Monday, November 26, 2012

Thrift Report: Thanksgiving Week

Happy Monday, friends! I had a bit of trouble rolling out of bed at the crack of dawn for work this morning after a leisurely week full of feasting, movies, shopping, and general about you?

I didn't do a ton of thrifting last week; I was more focused on the holiday, and then on Black Friday. (I admit it...I love a good bargain.)

I made a few thrifty scores on Black Friday morning, including a pair of leather gloves for $5, some favorite movies on DVD for $1.99 each, and a couple of inexpensive Christmas gifts.

On the vintage front, here are just a few things I picked up:

A couple of 1960s wall hangings. So Hollywood glam.

A pair of cast-iron fish bookends. I'm telling you, the bookends never stop.

A brass double wine chiller. This guy took about an hour of polishing to reach the "presentable" stage,
but i think it was worth it.

My mom actually picked up seven of these vintage poker themed glasses for me....

...along with this mod ice bucket. They look great together. Way to go, Mom!
That's it for me this week. How about you? Did you unearth any thrifty treasures this week? Are you a crazy Black Friday shopper (like moi?).

Linking up here:

The Nifty Thrifty at A Living Space

The Cottage Market

Thrifty Love at Cap Creations


Sunday, November 18, 2012

Thrift Report: Dali at Goodwill!

The title of this post doesn't actually apply to moi - let's face it: I'd be too busy screaming and drinking champagne to blog if I ever found something like a Dali etching at Goodwill, but still...did you see that story?!  Incredible. Deep down, all of us thrifters and vintage fiends have these kinds of fantasies...that we'll come across something incredibly valuable in our thrifting forays. It's true, right?

I didn't find anything even remotely close to a surrealist etching in my thrifting trips this week, but I still uncovered a few gems.

I thought this little golden hand-shaped ring holder was so cute. A great stocking stuffer.

Isn't the design of these glasses so awesomely retro?  I love the spiky black pattern. I'm having a hard time letting these go, although I need another set of glasses like I need a hole in the head.

I actually bought this next piece last year, after Christmas, at a thrift store sale:

It's a white ceramic Christmas tree with an interesting, textured glaze meant to represent snow on the branches. It's dated 1962 on the bottom. I was so excited when I remembered it and dug it out of storage this weekend!

A pretty set of Virginia Metalcrafters brass eagle trivets. They're marked 1952. (I love all this dated stuff I found this week...makes things so much easier!)

A black Otagiri lacquerware trinket box. These are great for their intended use on a vanity or dresser, but I LOVE them as glam desktop accessories in an office.

Another Christmas item:

A vintage glass tree topper in its original box. Not dated, but I would guess late 60s based on the style and the print on the box. My parents had one of these in green when I was a little kid!

Finally, I know I've been all about the ginger jars lately, but I just couldn't pass up this pair:

I thought they were just gorgeous with their bird motifs, gold-tipped lids, and black color schemes. Again--I totally want to keep them. Must. List. In. Shop. ASAP.

And there you have most of my finds from this week! I hope you enjoyed taking a peek. Have you thrifted any fabulous vintage treasures lately? 

Linking up here!

Thrift Share Monday at Apron Thrift Girl
The Nifty Thrifty at A Living Space
Junkin' Joe at The Cottage Market
Thrifty Love at Cap Creations


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Wednesday Wisdom: Controversial

from the savant of home style herself
find something to talk about

I love this, and usually subscribe to it in my decorating. I'm pretty sure my new animal print rug, for example, is going to turn into a controversial element in my living room - at least among my family and friends. More often than not, though, it's my vintage finds that make people roll their eyes when they think I'm not looking. Those who aren't head over heels for all things old, as I am, sometimes just don't get that side of me. Do you have anything in your home that makes 'em talk? Any "controversial items?"

Happy Wednesday, friends!


Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Election Day!

via Pinterest
I hope everyone uses their vote today -- it should be one of your prized possessions.
There was some last-minute redistricting in my neighborhood that caused chaos at our local polls today. It took me three hours to vote-- four polling places, two accusations of not being registered, and almost three hours of standing in line. It wasn't until someone told me that I couldn't vote that I truly realized how precious that right is to me.
Wishing all my American readers a smooth voting experience today. Make your voice count!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Thrift Report: Mirror, Mirror...

It was a cold, blustery weekend here in Indy, packed with lots of errands and endless hours of RAKING! I'm pretty sure the enormous tree in my backyard has decided to shed all its leaves in a 48 hour period...sigh.

Fear not, though: I still managed to fit in a bit of thrifting! 

I found this little Federal style mirror...

It's a Syroco piece, which means it's probably late 60s era and made from hard plastic, but I think it's cute. I wish it were gilded, though. Should I try to gold leaf it? Hmmm...something to ponder!

I also picked up some swingin' 60s McCoy:

This starburst pattern was produced in 1968. I think it's kind of Christmasy.

Another mirror:

The glass is nicely aged, and the brass has a gorgeous patina and a rustic look. It's about the size of a book cover and has a hook on the back. It's clearly the mirror that you'd take to hang in your tent on safari to Africa in the 1920s.  Okay, I made that up. I confess; I always wanted to be the person who wrote the decriptions for the J. Peterman catalog.

Another vase...

This one is a Chinoiserie style cobalt blue, featuring two peacocks. You know how I love peacocks, right?  The perfect size to hold pencils, or knitting needles, or straws, or forks, or....

And finally, another mirror!

I looooove round vintage mirrors of all kinds, and I have another one almost identical to this one in my guest room. I can't decide whether to sell this one or keep it. I've never tried shipping a large mirror and it makes me a bit nervous. I got this for a steal at half-off day at Goodwill, and it's a true antique, though the mirror glass has been replaced at some point.

Those are my thrifted finds for this week!  How about you - any interesting scores?  I'm linking up with the following to check out everyone else's finds!

Thrift Share Monday at Apron Thrift Girl

The Nifty Thrifty at A Living Space

Thrifty Love at Cap Creations

Junkin' Joe at The Cottage Market

Thursday, November 1, 2012

My Current Obsession: Animal Print Rugs

It's all my BFF Tanya's fault.  I've been pondering a new rug for my living room lately, and I kept coming up blank. Unusual for me, since envisioning what I want is rarely a problem. (My issues are finding what I envision and affording it.)

But then Tanya sent me this photo from Craigslist:

She was showing me the little occasional table that she was considering purchasing for her daughter's room. I gasped. Not over the table - which is cute - but over the leopard print runner!

And then I knew: my living room rug NEEDED to be leopard print. It was the perfect "interesting" neutral, and the warm tones would counterbalance the coolness of the gray walls without introducing another strong color. I was in love with the idea...and thus began my search.

I have always loved leopard (/cheetah/tiger) prints. I had leopard bath towels back in the 90s. I had the most perfect, beautiful velvet leopard print toss pillows that literally wore out - I'm talking threadbare, people - because I had them so long. I have several beloved animal print scarves that I wear often, even to the office. Cat prints are glam and classic and, when done right, quite neutral.

BUT BEWARE: Animal prints can so, so easily go wrong. The carpet above is perfect: neutral, nicely scaled, borderless. I prefer only one animal print in a room, but if you go for more than one, they better be used sparingly or you'll quickly veer into Liberace territory. They can often look cheaper than cheap, so quality and texture and color are all really important. In short, there's nothing I find more versatile than a nice animal print, but there's also nothing that can more quickly wreck the look of your room if done wrong. It's tricky territory.

My search for the right rug has been obsessive and exhaustive. I've checked all my usual haunts: RugsUSA, Overstock, Wayfair, Home Decorator's Collection, Home Goods...heck, I even looked at Lowes.

I found several that I loved, but they were too pricey. I'm going for a medium-to-large rug in the under $400 range; a pretty bare-bones budget. The ones I found that were affordable were always just a little bit wrong...the spots were too big or cartoony; they had an icky black border; the background was too light or too dark; they were made from cheap material. I am no stranger to the cheap rug, but with a cat print, a slightly better quality will keep it from going too "Vegas."

In the meantime, I perused Pinterest to quench my thirst for animal prints.

Here's a shot of an animal print throw in a bedroom with moody gray walls:

Design Crisis via Pinterest
I also love this hallway runner. See how it serves as kind of a neutral?

CWB Architects via My Interior Life on Pinterest

And THIS...this may be one of my all-time favorite uses of animal print:

Via Apartment Therapy
Stunning, right?

Finally, last night, I spotted what may be the perfect carpet for me. Not sure how I missed it before, as it's a Safavieh and available at Rugs USA, Overstock, and lots of other places. Behold:

From Safavieh, available here and here.

It's almost identical to the rug in the inspiration photo above. I love the colors and the scale and simplicity of the print. It's 100% wool, gets great reviews, and best of's only $432 for a 9'x6'!  Combine that with a trusty discount code from, and I'm golden!

I'm pretty excited. I have some other plans for my living room (including repainting), but I'll be sure to post photos once the rug arrives and I'm done sprucing.

What's your "stance" on animal print? Do you have any in your home?
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