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Am I done with thrift store shopping?

I’ve noticed a certain trend happening with my home decor shopping behaviors. I’ve seemed to have abandoned thrift stores as a source all together. This came as a shock to me (for awhile, especially last year, I seemed to shop exclusively for home goods at area Goodwills) and I’ve done a lot of thinking as to why this may be the case.

My income hasn’t changed at all (so it’s not like I now have the dough to pay retail price on new items), I still love painting old furniture, I love the hunt for a good deal and I really love the idea of unique pieces big box stores can’t churn out.

So what gives?

I think it may have to do with the contents of my basement “warehouse.” A concurrent project is the organization of that space (because OMG, it’s BAD you guys) and I’ve been slowly surveying the type of inventory I’ve collected over the years. While doing so, I’ve noticed that nearly everything I’ve purchased at a Goodwill (or even Craigslist) has ended up in the basement, not likely to be used again.

Here are some of the thrifted items now taking up space in the basement…

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Before

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After (and now wedged between storage bins in the basement)

I loved the modern shape of these stools, so I brought them home and gave them some DIY love. They’ve gone unused ever since. Not because I don’t love them, but I don’t have room for them.

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Before…

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After (and now living in basement land)

The orange mini trunk was relegated to the basement to make room for party seating and it hasn’t been brought up since.

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Before… putrid frames nearly 40 years old

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After….

And the frame project was based on my desire to cheaply frame these botanical prints I had purchased. I must have been enchanted by the good thrift deal because they’re entirely not my style, even painted black. I’m more of a slim-with-a-straight-edge-frame kind of person (like the birch frame the Smile print is in).

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Before…

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And after….

And this project. One of the more popular projects on the blog – because it’s a campaign-style piece and because I was able to successfully paint laminate (laminate bubbles if you’re not careful). But it’s in my basement. I’ve actually made moves to sell it on Craigslist and to friends, but this is one I can’t part with. I do love it, but alas, it lives in the basement. I should have grabbed its pair but I didn’t have room in the car. Hindsight, right?

This list of things bought could go on and on.

So what’s going on here? Why do all these thrift store items, even beautified, sit unwanted in the basement? I think it’s three main things:

1.) I love a good deal—thrift store or wherever. And when it comes to thrift stores, good deals are a-plenty! It seems the good deal takes priority over me actually really liking what I’m buying. I’m swooned by the cheap-o price tag, not the actual item!

2.) It’s hard not to be enchanted by all the thrift store DIY happening in blog land. Thrift store DIYing is a rite of passage for any home blogger! But for awhile, I jumped on to this trend without intention, buying things to makeover (and bonus! blog feature!) and not buying things I actually needed and could be used in my life. Womp.

3.) Thrift store items sometimes acted as a substitute for the items I really wanted that I couldn’t afford at the time. It seemed like a good idea to makeover something to more closely align with my dream item, but at the end of the day? Yep, still want the dream item.

So, all of this to say, I’ve been avoiding thrift stores and plan to do so for awhile. I’m just too easily swayed by my DIY genes to make over something ANYTHING! Especially something cheap! And guess what happens? It ends up in my basements a few weeks later.

Does this happen to anyone else? Write me in the comments!

xo,

emily

 

 

The house, lately.

There’s so many things I’ve done, added, switched, revised to the house that I haven’t yet shown here. The bigger projects generally get more facetime on the blog (before! after!) but to be honest, the majority of what I do in my own home is move furniture, add art, remove said art, hang different art, switch furniture, etc. I tweak it until I love it. I’m sure many of you do the same – it’s an endless cycle!

The last time I shared the bedroom it looked like this:

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And now, after some furniture re-arrangement and shuffling, it looks like this:

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A couple of things happened:

  • The office makeover currently in progress meant the MALM dresser that once resided there got the boot to the bedroom. It replaced the bench/chair on the left side of the bedroom
  • The drop cloth curtains now correctly frame the king-sized bed (before they were still squished on a too-short curtain rod). I just inserted another extension to the curtain rod to extend the entire thing
  • I found a pair of DwellStudio Draper Stripe king pillow cases online at the Design Public outlet and snatched them up quick. I love the striped pillows peeking out under the bedding. I’ll eventually purchase the remaining sheet set, if I can ever get up the guts to drop a small fortune on bed sheets (yes, we registered for it)
  • The cowhide rug was re-located to the living room
  • The bench in front of the bed will eventually be re-located to the basement for its retirement (any takers?) but for now it stays because that’s where I throw all the pillows before sleep
The only issue now with this room is that it with the addition of the MALM dresser next to the MALM bed, it is looking like an IKEA showroom. It’s not visible in the photos, but there is also a huge IKEA pendant hanging from the ceiling. Gah. Not good. I will slowly fix that, and the folks at PANYL are going to help me with de-IKEA-ing the MALM dresser. Details coming soon…

They are subtle changes, yes, but they make me happy. Everything is slowly looking more balanced.

Here’s another angle of the bedroom changes. This was the bedroom before Aaron brought over the king-sized bed frame:

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And here is the same angle as of this weekend:

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The dresser is now home to Aaron’s record player and stereo system. It was a compromise. I’m not crazy about all the wires and how much space it takes up, but he let me put a lamp on it so I am a happy lady.

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The lamp is so fun. It is from Target (I think from the Spring) but I got it at Goodwill for $10. (A Goodwill near me purchases retired Target items directly from Target, so nearly everything shows up there if I wait a few months. For locals, it’s the Goodwill in Bellevue, KY.) The shade is also from Target a million years ago – I picked it out of my basement stash. I almost forgot to mention the most important thing – the rams head! Another Target item (god, I need help) but new from the Nate Berkus collection. I am an Aries so I had to have it. :)

That’s enough of the bedroom I think. Let’s talk living room. The last time you saw this room, there was a lot of stuff going on. Mint green door, striped rug, striped dog bed. Brown couch.

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Now it looks like this:

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  • The couch is now featuring a blue/gray cover. The brown was too much against the black wall I have in this room
  • Some new pillows. The yellow one is another Goodwill/Target find for $7 and on the lime green sofa is another Target pillow and the ubiquitous sheepskin pillow from West Elm
  • I’ve mentioned the ikat pouf here and it may be my favorite item in the room. It holds all the remotes while I lay on the sofa like a sloth
  • The cowhide rug that once resided in the bedroom is now here. I was getting sick of the striped rug (it’s the West Elm zig zag) and that now lives at Aaron’s house for staging purposes

Here’s probably the most-changed angle of them all. Here is the living room with a view of the front door. The last time I showed this angle it looked like this:

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Ugh. I hated those black frames and those flowers so much. I learned I am not a chunky black frame person – the skinnier the frame the better for me.

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Sooo much better. Still a work in progress (I need new pillows and a better throw) but it looks more me. That art is from Aaron’s house and I brought it over to mine. I’m still getting used to having a naked lady on my wall but the colors work so well with my house and the black frame is right up my alley.

MOST IMPORTANTLY – NO MORE MINT GREEN DOOR. I loved the color, but it just wasn’t working with the rest of the house. It wasn’t working with the lime green sofa. Good riddance! Aaron was so happy to be rid of it. Plus, the power of a bright white door with oil-rubbed bronze hardware is an addiction I couldn’t deny any longer.

Phew. A lot of little tweaks and switches. The house looks so different to me and I think I only spent maybe $100 for all of the changes. Everything was Goodwill, super discount or something we already owned. It doesn’t take a lot to tweak a space.

All of this is a great example of how the decorating process works for me. I’m learning what I really like and how that intersects with what Aaron likes (this will be his home too, after all) and it simply just takes time.

xo, emily

Window Shopping at Goodwill

I’ve been stopping by Goodwill a little more frequently than usual (up to once a week versus once every two weeks) to keep an eye out for possible wedding decor, but in the meantime, I keep running into all these great things. The key to Goodwill shopping is to NOT accept anything for its face value, but instead look at what it could become. Here are a couple things with a ton of potential.

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(Above) You already know what I’m going to say about this piggy bank. Spray paint it white!!!! Like this…

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source: Decor8

(Above) So sweet. I’m also still a sucker for ampersands.

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(Above) I spied this little votive holder in the knick-knack section. I love the quatrafoil cut-outs. I also love it because I already own its twin (from this post)

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(Above) Now that I see this picture, I think it may be high time to start decorating for the new season! D’uh!

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(Above) This brass regency-style stool had me at hello. It’s very Emily Henderson. She would probably recover the top cushion in a peacock velvet blue. Yum. I would place the stool in this very room…

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source: the room (and coffee table!) designed by Jan Showers

(Above) Now that is Hollywood Regency I can handle. Maybe it’s because of all the white. How good would the Goodwill stool look in this room!?

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(Above) At $35, this Goodwill lamp is pricey but I’m still wishing I would have grabbed it. It would be so cute to give as a gift for a kids room, after I make the lamp look like this…

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source: Pottery Barn Kids

Do you spy the elephant lamp? Gah! I should have grabbed the Goodwill version. :(

Happy Goodwill shopping!!! I’ll probably go there today on my lunch break! See you there?

xo, emily