You might have heard of Habitat for Humanity, they “provide decent and affordable to low-income families around the world”, but have you heard about the Habitat for Humanity ReStores? Well I’m about to blow your mind because if you like thrift stores or are in the market for some new doorknobs the “Habitat for Humanity ReStores are nonprofit home improvement stores and donation centers that sell new and gently used furniture, home accessories, building materials, and appliances to the public at a fraction of the retail price.” Find one in your area HERE.
The Restore in my area recently moved to a new location and my dad and I went to go check it out because he needs another filing cabinet. Let me take you on a little tour.
Art for all tastes.
Need a light bulb? washer? dryer? microwave?
I went to the Azusa location so if you see something you like, and you are in the area, then I highly recommend you get over there ASAP!
A little side note: Since the stores are donation based you never know what you are going to find, last time I was at ReStore I found a vintage Polaroid Land Camera with flash for $5 bucks…It was a very exciting day for my vintage camera collection.
Here in Southern California we are experiencing “Sinter”, spring going by the name of winter. The weather doesn’t know what it is doing half of the time, one days it’s cold the next its almost hot…now I’m not complaining because I’d rather this than snow any day (sorry everyone else in the country) but regardless I want to wear my cute boots because the calendar says February and it is my right to wear cute boots in “winter” (even is it is too warm).
The idea for this DIY was sparked by my boots spooning each other in my closet, now spooning may be appropriate in some situations but never when it comes to my boots.
I have been scoping out boot shapers for some time now and I have been unable to bring myself to spend $10 (or more) on things that I knew I could make. Today inspiration came to me while I was pondering my spooning boots, I could use the packing pillows from all of my amazon purchases which I just didn’t have the hear to throw out!
With that spark this DIY was born, enjoy!
You will need:
A Sewing Machine
Side note about the fabric: It was on sale at Ikea for $25 for an ENTIRE bolt of fabric…so now I will probably use this fabric for every functional sewing DIY I make (my kitchen curtains are already made from it).
Steps 1 and 2: Fold your packing pillows in half (if you have the individual perforated kind) and duct tape one end.
Steps 3 and 4: Put the untaped ends together and tape around the middle.
Your stuffers are done, you can stop here if you don’t feel like sewing…but it will be quick I promise.
Step 5: Cut 2 strips of fabric about 28 inches long and 6 inches across.
I kind of guesstimated these measurements based on the size of my stuffers…it’s not exact but it works.
Step 6: Sew up the two long ends of your covers.
Now you may be thinking that you are making long skinny pillows…and you would be right.
Steps 7 and 8: Admire your freshly sewn covers and flip them right side out.
Steps 9 and 10: Put your stuffers into the cover and sew the ends.
Now your boots won’t be caught spooning in your closet!
I am not sure if you already know but I own an online thrift store (Find it here!) and as owner (and only employee) I act as the buyer, merchandiser, photographer, cataloger, lister, customer service person, and package handler. My favorite position is as the buyer, I get to dig through all kinds of clothing situations to find the absolute best stuff.
There is only one problem with this position…I end up finding wonderful things that I end up keeping…
…I guess this isn’t a problem at all…
I went on a buying assignment yesterday and these are the things that will not make it past my own closet:
A velvet Betsy Johnson Dress and a red sheer cover up.
A light wash chambray shirt and a vintage leather pencil skirt.
A crazy pattern sweater and an emerald green vintage coat
(I have an ever increasing collection of vintage coats…I am OBSESSED.)
A vintage leather bag (now a computer case) and a scarf.
I LOVE thrifting.