Since reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo, I have been taking about 10 bags a day to my local Salvation Army and Interfaith Wardrobe. (Have you read that book yet? Seems like it was THE book of 2015 of those who read like they Pin… love the idea but will I ever do it?? At least that’s how I Pin!) Anyway, the problem is that I can’t drop a bag off (or 20) at Sal Val without going inside to see what new, cheap treasures may be waiting for me. Surely this negates the premise of Ms. Kondo’s book but I can’t stop myself.
Most times I leave the store empty-handed but sometimes, like last Friday night, I score big. Well, I bought 4 things. (And, it doesn’t seem like that long ago that a score for a Friday night was a table at the Cafe 210 West…Iced Tea anyone?)
Here they are…
They’re about 6 inches tall and have beautiful brass detailing at the bottom.
Up next, a solid brass lamp.
This lamp is a beauty. Heavy. Like “Colonel Mustard did it in the library with this brass lamp” heavy.
It’s now on the sofa table (I call it a sofa table but it was the narrowest table I had that fit behind the monster-sized sectional that it’s in our family room.)
I like how shiny it looks with the lamp on. Classes up the joint all for $9.
So that was Round #1 for the night. But then I spied a full sized brass bed frame spray painted black for $19. And it had to come home with me too.
But I wasn’t sure if all its parts were present so I had to do a consult with the Boss. Normally when I have to consult with the Boss, I usually have to prepare The List of why I need something. But when he heard the bed frame only cost $19, the financial planner in him realized that this was not a risky proposition and guaranteed him my adoring love at least for the night so back we both went to Sal Val and took it home too.
I was planning on buying my daughter a new bed frame for her birthday so for $19, this was a huge score. We will spray paint it a satin black as soon as the weather is above 50. I’d like to think we will spray paint it together. Mother-daughter bonding. Instilling a love of all things junk in her. Laughing as we go. Can you picture it? I can only dream..
Now this is what I didn’t buy. What I could’ve, should’ve, would’ve if it had been a different day. I told you — Sallie’s was hot that night!
This dresser had cool details like the herringbone design on the drawers and these amazing pulls. I took a close-up. The dresser was priced to sell at $50. Was almost tempted just for the 8 pulls.
Next I spied these black, upholstered, high-backed chairs.
With a slipcover, these would have been rock stars EXCEPT for the price — $60 a piece. I am going to go back this week and see if that gets any lower. I would pay that for both. Besides, I think I can only use 1 now, but would hate to split up the 2. You know. For the day I move into my mansion…
The crafter in me almost bought this tray. But I didn’t. Another way that reading that Magic of Tidying Up book has changed me. 1 less tray on the shelf.
Although now that I’m seeing it again, I’m thinking greyish-beigeish spray paint. Candles. Or maybe those new copper candlesticks I did buy. I better stop thinking about this.
Speaking of those candlesticks, I used them for our fancy Sunday night dinner tonight.
Can you see them shining on the table? Look hard. They’re right behind the Heinz ketchup bottle tilted upside down to get the last drop. That’s how we do fancy.
What have you found thrifting recently? And, should I buy the chairs??