Hello, dear friends! It’s so hard to believe we’re 3/4 of the way through January already. Thank you all so much for your love and encouragement when I shared about my family’s recent loss. I’m trying to ease back into my normal routine, but I know you guys understand why things have been a little sporadic lately and I appreciate your support!
I do so enjoy the quiet solitude of digging through thrift stores by myself.
If you’d like to go thrifting with me – wonderful, I enjoy that as well! Feeding off the energy and input of other thrifters is a lovely experience.
But there’s just something so wonderfuly therapeutic about digging through piles of junk, lost in your own head, trying not to hum along with the terrible radio channel that every thrift store everywhere seems to play…
“Retail therapy” is anything but for me – I get hives just thinking about the parking lot at our local mall – but thrift shopping is my own special remedy for what ails me. Even if I come home empty-handed, I’m generally soothed by the process of treasure-seeking; my modern day version of panning for gold.
I had actually already checked the art section once, browsed the housewares department, and was on my way out of the store when I spotted this painting that had literally just been set out on the floor moments earlier.
The frame was pretty terrible, having been repainted a pinky beige at some point, with a nicotine-stained linen mat…
But I’m a sucker for original oils, the more textured the better.
And the texture on this piece is fabulous – pictures do it no justice.
I can’t make out the signature at all (feel free to take a stab), but I’m loving the color palette. The instant I saw it, all I could think of was how great the colors would look up against my pale pink bedroom walls.
So it came home with me and I pried it out of the frame (which will probably be donated back to the thrift store) and added it to my ever-growing and constantly-revolving collection of thrifted art.
It may not be fine art, but it definitely spoke to me, and a world where I can’t spare a few dollars for a piece of art that speaks to me is a world I don’t want to exist in.
The ever-fabulous Nancy (@casacavaliere) is constantly finding treasures in NY! Seriously, one of these days I’m going to invite myself over, rent a U-Haul, and make her take to me all her favorite and best thrifty haunts… Check out this crystal chandelier she scored for $10!
Don’t all of Maggie’s (@maggieoverbystudios) thrift finds play so nicely together? I absolutely love the chartreuse parakeet paired with that vintage bark cloth fabric!
Color me a little biased (see today’s thrift score), but I’m head over heels for this pink + white marble combo in this shot from Francine (@hotcoolvintage)!
Are you a fellow treasure-seeker with an eye for finds? We’re inviting you to join the #thriftscorethursday fun!
Simply post a picture of any recent thrifty find on Instagram using #thriftscorethursday! And tag a few friends to play along!
- You can share any thrifty finds with us – whether they hail from a thrift store, Craigslist, estate sale, garage sale, side of the road, or apartment dumpster! The fun, the funny, the awesome, the odd – this hashtag party is open to all!
- Feel free to use #thriftscorethursday any day of the week! We’ll be keeping up with the hashtag all week long to find our favorites for the following Thursday.
- Share the #thriftscorethursday love. Tag 1-3 friends in your post to share their own thrifty finds!
- Each week, Trisha from Black and White Obsession, Cassie from Primitive and Proper, Corinna from A Designer At Home and I (plus a special weekly guest host!) will pick a few 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.