Thrift Score Thursday – No. 136

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Happy #ThriftScoreThursday everyone! This week I want to talk about one of my favorite things to buy second-hand… ART. Whether you find the weekend project of a no name artist or a hidden treasure you can always count on finding something that is one of a kind. This month I wanted to share some photography I fell in love with at one of my local second-hand shops.

Actually, I fell in love with a whole box of photos by the same photographer months ago. They were not a bargain but I thought the price was fair for such beautiful work, the only problem was the store was cash only and I was fresh out. I passed them that day only to find them still there months later and the price drastically reduced. Originally I was only going to buy one but with the priced drop I decided to buy two. One for me and one as a gift.

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The photographer’s name is Charlotte Oakley out of Jacksonville, FL. I know this because of the stamps on the back, not because Charlotte is famous. I looked but I couldn’t find any information on Charlotte at all.  The writing on the back of the photos dates them to 1957. They were shown in an exhibit that year and again in 1962.

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The woman is titled “Unpoken Words”

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And the man “Vaquero”- cowboy in Spanish.

I love these two! There were a few others I would have loved to have but let’s be honest I have to pace myself or I will be out of wall space.

Now on to your finds…

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But first, if you are new here, let me explain just what #ThriftScoreThursday is.  We want you to participate! Hit up your local thrift stores, craigslist, yard sales, estate sales, side of the road, anything! Thrifty doesn’t necessarily mean from a thrift store. We want to see your good deals, wacky finds and treasures and how you style them in your home.

Don’t feel like you need to save those finds for Thursdays! Yes, features are shared on our blogs once a month and Instagram weekly on Thursdays, but we’re all checking in on (and using!) the hashtag all week long. So, when you see/find it, feel free to share it!  And we love it when you tag your friends to play along, too!

The first Thursday of each month, Brynne from The Gathered Home, Cassie from Cassie Bustamante and I will pick our favorite thrift scores to feature. So please note that by linking up with #ThriftScoreThursday, you are giving us permission to share your finds via social media or on our blogs.

Now, in honor of my new art I decided this week to focus on some of your art finds.

I loved this  pretty portrait  annabode shared anh the styling is perfect!

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jmedecor  Shared her favorite detail in her recent bathroom redo. This original painting scored at a thrift store. “I knew I needed a bold piece of art for this wall. I scoured through my personal collection, pieces elsewhere in the house, and I had nothing. Then later that week I was out sourcing at my some of my usual spots when my eye caught a painting from across the room. In that moment I knew it was THE PIECE. I bought it, took it home, and hung it immediately. It still is THE PIECE, and this is one of many reasons I love to thrift; you never know what treasure you may find.” Me too jmedecor!!!

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Who is this awesome fella pleasantdrivevintage shared? He has a pocket protector and everything. This is what I’m talking about, truly one of a kind!

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And if color is what your looking for casacavaliere found it in her new (thrift) painting. Beautiful!

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mesavintage  say this one is To be viewed while singing, “could you beeeeeeee, the most beautiful girl in the woooooorld.” I think she’s beautiful, the style of painting is pretty fantastic too.

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You guys know how I feel about paint by numbers and the thrift store is always a goo place to find them. Check out this beauty srosen44 shared!

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jessicadwolf found this pretty lady a few years back at a yard sale. “The woman had entire barn full of art. It was a junkers paradise. . . . “

I’m super jealous!

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So the next time you are out scouring the thrift stores, don’t forget to check out the art!

And don’t forget to check out what my co-hosts have been up to this month…

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Thrift Score Thursday No. 135

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It’s #ThriftScoreThursday everyone and today I wanted to share my diamond in the rough, and when I say rough, I mean really rough. While hunting for chairs I ran across this pile of rugs in a pretty gritty thrift/consignment store not too far from my house. I normally shy away from thrift store rugs just because you never know where they’ve been and cleaning them can be expensive. But every now and then I run across a really nice quality rug that I know, even with the cost of a professional cleaning, is a really good deal.

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So when I ran across this pile and spied the tightly knotted pink and blue rug on top I had to check it out. I was excited to see it had the original tags on it with all the information I needed to get a better idea of what I was buying. The labels are sewn on rather than glued and the company label is woven rather than printed like newer rugs from this company. I am guessing they are 50’s era from this and the back story that they came out of the seller’s great aunts house but that is only a guess.

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So I went home and did some research and this is the interesting story I found.

Rug Story

In 1928, history was made as American retailer and textile manufacturer Marshall Field built a loom capable of recreating the detailed craftsmanship and luxurious look of a hand-woven rug. From the moment the first Karastan rug came off the loom (2:02 p.m., April 8, 1928 to be exact), our name became synonymous with elegant machine-made rugs that rivaled their handmade counterparts.

So far advanced was Marshall Field’s new manufacturing process that the trade press referred to the first Karastan rugs as “Mystery Rugs.” To share the “mystery” of these rugs with the public, Karastan created a large version of its Kirman pattern for the 1933-34 World’s Fair in Chicago. But instead of putting it on display so visitors could simply admire its beauty, Karastan did the unthinkable. We invited the world to walk on it. And so the world did!

More than 5 million people left their footprints, spills and ground-in food stains all over the rug. Then it was time for cleanup. We cleaned half the rug so people could see how well our rugs recover. The rug still exists in the same state today- one side almost unrecognizably filthy, while the other has been returned to its original beauty and luster.

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To prove that the demonstration was no fluke, we did it again. This time more than 9 million visitors walked on our rugs at the New York World’s Trade Fair of 1939-40 before half the rug was returned to its original condition. Thus the public was baffled again and our rugs became known as “The Wonder Rugs of America”.

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I wasn’t any farther ahead on dating the rugs but this story got me excited. After heading back for a second look I decided to make the purchase in hopes of achieving the same results with my cleaning, although I admit mine was not nearly as filthy.

With the help of my discerning assistant who was willing to lug rugs on his lunch break of course.

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But before I was done there was one more surprise…At the bottom of the pile was a second identical rug. Everyone knows you get a better deal if you buy them both, so I did!

Here they are laid out at the cleaners. They were pretty impressed with my thrift store find of two beautiful  9’x12′ rugs for just $175 each.

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On a side note, I also wrote to Karastan who still manufactures rugs today to see if they could give me some background on my purchase. They were more than willing and are checking their archives to see if they can date the rugs. I’ll update you if I find anything out.

Now let’s see what you guys have been shopping for.

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But first, if you are new here, let me explain just what #ThriftScoreThursday is.  We want you to participate! Hit up your local thrift stores, craigslist, yard sales, estate sales, side of the road, anything! Thrifty doesn’t necessarily mean from a thrift store. We want to see your good deals, wacky finds and treasures and how you style them in your home.

Don’t feel like you need to save those finds for Thursdays! Yes, features are shared on our blogs once a month and Instagram weekly on Thursdays, but we’re all checking in on (and using!) the hashtag all week long. So, when you see/find it, feel free to share it!  And we love it when you tag your friends to play along, too!

The first Thursday of each month, Brynne from The Gathered Home, Cassie from Cassie Bustamante and I will pick our favorite thrift scores to feature. So please note that by linking up with #ThriftScoreThursday, you are giving us permission to share your finds via social media or on our blogs.

Check out fabulous finds…

Even though jmwearing  has taken it slow thrifting over the holidays doesn’t mean she doesn’t have some amazing finds to share. Her guest bedroom features some of her favorite thrift finds – the bird leg pot, elephant rattan basket, metal bust and mid century modern end tables. Pretty fabulous!

 

theeventmaker finally found time to finish her Chinese Chippendale update with help of #amyhoward lacquer and that bad-ass classic animal print velvet. Love that velvet and am twice as jealous since she has another matching chair -gorgeous x 2!

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nostalgic.moon.vintage is getting ready for spring already with thrift store finds that have her planning picnics, road trips, and beautiful photography.

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 If mixing old and new pieces is your style shopjanery ‘ s find will be right up your alley. She found this massive vintage mirror at a run down Salvation Army store literally a day after I deciding she needed a large mirror for a dark living room. With a $35 price tag, it was a classic case of “buy now, measure later,” looks like it was a perfect fit! Photo by: laurametzlerphoto

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How about this pink velvet sofa from gypsyyaya definitely an epic piece and I think I might need one just like this to go with my new rugs!

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Or this live edge coffee table clairedesignsthings  shared that her fiancé and his roommate at the time found it on craigslist from a guy who referred to frisbee golf as “golf” and regular golf as “ball golf.” I love a table with a story to go along!

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Amazed as always!

Now don’t forget to stop by and see what my co-hosts have been up to this month…

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Thrift Score Thursday Magical Mystery Giveaway

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Hello Guys, It’s December and #ThriftScoreThursday is back with a new Monthly Format feature your beautifully styled thrift finds and just in time for Christmas a magical mystery giveaway. While it won’t contain my magical brass unicorn (pictured), this giveaway will contain all the fabulousness he embodies! Cassie, Brynne and I have been shopping and setting aside some of our favorite finds for THREE LUCKY WINNERS – one winner will receive Brynne’s thrifted treasures, one will receive Cassie’s perfect picks, and one will be getting a special surprise box from yours truly! That means you have three chances to win!!!

You can hop on over to Instagram to enter in the comments of the above photo!

If you don’t have an Instagram account, never fear – I definitely don’t want to leave you out! You can also enter this giveaway simply by leaving a comment here on the blog. (Open to U.S. residents age 18+. Giveaway runs 12/1 to 12/7. We’ll draw winners and contact them next week!)

Now that you’re a psyched for the giveaway lets talk #ThriftScoreThursday

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If you are new here, let me explain just what #ThriftScoreThursday is.  We want you to participate! Hit up your local thrift stores, craigslist, yard sales, estate sales, side of the road, anything! Thrifty doesn’t necessarily mean from a thrift store. We want to see your good deals, wacky finds and treasures and how you style them in your home.

Don’t feel like you need to save those finds for Thursdays! Yes, features are shared on our blogs once a month and Instagram weekly on Thursdays, but we’re all checking in on (and using!) the hashtag all week long. So, when you see/find it, feel free to share it!  And we love it when you tag your friends to play along, too!

The first Thursday of each month, Brynne from The Gathered Home, Cassie from Cassie Bustamante and I will pick our favorite thrift scores to feature. So please note that by linking up with #ThriftScoreThursday, you are giving us permission to share your finds via social media or on our blogs.

Now let’s get to those fabulous features…

I’m sure you can guess why I picked this shot from golddustgoods, paint by numbers are the best and the rest of these goodies ain’t bad either.

jmwearing finally finished her shelfie and it’s amazing! Even more amazing, everything pictured is thrifted. My kind of girl!

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Thrifted finds work well for Christmas too, Refresheddes proves that with the addition of these festive berries. Then again anything would look festive next to that fabulous lamp.

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Now let’s talk about how lucky menoch1 was to find not one but two fabulous dressers at Salvation Army. Originally they were going in the master bedroom but these needed to be out in the open!

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Ever had a thrift find lead to a whoooole lot of rearranging? Well, that is exactly what happened to ciburbanity when this coffee table leapt into her car at the Restore. But it is a pretty great addition so I’d say it was well worth the effort!

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My favorite thing about second hand treasure hunting is the amazing people you meet. Cate_stylemutthome met the sweetest man when she went to pick up this unique storage piece: Not only did he live around the corner from her parents’ house, but he actually had the original 1903 patent for these drawers from when he worked in the US patent office. And he had TWO (the post only implied that he had one for sale). She snapped them up and has a great story to boot.

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Love how a few thrifted goodies like these from Danamoss add character to simple space. Little additions can sometimes make the biggest impact.

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Another round of amazing finds everyone!

 

Now don’t forget to stop by and see what Brynne and Cassie have featured, along with additional chances to win our mystery giveaway.

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Thrift Score Thursday – Making Changes

It has been almost two years since I first guest hosted #ThriftScoreThursday and close to a year since I joined as a host. In that time I have been amazed by the fabulous finds of our TST followers week after week. Heck, I’ve been pretty amazed by some of my own finds. Last week the TST hosts and I did a lot of brain storming on how to make TST even better as we move forward. So before we discuss what’s new I thought it would be fun to look back at some of the old! Above is a gallery of my finds and below is a gallery of some of yours.

Pretty amazing stuff right? Well lets talk about how we’ll be sharing all this amazing stuff in the future!

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  • We are moving to a monthly features format.  To be quite honest, it’s a lot to prepare a blog post each week and get all the features on Instagram.  We also want to focus on those finds that are extra special AND beautifully staged and styled in your home.  We want see beautiful photos of how you are using your thrift finds and making them lovely.
  • You can still keep up with the hashtag on Instagram each week, and each host will be sharing a favorite feature there each Thursday.
  • Our first monthly feature post will be 12/1 with the new format kicking off then. (So November is basically a break).
  • AND in that first post in December there will be a fabulous surprise… thrifted giveaway! My co-host and I will be doing the hunting but you guys will be winning.

One thing I want to also mention is that Corinna of A Designer at Home will not be continuing as a host, but not to fear… it’s all amicable and we’re all still friends!  We all just need to do what’s personally best for ourselves.

I’m excited to see where these new changes take us and as always love sharing in one of my favorite passions with like-minded people.

Speaking of like-minded people,  be sure to stop over and see what Brynne and Cassie have to say about our new direction.

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Thrift Score Thursday No. 132

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Happy #ThriftScoreThursday everyone. always my favorite day of the week especially when I have an addition to one of my favorite collections to share. I kind of had to laugh when I found this one because the tag said “two frames $5” not even a mention of the paint by number I was dying to have. Of course, I am not one to frown at a bargain so I took the good with the bad and accepted the empty frame as part of the deal.

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Unfortunately, the empty frame tells me these guys were part of a pair so the hunt will be on for their lost friends. The upside, if I ever manage to find them I already have the frame!

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My other find this week was this little octagon planter that just so happens to look super cute with my paint by number and looks fabulous with a few succulents. (I’m not one for fake plants but I admit these are not real. Sorry but I kill them every time. I gave up!

Now let’s have a closer look at what you found…

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But first, for the newcomers let me explain just what #ThriftScoreThursday is. We want you to participate! Hit up your local thrift stores, craigslist, yard sales, estate sales, side of the road, anything! Thrifty doesn’t necessarily mean from a thrift store. We want to see your good deals, wacky finds and true treasures.

You can share your finds any day of the week but features are shared on our blogs and Instagram on Thursdays, but we’re all checking in on (and using!) the hashtag all week-long. So, when you see/find it, feel free to share it! And we love it when you tag your friends to play along, too!

Each week Cassie from Cassie Bustamante, Corinna from A Designer At Home, Brynne from The Gathered Home, myself and occasionally a guest-host will pick a few favorite thrift scores to feature on our blogs! Please note that by linking up with #ThriftScoreThursday, you are giving us permission to share your finds via social media or on our blogs.

My Favorites:

kelly.elko  dared us to use it or lose it with her super cute mid century glasses she score this week.  Don’t hide those pretty finds away for safe keeping, use them and enjoy!

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Happy birthday to uncommon_patina who did some pretty sweet thrifting on her 40th birthday weekend. That vintage Haeger gazelle has me swooning!

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the_decor_adobe shared this little set up already, but this time she is showcasing the finished product. Love it!

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I want to take this all back to my house!

Now don’t forget to stop by and check out all my co-hosts to see what they’ve been up and their favorite #ThriftScoreThursday finds.

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Found it at the Market 2 -October 2014

market copySunday’s are market days and my husband and I had about 2 hours between places we had to be so we thought we could squeeze in a market we knew of close by. In some of the towns that don’t have regularly scheduled markets the occasional markets are small, maybe in a grocery store parking lot with maybe 30 or 40 venders.  We figure an hour or so would be plenty of time for a quick walk through. When we arrived we found our little market was actually taking place throughout the Altstadt (old town.) Street after street and we only had an hour and a half to shop, Arrrhhh. A pleasant surprise but we had to work fast, here are some of our finds…

  1. A collection of about 200 European stamps 8€ ($11) I would love to use them to make something like THIS
  2.  A 4″ pewter bird  4€ ($5.50) has a little hangar on the back for hanging
  3.  A huge Paint by Number 10€ ($14) not as common here in Germany as in the U.S. so I was glad to score one.
  4.  WWII wedding portrait 16″x12″ 8€ ($11) for Chuck’s soldier collection.
  5. Frederick Francis IV, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin framed  lithograph 23″x30″ 20€ ($28) also for Chuck’s soldier collection.
  6. And as always we scored a few pieces of West German ceramics, From Left to right: 25cm 3€ ($4.20), 18 cm 2€ ($2.80), 18cm 1€ ($1.40),11cm 2€ ($2.80)

And of course my handsome porter.

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Passion for Paint by Numbers

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One of my own favorites (12'x16"), I think the Asian themes lend so well to Paint by Number.

One of my own favorites (12’x16″), I think the Asian themes lend so well to Paint by Number.

I have been collecting Vintage Paint by numbers for years. There is something about  the way the pictures have been broken down into basic color blocks (similar to that of a silk screen image) that intrigues me.  Paint by numbers were hugely popular in the mid 50’s but the popularity was short lived dying out by the end of the decade. Recently their popularity has returned.  I first began seeing them quite often in magazines hung as collages but I have since notice a wide variety of articles on all sorts of paint by number themes. In 2001 the National Museum Of American History at the Smithsonian even organized an exhibition on Paint By Numbers. I discovered a website for a Paint by Number Museum that catalogs thousands of vintage Paint by numbers as well as information on the artists who designed them. Maybe it is the appreciation for paint by numbers as a part of out American pop culture but for what ever reason they are popping up everywhere. I have found some of the most creative ideas all inspired by paint by numbers. From fabric inspired paint by numbers to creating your own, Paint by Numbers are back, and hopefully here to stay.

This creative blogger at Under the Sycamore created her own Paint by Number out of a thrift store print

This creative blogger at Under the Sycamore created her own Paint by Number out of a thrift store print

Paint by Number inspired fabric line - Lush

Paint by Number inspired fabric line – Lush

Paint By Number Wall Mural so cute for a nursery. Find out how to do it yourself at Honest to Nod

Paint By Number Wall Mural so cute for a nursery. Find out how to do it yourself at Honest to Nod

After reading this you may decide you may want to start a collection of your own. Now that paint by numbers have become more popular they are pretty easy to come by on Ebay and Etsy, just be sure you read the condition carefully as imperfections may not be apparent in the photos. I like to buy my paint by numbers at garage sales and thrift or antique shops. Here I don’t tend to spend any more than $20 on them and most I have gotten for about $3-10. You can see what you are getting up close and if you compare them to the prices online they tend to be a much better deal, but as with most things you have to hunt for the bargains. If you are feeling Artistic you can even paint your own. There are hundreds of kits you can still buy today, but I will tell you it is harder than it looks.

Paint by numbers drawer fronts.Kate Sears at Country Living

Paint by numbers drawer fronts.
Kate Sears at Country Living

Etsy shop StudioLiscious makes these lovely paint by number art blocks out of recycled 1/2″ thick birch plywood scraps.

Etsy shop StudioLiscious makes these lovely paint by number art blocks out of recycled 1/2″ thick birch plywood scraps.

These are a couple I already own but the flamingo Paint by Number is the one I long for.