Bad Thrifter

June 3, 2009 at 12:45 pm (Inspiration) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

It’s true, I’m just not a very good thrifter.  I try, I really do.  But I often come home empty handed and disappointed.  First, a cute picture, and then the reasons I’m a bad thrifter- use them as reverse tips! 🙂

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This was the only thing I was interested in after two thrift store stops yesterday.  I am probably the only person who even thinks these are cute.  But, I did think they would be a neat retro touch to a little girl’s room.  I was actually so attracted to them I almost bought them just to save for the day when we might have a little girl’s room.  But, that seemed waay too far away, so I left, once again, empty handed.

The reasons why I am a bad thrifter- things not to do:

1.  I get disappointed and discouraged.  I know very well that thrifting is about enjoying the hunt.  I know very well that I need to relax and enjoy my time going through all of the junk on that dig for the perfect treasure.  But, sometimes I am in a hurry to snatch something up and get upset when I  don’t find anything that strikes me. 

2.  I am not open minded.  I go into thrift store and flea markets with an idea of what I need and what exact items I am on the hunt for.  Once I stop looking I know I will eventually find something like that, but until then I need to have an open mind and keep my eyes peeled for unexpected finds. 

3.  Sometimes I am just not creative.  I see the items only exactly what they were meant for.  I know that so many treasures can be repurposed, but often I forget to look at an item itself, and not its intended use.  More interesting things can be noticed when thinking creatively.

4.  I do not go often enough.  I sometimes feel that on every trip to the store I have to leave with something.  This should definitely not be the case.  This hunt could take multiple trips.  If you stop back often you will eventually happen upon the perfect find.

5.  I forget that value is irrelevant.  I find myself on a hunt for some treasure of great value.  This is rare, and I know it.  I need to remember that I am on a hunt for unique things that I love and want to surround myself with, not things with fancy brand names. 

6.  I need to remember to enjoy myself.  I know perfectly well that this is a hobby.  It probably won’t make me rich or famous, so I need to be doing my thrifting for me.  If I forget about everyone else’s opinions I will enjoy my trips and eventually have unique and personal items. 

 

Although these are things not to do, they are a good list of things to keep in mind when thrifting.  Now, if only I could take my own advice.  Can you think of any other thrifting tips?

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My New Book

May 28, 2009 at 5:27 pm (Tid Bits) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I finally got my new book in the mail! 

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“The Find,” by Stan Williams.  I was super excited when I heard about the new book.  I order it right away and have been impatiently waiting ever since.  I have had it for about a day and have already read half of it.  Ha. 

The book discusses thrift and vintage finds, and gives tales and examples of inspiration.  So far, I definitely recommend!

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Kitchen Lights

May 26, 2009 at 8:35 am (Home Changes and Additions) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

We found the cutest vintage lights for the kitchen!  I had been scouring ebay for a set of school house lights- the hanging kind.  I found a few, but was always outbid and they went to high in price for me to stick with it.  The other day Tony was in our local hardware store and spotted a set of milk glass lights, although not hanging, but still super cute.  The lights even came out of a local library in a recent remodel!  So, here is a peak at how they go so well with our newly remodeled kitchen!

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Aren’t they much better than the old burnt up stip lights?  Also, we did a hole lot of yard work this weekend… so stay tuned to see how the yard is coming along! 😉

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Lawn Chair Project

April 28, 2009 at 7:30 am (Projects) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

It hasn’t stopped raining here for days, so please excuse the dark, dreary photos.  But, I had to share the other garage sale day find with you.  Lawn chairs!  They were a steal, and they will be fixed up with some paint and cushions, so don’t be alarmed!  Right now I think they kind of look like they belong next to some plastic flamingos in, well, not my yard.  But, they will. 

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Really that shade of blue is bright and fun, and has started to grow on me.  But, I think it would look out of place in our back yard.  I’m not sure what color I am thinking, however.  I know we always lean towards black.  We are blah.  But, black might bring them up to date and they could be dressed up and brightened with some bold patterned cushions.  Yes? No?  Ideas?  Always something to work on, but I love it! 🙂

Also, I wanted to let you all know that I am going to start selling off some of our projects.  I love to keep busy and remake fun things, but our house is getting full.  So, I am going to keep doing what I love, but start selling the things I make or remake.  Right now I have a coffee table in the works, so stay tuned.  I will post befores and afters of the items I plan to sell.  For now they will be listed on Craigslist, or you can contact me through the blog.  But, we are thinking that in the future I might rent a booth at one of our local antique shops.  Check back, and let me know if you are interested in anything, or are looking for something in particular! 🙂

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Garage Sale Day Find

April 27, 2009 at 8:02 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Garage sale day in our little town was Saturday!  This day has to be one of my favorite spring days.  Scouring someone else’s junk for that perfect treasure is  a great way to kick off the season.  I even got Tony in on the fun.  We didn’t find much to bring home with us, but a few treasures makes the day worth it.  We brought home a few vintage glass marbles and a couple large dice for the collection.  But here is our bargain beauty:

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This is an antique set of mailboxes from a post office in Champagne Illinois.  I came back twice to check it out, and at the end of the day he said it was too heavy for him to carry back home, so he gave me a sweet deal!  It took two men to load it into my truck and we took the drawers out to get it into the house, but since it is on wheels it is easily movable in the house.  I love it right here in the kitchen.  The drawers were the perfect addition to the “landing strip” area.  Tony was thrilled to have his own drawer for his pocket junk.  I love its mismatched drawers, and the vintage numbers and letters above the handles.  I know, I know.  Some of you probably think this guy is tacky (my mom didn’t like it!), but we think its great.  And, the drawers are big enough to function in the house! Here it is in the landing strip area:

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I’m not sure if the school desk should stay now or not.  But, for now, this is what the area looks like.  Suggestions?

Also- we did pick up one other thing at the garage sales, but that project will have to wait… 🙂

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Chair (Bench) Love

March 2, 2009 at 1:54 pm (Inspiration) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

This weeks chair love is not only a little early, but a little different.  Its not exactly a traditional chair, but a bench.  Hey, a bench is a seat too, right? When I saw this little vintage Hollywood Regency style bench on Etsy.com I just couldn’t help but post it.  I think this would be adorable as a vanity seat, in a bathroom, or at the foot of a bed.  My bed, to be exact!

Gorgeous!  If I had any money right now I’d snatch it up! 🙂

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The Start Of A New Project

February 17, 2009 at 9:34 am (Projects) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

The other day I wrote about how we wanted to make a mini bar area in our home.  I showed pictures of other people’s re-purposed bar areas that we loved.  But, after much discussion we decided we liked the look of a closed cabinet for this kind of thing a little better.  With all of my inspiration in hand, I set out to plan my own mini bar project.  Yes, we found the perfect (we hope!) cabinet for the job!  A Craigslist post led us to the Maple TV Cabinet.

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I see much potential in the armoire!  (We don’t actually pick it up until Thursday.) I plan on first painting it a high gloss black.  The back inside of the cabinet with be lined with mirror and wine and stemware racks will be hung from the inside.  The inside has one shelf, but we are guessing we will make a few new shelves from glass.  I am going for a bit of Hollywood regency here.  Overall, we think this beauty should have plenty of space for our entertainment needs!

We do have one small question, however.  I think there needs to be a flat space large enough to mix the actual drinks incorporated into the cabinet somehow.  I was wondering if the drawer could be used for that.  It might be a bit too low to be comfortable, though.  I was also wondering about making a sort of pull-out shelf inside the cabinet.  Is this even possible?  When I see the cabinet in person I will know if more space is necessary.  Until then, does anyone have any ideas or suggestions?

We are very excited to get the project rolling, so stay tuned for updates!

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Owls Make A Comeback

January 29, 2009 at 4:34 pm (Tid Bits) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I recently found a necklace in a box of childhood stuff that I used to use as dress-up jewelry when I was a kid. The necklace is a large owl. It was so weird and interesting when I was little that I had to get the necklace out and do some research. Come to find out, the necklace was very popular in the 70’s. Many designers had versions of the owl pendant necklace, each looking a bit different. The sad part, however, is that my owl is missing it’s feet. The parts are connected with rings, and mine has fallen apart. I have the body, but need to reattach it. Maybe with some more searching I can find his poor missing feet. Here is what mine currently looks like.

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I think the necklace is so cool even without the body that I am determined to wear it! Here is a vintage owl with his whole body intact, but in a more silevr color:

A little more research led me to find that these necklaces are regaining popularity, both vintage and reproductions. Etsy has some versions for sale:

Ebay also has many versions for sale:

So, go ahead, jump on this owl bandwagon- again! 🙂

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More Chair Love

January 29, 2009 at 9:56 am (Inspiration) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

This weeks chair love:  a recent find of Apartment Therapy reader Alex.  Alex found this chair and is now asking the Apartment Therapy readers to help him identify it.  Some of the readers think it might be a Gastone Rinaldi chair from the 70’s, worth quite a but of money if it is genuine.  To me, money or no, it is really cute.  I think it could be even cuter with some new funky fabric or leather cushions (which is what Alex is thinking about doing).

If you know anything more about the chair or it’s style, check out the post and let Alex know the scoop.  Otherwise, if you are like me, just sit there and drool away.

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Vintage Cuteness

January 27, 2009 at 9:30 am (Home Changes and Additions) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

The past weekend my dad and his wife brought us a little vintage present. They had been cleaning and we about to get rid of this find when they realized Tony and I would probably love it. Which we did! What they found was a set of eight drink glasses and a party dish in a carrier. The glasses have gold leaves on them. So neat!

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Isn’t this great!? It was just sitting down there in their basement! This will be great for our next party.

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