Thrift Shop DIY: Record Bowls

DIY Record Bowls are probably the quickest, easiest, and cost efficient DIY project you can do. The bowls are great for home decor or as a gift. Saint Paul’s Thrift Shop has records 2 for $1.00!
The idea for the DIY record bowls came from these two blogs found on Pinterest.
Continue reading for the materials and instructions you need to make your own retro DIY record bowl.


1. Oven
2. Baking pan
3. Oven-safe bowl
4. Records
5. Oven mitts

1. Pre-heat oven to 350.
2. Place oven-safe bowls on baking pan either with the top up or down depending on how you want your record bowl to look. I have two versions below.
3. Place records in the center of the bowl.
4. Place pan with bowl and record in the oven.
5. Wait 1-2 minutes. Until the record starts to become wavy.
6. Remove the pan.
7. Wearing oven mitts form the record around the bowl.
8. Let cool.
9. Place and decorate your record bowl!

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Get to Know Saint Paul’s Thrift Shop!

Saint Paul’s Thrift Shop began as a way to show Christ to the community. It is a ministry of Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church in Daphne, and next year the Shop with celebrate its 40th Anniversary.
Run by 75-80 volunteers, a director, and assistant manager; the mission of Saint Paul’s Thrift Shop has remained the same since 1977, to serve God by being a service to all His people. Selling donated goods at reasonable prices has allowed us to help many in our community. Profits from the Thrift Shop are divided between St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, and agencies in the community who assist those in need.
Prayer of Saint Francis
In the back room of the Thrift Shop, the Prayer of Saint Francis is posted to inspire volunteers.
On July 7, 1977 women from Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church opened Saint Paul’s Thrift Shop in Daphne in the old Methodist Church building. In 1998, after several hurricanes, the Thrift Shop was moved to the newly renovated Trione’s Meat Market on Main Street in Daphne.
The downtown store along with the population of the Eastern Shore flourished, but due to the store flooding time and again, a new location was needed.
Being a mission of Saint Paul’s Church, it was decided that the Thrift Shop needed to be on church property. In 2002, the Thrift Shop moved in to its present location at 28788 North Main Street.
Saint Pauls Thrift Shop
Saint Paul’s Thrift Shop Daphne, AL. A ministry of St Paul’s Episcopal Church that provides affordable clothes, furniture & home goods to the public. Profits are shared between the church and community.
“St Paul’s thrift shop has set the standard for other church thrift shops” Becky Costlow, Assistant Manager of Saint Paul’s Thrift Shop. “We have shared our knowledge and sometimes supplies with over six groups who have established their own shops!”
As a volunteer, the best part of working at the Thrift Shop is seeing God’s work in action.
“What people may not know is that every day we serve individuals who are referred to us and are in need of clothing or house wares,” Becky Costlow said. “Often people walk in off the street needing help, and we serve them as well. Every shift has regulars, and we get to know our customers. They share events happening in their lives, experiences they have had, their joys, and their sorrows.”
In addition to low prices on beautiful clothing and home decor for everyone, the Shop also provides a rewarding experience for volunteers.
Volunteers Joey, Cody, and Assistant Manager Becky show their fun spirits while working at the Thrift Shop.
 “The best part about volunteering here is the friendships we make, the camaraderie and silliness, all the great homemade goodies that get brought in, and the wonderful shopping. Volunteers, after all, get to see the stuff first! And, we get some fabulous stuff,” said Linda Davis-Monley, Director of Saint Paul’s Thrift Shop.
In November, the Thrift Shop will host its annual Holiday Shoppe the weekend before Thanksgiving. Saint Paul’s Life Center will be filled with top quality clothing, art, furniture, and seasonal items all at reasonable prices. The Holiday Shoppe is the perfect place to find unusual and distinctive Christmas gifts. Holiday Shoppe is open for three days, beginning with a Friday night gala serving lavish hors d’oeuvres and other refreshments. In recent years, the 400 tickets to the Gala have sold out weeks in advance.
Each year St. Paul’s Thrift Shop donates half of its profits to 20 community agencies that help those in need. The Shop also donates thousands of items to local charities. Some of the charities St. Paul’s helps are:  the Salvation Army, United Cerebral Palsy, Habitat for Humanity, the Daphne Public Library, Under His Wings, The Sheriff’s Boys Ranch, Care House, The Shoulder, Women’s Care Medical Center, the Baldwin County animal shelters, Daphne Search & Rescue, and many more.
Volunteers crucial to this wonderful ministry and volunteers of any age and ability are welcome! If you would like more information on how to become a volunteer please, contact us.
Donations are always needed!
Donations are tax deductible and may be left at any time in our covered drop off area. Receipts are available during regular shop hours.
We cannot accept paint, computers or large appliances.

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Thrift Shop DIY: Chalkboard Tray

Saint Paul’s Thrift Shop is full of great finds and materials for a unique DIY project. Today you can learn how to turn a simple, in-expensive metal tray into a pretty chalkboard.
The Thrift Shop has several metal trays perfect for this project. They range in price from $1-$3.50. I chose this oval shaped tray for its narrow design, and transformed it into a home accent to display inspirational Bible verses. Continue reading for the materials, steps, and pictures!
Materials for Chalkboard Tray Edit
  • Silver tray
  • Chalk paint in two different colors.
    • I used Waverly Chalk Paint in Ivory and Ink. If you’re leaving the edge silver you only need one color of paint for the center.
  • Paint brushes
  • Painter’s tape
  • Ribbon
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Picture frame stand
 The idea to make a chalkboard tray came from a blog post on Artsy Chicks Rule found on Pinterest.
Steps with edit
  1. Wash and dry the tray.
  2. If you’re painting the outside of the tray begin by painting the entire tray. Let the paint dry.
  3. Tape off the edge of the tray.
  4. Paint the center of the tray. Let the paint dry.
  5. Cover the center with chalk.
  6. Add a bow using the hot glue gun. You can also add magnets, stencil designs, or other decoration.
  7. Display!
Finished Thrift Store DIY Chalkboard Edit
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Just In at the Thrift Shop: Sofas

At Saint Paul’s Thrift Shop we’ve gotten in several sofas and sleeper sofas. They are a great price, and would be the perfect addition to your home.
Sofa Collage
All of the sofas feature beautiful colors and patterns. We have a blue plaid sleeper sofa, three floral patterned sofas, and a tan sleeper sofa.
Floral Print Collage
Visit us this week to see all of our new furnishings.
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Back to School

Saint Paul’s Thrift Shop can help you and your family as you’re getting ready to begin the school year.
School polo’s, pants, dresses, and skirts are $2 each.
As part of Saint Paul’s Thrift Shop’s mission to give back to the community, we are donating some of our uniforms to those in need. If you or someone you know needs help acquiring school uniforms this year please visit one of the local uniform drives.
Fairhope United Methodist Church: August 9th and 10th 8:30-12:00 
Spanish Fort United Methodist Church: August 16th 8:00-11:30
School uniforms
Find the perfect back pack, and fill it with budget-friendly school supplies and books.

school supplies

Children’s chapter books 2 for $1. Early readers 2 for $1. Select children’s books and coloring books 5 for $1.
Head off to college or support your favorite team in collegiate apparel with shirts for $4, sweatshirts and jackets $5.
Stock your dorm room or apartment with collegiate mugs, bedding, and decor. Saint Paul’s has appliances, dishes, and everything you will need to move into your new space.
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