Thrifting

Happy Monday, all!  We had a great weekend—just the right amount of activity + relaxation.  I also had a bit of alone time *gasp* since Matt decided to take Liam for a hike on Saturday morning—love that they got in some male bonding.  Oh, those cheesy mugs…

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Liam and I had just hiked together on Friday afternoon, so I wasn’t all that jazzed to wake at the crack of dawn for a chilly blitz up Barr Trail, but I was more than happy to enjoy a quiet morning thrifting around town at my local favorites, the ARC (they mark nearly everything to 50% off on Saturdays) and Habitat for Humanity’s Restore.  While out and about, I snagged a few photos of some items that caught my eye.  Obviously many of these are in need of cosmetic upgrades, but since I mainly look for good lines (as in, the shape and design of a piece)  when thrifting, I thought some of my finds were worth sharing. 

They had two of these huge bowls, and I loved the cut-outs.  Sadly, they were waaay more pricey than most pieces I find at the ARC, but they still make nice eye candy.

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I have picked up several of these little cloches over the years, as they make great accents.  I always paint or stain the wood piece to freshen it up.

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This binder was brand new (originally from Target), and I loved the design.  109

I was super impressed to see four extra-long pinch-pleat curtains on the rack; it’s always nice to see high quality items, and since there was a set of four, they could definitely be used to outfit an entire room. 

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Bamboo frames are one of my favorite finds, and this one was nice and large.  With new art, and possibly some colorful paint, this would make a fun wall statement.  Keep in mind that you can always paint over the old matting, too.

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This lumbar pillow in a funky ikat print was a happy find.

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I spy me some Pottery Barn cushions…  Since these are white, they can be bleached and laid out in the sun for a quick brightening.  And of course, I love finding full sets of matching name-brand items (there were six of them).

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This classic chair would be super chic in a new upholstery.  It looks like a fairly straight-forward DIY job that reminds me of when I recovered this lovely lady

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I fell pretty hard for this octagon table’s unique shape.  What a steal at $20!  Wouldn’t she be pretty in a soft gray surrounded by upholstered parsons chairs in a dining room?  Or maybe an eclectic yellow with mismatched chairs to be used as a game table… 

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This long wicker bench boasted storage space inside, and the cushion could easily be removed, as it wasn’t in the greatest shape.

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The clean lines and simple feet of this mid-century modern dresser drew me in (sorry, I couldn’t get a good picture, since it was crammed between lots of other furniture—it had about six drawers and peg feet), along with the interesting pulls.

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Birds—love ‘em.  This wooden one nearly made it home with me, but I resisted…

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I found some cool lights at the Restore.  This one was sooo sweet and would be adorable in a little girl’s room or a powder bath. 

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Massive lantern lights are all the rage right now, and I really dig their craftsman look.  There were two of these, and I think they would make a great pair over a long dining room table.  I would definitely spray paint them, as the shiny brass look isn’t my favorite, but again, it’s a quick and easy fix.  Priced at $30 each, you’ve got yourself some serious lighting for a great deal.

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This guy was much smaller and would look cool in a boy’s room or hanging from an outdoor pergola.

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At just $4 a pop, these outdoor lights would be dapper painted an oil-rubbed bronze.

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Brainstorming ways to beautify old, used items gets me all giddy, but since I have limited cash and time to work on projects, this was the next best thing.  I will definitely be taking my camera on more thrifting excursions! 

If you were to pick from this virtual thrift store, what item would you buy? 

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