Sunday, April 28, 2013

Thrift Report

Hey friends! I just realized I missed a whole entire week of blogging last week. Things at work have been crrrrazy!  Hopefully this week will be a bit calmer. I had a nice, relaxing (albeit super rainy) weekend and actually had time to do a bit of thrifting - WOOT!

Here are a few things I picked up:


This decorative brass plate is super heavy. I love the ornate grape decoration around the edge, and it's hard to see, but there is a Chinoiserie design etched into the face of the plate.


I got to feed my animal figurine addiction, too, with this black Scottie dog planter!  It's quite old and heavy, and miraculously unchipped. So cute!



I love these old decanters with "necklaces." Kind of classic and, well...pimptastic. All at once.



Speaking of decanters, I like these old collectable Jim Beam bottle decanters, too. I have a couple in the shop now, but this one is my favorite of all. I love the pagoda-shaped milk glass stopper. They're not super valuable, but they're fun to collect.


A pretty set of Fostoria wine glassese in palest ice blue.



And my favorite of the week: a super glam set of two wall-mountable gold toned candle sconces. Very 70s.


That's about it for this week. I'm still try to be conservative in what I buy, but it felt good to finally go thrifting again!

Hope you all had a successful week full of awesome finds!

Linking with my friends at:

A Living Space
The Cottage Market
The Dedicated House




Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Heartbroken

My little brother was about 7 or 8 years old the first time we saw my dad run the Boston Marathon. I remember how excited we were to watch for the winner, to spot the first woman finisher, and then to watch for my dad. I remember my mom seeming a little stressed -- probably worried about my Dad, as she always did during races, but also struggling to keep an antsy and excited little boy from climbing the barriers, jumping in the street, sitting on the curb.

When I heard about the little boy who was killed in yesterday's attack in Boston, it was my brother's face from long ago that I saw in my mind. I felt like someone punched me.

Marathons are beautiful. If you've never been to one, please don't let this deter you; check one out sometime. It's athleticism in its purest form -- one person struggling against him or herself to do something most people can't do. It's one of the only sporting events where elite athletes and weekend warriors take part in the same event, competing against one another. The comaraderie is amazing -- among the runners, but also among the crowd. I don't know many other times where people will line the streets of an entire city to cheer on complete strangers. The positive energy is intoxicating. Ordinary people get to be heroes for a day.

I know that Boston and the marathon will bounce back. Beauty and goodness always prevails over evil. I'm grateful that my blogging friend Beatriz and her family, who were at the event yesterday, are safe. I'm grateful for the first responders and all those who helped in the midst of terror, and I know that the grief and fear will fade. Today, though, I can't help but be brokenhearted for all of those affected, especially that little 8 year old boy who was waiting to see his hero cross the finish line.








Monday, April 15, 2013

Thrift Report: A Thing or Two

Happy Monday, all.  Or, as it's better known in these parts...Tax Day! 

Normally I am much more proactive about these things, but this year I've been so busy that doing my taxes kind of fell by the wayside. It's been hanging over my head for WEEKS.  I intended to take a vacation day on Friday to work on them, but had to attend a last minute meeting followed by a work-related event, so that was a bust. Needless to say, my weekend was spent glued to my chair (thank goodness for my comfy new chair!) with spreadsheets and calculators and receipts on the brain. 

As I do every year, I'm resolving to find a better system for next time around. We'll see if I actually follow through this time.

The good/bad part is that I did zero thrifting this weekend. I don't have much to show you, friends, and frankly I'm too exhausted from number-crunching to write much of a post. Instead I'll just quickly share two favorite finds from the past that I've never shown you!


This first score was actually something my mother found and gave to me. She has a knack for finding amazing things! 


It's an enormous Hollywood Regency-era horse head.  I'm pretty sure I screamed when I first saw it.  It's huge -- about 14" tall, I think.  It was originally a lamp base and still has the holes in the top and the base for cording, so it would be a snap to have it wired up again.


What do you think?  To wire, or not to wire?  More importantly, to sell, or not to sell? I'll be honest; I still haven't listed the last horse head lamp I found, which has been in my possession almost exactly a year. HMM.  Maybe I'll let that one go and keep this one??

Moving on...

A while back, I was looking for some fabric to reupholster a small bench and fell in love with this silk adras ikat:



At the time, I wasn't yet aware that scallops were trending in design, but I loved the simplicity and vaguely deco feel of the scalloped pattern combined with the boho look of ikat. Unfortunately, many true handmade ikats are very narrow, and this one wasn't wide enough for my project. I found another fabric, but I couldn't get that cool scallop pattern out of my head.

And then, I came across this!




It's a huge brass container with a scalloped pattern!  It's about the size of a large planter, but it's oval, so I think it may have been originally used for holding kindling or something. It also makes a great magazine holder. I looooove it!  I've actually had this for about six months, so I may bite the bullet and list it in the shop soon, but I've really enjoyed having it around.


Yep, I'm pretty attached to it!


How about you?  Did you do any thrifting this weekend, or were you immersed in tax preparation of your own?  Did you find anything great to keep or to sell?  I can't wait to hear!


Linking up at these awesome parties:

The Nifty Thrifty at A Living Space
Junkin' Joe at The Cottage Market
Make it Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House
Moonshine Monday at The Honeysuckle Busstop




Monday, April 8, 2013

Thrift Report: Spring Has Sprung!

Hello friends!  I'll be sharing some past finds with you this week, since once again I didn't do much thrifting this week (yay me!). Don't be in awe of my willpower or anything, though, because it has more to do with my crazy schedule and the fact that spring appears, at long last, to have arrived.  I've been super busy cleaning up the yard, spring cleaning the house, repainting the ugly living room. . .

So the thrifting has slowed waaaaay down the last few weeks, which is a good thing. I do, however, still have a couple of favorite recent finds to share!


Super-glam set of vintage barware with a [sort-of] Greek key pattern. Aren't they pretty?  They seem to be unsigned and I haven't been able to figure out a maker. Anyone know?



This hand-painted bone china tray from Japan caught my eye at a local Goodwill a long time ago, but it was way overpriced. (Shocking.)  For once my patience paid off, and I was able to snag it at the last 50% off sale.


And last but not least, two weeks ago I spotted a PS JONSBERG Vase by Hella Jongerius for IKEA at another Goodwill for $6.99!  These have been in production by IKEA since 2005, and I've always wanted one but never picked one up. (To be honest, they're priced in the $40 range and I usually have so much other stuff on my IKEA lists that it kept getting "bumped.") On my last visit to IKEA I noticed with dismay that they were sold out and are apparently being discontinued, so I thought I'd lost my chance...but Goodwill came through again!


The black one was always my least favorite of the three colors that were (until recently) still in production, but now that I've got it home, I kind of like it.


Hard to believe it survived the Goodwill stock room without a chip!


I'm getting attached, can you tell??  :)   I bought it with the intention of reselling it on eBay or something, but I may have to hang on to it for a while.   Now if it had been the pink version, there would be no question it would be staying with me forever! 

And those are my finds for this week.  Did you find anything cool this week?  Can wait to hear!

Linking up with:

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
Moonshine Monday






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