


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aunties said...

Hooray for Diane. You are so clever! The punpkin people seem to have been a great find. I too liked the base used to hold the votive. So Pretty! I also liked using them to serve the silverware out of. I just hosted two functions this past week of serving 50 and then 75 people. It would have been an easy and fun way to display the eating utensils.
Enjoy your week end!

Anonymous said...

Those are so cute!

Jean said...

Cute pumpkin people and all cute ways to use them. Jean

Melissa Wertz said...

Diane, you did really well with that find! They are so cute and versatile!

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Those are so cute, Diane. I like them in each of the ways you show them, but I think the one I like best is on the mantel.

Have a great weekend.

Bella Casa said...

How versatile! I love the candle and pedastal way the best :) I wish I had a thrift store around here!

Bella

Pat said...

They look so cute all on their own Diane, but you had some great ideas for those pumpkin people!

I hope Blogger is working better fro you today -- it finally cooperated with me!

Enjoy your weekend!

Hugs, Pat

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

Well aren't you so crafty! What a great idea to show different ways to use your festive (& thrifty!) finds.

Nice work! :)

Joy said...

Look at how very clever you are!!!
Who new pumpkin people could be so versatile!

Tootsie said...

they are fantastic! good ideas too!

Classics and Country said...

Don't you just love the Fall season. You have done a great job decorating for the season.

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

What clever usages for your little pumpkin people! I love them for the small floral arrangement myself ~ but using for the silverware is also fantastic!!

Big TX Hugs,
Stephanie
Angelic Accents

bloggin' Chrystal said...

YOU make FALL happy for me too! I love all of these...

Kelli said...

They are darling pumpkins and I love all the different ways you used them! My favorite was on the mantle. :0)
~Kelli

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

Diana, cute ideas. Thanks for sharing your Fall Nesting Ideas for the event at The Inspired Room! I'm still making my way around seeing all the great Fall ideas! So fun!

Happy Fall,
Melissa