Thrift Store Challenge Results!

A few weeks ago, we posted a challenge to those out there that love VBS. Your mission? To create a gadget out of thrift store finds. We received many entries that blend seamlessly with our Agency D3 theme for 2014! You did an amazing job! Here’s a few of our favorites:

VBS Thrift Store GadgetDana Whittaker created this gadget, complete with high tech monitor, out of an easy bake oven, a few toys, PVC pipe, a Blokus game board, and some silver spray paint. Don’t you love it?!

VBS Thrift Store Gadget This lab analyzing machine came from Bethany Johnson. An old popcorn maker, spray paint, Tinker Toys, and a glow stick combined to make this final product. We’re positive the kids are going to be thrilled!

1149720_10201860190096214_833467647_o Lisa Moore shows us her skill with a metal bowl, toy microscope complete with a screen, and a light. By the time Agency D3 starts in her church, she’ll have this light flashing off of all the walls! Follow Lisa’s example for some of your own gizmos!

VBS Thrift Store Gadget One more outstanding entry came in the form of  a thrift store purchased beverage dispenser and a plastic water bottle filled with oil, water, and food coloring. Add on a few crazy straws and you’re ready for the lab!

Remember when we said we’d randomly select a winner from all of our participants? Of course you do! Well, our lucky winner of a VBS 2014 Starter Kit is Lisa Moore. Congratulations Lisa! (We used to determine who would receive the prize.)

We were overwhelmed with the amazing gimmicks we received through email and Facebook posts. Thank you so much for participating! Decorating for Agency D3, as you’ve seen in prior videos and posts, can be easy and inexpensive. We hope you’ve found some inspiration today!


Decorating for Agency D3

thomasHow are you doing on your National Thrift Store Day challenge? Check out Friday’s post from Courtney to find out the details of the challenge and how you could win a VBS 2014 Starter Kit of your choice! To kick-start your creativity and maybe give you a few ideas, let me show you what we did with a few thrift store finds of our own.


dome light

This “cone of silence”/domed fixture was a prominent feature of our decorations for The Lab (crafts rotation). Check out this video walk-thru and see how many more “thrift store finds” you can spot! Come on, super sleuths, you can do this!

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National Thrift Store Day Agency D3 Challenge!

Courtney Baker - LifeWay VBSTomorrow, Saturday, August 17 is National Thrift Store Day! Of course I’m sure you all already had that marked on your calendars. To celebrate, we thought we would have a little fun and give away a VBS 2014 Starter Kit of your choice.

If you’ve checked out our theme release video for Agency D3, you know that we used a lot of thrift store items in our decorating. We went around to our local thrift stores and bought all the interesting shapes we could find. Almost anything combined with a few other items can be spray painted to look like high tech decorating items.

Here’s how one of our items started:

Gadget Before

So here’s our celebratory challenge:

- Collect random items from your local thrift store
- Combine them to create one awesome Agency D3 gadget
- Upload a photo of your gadget on our Facebook page or email your photo to me at
- Post by Friday, August 23, and we will randomly pick a winner.  To see Terms & Conditions, click here.

I’m not sure if you noticed, but we will pick the winner randomly, so don’t be intimidated to post! Plus, who doesn’t love getting inspiration for VBS?  To see a few other gadgets we created from thrift store items, click here.

2014 SNEAK PEEK: Agency D3 Sets

Katie DeCilloWe’re cranking out next year’s VBS even earlier than ever before. We’ve been listening to YOU– our customers– and know that you want as much time as possible to begin planning and working on VBS.

Even though you’re still working on VBS 2013, we want to give you a chance to think ahead.  As you brainstorm VBS 2014, consider resources and props you may be able to save to transform them into something for your Agency headquarters.

Notice the corrugated table in the first shot?  You might recognize it from our 2013 Cotton Candy Cafe set!  Many of the “high tech” gadgets you see were created from things we found at thrift shops!

LifeWay's Agency D3 VBS Set

LifeWay's Agency D3 VBS

LifeWay's Agency D3 VBS Set

This week, we’re shooting photos and video for our VBS 2014 catalog and promo videos.  If you’re already excited about Agency D3, stay tuned for more sneak peeks!