Decorating & Design

July 12, 2010

Thrift-Store Gems

After what feels like a long drought, I had a very successful trip to Value Village last weekend. I’ve been a long-time devotee of “V.V.’s Boutique,” as my aunt calls it, and I’ve spent lots of time combing its aisles. Thrift shopping can be hit and miss, so you have to keep at it and have an open mind. I always warn against hunting for just one specific item, because you hardly ever find it and it sucks the fun out of the experience. Instead, I like to troll for whatever fun and funky item catches my eye and then decide if I’ve gotta have it!

Here’s what I found:

Photo Blog July 12 Thrift Store Chair

First I found this stylish mid-century club chair. No, that’s not real leather, but it felt much better than other imitators I’ve come across. The colour and shape are great and I love the fine, thin legs. Plus, the tufting really makes it. It was $60 and would make a great ‘statement’ chair in almost any room.

Photo Blog July 12 Thrift Store Lamps

Next I found a pair of these white and gold lamps. As a lover of all things vintage, I think these lamps, in their current finish, would add some charm and soul to an otherwise new-new space. Just add simple, elegant shades and you’re off! They were $10 each, I think. P.S. I’m pretty sure my parents had that blue lamp lurking in the background when I was a kid. I’ll have to get my mom to confirm!

Photo Blog July 12 Thrift Store Dishes Tableware

Okay, I have this weird obsession with transferware and this brown and white set made my heart skip a beat! I bought a few plates in different sizes to combine with the other ones I own. I plan to hang them in some sort of grouping on the wall. These were only $3 and $4 a piece.

Photo Blog July 12 Thrift Store Copper Pots

If the transferware made my heart skip a beat, the copper pots and pans nearly caused a heart attack! I have been searching high and low for affordable copper items for the pot rack in my kitchen! Here it was, a nice little collection for next to nothing on my local Value Village shelf. At this point I went and grabbed a cart…

Photo Blog July 12 Thrift Store Shopping Cart

And here’s the final cart-load. That’s a bunch of copper pots, some charming transferware plates, a few picture frames, a knock-out chinoiserie vase ($8), a vintage basket ($2) for collecting garden clippings, and a hardcover edition of Martha Stewart’s Arranging Flowers (1999 Clarkson Potter). (Did I mention I’ve met her?)

So all in all, a nice haul. I’ve already used the vase in a side table tableaux, mapped out my wall design with the plates, and I’ve been reading the book on the train! What have you found at V.V.’s Boutique lately?

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Photo credits:
Michael Penney