There doesn't seem to be much in the marketplace by way of desktop accessories for kids. I mentioned last week that I just finished painting a desk for my daughter's room so naturally I wanted to find some way to accessorize and be functional at the same time. The accessories I found were either gawdy "kid" colours or made of plastic, yuck!
I decided instead to go for a little sparkle by repurposing some thrift store goodies so with friend Jane in tow I hit the thrift stores and this is what I found.
A couple of pieces started off looking quite gruesome in their before condition. Silver pieces sitting in thrift stores usually resemble a colour closer to black but don't be turned off. A can of silver polish and a soft cloth can bring out the sparkle with very little effort. Look for interesting shapes and complementary heights. There is no way my daughter's erasers would look cute sitting in a plastic bowl but I love them in the this little wine goblet. Aluminum items like the pen holder are also great as a small vase since they can hold water without tarnishing. I ended up with too many items for one desk but have split them up between 2 desks.
So what did I spend you ask. Here's the breakdown:
Glass vase for pencil crayons - $4.99
Small silver cup with beautifully detailed base for paper clips - $5.99
Aluminum cup for pens - $1.99
Large silver plant holder - $9.99
Small Wine Goblet for erasers & Pencil sharpeners - $1.99
Irish crystal clock - $5.99
Beaded Mint Julep Silver Cup for Pens - $5.99
GRAND TOTAL - $36.93
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