Help me! I’ve been thrifting again. Things are bad when the thrift store managers not only know your name, they have your phone number. Mr X (name concealed to protect my source) rang to tell me about an entertainment unit and a 20% sale. Unfortunately he still won’t sell me the 60s era rattan wall size display cabinet but that may be lucky as it probably wouldn’t fit. The entertainment unit wasn’t my style but I found all these little beauties.
A West German floor vase 50cm tall and a lovely “subtle” orange. It’s by Jasba Keramik and was a steal at $20. I felt bad taking advantage of Mr X with this one as he didn’t think it was West German. You can see some of my other pots in the hall way and some of my Papua New Guinea artifacts.
Finally a matching pair of bedsides. Now what do I do with the 3 unmatched ones I have? Thank god for friends who want to buy them.
Finds for the garden. The cast aluminium planters will be tarted up with gloss navy paint and find a home on the patio.
This lovely old copper tub will be filled with ferns tomorrow after a visit to the nursery. Love it’s old patina.
The bird bath is destined for the small garden by the door. Filled with water and floating flowers it will greet my visitors. I’ve promised myself I won’t go thrifting next weekend unless Mr Y rings…..
For the first time in a long time, I went thrifting yesterday. Now that I have sold my house and bought another, things have calmed down and I have a bit of spare time before the packing nightmare begins. (I don’t want to say anything else about the house because it’s in my lawyer’s hands right now and I don’t want to jinx it, but as soon as it’s a done deal I will post some photos). I ended up going a little nuts at my favourite thrift shop. It’s about an hour away in a small town west of the city, and it proved to be worth the drive. And luckily, I had my parent’s SUV to fill. Since I am moving, there will unfortunately be no photos of these in their new homes anytime soon. I am just going to have to pack these up for the time being. And there are a couple other things I bought but they are for my niece for Christmas and my sister doesn’t want to see them early.
UPDATE: We went to yet another of my favourite thrift stores this afternoon. Bought more junk. Must stop going thrifting. Very dangerous. I am broke.
When God was handing out taste most people say that the designers from the 80s were holding the door for the other decades to pass through first. I’m on a mission to rehabilitate this much maligned 10 years. Not everything was horrendous and as some of you have rightly pointed out good design will out. There are good ideas here, bright painted interiors of cupboards, painted floors, bold vibrant artwork and tasteful rooms that could be from the present. Try to ignore the ruffles and the dried flowers. I love the use of house plants from the 80s. Maybe if we start with that. Baby steps remember.
Images scanned from Better Homes and Gardens New Decorating Book, Editor Gerald M Knox, Meridith Corporation, Des Moines, Iowa, 1981.
Sidsel wrote to tell us about an apartment in Denmark that is loaded with all sorts of great thrifted finds. A creative agency “Stupid Studios” is taking over the apartment to turn it into their office, but since the previous owner had such a knack of finding and displaying her thrift finds, they posted photos on their blog of what it looked like before they took it over. Since thrifting is one of my favourite pastimes, I LOVE to see what people can do with all the fantastic stuff they find. Many thanks to Sidsel for the link to this treasure trove of an apartment!