Friday, December 17, 2010

Thrift Reads: A Gift Guide for Thrifters

Use The Epic Thrifter's Reads Gift Guide to gift your fellow thrifty friends, or print it out and post it on the fridge. (Hint, hint to all who lives with you!)

1) The Find*   Decorate with thrifted finds
The Big Ass Book of Crafts  Craft bible
Apartment Therapy   Real Homes, Real Thrifty Ideas
Hand Made Modern  DIY Modern Design
American Junk   Diary of a Junker
Home Cheap Home   Hands-Down Favorite design book
Collector's Style   Arrange your thrifted collections

* If you order The Find, let Stan know and he will send you a personalized bookplate!
[Here's his Twitter and Blog]

1) ReadyMade   DIY culture, sustainability. My favorite  
2) Atomic Ranch  Gorgeous mod interiors
3) Modernism   All Things Mod
4) Living, Etc.   Stylish thrifty living
5) Dwell   Modern living eye porn
Country Living  Thrifty Decor Staple

What Thrifty Reads do YOU Recommend?
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  1. Those are some choice reads, Van. I love the Big Ass Book of Crafts. I'm actually using the beauty section to make a few things this holiday.

    Nostalgic readers may also like, 'Thrift Score' by Al Hoff. It was based on the 90's zine of same name. Though I believe it's out of print, it's easily found used on Amazon dirt cheap. It's a funny read and probably one my top ten list.

    There's also quite a few sewing books on how to up-cycle thrift store finds. I think one might be called Subversive Seamstress. Love that one too!

  2. Thank you, my dear, for the recommendation. For inspiration, I love both of the Tony Duquette books -- Tony Duquette and More is More. Even though he was a set designer and a huge name in interiors, he is a genius at taking found objects and turning them into glorious masterpieces.....Happy holidays to you! Stan

  3. Excellent list! Will definitely be keeping my eye out at my local Half-Price Books (LOVE that store) for some of these gems. I recently picked up a book there called 'Garage Sale America' that's chock full of thrifty eye candy!

  4. I can't wait to check out all of these suggestions, especially "Thrift Score"!

    There really is so much to read on this subject, you could make a monstrous list...

  5. Cool, I love checking out these books! Big Ass Book of Crafts looks like fun! If I get one, I will be sure to do it from your links.

  6. One of my favorites in your list is American Junk. That book is just inspirational.

  7. This is such a great post. I think a re-Tweet is in order! My fav is Atomic Ranch. *drool* I'm looking up Thrift Score for sure!

  8. "Scavengers Manifesto" also

  9. "Garden Junk" "Kitchen Junk", etc,
    Love of the Old" by Mary Randolph Carter

    Mongo (dumpster diving)

    "Salvage Sisters" remaking ideas

  10. "The Starving Artist's Way"

  11. thought of one more,

    "Empire of Scrounge"


  12. Can't wait to read these suggestions!


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