Thrifty!

February 17th, 2011

I recently found this Greg Copeland wooden wall sculpture after meeting up with some folks off Craigslist and hitting up a thrift store on the way home. I didn’t quite know what to make of it when I first saw it leaning against a busted up exercise bike – but immediately knew I dug it’s super 70′s crafty funkiness.

The “art” or “piece” or “thing” is temporarily leaning on the fireplace until I find a better – more permanent – installation spot. One day I will have giant vintage moose antlers mounted in its place and a new mantel constructed of the finest rough cut walnut and a bevy of strapping young men to attend to all my renovation needs. Some day…

Luckily it’s signed on the front and has all its COA info on the back. Authentically authentic and such.

Other recent noteworthy finds worth mentioning are firstly, this little chrome and travertine table lamp, and secondly, this full blown reindeer hide. Both found at the same store and both made me feel really lux during my transaction. The crazy woman in her torn pajamas and the guy buying a bunch of old pagers thought I was very posh. I could tell from their bored an impatient stares.

Anyhow, they are chilling in the bedroom temporarily – also awaiting their final install spots.

Buying stuff! Goodwill and Salvation Army respectively. I almost blew out my shoulder carrying the lamp around the store. That thing is HEAVY, but I would not put it down for fear that someone else would spot its awesomeness.

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    29 Comments

    1. Tania on 02/17/2011:

      Is the Albers crying in a corner somewhere?

    2. libby on 02/17/2011:

      thrifting envy in re: to the bunch of old pagers. (kidding! nice finds!) i really dig that piece of wood in the fireplace and everything you’ve been sharing on tumblr. high five.

    3. Suzy8track on 02/17/2011:

      Loving the 70s woodsy sculpture wall hanging…very groovy! Also digging the lamp…but the deer hide? Ick! Poor Bambi!

    4. Rivka on 02/17/2011:

      Why don’t you make that reindeer hide your headboard?

      You actually find chrome lamps, awesome 3-D wood sculpture (framed no less), and *reindeer hides!* at your local thrift store??!!! What the heck kind of thrift store of my dreams is this? All I find are deflated, dusty ’80′s purses & wood coffee cup trees with $2 scrawled in red Sharpie.

      Keep those finds coming!- i am on fantasy island here!

    5. my little apartment on 02/17/2011:

      fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck, I have totally been coveting one of those lamps for the past several months. nice job. I’ll keep visualizing it and hopefully one will turn up somewhere.

      also, awesome hide. been thinkin’ about draping a pair on my yellow chairs…

    6. THE BRICK HOUSE on 02/17/2011:

      Rivka – not all at the same store and not all at the same time. Most everything else is crap, its the rare moments of greatness that keep me going back.

      Dean – I like the hide a lot – its huge though. Covers the bottom half of my queen bed. But a pair of smaller ones could be cool!

    7. THE BRICK HOUSE on 02/17/2011:

      Tania – the Albers is in the dining room right now ;). Need to start switching up the collection.

    8. Dan @ Manhattan Nest on 02/17/2011:

      WELL, WELL done, you. Officially jealous of everything (lamppppppppppppppp). I need to get my thrifty on and just dig up a Nevelson or something. I’m sure there’s one out there.

    9. .amanda. on 02/17/2011:

      I just spotted one of those lamps on an episode of House the other night. I am happy to learn what it is called…

    10. Husband on 02/17/2011:

      So wait, you meet up with people from Craigslist and go thrifting? Perhaps I mis-read that but that sounds cool, and freaky, and awesome.

    11. THE BRICK HOUSE on 02/17/2011:

      Oh no, I met up with them to buy a chandelier and then on my way home went thrifting. Now that I think about it, that is confusing.

    12. Ryan on 02/17/2011:

      There should be a new sections on personal ads called thrifter for thrifter. Haha.

    13. mike on 02/17/2011:

      oh man! a woman in torn pj’s and a dude buying old pagers. I wish that kind of awesome could be painted and framed for a wall…hilarious stuff.

    14. meemsnyc on 02/17/2011:

      You have such amazing finds! Awesome.

    15. yhbhs on 02/17/2011:

      i never tire of looking at your house… somehow you always keep it fresh. how exactly do you do that?:)

    16. Anna on 02/18/2011:

      yes and yes. (specifically the hide and lamp) !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I wonder what the story is behind that little lamp…sure is cute.

    17. bianca of terri planty on 02/18/2011:

      you are so very posh. can’t wait to see your antlers!

    18. Lil on 02/18/2011:

      Does your reindeer hide moult like craaaazy? We have bought two now, thinking the first one was a dud, but they both shed fur like nothing else…

    19. laurenjanelle on 02/18/2011:

      I love Goodwill and Salvation Army. They are perfect places (depending on the day you go) to get extra details a room. You found some great things.

    20. THE BRICK HOUSE on 02/18/2011:

      LIL – Not so much, I wonder if it doesn’t since it was an older one and already went through the whole shedding process.

    21. Alex on 02/18/2011:

      That picture of your dog in the chair is cute, I want to get a mini ball chair for my Yorkie. The base is low enough for her to jump inside…

    22. modernhaus on 02/18/2011:

      Trade me the lamp for my big giant blown glass blue-ish one!
      Do it!

    23. Juli on 02/19/2011:

      I tend to have sneezing fits in Salvation Army and Goodwill.

    24. Lisa on 02/19/2011:

      Niiiiiiiiiiiiiice!!! VERY nice!!! I continue to live in awe.

    25. Dee on 02/20/2011:

      So envious of the lamp! Just saw the same one today at spaces or @home for $315.

    26. modernhaus on 02/20/2011:

      Rudolph, ‘dat you??

    27. Jason Hudson Dot Com on 02/23/2011:

      That f’ing lamp.
      Incredible.

    28. Julie @ Chapman Interiors on 02/23/2011:

      Dayum. Your thrifting stories are hard to bear. SO good.

    29. Jen on 03/21/2011:

      Yes, you are a thrifting goddess, I have just found your blog, and we should be friends, but where did you get you fireplace tools?

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