My Box Of Chocolate
This Thrifty Thursday finds me reminiscing of thrift finds past.... As Forest Gump said, "Life is like a box of chocolates; you never know what you're going to get." The same holds true when stepping into a thrift shop. Whether it's a mid century wonder, who KNOWS what they have... or even better: wandering into a DIVE of a store and finding a treasure they don't KNOW they have... Thrifting can be an exhilarating experience.
My first thrift FURNITURE item, I found way back in 1999, is still with me today. It's even had the privilege of being featured on HGTV's RateMySpace as an inspiration piece! Who would have thought this (then) bright green monster with its hunter green slate top would have come in handy for so many years?
Cash Cab RMS post
Dan Coffey taping HGTV's RateMySpace
Bay Harbour apartment
I noted the sticker ($60) and remembered the sign from the front saying all yellow ticket furniture was HALF OFF that day. I looked at the piece again, inspecting its interior: two drawers on the upper right side, AND adjustable shelves on the left... hmmm. The green wasn't looking so bad after all. I like green. I had olive green walls in my apartment. The thrill of the RUSH was on. What sealed the deal was getting this well structured piece for only $30! No dress, no shoes, no accessory would bring me as much JOY (or storage) as this $30 investment would.
Buffet at JoY Reflection Wall
As I rationalized purchasing this emerald gem, I still had to GET it TO the apartment. While I stood in the aisle running a checklist in my head (who can I call? How can it get there? Where will I put it?) More people were starting to come into the shop... and were going down that aisle!! I couldn't take it anymore!! I bolted to the front of the store, to the manger, and said, “I'd like to purchase a piece, but will need to come back the next day to pick it up." The transaction was made. The SOLD sticker made its appearance.
My friend, Steve
I had just made my first furniture thrift purchase. I've gotten pole lights, a bowl, even jackets at thrift stores; but never anything of this significance. It was ON!! So I called the only person I KNEW who would appreciate this find: my old boss: Steve. He loves design, building and creating... he'd understand and the added bonus: HE HAD A TRUCK!
Eventually, I painted it my favorite color: BLACK, but I kept the inside green, to remember its journey. It's been storage to office supplies, school books, stemware, decorative vases, and most recently, bar necessities... which has been its finest calling yet. It’s been a fantastic focal point, anchoring the window wall in my old apartment, and now a part of lounging nook in our great room. I’ve often thought of painting it in another color, like white, yellow, or even red, but I love the black. Maybe I'll just paint some more of the interior and add mirror to it... whatever I do (or don't do) to it... it will still be my favorite sweet spot.... my first thrift store find.
Do you thrift? What’s the best bargain beauty you've discovered?
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