Trashure….Making Treasure Out of Trash

My love for junking can never be quenched, at least I don’t see how.  There are so many ways you can reuse an item, even to the point of dismantling it and putting it back together in a different form.  One man’s trash is another (woman’s) treasure, right?

Trashure: Making Treasure Out of Trash by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces

When I pulled out this particular treasure (or better yet, trashure – treasure from the trash!), I knew exactly what I would do with it.  Do you ever do that?  Find something and it speaks volumes to you before you can blink an eye? Treasure out of trash, I tell ya.

Trashure: Making Treasure Out of Trash by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces

This very rustic and vintage drawer would become a place where I could find some remembrances of my grandmothers.  Two very different ladies in one aspect, but both shared a love for the creative arts.
Hard as it is to say goodbye to the ones you love, it always special when you can keep something of theirs to remember them by, and to share a piece of their lives with the next generation.  I like to keep little tidbits and photos around to remind my children of their ancestors and how hard they worked so they could be here today.
Trashure: Making Treasure Out of Trash by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces
Do you see what my treasures are?  Sewing notions, tools, perfectly vintage eye candy!!  My paternal grandmother was a seamstress and I wish I could have picked her brain more to learn all the secrets of the trade.  She was an amazing woman who handled life gloriously even though she was deaf.
My maternal grandmother (my bapcia – Polish for grandmother) was the toughest lady I have ever known.  Dealing with the Nazis and making it to America to give her children a better life.  She was such and “energizer bunny”, she just kept going and going!  I think that I’m like her in some ways because I don’t sit still very often.  Imagine that. {wink, wink}
Trashure: Making Treasure Out of Trash by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces
I love being able to touch and look at these artifacts, and I have also been able to add a few things I’ve picked up from thrifting, garage sales, and estate sales too.
Trashure: Making Treasure Out of Trash by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces
Thrifted patterns.  Don’t you just love the sunbonnet with matching apron? Retro rocks!
Trashure: Making Treasure Out of Trash by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces
I am so envious of a generation that was absolutely thrifty that they thought to wrap their binding, ribbons, etc., onto cards that could be turned in to a child’s toy.  Amazing!!  This is Bob Bunny, that is printed on heavy stock paper and is meant to be cut out and then the head and rear are added to a wooden spool to create an adorable toy!
Trashure: Making Treasure Out of Trash by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces
Isn’t the poetic advertising genius?
Trashure: Making Treasure Out of Trash by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces
These edgings and lace are just scrumptious!
Trashure: Making Treasure Out of Trash by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces
My drawer shadow box is mounted above a curbside mahogany dresser I found that was missing a drawer front.  Big thanks to my hubby who built a new face for it.  All I did to dress this lady up was took off the drawer length brass pulls and auctioned them off on ebay (yes!), and added some chalk paint with wax.  I bet you can’t tell which drawer is the new one.
This dresser was the answer to my prayers of a need of somewhere to store my sewing goodies because I love to sew!
Trashure: Making Treasure Out of Trash by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces
One drawer is dedicated to my vintage patterns.  Who knows if I’ll ever use them because I’m more the draft-it-yourself type, but they sure are fun to look at!  I like to draft my patterns myself because the store-bought variety just never seem to fit right.
Trashure: Making Treasure Out of Trash by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces
Aside from sewing, I also love to crochet.  I took an unfinished peach basket and stained it, then washed it in a lovely yellow paint.  The handle is a light aqua and all was distressed.  I wanted a basket that I could easily access my hooks and take my yarn with me wherever I went, so I made a liner out of a vintage sheet to make that all possible.
Trashure: Making Treasure Out of Trash by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces
It’s been one of the best projects for myself that I’ve done in a loooooong time.  I tend to make stuff for everyone else and never do anything for me.
To top if off, I made some stitch markers to add even more fun to my crochet time.  Is that possible?  If you don’t know how to crochet or knit you are missing out on therapy!!
Trashure: Making Treasure Out of Trash by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces
I hope you’ve enjoyed a small tour of my corner of the house and are inspired to take some cast-off items and make them your own.  Decorating your home can be very inexpensive and fun!  So take a look around, pick out a spot in your home that could use some lovin’, and then head out to the trash to snatch up some created-by-you décor.
Featured on:

If you liked this repurposed post, then I know you’ll love these!
DIY Farmhouse Cotton Branches by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpiecesRepurposed Industrial Style Sewing Storage by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces
Previous Post Next Post


  • Acorn to Oak

    Your treasures and stories of your grandmothers are wonderful. I love how you transform castoffs into wonderful things you love, that are useful, and that look great in your home. I like that bunny card from a package of ribbon. You’ve found some wonderful trims. That pink one is especially cute! I like your stitch markers too. Very cute! 🙂

    August 19, 2013 at 4:47 pm Reply
  • Laurel Putman

    So nice to “meet” you Larissa! We do have LOTS in common don’t we? Love your drawer shelf full of wonderful memories and treasures! So glad you stopped for a visit so I could find you again too. I’ll plan to stop back and keep in touch 🙂 [email protected]

    August 21, 2013 at 2:44 am Reply
  • Becca Diestelkamp-Woodham

    I love it, Trashure. That’s great! Thanks for sharing! Stop by my Friday’s Five Features and link up this post (and others)!

    August 23, 2013 at 8:12 pm Reply
  • Joselyn @ The DIY Spot

    Visiting from FJI. How lovely! You accessorized it so nicely.

    August 24, 2013 at 5:37 am Reply
  • stylishrevamp

    I love how you are sharing your history with your family and your styling is fabulous!

    August 24, 2013 at 10:54 pm Reply
  • Suzan Sweatman

    What beautiful items – eye candy – my favorites are those fabulous patterns and that yellow basket!

    August 25, 2013 at 3:20 pm Reply
  • LivingVintage

    That’s the cutest vintage collection I’ve seen in quite some time. Love the individual pieces in your collection and how cleverly you displayed them.

    August 25, 2013 at 8:24 pm Reply
  • Kayla Janachovsky

    Great collection! I’d love if you’d link up to The DIYers.

    August 26, 2013 at 4:56 pm Reply
  • Courtney ~ French Country Cottage

    So charming!! Thanks for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday!

    August 28, 2013 at 11:52 pm Reply
  • michele

    so adorable and charming.

    hope you’ll visit me back.


    September 6, 2013 at 4:09 am Reply
  • Adina Johnson

    That bunny binding card is genius! The entire display is wonderful and the fact that it is full of memories makes it even better. I bet it makes you smile every time you walk by it. I love finding trashure!

    March 21, 2015 at 9:01 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Isn’t it though? It is one of my treasures for sure, and a reminder to not make waste of what we’re given.

      March 21, 2015 at 10:00 pm Reply
  • Friday Favorites #59 - Living Vintage

    […] Six:  Prodigal Pieces […]

    June 5, 2015 at 7:21 pm Reply
  • Leave a Reply

    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

    You may also like