I’m up to my old ways again. Thanks to my ever-growing hoard of things to fix up, this fall I put a hold on thrift store browsing. Especially since I can’t spray paint things until the weather warms up, and my ‘to-be-spraypainted’ pile is getting a tad too big for my taste.
With that being said, when my Mom visits I know I’m going to get a little taste of the thrifting life. We ventured into New Hope for some shopping, and stopped at an antique store on the way home where I found these… interesting? fabulous? totally tacky? … metal peacock wall pieces:
At first sight, I thought: 1960’s wall art? I’ll pass.
But then I circled around again. You know, peacocks are kinda hot right now. They’re the new owls or something.
By the third circle of the store, they had me won over. The price was right, and peacocks ARE trendy at the moment so if I didn’t use them I could resell them on Etsy. Where, by the way, they are selling for quite a bit more than I paid and labeled “Hollywood Regency” style. Well, hello.
And what do you know? Once they found a home in my bookcases a strange feeling came over me: I kinda fell in love with them! This was a quick pic (um, toys in the photo and all!), but you can see the general idea:
I’ll post more later when they are styled properly.
Unfortunately that was all we found worth buying, antique-wise, in New Hope. Turns out the antique stores in New Hope are a bit rich for our blood. By the time we left, we were itching for some thrifty treasures.
Okay, maybe itching isn’t a good word when it comes to thrift stores so let’s say we were craving a good deal. We made a quick stop to the local thrift store.
I found two things worth buying. The first was this pretty white teapot for $3. Whenever I see white pottery in good condition I tend to snap it up, plus a teapot was on my list of things to buy. Isn’t it cute?!
After a nice soapy bath it found it’s home on my kitchen shelf where’s it’s playing second fiddle to my honey in this shot:
Please don’t just this book by it’s cover:
Trays are always a great thing to buy when you see them because they are extremely easy to makeover into something fabulous. Plus, they are useful. Everything looks neater on a tray. If you turn it sideways, squint a little, and imagine it in a fab high-gloss paint color or with a trendy fabric pattern on the top I bet you can see where I’m going with this!
Until then, it’s sitting in my ‘to-be-spray-painted’ pile. Spring, I know you are right around the corner. I’ll meet you in a month with my spray paint cans and a tarp!