I think I’m addicted. Addicted to thrift shops, flea markets, and Craig’s List. I honestly can’t imagine how boring my life must have been without them. Nothing thrills me more then discovering a hidden gem sitting amongst all the other riff raff. I love looking at a piece and imagining what I could do to bring it back to life.
In my opinion, there is nothing more chic then a home that has that eclectic, collected feel that only thrift store items can bring.
A few years ago I came across the book, “I Brake for Yard Sales”, by Lara Spencer.
This book is what really opened my eyes to the wonderful world of “thrifting”! Lara walks you through how to mix old, new, high-end and low-end together to create a home of your dreams- without the price tag.
There are tons of pictures of her house as well as the home she designed for the comedian Kathy Griffin. She highlights the pieces that were thrifted along with how much she paid and what she did to transform each piece.
Also included is her tips on how to become an expert “thrift seeker”.
The book is a few years old but can still be found here.
And speaking of thrift stores… I found a few treasures at my local Goodwill that I wanted to share with you guys.
Isn’t she a beauty? I couldn’t resist filling this urn with the last flowers of summer. Previously I had it filled to the brim with my wine cork collection. I think it would also look great on the kitchen counter holding my wooden spoons. The image below is the before shot.
I just used a little Rub N’ Buff in the gold leaf color, it really gave it the mottled look I wanted. It seems like such a small tube but it’s amazing how a little of this product goes such a long way, the tiniest dab covers a pretty large area.
I gravitated toward this next piece because of the bamboo look of the frame. I knew right away that I wanted to make it gold.
I’m not sure about the artwork but for now I’m keeping it as is. I used the Sharpie paint pen in gold, it’s so easy to use and again a little bit goes a long way.
Now you can’t get more kitschy then this, needlepoint and a flamingo. A match made in heaven.
The frame was originally a dull colored wood. I touched it up with the Sharpie metallic gold paint pen.
Another successful trip to Goodwill! Do you guys have any thrifty finds that you would like to share? If so post them along with a comment …..speaking of…. I have received a few e-mails from readers asking how to leave a comment on the blog. Do you see the little black heart below the date at the beginning of each post? Just click on the heart and a screen pops up where you are asked to input your name and e-mail along with your comment. I hope to hear from you guys!