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Ever since I started making a conscious effort to look beyond big box stores for my home, I have been pleasantly surprised. Previously I felt all my thrifty attempts were failures. I never got great deals. I never found the good finds. I hardly went and tried, so the vicious cycle continued. Want to know what changed it? Accepting failure and thrifting frequently despite failure.
I realize thrifters don’t score something amazing every time. They probably leave thrift stores empty handed far more times than they do with a great deal. The difference between them and me, is they kept trying where I had given up. Until now.
I have grown bored with new things for my home. I want to bring character, life, and interest into my spaces. You just can’t do that with off the shelf home decor. DIYing and hacking off the shelf items can only get you so far. To truly add depth to a space I have come to believe you need something vintage, something with a story, something with some patina. To find those somethings takes a lot of looking and a lot of patience.
After a few recent successes I am inspired to keep trying. I tried a new vintage furniture dealer a few weeks ago and scored a great set of dressers. Looking forward to another retro sale this weekend. Then, I browsed antique stores for the first time. I found a few antique treasures for my future studio. Most recently I headed back to Goodwill for another try.
My previous trips to my local Goodwill have predominantly been disappointing. Our Goodwill never has furniture or frames or great lamps like I see so many others finding. But the reality is it never has those things when I go…on the rare occasion I go. More frequent trips at different times throughout the week might make a difference.
This past week I went on a Tuesday during my lunch hour. I must have been on to something, because there was no parking it was so busy. I thought for sure with the crowd everything would be picked over and there would be nothing left for me. Boy was I wrong. This will probably be sad to some of you avid thrifters, but this trip goes down in my history books as the best thrifting trip to date. I spent a whopping $12 for all the goodness below.
The first find was a couple mercury glass votive holders for 50 cents each. I have a thing for mercury glass (owls, mushrooms, candlesticks, ornaments, and my own DIY mercury glass). These reminded me of mercury glass votives available for $5-8 at West Elm. I think this pair was originally from Target.
The second find was this lone silver candlestick. It was covered in candle wax and in need of a good cleaning. The candlestick was $4. A bit pricey for a lonely candlestick. I bought it because the candlestick screws apart into several pieces, which will come in handy for a little DIY project I have planned for it. More info soon.
I found another baking pan to add to my budding vintage baking pan collection. I know, I know, this one is definitely not vintage, but it was only $2. It is much larger than the other pans I got at the antique store and has a different scallop. Since I plan to use all the pans as picture frames, I figured once I flipped this one over and added a picture to the center only the scalloped edges would be visible. It will mix in well with the actual vintage pans I found.
I also snagged this loaf pan. Again nothing too special, I just liked the length of it and the straight sides. It is a 12″ loaf pan. It was $1. The metal patina goes well with the other pans I am collecting. I will probably use this loaf pan as a basket of sorts on a shelf in my studio.
I could not pass up this corked ceramic jar. I have a thing for corked jars, too. He was only a $1.
The best find of the day was this jar. I walked by it the first time. The second time I passed it, I actually had to touch it to realize it was actually a glass jar with a yellow plastic lid. The shape was intriguing. I flipped it over to see the bottom said Heller Designs Inc. A quick google search revealed this was a pretty good find designed by Massimo Vignelli for Heller. I paid $2. Individual jars of this same size are selling for $17 and up on Etsy. This pop of yellow will be perfect in my studio.
Have you had any amazing thrifting experiences lately? What is your best tip for great thrifting?