Monday, May 5, 2014

Thrift Haul: A Few Fun Finds From a Quick Flea Market Romp: Mod Furniture & More

I almost didn't make it to the flea market, I left my wallet behind and was going to take it as a sign from a Higher Power (Optimus Prime, is that you?) that I didn't need anymore crap. No. More. But decided I'd give my will power The Ultimate Test and drive back to The Flea. I'd say I did well on my mission to avoid smalls and bought home only a few "big"(er) items I feel I can sell fast:


I got this stool for a steal, I say! An absolute steal, it's going to my Southern Crossing Antique Mall soon. I knew it would love perfect staged in front of my vanity in the bedroom.


I happened to have the round pillow on-hand already from a previous thrift outing. This is also -------
>>> On Etsy


On the more practical find side, these frames at $2 bucks each saved me money and time getting new ones at the store for some gorgeous art prints I bought during Free Comic Book Day. (Did you go, they have Transformers comics this time!)


And here they are framed with my new prints. Yes they are way off center I have not had time to fix it yet. I'm writing this post with a timer set right now, so busy!


They are awesome hung above the tv, that area needed a new little something. The arts prints were $5.00 each, the frames $2 each. I got myself a nice new "gallery" wall for $14.00. Good deal- can you get even one art print for that at Target? Not likely...

NO. MORE. MUGS! Ever! I have two little boxes full. These guys are from last week, actually. I resisted some beautiful 1970s ones this week. ------->>> On Etsy


And matching my tiki cups is a tropical-like boat scene on velvet in delightful retro frame. I have a seagulls above the sea one in a very similar color and the same shape I will soon pair this with online and in the new booth. ------->>> On Etsy

 And I always scoop up a good train case or suitcase when I see one. This one's a little rough but still beautiful, great for staging items, road trips, etc. ------->>> On Etsy

I normally resist these desk organizers but this one had a price I couldn't resist- practically free. Fun piece. ------->>> On Etsy


And I found yet another little shelf, this time in white! This one is going to the antique mall booth soon I believe though they're always fun to have around. ------->>> On Etsy


I have a planned future post all about making a classic wardrobe for yourself while shopping second-hand. I'm bad, all I do is buy little dresses from Goodwill to switch things up- it's not to be "pretty", it's a lazy get-dressed-in-one-step maneuver. This purple Target-brand dress is the latest acquisition, very comfortable.

And I now must rush and make my meals for the day, get to school and finish some stuff, then to work at the kitchen for a called-in shift! Then writing 'til I pass out! Busy but happy, lots of new things going on- fresh experiences are always needed to keep creativity flowing.

Did you find anything interesting this weekend? To tell of your thrifting/finding adventures in the comments.

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36 comments:

  1. Did I hear you say get to school? Did you start? What field did you choose? I love the little stool. I think you should sell the pillow with the stool. It looks like it belongs.

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    1. Nope! I wish, haha. Just back from a mandatory counselor appointment they do for people who dropped out of school, I dropped out 2006 and left school a mess. Quite the journey there, still doing research. I have to choose between a fine arts photography course, a media production journalism course (more video-style), a traditional journalism route, or digital media production which is...exactly what I do now, graphic design, writing, and photos for the web. Hmmmm.

      Was definitely gonna sell the pillow and stool, they do look like they were meant to be ;)

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    2. At least I have some boring pre-req stuff to work on while I soul search on what to take. I'm going for knowledge and may always be self-employed. I can't imagine going back to The Man to be micromanaged, I love being in control on my product.

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  2. I really like the raffia ware cups-- those sell pretty well. I also like your "one-step" dressing reference. Very funny!

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    1. Ah ha, that's what they were called. Rushed that listing this morning, will correct it. And yep, the secret's out, I wear dresses most days of of pure laziness. Why put together an "outfit" when I can throw a dress over my head and be ready in seconds? :) Researching to remedy that, though :D

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  3. I went a little crazy this past week and bought some strange items. I bought some albums....what was I thinking? Just starting to get them listed.....seriously, what was I thinking?!

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    1. Haha, I avoid those like the plague now and only buy Stevie/Michael Jackson/Price/Motown/Soul/Disco stuff for my own collection from time-to-time, I have some albums in the car to donate. They do not sell for me. EVER. Ever. Four + years, the only way I sell them is if I mark them down to $1.00. And even then, slow.

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    2. Thankfully they were practically free so I figured, What the fuck, why not? Vintage Sesame street, which for whatever reason is a huge search word. I am pretty sure they will not sell, but I thought it was worth a laugh!

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    3. Oh wow, wouldn't have thought that. Always worth a try. I bought Alvin and the Chipmunk ones for the same reason years back ;) They are always fun for the album art.

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  4. PORN!!!! I See PORN! :D Hey little dresses are far cuter than........well pretty much anything I wear.

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    1. My first thought was literally, "Damn I'd have thought I'd have hidden any sign of that away...wait I don't have any of that anymore..." until I realized you meant the artwork ;) bahaha. I need more pants/shorts from the thrift next but dresses are so easy!

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  5. Love that stool and train case. The velvet pic brought back memories. In my living room, growing up, we had a puppy dog velvet pic- a pink and black puppy dog on velvet :)

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    1. Haha, that's awesome. I sold one like that a bit back :D

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    2. And I was the one who bought that cute puppy dog velvet!! It was with hearts and I gave it to my 8 year old daughter for Valentines Day. She is dog crazy and it's hanging in her room- she loves it! Woo Hoo for vintage velvet art! LOVE it!!

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    3. Aw, thanks for the purchase. I'm glad she loves it! :D

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  6. That little stool! Adorable!

    <3 Jackie @ Let's Go Thrifting

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    1. Indeed, got it for a steal, too! To the booth it goes as soon as possible!

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  7. I have a mug addiction too! I am always seeing great ones and they are so cheap---but I find them hard to sell because the shipping is high (almost 10 bucks to send one coast to coast) relative to the price you can get for a mug. That said, I just sold two of them cross-country, but I had 'em up forever. I passed up several this weekend in an attempt to kick the mug habit :)

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    1. I'm kicking it too, man! I have so many beautiful ones that are taking forever to sell. When they do finally move I can move them for a lot sometimes but it's not worth toting them around. ;p No more mugs and tumblers for me, I resist even the most gorgeous ones these days.

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  8. I know what you mean about Mugs! I had several just like those and couldn't seem to sell them...so I made them into gifts at Christmas - stuffed with all kinds of goodies - one of the hidden benefits of having extra inventory.

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    1. Yep, good idea! I've done the same with inventory in the past.

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  9. That stool and those mugs..wow!! Absolutely eye-catching. And you too in purple ;)

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  10. Van, Hubby and I were thinking of taking a road trip to Florida for a thrifting/sourcing adventure. Do you know of any big flea markets in northern FL? We've already been to the one in Pensacola.
    Lorraine

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    1. Try Pecan Park, it's immense!

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    2. Oh thanks! I just checked their website. It looks like a destination for sure!

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  11. I love so kuch the new prints, I think is the groovy and funky mood with bright colors. Iam a sucker for train cases but we seldom find them in portugal. Luckily few years ago I found one in the flea market and now you talked about road trips... great idea! Im gonna bring it with me next week, along with the floral vintage dress I brought from california and mostly im wearing it every day haha

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    1. I love them for road trips! Can't wait to schedule some :D

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  12. OOOOOOOOMG. Your bedroom is beautiful. I want it all!

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    1. Thank you Steph :D I think it's my most complete room. I was going to post a house tour today but didn't like the photo results, you'll see more soon. If you're looking for any house-stuff in particular let me know, I have tons and can send you some, haha.

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    2. There are better shots of my bedroom gallery wall here though that's changed a bit with my new side tables: http://www.thriftcore.com/2013/08/home-organization-inspiration-tips-for.html

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  13. OH! I used to have shelves JUST like those little ones! I love to frame the art my kids make at school--it's roughly the same size so I just pull the old pieces out and slip new pictures in--they make some beautiful pieces!

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  14. gorgeous little seat - and your vanity is so cool! if i had more room in here i'd have got one for myself too (they keep turning up frequently recently), but alas small apartments and a baby on the way just says no :) and those prints are really good in the frames too.

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    1. Thank you Aniko! I have a huge apartment but now miss the coziness of a small one. Grass is always greener on the other side for sure!

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