Ah, thrift store shopping. My heart literally flutters with anticipation as I walk through the doors of a secondhand shop. Silly, I know. But I feel ecstatic and at home in a thrift store. It’s something I prefer to do alone, no kids, no hubby. Just me, hunting for treasure in my own time. There is no corner left unturned. I leave, happy to bring a bit of unknown history into my own home. It is a confirmation for me that our life stories are all built upon each other, from one generation to the next.
I have an idea for an art piece to go in our dining room…just need to find the time and gather all the pieces. A hint…I need thin strips of different paper designs (I’m going to use wallpaper), and colored fibers (yarns and such). This is a good start on the fibers.
What a steal! Purple velvet pillow cases, linen on the backside, and new pillows to boot! All thrift store, about $6 each including feather pillows! The front of these pillows are just screaming my name for some embellishment attention.
Not only did I get this fabulous black round basket, I also carefully picked through a box of these flower rings to find the most colorful selection of ‘soon-to-be door wreath happiness’.
I picked up this vintage adult apron…it will get a new life on the front of a dress or skirt for Mia. About $1.50.
Yes, we’ll leave the back open…that’s what leggings are for! I think she looks divine.
Thrift stores over here result in the most fascinating antique finds – embracing the old is relatively new over here in Sweden as everyone has been on the modern design train for quite some time. But thrift stores are coming back in fashion – so it will be harder to find these gems going forward. I picked up this (really) vintage silk baby bonnet for about $1.75. I can tell it’s super old by the inside lining…and the pale pink rosette on the front side (you can barely see it on the right side).
I put it on Mia’s baby doll (the one that freaks me out sometimes because it looks so real) so you could see how absolutely adorable this is. There will be no more babies for us…so Mia gets to use this with her dolls – and maybe her own babies in the future.
I LOVE the shape of this vase! Classic and elegant. Now I’m torn. Do I paint it cream white? Or do I mosaic it with broken tiles? It also might become the new home of a larger bunch of button flowers. What do you think?
I don’t know why, but good mirrors are hard to find. That’s why my heart skipped a beat when I spied this one leaning against a back wall in the thrift shop. What? $15 and no one has taken it? My initial idea was to mosaic it. But I am actually liking the red color (which is a shade darker than in this flash photo). It will be lifted several inches and hung on the wall. And we are thinking of painting the buffet a cream white color – and giving it a good sanding on the edges so the dark will show through. Vote on the mirror – leave it red, paint it cream to match the buffet, or mosaic it?
Here’s the stamp on the back of the dishes. Don’t know if there is any value…don’t care. They are priceless for me.
And the piece de resistance for my weekend thrift? This absolutely fabulous set of antique bottles…complete with a story from the Swedish elderly couple in line behind me. They said that they remembered carrying milk to school in these. They originally held bubbly water, but then the families would use them for the kid’s lunch drink (milk). Both they and the lady behind the counter told me they should be anywhere from 70-100 years old. What perfect timing that they would be there to tell me the history of these beauties. It makes me feel even more connected to them and their story.
And several of them still have their original seals in tact. $12 for all of them. I think they are absolutely beautiful. And they will repurpose to stand proudly as the most lovely set of flower vases on the table this summer!