Thrifters Rock Inspiring Creativity and a GIVEAWAY
If any of you have read the story of how I came up with the title of this blog, Of Ruffles and Rifles, you will remember that it has connotations to the poem, “the best laid plans of mice and men often run awry.” And I titled my blog Of Ruffles and Rifles because this is a journey; a fantastic, frustrating, amazing, excruciating process that amounts to plans. Plans that go as plans, plans that go better than plans, and plans that go awry. One of the many things that went awry the last couple of weeks was this computer, which I depend on for everything blog-related quit working. My plan was to have blog posts out the last two weeks, and last week’s post was going to be celebrating my two year blog anniversary (which occurred on Monday), culminating with my first ever GIVEAWAY, where the winner was going to be announced on my anniversary.
Which brings us to today. So it none of that went as planned, but we can still celebrate and thank you my readers for following along on this journey.
It’s crazy to think I’ve been doing this blog thing for two years now. On May 8th I celebrated my blog anniversary. 143 blog posts, and 592 comments later, I’m still here. With great fear and simple obedience, I published my first post When Beauty Invades the Process, and held my breath. Would anyone like it? Would anyone read it besides my mom? Would it really impact anyone?
And while the process has been slow but steady in the midst of my own life, I have found it to be an incredible outlet of inspiration. I am ever so grateful for this space, to be faithful with what the Lord has given me. For those of you who have followed from the beginning, you have no idea of your love and support and how much it means to me. For those of you who comment, it means the world to me. For those of you who pin and share, thank you! For those of you who are just discovering this space, welcome, I am so glad you are here!
In an effort to celebrate this two year anniversary I am going to be sharing some of my favorite projects and my first ever GIVEAWAY.
I have decided to feature one of my greatest resources of creativity today, my favorite thrift store. Not all thrift stores are created equal. You may have noticed I mention thrift stores a lot here on this blog. They provide an very economical source to practice my creativity. If you are a thrifter, I’m sure you have your favorites too. I have thrift stores I regularly shop at once a week. I also have coded one particular thrift store as “my favorite” thrift store throughout many of my posts.
It is my favorite for many reasons. First of, it doesn’t feel, look, or smell like a typical thrift store. Seriously, I think others should take note. Instead, it is a clean, well-organized store, full of incredibly creative displays that only further inspiration for things to become. Sometimes the sheer creativity in the displays at the store make my heart giddy. If I have a few minutes, my car inadvertently turns in their direction every single time. The staff is friendly, and it’s just a fun, inspiring place to be.
This gem of a store is called Thrifter’s Rock, it’s first location is located near Midtown Estates on the Palmer-Wasilla Highway in Palmer, Alaska. Their Facebook link can be found here. And they recently opened a second store in Wasilla in the Meta Rose Square.
Another thing I love about Thrifters Rock, is its cause. They are a non-profit, and all their proceeds go towards building their ever-expanding church campuses and missions. How great is that!?! Even if I happen to buy something that I don’t end up using, I don’t feel bad, because I’m supporting their church. It’s a win, win.
In my house, we always have a bag being filled with various items to take to the thrift store. I drop it off at Thrifters Rock in the back, and then drive around front to shop. I like to support them on both sides.
Today I am showcasing my favorite things I’ve gotten from my favorite thrift store, Thrifters Rock. And I am doing my first ever GIVEAWAY! This is in no way sponsored by Thrifters Rock or Church On the Rock, I just happen to really like them and their cause. And their store has been the source of many of my blog posts.
So today’s post is a trip down memory lane, looking at all the amazing things I have created from Thrifters Rock. You may click on each title underneath the photo to see the before shots. A lot of them are not even recognizable!
Then be sure to see how you can enter Of Ruffles and Rifles first ever GIVEAWAY!
Milk Glass Pedestal & Entryway Light
Oak Night Stands & Train Quilt
I hope you enjoyed that trip down memory lane and some of the fun creative projects I have embarked on. I want to invite you to participate in my first ever GIVEAWAY. I am going to give one lucky winner the choice of a $25 gift card to Thrifters Rock, OR a Marian Apron (in black and ivory, made from home décor fabric purchased from Thrifters Rock, pictured below).
To enter, all you need to do is follow these three easy steps:
1) Leave a comment on my blog saying whether you’d like the gift card or apron and what is your favorite thing you’ve found thrifting or something you’re hoping to find.
2) Sign up to receive my email subscriptions if you aren’t a subscriber already. (You can find the subscription link on the side bar or below the post, depending on your device).
3) Follow this link on Rafflecopter to be entered to win.
The drawing closes Sunday night. A winner will be announced next week. Good luck! I am seriously wishing you all could win!
Thanks for reading, supporting, encouraging, and joining me on this journey these last two years. I truly couldn’t have imagined how amazing it would be.
*This GIVEAWAY is now closed.*
Cheryl, I LOVE the apron! If I win, I would pick that of course! One of my favorite finds at Thrifters Rock was the jewelry cabinet I refinished for my sister. I enjoyed your trip down memory lane; you are very talented! I also love your shoutout to Thrifters Rock; their store is incrediblely creative and inviting.
Thank you for such a lovely giveaway opportunity! The apron is just so pretty!
Thank you for sharing your lovely words about Thrifters Rock and the beautiful items you upcycled! It makes my heart sing when our inspiration can inspire others!! We are truly enjoying Gods Gifts and watching how all things can be made New! Bless You on this wonderful journey. I am an apron girl and would love to style it when I am at work at Thrifters!
The apron is beautiful, so I would definitely choose that! I found a few items for my wedding at Thrifters Rock; some lace doilys were a great find!
I’m also enjoyed looking back at the items that you’ve previously completed. I definitely want to go back and reread some of the posts. In my mind, I want to be creative and make something new from something old, but so far, I haven’t made that happen. 🙂
If I win I want the apron! ❤️ My favorite thing I found at Thrifters Rock was the outfit my daughter wore to her baby dedication ❤️ It was in brand new condition and I spent $1 ❤️
I love your blog! I would also love to have that apron. Thrifters Rock is the best thrift store. My favorite thing to get is Clothing for my granddaughters. But my very favorite item has to be the Raggedy Andy doll I got my granddaughter. We have read all the Raggedy Andy and Raggedy Ann books.
I’m going to be repetitive and pick the apron too! Would be fun to cook in something so cute! 😉 Great to catch up with you yesterday at the pool! I feel rather fortunate to live fairly close to Thrifter’s Rock and I second the love for that place, it is definitely a fun place to shop. I can’t think of a very favorite, but I did find some very cute vintage looking earrings there the other day. I hope to find a cute honey pot and a tea kettle one of these days.
My favorite thing from Thrifters is a pair of blue arrow earrings that my sweet daughter gave me for my birthday. I have a large family and my favorite scripture is “Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth.” Psalm 127:3-4 She remembered this and thought of me when she saw the arrows. I have many aprons, so the gift card would be fun.
Love that apron! Not only pretty, it would cover my clothes well. My favorite thrifted item was a pin I bought a few years back with multicolored stones. It’s an older piece of costume jewelry that I love to wear.
I’d love to win the gift card! I have found so many great things thrifting! One of my favorites is a wooden cradle I scored for my sweet baby.
Thank you for this opportunity 🙂
What a great sounding thrift shop! My favorite is ‘The Discovery Shop’ in Chico & they donate their profits to all sorts of causes. I love it because someone my size is always donating cool Ann Taylor & other great clothes! & also, their prices are so great. Dave finds shirts there, too.
I enjoy reading the blog. Wow, 2 years! All the best to your family (& your mom, too) & Happy Mother’s Day!
I love thrifters rock and rely on them mostly for clothing my kiddos who are constantly growing! But I always find some other treasure!
Fun idea, Cuz! Let’s see…..Thrifters Rock is also my favorite thrift store, also for all the reasons you mentioned. I think the best find I ever made was at the Salvation Army in Eagle River six years ago, when I found a covered casserole dish that look quite lovely, and I thought the colors and even style would coordinate well with my mom’s dishes. It was brand new with the tag still on it. I peeked at the bottom of it and found that it was made in England. That was enough for me, so I bought it for the $16. I looked up the brand at home and found that it was worth $280. Woohoo! My mom was lucky that it went better with her dishes rather than mine. 🙂 Oh, and I’d prefer a gift card if I won your drawing – though that apron is lovely too, I already have one in very similar colors.
I would love the apron if I win!!
And, my entire closet and shoe supply is from thrift stores. My best finds were always at Bishop’s Attic and Thrifter’s Rock when I lived there. Probably my favorite is a John Wesley Teapot by Wedgewood that has Prayers on each side. That was actually from a yard sale. Now I volunteer at a local thrift store and love it!!
Thanks Cheryl and Happy Mother’s Day!!