Anyway, my thrifitng evolved beyond a desire to own exclusively polyester clothing (thank goodness) as I grew into an adult. While I still do most of my clothes shopping at thrift stores I also love to look for some vintage finds for around the house. My years of experience coupled with my education (history and art history--who says those degrees don't pay off?) have made me pretty good at spotting some awesome finds. I have some rules when looking for new items:
1) Do I really like it? I mean will it haunt my dreams if I pass on the piece?
2)Does it have a function? Sure the function might be to look cool, but I need to know what I am going to use a given item for.
3) Does it fit in my home/wardrobe/life? Sometimes I find amazing pieces, but they just don't work for me and I have to pass on them. I don't want to turn into a weird hoarder.
However, it isn't enough to just find a cool piece---I have to be able to incorporate it into my life.
4) Does it have real value? Really this is where our education has been useful. Eric and I are able to discern items of value, particularly with regard to artwork.
Here are a few of my favorites---or at least the ones that I felt like photographing today:
We found this Lester Varian set of prints in Denver, already framed and matted!
The pitcher was a gift from Eric and the table cloth was a thrifted find
This hat box holds my yarn
Phone, handkerchief, record player, records
Ahhh, look at this orange beauty set along some gorgeous vintage books!
I think we are finally creating a harmonious balance between old and new in our home. I do love the sense of history that a vintage piece invokes.
Do you incorporate vintage finds into your style? If so do you have a favorite piece?