That's how the saying goes, but I like to think sometimes you get more than what you pay for.
I picked up an artificial flower arrangement last week at goodwill for a couple dollars. It was pretty sad, but I knew I could work with it. What caught my eye was how realistic the flowers (dried hydrangeas) looked. It was a large, ugly basket with dusty hydrangeas haphazardly sticking out from here and there. At one time I'm sure it was really pretty. Something you might see on a hearth in a home with country decor, but now it looked like it had been stored in a dusty attic under some boxes. Why didn't I take a before photo? Don't I know the after is more impressive when you can see how bad the before was?? One day I'll learn. Just imagine a dark toned basket with some gold painted accents holding an arrangement of dusty, nearly falling out hydrangeas with spanish moss, artificial ferns, and raffia. Got a mental image? OK good. Let's just say no one was fighting me for it at the goodwill. Their loss.
I pulled out all the hydrangeas and the florist foam and threw the rest of the filler stuff away.
After a good cleaning, the basket got some spray paint action, with paint from my stash. It'll go perfectly in Alyssa's living room to hold Bayleigh's books or toys.
and one for the living room. I love how the flowers add some softness in contrast to the mercury glass. I'm not usually a fan of the fake flower, but I think these come pretty close to the real thing. I'll keep 'em around a while.
Two pretty arrangements and a big basket for holding books, not bad for $2.00. Getting more than what I paid for, that's what I love about thrifting.