It’s true, I shop at the Goodwill. I also shop at the Salvation Army, Yard Sales, Flea Markets, and I am the queen of the hand-me-down! I was looking around my house yesterday and I realized just how many things I own that I didn’t buy new and I thought it might be a good idea for a post. So if you’re a scavenger like me, you’ll feel bolstered and if you’ve never imagined setting foot inside a thrift store you might reconsider.
Above is a dresser that belonged to Dave’s grandmother. When Auntie Di sent out an email asking if anyone wanted I’d recently become obsessed with this photo of someone’s fab office
So I saw Nana’s dresser as the opportunity I was looking for… free dresser + elbow grease = cool office accessory!
First I sanded the dresser down… I know, it’s a super sexy photo, don’t be jealous!
Then I added primer to everything
Then I painted a drawer. After I stopped gagging over how wrong this green was I forced myself back down to the depot for a better green option.
Figured out the right shade of green and promptly painted it all that color.
I haven’t decorated it with anything yet but the end result is still great! Also, it is the perfect location to store all of my office supplies!
Truth be told, I’ve been shopping at the Goodwill all of my life and back when I was little it wasn’t some cool ironic-hipster thing to do it was a necessity. Now that I’m an adult I have a hard time stomaching the price tag attached to furniture when I know if I dug around enough I could find it for less.
I found this little desk years ago and wrote a blog about re-doing it it cost me $40 at the local Veterans Thrift Store (which PS has the BEST stuff because you know who donates there?? Older women and everyone knows Grandma has the best antiques!). Now this adds a burst of color to my guest room.
I found this FABULOUS 60′s ottoman at a flea market a couple of weeks ago and I love it! The chair is from Pottery Barn (a floor model sample sale!) and the pillow is from Anthropologie’s clearance rack!
This chaise was in the house when we bought it and I asked the owners if I could keep it. Since it was destined for the dumpster they said I could. Of course, as per usual, Dave thought I was insane but look at it now after a little re-work!
I’ve been collecting old suit cases for years… now I’ve stacked them up and they’re a unique side table in the guest bedroom.
The silver “H” was $5 at a flea market and I think it looks great amongst our family photos!
This chair is one of my all time favorite makeovers!! It was Nanas as well and when it was on it’s way to our house it fell off the back of a truck on the freeway and lived to tell about it. Again, a little re-upholstery and it looks like a million bucks!
So there you have it, a brief look at all the “used” furniture in my house. In LA, and maybe where you live, it’s a bit taboo to admit to thrift store or yard sale shopping. Around here it should all be designer and cost more than your car so maybe some people will scoff when they read this but at the end of the day your home should make you feel happy and comfortable… as Oprah says, it should rise up to meet you and for me a “happy house” is one filled with vintage and color and eclectic pieces and one that I can still afford the mortgage on after I’ve furnished it!