Thrift Store Finds

Some of my earliest memories when I was a little ankle biter involve going to auction sales, rummages, garage sales, thrift stores and antique stores with my Grandma Alyce and Uncle Loman. My sister & I would always have the best time looking at the ‘treasures’ and eating all of the snacks that they were selling (Little Debbie Cakes ROCK, am I right sister?!)

I learned early on that someone’s trash could possibly be another’s treasure, and this belief made me into the thrifter and DIY-er I am today. And of that, I could not be more proud.

I was not always like that however; my love for hand-me-down furniture, trinkets and clothing depleted once I hit Junior High and was made fun of for wearing thrift store clothes. But enough of the boo-hoo story—I am one tough broad and made it out of there alive.

My love for all things old and antique and hand-me-down treasures with potential, was completely reawakened once I moved into my apartment last July. Here is how that scenario went down: “Sure, I will take that gorgeous chandelier from Ballard Designs! How about that beautiful slip-covered sofa from Pottery Barn, you say?! SOLD! Oh. Wait. They want WHAT for those items??!” Pricing stopped me dead in my tracks. And from there on out, I embraced the back-roads-garage sale, thrift-store-pickin’ woman I really am.

And here I am today.

I bought these little ladies from a new & used furniture store (of course I only look in the used section of the warehouse).

This side table needs a little lot of work, but just look at those gorgeous lines! She has good bones.

I spent a total of $40 on the items; I wish the price was a bit lower, as the mirror is not a true, heavy gold piece, however I was gradually ecstatic to find that it is light and is made of a plastic-like material because, like the impatient person I am, I pulled my tiny car into my tiny garage and had to get the mirror and side table out ALL by myself right away. Told you I was tough.

Well, I hope you enjoyed this fragment of history regarding my love-hate-love relationship with thrifting. I would encourage each and every one of you to go to your local thrift store and just take a look around—you truly may be surprised at what you find. And remember….a  coat of paint can completely transform anything!

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  1. Two of those little beauties then? They look a bit like ‘waterfall’ design. Can’t wait to see the ‘after’ photos.

  2. Your Ford Focus really makes the blog. haha. I kid, I kid. Um, and I want to argue with this: “a coat of paint can completely transform anything!” — have you seen Courtney Love? Anyway, thanks for making me go back to the dark side of thrift stores. *Shudder* But I am glad you put the memories to good use to become this crafty woman you are today!

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