Yesterday someone said they loved my top, and because I can’t help myself, I said “thanks! it was only $10!!”… it’s like I am compelled to tell people how cheap things are. She said “I like it even more now!”… and I thought, that is the perfect response. I often share on instastories about my thrift store finds. One of the latest was two Stubbs & Wootton loafers, in my size, for $4 a pair! While that was pure luck, I almost always find something I love at a thrift store. Usually it’s home decor. I’ve never spent much time shopping, ever. I get in, and get out. I pretty much scan for anything that pops out to me. You know I love Blue & White, and so that scheme always catches my eye. Brass, gold, interesting textures… at dirt cheap prices… they are coming home.
This solid brass bowl (which I plan to grow a drapey plant in) was $25. Which is actually a lot, considering what I usually spend. But I loved it. The bow and tassel taper holders were $2 for the pair, then half off… so 50 cents each!
I recently purchased this tray. We have no shortage of trays here. but this one was so beautiful! it was also a little pricier than I usually spend at thrifts and was $11.
all but one of my blue and white vases are from thrift stores // ranging from $20 – .50 cents
I got these little blue and white pocket vases for $2.50 each, half off so $1.25! The bamboo frame with the black velvet was something I picked up a while ago. It had a piece of art in it before, which I removed, and put a family photo in. It was around $5.
those little brass herons, and that copper sailboat are two of my favorite things – that just feel very florida.
my girlfriends picked this up for me — I still need to find it’s proper home, but I so love it!
I really love mixing old with new. Lows with a few highs. It keeps things interesting. It also makes you less attached to your stuff, which I always think is a fairly good thing when kids are around!
Here are a few things I am always on the lookout for, and can rarely resist: — I am linking them on etsy in case you want to hunt over there!
- Florentine Trays – I usually stack them, and I love the patina they develop.
- Blue and white
- Old silver trophies
- champagne buckets
- trays – for breakfast in bed, or spoiling overnight guests, or for stacking books.
- bamboo in ceramic
- gold and brass in shapes I love
- I often look at tablecloths. My favorite one that people ask about a lot was $2.25 (you can see here). They are usually pressed and ready to go, and great prices.
- Culver glassware
- old books. I have found the most beautiful books for coffee tables, of childrens books with vintage illustrations and covers.
If you are local, my favorite shops are:
- Community Thrift
- Hospital Thrift
- Kingberry Estate Finds — even better is their outlet nextdoor.
- Palmetto Village Thrift
- Goodwill, salvation army, etc…
If you aren’t local, consider looking for a thrift store that’s associated with a private school. They are generally stocked with some pretty good stuff!
My biggest tip is to just find out what you love. Who cares if people think it’s a odd. Odds are, you are onto something (: