Sunday, March 31, 2013

Thrift Report: Some Recent Favorites

Hello thrifty friends!  I did so-so this week on my half-hearted resolution to cut back on thrifting.  I did thrift a little bit, but only came home with a couple of things, and nothing too spectacular. Instead, I'll show you a few things I found over the last few months that I haven't had a chance to post on the blog until now.

Back around Thanksgiving, I found a large amount of a gorgeous vintage Jacobean fabric. It's heavy weight - somewhere between a drapery and an upholstery weight - and in mint condition.  I stashed it away and forgot about it until last week, when I came across it and decided to make a couple of pillows.

I don't think the photo really does the fabric justice; it's a pale ivory background with pretty, bright jewel tones (maroon, green, lapis, turquoise). I just love it. I originally intended to use these in my living room, but I'm in the process of redecorating and already have my heart set on a completely different fabric, so I'll probably list these in the shop. Besides, there's plenty more of this fabric left over!

Next, some of my favorite vintage brass finds from recent weeks. {You know how I love brass, right?}

One of my favorites from this bunch is this art nouveau-style solid brass compote. I love the detail.

The lazy susan/cake stand (underneath the vase) was an interesting find. It's brass plated and swivels on its stand. I love the ornate edge. How amazing would this look with a wedding cake on top? It actually reminds me of a cake stand my mom made for my brother's wedding from a vintage tray and a crystal base.

My favorite find of this lot is this solid brass box.  I'm not sure if it was originally some sort of super glam utility/tool box, a file box, or what. It's just plain brass on the inside, so I don't think it was a jewelry box. Nonetheless, I adore it. I know it would sell quickly in the shop, but I think I have to keep it. I just have to!

That's it from this neck of the woods. Did you score anything great this week?  Can't wait to see!

Linking up here:

The Pennyworthy Project
The Nifty Thrifty
Creative Mondays
Make It Pretty Mondays
Magpie Mondays
A Blossoming Life
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
Knick of Time Tuesday
Tweak it Tuesday

Thursday, March 28, 2013

New {Old} Desk Chair

I promised you another post about something white that I bought last weekend, so here we go!

A while back, I shared my shopping list for an upcoming IKEA trip.One of the things on my "maybe" list for that trip was this white leather desk chair:

I had a ton of other stuff to buy that trip and at close to $150 I wasn't sure if it would fit in the budget (or the car!). I tried out the chair while I was there and ended up LOVING it - super comfy and cute in person - but I didn't buy it. It went on my "to buy next trip" list instead.

I wanted the chair to replace the current chair in my guest room/office. I have a Paul McCobb Planner Group desk and chair -- one of my favorite thrift finds EVER.

I bought it at a secondhand furniture store in 1999 for $40. It's rare to find these desks with their original chairs, so I'm thrilled to have it and will never break up the set, but that chair is a torture device! It's hard as a rock, completely non-adjustable, and makes me lose feeling in my legs after sitting in it for ten minutes. . .the edges of that thing are literally sharp!

Cut to last week:  I was aimlessly browsing Craigslist when I happened to spot a white leather desk chair with chrome legs that looked somewhat similar to the IKEA version. Price? $30!  I emailed the owner pretty quickly and arranged to pick it up on Saturday.

I'm soooo happy with my purchase! Here it is with the desk:

It's cushy and adjustable and pretty - just what I wanted!  I think I actually like the style of this chair a bit better than the IKEA one, too, plus it's definitely better quality.  The McCobb chair is safely stored in the attic for now. I miss the look of it a little, but I'm sure I'll adjust. :)  What do you think?

Sharing here:

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Wednesday Wisdom: Grateful

There was an incident last week at the university where I work: just after lunch we received an alert that a gunman had been spotted on campus. We were "locked down" for over four hours while campus, city and state police, ATF, and FBI agents scoured the university searching for an armed man.
For hours, we hid behind locked doors, stayed quiet, stayed alert. Students were held in classes and libraries and interior rooms. It was hard to get a phone call or text message to go through because the networks were so clogged. Most of our information came from social media. As we hid, we listened to news helicopters circle endlessly overhead.
Finally, after what seemed like days but was in fact a little over four hours, the "all clear" was sounded. Thankfully no one was hurt. The gunman was not found.
The atmosphere on campus has been different since then. The first day, everyone was quiet and people universally complained of being exhausted. It is truly draining to spend four hours in fear. Mostly, though, I notice a general wariness; a cautiousness. It makes me sad that one person could change the climate of an entire campus, and that people can't feel safe in a place of learning.  
Rather than dwell on the negative, though, I choose to be grateful.
I am grateful for the law enforcement officers who dropped everything at a moment's notice to walk towards the danger and protect us. Thanks to the media we're all numb to the image of officers in bulletproof vests storming buildings, but in person, it's different. It's very real and I can't image the courage it must take.

I am grateful no one in my workplace was hurt or killed that day. We all know that it could so easily have ended differently. We could all be in mourning now, instead of just shaken up.

I am grateful that I live and work in a place in this world where it's not okay to carry an assault rifle around a college campus on a Tuesday afternoon in broad daylight. Where despite the rhetoric and grandstanding of our modern political process, good sense and civility sometimes still prevails.

I don't mean to politicize this post, but I guess I can't help it. Those who oppose gun control can argue to me until the end of time that we're safer with more access to guns; that the answer to violence is to arm more people. But I've been in a lot of places around this world -- some very safe, and some less so. And you know what? I will never believe that more guns will make for a safer world. They never have.

If you've read this far, thanks for "listening."  Just some thoughts I needed to unload after a rough week.  I'm grateful for you, too. :)

 *Photo credit goes to my brother, Andrew.  Yes, he took this gorgeous image and yes, I stole it from his Facebook. Hopefully he won't sue me -- he's my brother -- he owes me stuff. :) 

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Thrift Report: White Out

It's almost April, and we're predicted to get about 9" of snow here in Indy overnight.  ALMOST APRIL!  Extremely disheartening for a warm-weather loving person like me. For the record, we were experiencing 80 degree temperatures around this time last year. I can only hope that sunny skies and balmy temps are on the horizon soon...

Meanwhile, in honor of winter's (hopefully) last blast, here are some white items I've thrifted over the last several months. I didn't do any thrifting this weekend (yeah!) so instead I'm sharing some past finds.

I've picked up quite a bit of Fenton hobnail milk glass over the last few weeks. I love hobnail and its classic, cottage-y feel. If I had room for one more collection, this would be it!


 It seems like the people who price milk glass in many thrifts don't know the difference between better milk glass and really run-of-the-mill pieces, so I got most of these for great prices.

I also found a couple of Early American Pyrex fridgies:

I don't buy a lot of Pyrex for the shop. I love it, but I mostly keep it for personal use when I find it for a good price. These fridgies, though, are so teeny and cute that I might list them.

Finally, I found this "Go Navy" placard a while back. It's got some chipping and rust, but I think it's charming. I love the retro font.

That's my quick thrift report for this week. I'll be sharing one more exciting white item a little later this week, so be sure to check back!

Participating in these link-ups:

The Nifty Thrifty at A Living Space
Junkin' Joe at Cottage Market
Thrift Share Monday at Apron Thrift Girl
The Weekly Thrift at Young Heart Old Soul
Make It Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House

Monday, March 18, 2013

Thrift Report: Lack of Willpower Edition

Honestly, sometimes I don't know what to do with myself... 

So many of my fellow vintage bloggers have declared thrifting hiatuses lately that I felt inspired to do the same. I certainly need to; I'm overrun with unlisted inventory for the shop and I've made several big "project" purchases lately for myself that I haven't tackled yet. Plus I've been so busy lately that there just hasn't been time to peruse the thrifts in that careful, leisurely way that I prefer. And it's no fun to thrift in a hurry, right?

I met my parents for lunch on Sunday in a nearby suburb. On my way home, I passed right by a thrift store that I don't get to very often. What the heck, I thought...I'll just run in and out. I'll only buy something if it's absolutely fabulous. I won't even get a cart!

You know how this ends, right?

Fifty bucks and a full car later, here's what I brought home:

That's right....two ice buckets; a milk glass plate; a cocktail set carrier; some square-based cocktail glasses; five candlesticks; two lamps; a Chinoiserie statue, and a humongous tray.

The two lamps and the statue are definitely my faves!

At least I didn't bring home the 30 pound faux bamboo mirror, the 1970s wine rack, or the rattan ottoman. I do have some restraint, I guess. Barely.

Did you do any thrifting this week?  Can't wait to see!

I'm linking up with these fabulous parties:

The Nifty Thrifty at A Living Space
Junkin' Joe at The Cottage Market
The Joyful Thrifter
The Weekly Thrift at Young Heart Old Soul

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Wednesday Wisdom: Hustle

I'm fighting some serious procrastination today!  It's spring break on my campus so there aren't many people in the office; it's snowing like c-r-a-z-y; and I have a big report due later this week. Did I mention I haven't started it? 

Time to get hustlin'!   Happy Wednesday, friends.


Monday, March 11, 2013

Thrift Report: More from 50% Day

Hello friends!

This is an unusual statement coming from me, but I did ZERO thrifting this past week!  I was super busy at work, and then the weekend was so a-maz-ing (hello, 60 degrees and sunny!) that I didn't feel like spending time shopping.

Luckily I still have plenty of stuff from the previous weekend's epic shopping at Goodwill's 50% off day to share!

It's kind of rare to find Dansk pieces here in Indiana, so I was excited when I was able to swoop this piece up for a dollar!  I had to hold this, along with a heavy serving tray, a book, a plate, and a trivet in my arms for an hour in line to check out, so every time I look at it, all I can think about is arm cramps. :)

Here's the aforementioned trivet:

This silverplated owl was super tarnished when I found it, but a little polish did the trick. I still always think of my grandmother, the owl collector, when I find a vintage owl piece.

Something else I rarely find in this area is Georges Briard, so I was pretty psyched to pick up these rocks glasses:

The black pinstripes with gold trim feels very 80s to me.

Westmoreland made these Niagara Falls plates from 1900 until the early 1950s. It's so intricate in person!

I honestly can't believe it survived the Goodwill shelves without a chip or crack...

I loooove Blue Willow...

So of course I had to pick up these Blue Willow mugs for 25 cents a piece. They're really large - a good size for soup. Luckily I found these in a store where I could actually get a cart so I didn't have to hold them in my hands in line!

Last, a couple of things I'm keeping for myself:

The floating frame has double glass panes so you can slide something between them. I think I'll paint it...any votes on a color?  The pineapple is so pretty and large in person!  The top comes off and I'm not sure what originally went inside it it or who made it. It's a newer piece (sports the infamous "made in China" sticker) looks like something from Homegoods to me, but who knows. I love the glossy navy resin exterior.

And that, folks, is what I picked up on 50% off day at Goodwill!  Did you find any bargains recently?

This week I'm participating in:

Thrift Share Monday at Apron Thrift Girl
The Nifty Thrifty at A Living Space
Make it Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House
Junkin' Joe at The Cottage Market
The Weekly Thrift at Young Heart Old Soul
The Joyful Thrifter

Thursday, March 7, 2013

The "Hidden" Three Hands Collection?

I hope y'all aren't sick of my "hey, look what I found at Target!" posts, but I can't resist another one. I was cutting along the back wall of the boxed furniture section the other day, heading for the checkout, when look what I spotted:

What is this, you might ask?  Well apparently it's the "Three Hands Collection," another Target collaboration with a boutique housewares brand. To me, it looked like mass-produced Hollywood Regency nirvana.

My super shaky iPhone photos don't really do it justice, but there was a whole bunch of pretty happening in that out-of-the-way endcap. Do you see that black elephant candle holder on the top shelf?

It's beautiful in person! 

I also really loved the two stool/end tables:

The nailhead storage stool is a bit pricey (well...for Target) at $99, but it's fabulous, and it apparently also comes in coral and white. I think two of them, sitting side-by-side underneath a console table would be amazing. The white cutwork metal piece is only $39.99. It would be the most glam patio table ever, wouldn't it?

So I guess the moral of my little story is that it never hurts to browse the back aisles and hidden corners of your local Target, since you never know what kind of limited edition awesomeness you might encounter. Remember the Neiman Marcus/Target collection, which my Target hid amongst the toddler clothes??  Case in point. Then again, maybe it's just my local store that does this crazy anti-merchandising.

Have you spotted the Three Hands Collection at your Target? What did you think?

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Monday, March 4, 2013

Thrift Report: Stoned

Happy Monday!

I thrifted like mad this weekend -  mostly at Goodwill since it was 50% off day. It was cr-a-z-y; worse than usual. I think people were coming out in droves to combat cabin fever or something, because I waited in line a full hour at every store I visited. I also saw two people almost end up in a fist-fight over a hanging rattan egg chair, and one of them was a 60-something woman. It was both horrifying and entertaining. (One's definition of "entertaining" broadens significantly after the first 45 minutes of standing in line...)

Here are just a few of my finds; I have lots more that I haven't photographed yet! You guys know how I love a I decided to photograph my "stone" finds first. I found an inordinate amount of alabaster/marble/stone items this week. They made for some heavy shopping bags, let me tell ya!

A cute little letter sorter with a marble and lucite base.

I've found these bookends before -- always in singles (*sigh*) -- but I loved this pink coloration of this one.

While not them most exciting find in the world, I thought this little marble-based brass pen holder would add a touch of glam to a desktop. And maybe help me keep track of my pen, which is perpetually missing...

I am so in love with this soapstone lion sculpture!  I was devastated when I noticed the chip in his mane, but decided to bring him home anyway. I just couldn't leave him behind.

These guys were one of my favorite finds. Heavy marble eagle bookends. The lines are so elegant, aren't they? I can't quite figure out why the two bases are different.

Did you do any thrifting this week?  This may be my last hurrah for a while, since we've got some scary winter weather heading our way. Good thing I have all the rest of my finds from this past weekend to keep me busy!

I'm participating in the following link-ups:

The Nifty Thrifty at A Living Space
Thrift Share Monday at Apron Thrift Girl
Junkin' Joe at The Cottage Market
The Weekly Thrift at Young Heart Old Soul
Make it Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House


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