Friday Frugal Finds–$2 bench, $12 nightstand, and more

I know you have been just waiting inpatiently to see what this $2.00 piece of furniture was that I brought home from Value Village 2 weeks ago.

Here’s the picture I posted on Instagram and Facebook.  And then because I did my 5 mantels in 5 days series last week I didn’t post my normal Friday Frugal Finds Smile

$2 thrift store bench

Well, wait no longer.  It’s a bench!

$2 thrift store bench

I know it definitely doesn’t look like much now… but I don’t see the above picture when I look at it.  I see the wood painted a soft white or a soft color and distressed and the top part recovered with some more batting and some fun fabric.

Like this… (found here)

DIY Upholstered bench with nailhead trim

It could even serve as an ottoman.  I can’t wait to get started on it!  And for $2.00 for a solid piece of wood furniture that will be a simple redo, I couldn’t pass it up.

wood letter J

I stopped in Goodwill – the better one in my town – and found this wood J for $0.99.  Hoping to incorporate it into a wreath.

In a Pickle game

Later that week I stopped at another local thrift store.  It is one of those dirty, sort of dig through things kind of store but I can find some great deals in there.  The game was $1.00

straw wreaths

The wreaths were 50¢ each.

glass pumpkin

And the glass pumpkin was $1.00.  Got something fun planned for it which you will see in a later post.

$12 french provincial nightstand

And I found another piece of furniture!  This French provincial nightstand was $12.  Again, couldn’t believe the price.  I LOVE this style of furniture – have already redone 2 dressers like this that I use for entryway/console/storage.  My entryway dresser redo post is here and my hallway dresser post is here. 

$12 french provincial nightstand

I was actually looking for 2 nightstands – 1 for the guest room, and 1 more for the master bedroom.  And I want them to mix and match.  This one was too big for the guest room so it will go in the master bedroom.    I may try to salvage the top and stain it and then paint the bottom.  Just have to see if it looks good enough to stain. 

So there’s my finds from 2 weeks ago!  Not often that I find furniture those kinds of prices and to find two in one week was pretty amazing too!

Here’s some of your frugal finds from 2 weeks ago:

The Creative me and McG found all of this for $1.50 at a yard sale.  Loving that vintage bedsheet! 


Jennifer from Decorated Chaos found some new lampshades at the thrift store a few weeks ago and then found a lamp too!  Total for lamp and lampshade – $8.50.  Love her decorated foyer table too.

Marlin from Life between Potato and Rice found this bamboo coffee table (with the glass) for $20 at a thrift store.  Can’t wait to see what she does with it. 

Have some frugal finds of your own to share?  Link them up below and you just might see them featured next week.


  1. Great purchases! I’m trying to stay out of thrift stores for a while myself. I have so many projects to do. But I can’t wait to find the time! Be encouraged…

  2. Wow! You seriously find amazing deals! I love your comment about seeing what the stool will look like ‘later’ and not how it is at present. That’s how I see things, too. I would love to thrift shop with you for sure! 🙂
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  3. wow, great finds all around Ladies! Christina, great finds in the furniture. at my VV (called Savers here in NE), I often find unopened games and puzzles that are perfect for my grandson and nieces and nephews. Our price point is higher, but I usually have a coupon. They regularly give out 30% off ones if you bring in a donation. Recently got brand new King size PB duvet for $7.99 and new baby onsies for 99 cents each. My favs are two large (22 x 22″) duck down pillows with raw silk covers for $4.99 ea., minus 30%.

  4. Love that end table…you have the best luck at thrift shops…thanks for featuring my finds…today I stopped at a few yard sales on my way to get groceries…found some great additions for my coffee bar and a new flag – all I spent was $4 – I LOVE YARD SALES!! lol
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  5. I love the French nightstand you found. It will be beautiful when you paint it and I can’t wait to see how the $2 bench turn out. sb
    Sharon @ Blue Willow House recently posted..Thrifty Find: French Cane Back ArmchairMy Profile

  6. I can’t wait to see what you do with your furniture finds. I see all these lovely furniture make overs all over blogland and it makes me want to whip out the paint and give it a try. But I’m too chicken, so I’ll live vicariously through you instead. LOL! 🙂


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