Happy Thrift Score Thursday, friends!
You might have spotted this on Instagram (sidenote: Instagram is my favorite, you guys), but Bryan and I took a quick little trip down to Austin, TX this past weekend. We like to sneak down there whenever we get the chance – it’s such a fun, vibrant, funky city! The city’s motto is “Keep Austin Weird” and we just adore it!
For me, no trip is complete without hitting a few thrift stores, so we squeezed in a few stops between eating at our favorite restaurants and stopping by our favorite breweries.
I love the idea of bringing home special thrift finds from your travels, so I was on a mission: find something awesome (and “Austin”) to cart back home. Sadly, we couldn’t fit the awesome tufted brown velvet sofa I spotted at Room Service Vintage in the backseat of our car, but then I caught something gold glittering out of the corner of my eye…
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Buy what speaks to you.
Maybe not everything, all the time – grown-up responsibilities and all that – but you can also use the reverse as a filter: Don’t buy things that don’t speak to you.
Sure, you might find something trendy or popular or worth more money than you’d pay, but if it doesn’t speak to you, it just ends up being one more tchotchke in your home collecting dust or cluttering up a cabinet. So if you’re debating a purchase, just pause for a moment (but maybe go ahead and carry it around the store with you so no one else grabs it) and listen…
Well, this little wire tree with brass leaves was speaking to me loud and clear and I knew I would regret it if I didn’t take heed. Its tiny stamped-brass leaves fluttered in the breeze of vintage fans at the end of its wild and unkempt wire branches – they weren’t actually tinkling, but my brain instantly supplied a soft soundtrack.
I justified the slightly-more-than-I-would-typically-spend ($18.50) purchase to myself as a vacation splurge, but now that it’s home in its new spot on the mantel, I find it kind of humorous that there was ever any question in my mind!
We run our ceiling fan almost constantly in the summer, and I absolutely love the way this little sculpture comes alive when it’s on!
Best of all, it reminds me of a truly wonderful little getaway with my husband, who might not understand exactly what his wife sees in the crazy vintage things she buys, but has a great tolerance for her love for them!
Thrift Score Thursday Features
Sweet friends, as always you light a fire in my soul to head out to the thrift store once again, lest I miss anything wonderful! Picked by yours truly from the #thriftscorethursday Instagram feed, here are this week’s features:
What better place to start than with this incredible Chinoiserie pagoda headboard spotted by Caitlin (@caitlynrylander)? Because this is EXACTLY what I need in my life/in my guest bedroom. I didn’t know it, prior to seeing this shot, but I definitely do! Did you guys know such fabulousness existed?
Confession time: I think we need to talk about my strong affinity for portraits of women. Like, I have to stop myself from buying anymore, or it could get weird having at least one hanging in every room of the house. I just can’t stop buying them!
My problem (but is it really?) aside, I am positively drooling over this one Cara (@goldalamode) shared! And check out that blush wall detail – isn’t that a fantastic idea?
More dreamy colors in this vintage book vignette from Sutton (@golaville)! I have a hard time resisting sets off vintage children books, especially when the typography and covers are this cute.
And this bright and cheerful horseshoe Malory (@arganglou) thrifted and then yarn-wrapped! I would never have thought to do it, but it’s just so freaking adorable!
We all know gray and white marble is having its moment in the sun right now, but check out the green and salmon in this fabulous coffee table Kat (@againkatharinelake) found! It is fierce and it is fabulous!
One of the many things I love about #thriftscorethursday is that it lets us celebrate every kind and size of thrift find and introduces me to so many beautiful things that are out there in this world that I might never have come across on my own. Like these little rope animal sculptures Linda (@lindadsalvatore) shared! They’re so wonderful and whimsical and I’m a happier person for knowing they are out there!
As someone with the blackest of thumbs, I definitely appreciate a good faux plant find! Ashley (@biggerthanthethreeofus) scored this fake cactus at the Habitat for Humanity Restore – would you even know it was faux if she hadn’t told us?!
Finally, let’s wrap up with this drop dead gorgeous corner from Francine (@hotcoolvintage), who tells us that everything except the Ikea shelf came from a thrift store, estate sale, antique mall, or flea market. To which I say, “AMEN!” Absolutely beautiful!
Thrift Score Thursday Facts
You guys, thank you so much for following along with Thrift Score Thursday each week! If you haven’t joined in yet, there’s no time like the present – here’s how:
Simply post a picture of any recent thrifty find on Instagram using #thriftscorethursday!
- You can share any thrifty finds with us – whether they hail from a thrift store, Craigslist, estate sale, garage sale, side of the road, or apartment dumpster! The fun, the funny, the awesome, the odd – this hashtag party is open to all!
- Feel free to use #thriftscorethursday any day of the week! We’ll be keeping up with the hashtag all week long to find our favorites for the following Thursday.
- Each week, Cassie from Primitive and Proper, Corinna from A Designer At Home, Maggie from Maggie Overby Studios and I will pick a few favorite thrift scores to feature! So please understand that by linking up with #thriftscorethursday, you are giving us permission to share your finds via social media or on our blogs.
- Please note that we can only see photos shared by public accounts, so if you have a private Instagram account and we haven’t been showering your finds with love, it’s simply because we aren’t able to see them.