Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Two of the most amazing things I've thrifted in a long time

Hello friends, I just wanted to do a quick post on two things I've thrifted recently that are too amazing not to show you. I know many of you are inveterate thrifters and don't need to be told that scores like these are not everyday occurrances. I go to thrifts almost every day but rarely do I come out of there with stuff this good. But I do go often because 90% of the time thrifting is all about being in the right place at the right time, and if you're not in the place at all, that amazing piece will be going home with someone else.

(And I would be a happy camper indeed at this point if I could thrift myself a brand new camera...bear with me because my ancient camera has not been working that well and making blogging in general very difficult!)

Last week I wrote about some of my good thrifting luck and promised to show you the non-Pyrex finds. Well, these are the big things, and later I'll get to the small things.

Thank goodness I have kids or I would have a really hard time explaining why I bought this amazing chair.


Because I totally would have bought it even if I didn't have small people to fit in it.

It is a vinyl upholstered rocking chair, in amazing condition- not a rip or scratch on it. It was more than I usually like to pay at $25, but still, I fell so hard for this I probably would have paid more. I can just see a kid sitting in it in the 1950s watching cartoons or TV westerns. And that is exactly what my kids are doing with it today. Aren't those little diamond details amazing? (and amazing that they survived the years intact!)



And speaking of Western, I found this vintage 1920s Navajo rug in a thrift store! For $20!

I have wanted one of these for ever. I looked for a long time several years ago when we were decorating our living room the first time (see the current look here) before not finding any in my price range. It is huge too, about 4x6. Problem is, now our decorating scheme is more 50s modern/kitsch than the rustic/western look it was before. So I don't know if I will keep it or sell it to finance a new camera. What would you do?


15 comments:

  1. That rocking chair is so cool!!! (Rob)

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  2. That rocking chair is so cool!!! (Rob)

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  3. My whole house is a very eclectic mix of decorating. I have so many styles that I love, that I find it hard to stick to just one scheme. My living room is rustic farmhouse, my kitchen/dining room are 40's-50's vintage kitsch, my bedroom is shabby, etc. You get the idea. If you love that rug, use it! Who cares if it doesn't go with your d├ęcor. Who knows, it may fit in better than you think. Plus, you can always sell it.

    I love that little chair. It's so hard to leave things behind in thrift stores like that, only because you know it was donated and not picked up by a professional dealer so the fact that you found it makes it a true treasure!

    ~Erica

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  4. Keep the rug! Perhaps use it at your cabin.

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    1. John, I was thinking that too. It may just be the splash of color that place needs.

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  5. jealous!!! Love the chair- super cute and your tv is amazing too! I found a 1950s dinette set for kids in grey formica and red vinyl at an antique mall but they wanted $200 for it, which is more than I paid for my entire livingroom and dining set combined! :( Must keep looking, kids need retro furniture too!!

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    1. $200 isn't that bad a price but still a nice chunk of change. I don't usually like to pay "retail" for my vintage either! :) But I don't know if I could've left it behind!

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  6. I love the chair, and I think John's right about using the rug at the cabin. Both were fantastic finds!

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  7. Love the rug, love the chair! Those are amazing finds AND THRIFTY TOO!

    Thank you for sharing those beaties :)

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  8. OH my! I am in love with that chair! I would have grabbed it too, (and I don't have kids,yet) LOVE the colors, my fav are white and red =) nice score!!!!!

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  9. Wow! Those are beautiful! Way to shop! : )

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  10. That chair! Oh my goodness it's so COOL! Great find!

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  11. The rug is wonderful but curious how much it could bring you? A camera is such a critical blogger tool.

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  12. Oh that chair is just amazing, I love the rug too, what great finds!

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  13. I've learned to part with things that aren't just right here lately. The world is full of so much good junk, right? Only keep it if you love it right now!

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