Unexpected Thrifted Valentine’s Centerpiece


Hello everyone!  Hope your weekend was fantastic–we spent it at the theatre, with myself doing box office and front of house duties while my sweetie played accordion in the lobby prior to performances and during intermission–fun, and we’ll be back for the final weekend coming up!  I’m continuing with acting class every Saturday and still hard at work on my Shakespeare monologue–going to play one of the Merry wives of Windsor–those were some gals who knew how to have a good time :)  Also getting ready to perform with Puddin’ River Jazz Band for the Mardi Gras party for the Portland Dixieland Jazz Society in February, so rehearsals for that will ensue soon.  I’ll be popping in here as much as I can and sharing posts as I’m able.  Life is crazy sometimes–there are times when nothing is going on and you’re a little bored, and then there are times when you are flying from morning til night, like now, but I love it all!


Today I’ve got a quick little post to share with you.  Recently we went thrifting, and I found a little something that just cost a dollar, but it jumped out at me and I couldn’t resist.  I decided that it was perfect for Valentine’s Day, and I liked that it was an unexpected choice–it just made me smile!



Isn’t this a cool toy car??  It’s a old one that is well made, out of metal, and all the doors, the hood and the trunk open!  My husband loves vintage cars–we’ve been to several antique car museums and car shows over the years, so I knew he would appreciate this.  Both plates and the cakestand as well as the lace doily are from Goodwill, and the bottles came from the local antique store–I have a thing for little, pretty bottles!  The roses and led tea lights are from Dollar Tree.




Did you use something unexpected in your Valentine’s Day decor this year?  Tell me all about it down in the comments!


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About AthenaMG

Athena McElrath is a Master Gardener with a love for gardening, decorating and cooking inexpensively. She enjoys working out in her urban garden in Southwest Washington State, watching the hummingbirds and other birds and insects, eating the wonderful vegetables, fruits and herbs that she produces from her garden, and just having a great time hanging out under the pergola with her family and friends (that is, whenever it stops raining long enough).
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9 Responses to Unexpected Thrifted Valentine’s Centerpiece

  1. What a cute idea! and red! Which is perfect for Valentine. I haven’t decorated yet and I’m not sure I’ll have time… Pupils are complaining papers don’t get marked quickly enough now there’s the new blog!

  2. Jacqueline says:

    What a sleek little beauty! And, yes! Very original. Thant can be so hard to achieve! So nice you stopped by!

  3. Hi, Athena!!! This car totally reminds me of Valentine’s Day…perhaps in a non-traditional sense. Fun memories of having my first boyfriend, kissing at the drive-in in his cool car, getting a Valentine from the boyfriend…totally romantic at the time! Sure brings back fun memories! Those were the days when good, clean fun as the order of the day and very innocent. Smoochin’ in the car was innocent back then!

    You found some great bargains for making a fun centerpiece!

    Happy to hear things are going well at the theater! I wish I could be there to run lines with you! Have a great weekend!!!!!

  4. nicole says:

    Goodness! You are one talented lady! Good luck with all of your upcoming events! And that car and centerpiece are wonderful! My son would LOVE it! (He is in a serious car stage right now!) Love how original the centerpiece is..perfect!

  5. FABBY says:

    The car is perfect for Valentines Day..plus it’s RED!! I loved it and somehow it reminded me of Valentines, I guess the vintage look of it. You are very talented Athena to come up with this one..I totally love it! Have a super weekend.

  6. What a cool looking car, and I’d love to be picked up with it if ever going on a date! It kind of looks like a bat man type car. A great color and makes a very nice Valentine display. I also wanted to say thanks for your kind words about our losing our precious Bo. It was very sweet of you. Thanks.