Good morning! I have a fun post for you today! I’ve teamed up with a talented group of ladies to do a thrift shop challenge! The assignment was to find a budget-friendly item from a thrift store and reuse it in our home.
I’ll show you my finds first and then you’ll have the opportunity to check out the others!
Thrift Store Finds
I really haven’t done much thrift or antique shopping since moving to Oklahoma, except for our trip to Claremore (which you can check out here!) so this was a fun opportunity to get out and see what we could find. My hubby looked up several places to try, but we hit the jackpot on the first stop!
The owner of the shop was a sweet lady who had been there for 40 years! She had some really neat finds. We had already made one trip around and were on the second pass through when I saw this set of cordial glasses.
Now I have to be honest, I had no idea what a cordial glass was. I thought they were cute candle holders. When I told the owner I thought they’d look great with some tapers, she looked at me funny. Then she said it might be hard to get the wax out if I wanted to drink out of them. It was my turn to look at her funny. Why would I want to drink out of them?!
So it turns out, for those of you who may be as uneducated on these as I was, cordial glasses are for flavored sweet liqueurs. They usually have a base of whiskey, rum, or cognac and then different flavors are added to it.
A History Lesson
These particular cordials were vintage and had a history. They had been owned by the Kilpatrick family, a prominent family in Oklahoma. A major toll road in Oklahoma City, the John Kilpatrick Turnpike, was named after John Kilpatrick, a politician, and distinguished businessman. He had served as a member and later as chairman of the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority from 1959 until 1992. He passed away in December of 2005 and these cordial glasses found their way from his home to this shop. How cool is that?!
Repurposed Candle Holder
They came in a set of five for $22. I snagged them and decided, since we don’t drink, to use them for what I originally thought they were for. Candle holders!
I already had some tapers. I decided to use the cordials to give our bedroom dresser a little update. I had just ordered some faux peonies from Amazon the day before but wasn’t sure yet where I was going to use them. I decided to put them in a pretty glass vase and place them under the existing wall decor above our dresser. Then I took a lighter and melted the bottom of the tapers so that they would stand upright in the cordials. I placed two cordials on either side of the vase of peonies.
And done! A simple update with these repurposed vintage cordial glasses was just what this space needed! And I love knowing the history behind them!
I can’t wait for you to check out the awesome thrift finds from my fellow bloggers! You’ll definitely want to check them out!
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Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you enjoyed seeing all the different ways you can reuse budget-friendly thrift finds to decorate your home! Have a blessed day!