Vintage Thrifting

The things that most people donate to thrift stores are used, out of style, cleaned out of Grandma’s house, etc.  That can make those stores a perfect hunting ground for vintage goods. Whether it be clothes, furniture, records, dishes, books or decor. I am not a huge fan of vintage clothes, but I love finding vintage treasures to decorate my home with.

I know I said I don’t do vintage clothes, but I just loved the fabric pattern of this dress.
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Sometimes the items aren’t truly vintage, but they have been styled to look old, or “retro.” I have quite a few in Baby Girl’s room.
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I bought this vintage MCM magazine rack a while back. I repurposed it to be a diaper holder in Baby Girl’s room.
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I am a fan of vintage kitchen goods. I like vintage Pyrex, and other glass.
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This toaster is from the 1910s.
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I am also a fan of vintage or retro art.
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Because of vintage thrifting I started a vintage ceramic animal collection.
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Old stuff is so cool. Here are a few more vintage goodies for you
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Finding Furniture

Buying furniture for your house is usually considered a major purchase. Just a couch alone can cost over $500 new. When we were first married we got all of our furniture from my parents – a couch, table and chairs, a bed and a dresser. All of it was second hand, and it showed. Our couch was the size of an aircraft carrier and had an awesome 70’s floral print. When we moved to Arizona the only pieces of furniture we brought were a computer desk and the baby’s crib. As we were searching for an apartment a couple that was moving out of one we looked at gave us two couches and a mattress and box spring. Only the baby’s crib came back to Utah with us.
We bought our home about eight years ago. We brought our hand-me-down furniture with us. Just what you want in a new house, right? Not really, but it worked. Over the years we have slowly upgraded our furniture. We still have not bought any furniture new. I replaced our couches with some I found at the shop. I got all three microfiber couches for under $200. They are nice couches, and no one can tell that we didn’t buy them brand new. I have posted about the furniture in Baby Girl’s room, mostly found at the shop or the online classifieds.

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Not all of the furniture is as nice, and some is quite awful. Pink couch anyone?

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How about this vintage beauty?
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Of course, you have to be careful to make sure the pieces are clean, bed bug free, and comfortable. Some need a little repairing, but if you really love the piece a bit of work is worth it.
Always be looking, and have a friend with a truck!

Stranger than Fiction

What is the weirdest thing you have seen at, or bought from, a thrift store? I have seen some ugly things, strange things, and some scary things.
This bunny was pretty freaky. (It did not come home with me.)

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So was this angry baby doll.

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Seriously though,  who markets these things?!
And, lets not forget the sasquatch.

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The weirdest thing I have actually bought at the shop came home with me last week.

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That’s right – a DNA testing kit! It was $1 and unopened, so I scooped it up. I have been wanting to have this done for a while. Ancestry will test your DNA and tell you what parts of the world your ancestors are from. So cool, but normally these kits cost $100. Score! I have already sent my spit sample in.
Weird find? Totally. Weird but awesome.

Thrift Giving

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How do you feel about gift shopping at thrift stores? I think some people find it tacky. As for me, I used to but now I don’t. I put a lot of thought into gifts. So if I come across that perfect gift for someone at the shop, I will totally buy it for them.
Christmas is coming up. With five kids it could get very expensive. Luckily, my kids have been brainwashed raised to love the thrift store, and don’t mind one bit if some of their gifts originate there. I go often enough that I can find almost anything they are in to. A lot of times there are brand new items for sake at the shop, or ones that are like new.  I would guess that around 75% of the gifts we give at Christmas come from the shop. Most people don’t ask where their gifts come from, so it is my happy secret.

What do you think about thrift-giving?

The Chair

I thought I would post a little something about my chair in Baby Girl’s room.
It started as a #thriftstorescore. I loved the clean lines of this vintage mid-century modern chair. (I actually bought a pair of them, but could only fit one in the space.) The finish needed some love, and any original upholstery was long gone. There were a few remaining scraps of an old floral fabric still attached to the back slats, along with a dozen or more heavy duty staples.

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The brown color of the chair was nice, but was worn and not really cohesive with the color scheme of the room. So, I painted it white.
As nice as the lines of the chair are, it wasn’t really very comfortable without a seat cushion. Since it didn’t come with one, I made one. I bought a piece of firm foam at the fabric store, and got my fabric for a steal. The pillow came from the shop.  The cushion and pillow made all the difference. I love to sit here and nurse Baby Girl or read to her.

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Sometimes I just sit here and blog!

Fancy Mirrors

I kind of like fancy mirrors. Until Baby Girl was born, I didn’t own a single one. All we had were the builder-grade bathroom mirrors. Boring. I decided I wanted mirrors to be part of the collage wall. I kept my eyes open for them at “the shop” (a.k.a. the thrift store).

This was the first one I found.

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You are jealous, I know. Who wouldn’t want a neon green mirror? Since the green really didn’t match the room’s color scheme I knew I had to paint it. Break out the spray paint! I painted it a gloss black. It took a few coats to cover up the neon glow. It looks a hundred times better now!

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I also found a couple of similar, smaller, ones. One black, one gold, both plastic.

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I painted the gold one pink, along with a full-length mirror from the shop, and left the other one black.

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Can you spot all three on the wall?

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The full length mirror I put on the small closet door, at her height. I can raise it as she grows.

Baby Girl’s Room – the After

I have had so much fun over the past few months collecting items for Baby Girl’s room (also my office), and planning it all out. I am not a professional decorator, but I think it turned out great. I am very happy with it.

Her space doubles as my office. I store my eBay inventory there, as well as my printer, camera, etc.

I tried to gather most of what I needed from the thrift store, though I did have to buy a few things retail, usually at a good discount. There are better descriptions with each photo.

There you have it. I love this room. It is so peaceful, and calming to me. I hope it will be the same for my daughter.
I will be posting some before-and-after project pictures soon!