Hello friends! Sorry for not posting Monday and Tuesday; at the last minute, I decided to take two days off, and it was a lovely break…but I certainly missed being around here and I’m glad to be back.
I had a wonderful weekend with Joe – we took a day trip to Jim Thorpe, PA, went thrifting right outside NYC for an entire day, and spent lots of time with my family.
Today I’m sharing a few of my favorite purchases from the weekend. And some thrifting tips.
William Rogers silver plated flatware.
Old glass bottles. Do you have suggestions on how to clean the inside??
My newest thrifting obsession: textiles. Can’t wait to use these as props, and even experiment with a DIY or two. I have no clue what those silver and gold products are – anybody know? (Update: Lindsay let me know these are sequin honeycomb – the leftovers after sequins are made!! Thanks, girl!)
A brass + wooden ladle.
I had some other fantastic purchases this weekend: an old wooden ladder, a vintage suitcase, a large, wooden telescope box, and lots lots more. The thrift stores we visited (Unique and Value Village) were running a 50% off sale on all merchandise, so you can imagine how much fun we all had! I’m excited to style these finds and share them with you all again!
When I go thrifting, there are a few rules I like to follow.
1. Grab everything you even possibly like and put it in your cart (initially, don’t waste time thinking about whether or not you’ll buy it or if you love it).
2. Think about every area of your home/life – kitchen, craft room, clothing, fashion accessories (belts, scarves), shoes, miscellaneous textiles (ribbon, fabric, wooden boards, paper, etc.), interior details (lamp, side tables, chairs), larger pieces of furniture, little details, etc.
3. Make a day of it and give yourself enough time. You don’t want to feel rushed. Pack your lunch. Eat in the car driving to and from each store. Bring water so you don’t get dehydrated.
4. Bring a friend. It’s fun, and sometimes we need a second opinion. When I bring a friend, we separate while we shop, and then help each other eliminate at the end.
5. After you scour the thrift store a few times and place everything you might possibly like in your cart, eliminate everything you don’t love or have a specific use for. Inspect every inch. Make sure there are no funky smells or stains you can’t get rid of.
6. Have fun, and be persistent and patient! You might not find everything you want/need the first hour or the first month. But thrifting really pays off, and it’s so incredibly rewarding.
Hope your week is going well.