Every once in a while I take a trip to Value Village, one of our local thrift shops. I might be looking for something in particular or like yesterday I tagged along with a friend and picked up a few random items not planned at all. It can be a great source for large and small pieces for a DIY project or a craft and you don't need a extravagant budget. You don't always find something to your taste but it's definitely worth a look. You may just be inspired to do something creative. My fellow Craftoholic and friend Lisa was looking for a large ornate frame to make a chalkboard but no luck, however we have in the past got quite a collection of great frames ready to spray paint. Yesterday she found a jug ready for a ceramic paint project. I picked a couple of jugs for lemonade on those lazy summer days I am assured will come again! Also a simple bottle for water which I attached a chalkboard label to. I have noticed the trend for these bottles in many restaurants and coffee shops lately. Altogether I spent about $10. and had a quality time with a friend. well worth it I say!
Why not take a look in your local thrift stores or at a nearby garage sale or auction. Find a treasure in someone else's junk!