I haven't allowed myself to thrift for months because I was incredibly frustrated with the process. It was time to pause, re-assess. I wanted my home in "perfect" shape before I started replacing pieces and I think I'm close to ready. Below is my Thrift Wish List for 2015, bits I'll search for when I get back to the hunt:
[From HiBrowModern on Etsy. Would love a lounge like this.]
1. Tall Industrial or MCM Bar Stools: I have a very tall built-in bar between my kitchen and living room that I'd love to use for serving, but conventional retail stools are too short. If I don't find some I'll go with the original plan of custom-making something.
Cheap Food Processor: For making raw vegan cheeses or crusts, doesn't have to be too fancy. Right now I use my Vitamix for everything but it's not ideal.
Jars: For my growing herb and spice collection. I'll continue to get more massive and beautiful. Extra points for matching jars but it's no big deal. Easy to find at yard sales, especially.
Mid Century Modern Lounge Chair: Would be fun to find a nice, light, industrial or Mid Century Modern reading chair to replace our current one.
[This exact cabinet would be perfect, exactly what I seek! via Vintage ReBop]
Tackle Boxes/Organizing Things: I have tons of smalls and little supplies that could use some pedantic organization. I'm excited to get work on mixed media piece making!
[I need ALL the baskets and jars and organizing things. via MDQuality Goods]
Industrial Baskets: For organizing. And selling.
Industrial Signs: Fun ones to keep. And Sell.
[I love kitschy signs as art. Want this one! Every day should be Halloween. via OhioPicker]
Unique Art: When it comes to acquiring new things I think practically. Will it be hard to move to a future place? Will it be hard to clean? Is it a cluttery knick-knack that prevents good "energy flow" in the home? Artwork always fits the bill. Easy to move, inspiring to display.
Window Box Planters: I want to grow from my 2nd floor apartment windows. Not sure if it's possible to attach window boxes yet but I want to try.'
Beautiful Pottery Planters: Only the best! None of the rest.
Interesting Toys/Bits: For mixed media artwork.
Interesting T-Shirts/Vintage Clothes: I may be working on vintage/up-cycled clothing this year. I'm starting with outfitting myself and some individuals to see how I like it before diving in. I'll write a lot more about this soon.
Cannot Buy Under Any Circumstances (Hard, So Hard to resist):
- Beer Steins
- Vintage Kitchenware
- Glass knick knacks
- artwork to sell
- most large objects
I adore my current apartment and intend to stay here for a long time, but I don't want to be tied here, or anywhere. I want to lighten my load and continue to accumulate as little as possible. I don't want heavy and hard to move things in particular. I want to feel light and location independent. I love that the yard sales, Goodwill by-the-pound store, flea markets, and thrift stores are here as resources to help me source good quality household needs and find beautiful objects along the way for less.
What will you be hunting for second-hand this year? Any lists of your own or must-find items?