I've been looking for a home for my collection of My Little Pony toys. A couple weeks ago, I came across a shelf at the Humane Society thrift store. It had an interesting shape and was just the right size, but it was in bad condition. The laminate was peeling badly in several places and there was a chunk of wood missing. Priced at $15, it was triple what this frugal goth would normally be willing to pay for a shelf in such bad shape. Only the knowledge that my money would be helping homeless pets convinced me to spend the $15.
I used cardboard to fill the large gap and wood filler to patch the smaller areas.
A coat of primer and two coats of lilac spray paint helped hide the damage.
As pastel ponies don't exactly match my home decor, I put the shelf in my workroom - a tiny ex-bedroom where I keep my tools, craft supplies and work table.
The ponies fit perfectly in their new home! :)
Do you relegate your collectables to an out-of-the-way spot, or do you integrate them into your decor?