An easy way to upcycle Avon collectibles found at garage sales, thrift stores, or in your grandma’s attic!
Welcome to another month of thrift store upcycle projects! This month is a little different for me. My project today is much more “girly” than I usually get. But I found these little jars that are Avon collectibles and decided to update them to hold some of my essential oil recipes.
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Supplies for Avon Jar Makeover
- old Avon creme perfume jars
- Rust-Oleum metallic spray paint, champagne mist
- Homeright small spray shelter
Does anyone else remember these Avon jars? My grandmother loved Avon’s creme perfumes and she had lots of these little jars. I loved playing with them and smelling them when I was a little girl. These jars were empty when I bought them but they STILL smelled like my grandmother!
Here’s an old ad for the cream sachet fragrances, aka creme perfumes:
How to Update Avon Jar Lids
I started off by spray painting the lids. I sat up my spray shelter and used those little spikey things I also found at a thrift store. I did finally learn that they were “spiked furniture caster cups” but they worked great for this purpose, too!
Then I missed up some coconut oil and essential oils to make some of my own creme perfumes… lol… Actually one is supposed to remove age spots and the other is for muscle pain. I’ll let you know later if they work.
Then I got busy making all my garage sale finds look pretty together! Yes… EVERYTHING in this picture (except the flowers) came from a garage sale or thrift store! Please leave a comment if you know anything about that pink jar or the pink/gold container. The lady I bought them from was selling things out of her grandmother’s house. She had recently died and the granddaughter was pretty sad about getting rid of these. But she said she just couldn’t keep everything so we found them a good new home.
First I styled everything with pink, then I went blue. How do you like that little flower lid? I decided not to paint it.
Update on the Vintage Pieces Shown in this Article
I get a lot of questions about the items I show in my blog articles. “How do you make that?”, “What do you do with all that stuff?”, and “Are those for sale?” are just a few of the questions I heard. So, since this article was originally written in 2017 I thought I’d give you an update.
I enjoyed all of these items but as I mentioned, they’re a little more girly than my taste. So, after using them for a while I decided to sell them.
Most of the items have already sold. As of June 3, 2020, one of them is still in our eBay shop.
- Avon jars – sold at Paris Flea Market for $4-5 each
- mirrored tray – sold at Paris Flea Market for around $20
- pink Fenton perfume bottle – sold on eBay for $39.99
- pink and gold cigarette box (which is what I finally discovered that it was) – still listed on eBay for $24.99
- embroidered lace linen table runner – I still have that and use it for photo shoots.
More Upcycled Projects
Now check out what my other blogging buddies did for their thrift store makeover projects!
Thanks for Reading!
I hope you enjoyed seeing what I did with my Avon collectibles. Leave a comment and let me know if you’re a collector. Thanks for reading!!! (Originally published on May 25, 2017.)
‘Til the next project,
Ann @ Duct Tape and Denim