The biggest news around here is that I have totally and completely caught the thrifting bug. There is a used bookstore not too far from our house that Ellerie and I walk to a few times a week. They sell odds and ends (like vases, toys, bowls, etc.) and I love to browse and see what's new.
At Play! last week, I talked to my friend Katie about her thrifting adventures. Inspired by our conversations, I decided to drop by a few of the local thrift shops this past weekend while Paul watched Ellerie. I figured if parking was decent and the selection was at least interesting, these could be fun field trips for us once a week.
I walked into our local Salvation Army on Sunday afternoon and it was packed. People were swarming and hardly anything was left on the shelves. I somehow squeezed my way to the back where the furniture was stored and saw amidst a bunch of stuff, a gorgeous wood dresser standing on it's side. I nearly fell over. The color. The drawers. The LEGS. Totally obsessed. I texted Paul a photo, and gave it about two seconds to land before calling him frantically.
The dresser was marked $300 but it was half-off day so I was able to get it for $150 (and no sales tax!) which to me felt like a great deal (though I know there are plenty thrifting experts out there who find amazing stuff for like a buck fifty). The condition is not flawless, but it's in great shape overall.
It's in the entryway now and it's working there, but I can see us transferring it to the bedroom eventually. (I've got a long way to go before I get the bedroom figured out.) I know we'll make use of the drawers in the entry but this (obviously) would be ideal for clothes storage.
No matter where we put it though - this may just be my best thrift find ever. Thank goodness she fit in the car.
ps. the rug in the entryway is this one from amazon. The other stuff in these photos are some of my random finds from these past few weeks. Clearly I'm having a romantic relationship with anything wood, ceramic or brass. Also, fifty cent mugs are going to bankrupt me.