May 8th, 2008

I have a problem.

It is a really bad addiction to shopping at thrift stores that now has progressed to flea markets and vintage shops.

My boy is trying to intervene and say ENOUGH with the bad art and weird accessories. But I just can’t stop myself! We live in a retirement community and where theres old people – there is AWESOME vintage stuff for cheap!

I LOVE bad art – amateur paintings, needlepoint, paint by number, ect…the weirder the better! Its the thing I look for first and the thing I love the most. Heres SOME of the collection – waiting to be hung…

Here are a few of my recent finds…

GRRRRRR! This pair is from the Hospice thrift store – $2 each, and theres a third deer needlepoint as well.

This lovely lady is from Angel View Thrift – and at $12 I really paid more than I wanted – but damn shes hot and HUGE!

Summers coming and since I hate ceiling fans and I need to move the air around…new old fans!
$10 at the vintage store and $2 at the Hospice Thrift respectively. These babies pppuuuurrr – they are quiet but powerful and work like champs!

Salvation Army – 50% off sale – so $4 for the big vase and $6 for the set of dishware – I’m not sure what they are for – but I love the graphic!

A pair of Kruger Metal tulip chairs – bought from a weird old lady at a store that was either a vintage store or a dump? Splurged at $100 for the pair talked her down from $140.

Flea Market – Sculptra Donut Phone – $20, and this lovely secretary, which will be converted into a bar – $40.

This lovely lamp has a marble base and is in great shape. $7 at Angel View Thrift. I love the slenderness of it and its HEAVY.

The real big score was this:

Bullet Planter!

I’ve been hunting for one of these for a year! I never won one on Ebay and never could afford the vintage store prices. I found this beauty by accident at a antique store for $10. The lady couldn’t believe I wanted it. She had it sitting with a bunch of junk on her back porch.


These are just a few of the things I’ve picked up after the move. I love our new town!

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  1. Paper Dolls for Boys on 05/09/2008:

    My jealousy overfloweth. So many cool finds in one place. Great scores! Cheers, Tracey

  2. Anonymous on 05/14/2008:

    I saw a piece in a magazine, maybe Metropolitan Home, a few years ago in which a wall was covered with paint-by-number paintings. I mean COVERED, just a few inches apart, so the final effect was like a very busy wallpaper.
    Maybe you could do this with all your amateur art – concentrate it on one wall and leave the other walls more open.
    Now all you need is a chenille peacock bedspread and you are all set!

  3. letting it all hang out on 05/14/2008:

    I saw that too! it was great. My old apartment had a wall of art like that (of all portraits).

    I’m slowly curating and installing the work. I want to take my time and be thoughtful about it.

    I’ve installed a bit and will have new pics soon.

  4. woodley park-zoo on 05/28/2008:

    There is one of those canisters (what you listed as $6 for dishware) at my local thrift, which was sorely overpriced at about $13 for just the large + lid, but now marked dow-dah-dow-down to $4.99. Anyway, I imagine it is for flour/sugar/coffee/tea etc, maybe there were lids for the smaller ones?

    Nice finds, all, loving your blog, will be back to see how the house progresses!

  5. Tikimama on 08/20/2008:

    Hi! New to your blog via Retro Renovation. Thought you’d like to know…that is a bean pot! I grew up with the exact same set. It had a warming element under the big pot, to cook the beans (or whatever, I guess) and keep them warm on the table. The other small pots are the individual bowls to eat your wonderful, warm beans out of!

  6. Coletta on 05/26/2010:

    decided to read you rold postes since i just discovered your blog a couple months ago.
    can’t believe you got a bullet planter for 10 bucks!

  7. Whitney on 12/15/2010:

    just found your blog via door 16- via Manhattan nest- via my friend from my undergrad interior design studio. 1. I really love seeing everyone’s DIY projects and progress. Especially because I’ve been in love with mid-century modern design since before I even knew what it was (just surrounded by it at my grandparents houses) I am also obsessed with the Eames. 2. My mom has the large piece from that dishware set and its meant to slow cook in the oven for baked beans, stew, soup, and such things. 3. You are hilarious. Great work.

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