You might be a maximalist if you can’t describe your style in a few short words. To spare you from a slew of descriptor words, I’m introducing a weekly post about my thrift finds. I go thrifting at least once a week, usually about 3 stores in one day and I never repeat the next week. I have about 15 stores in my regular rotation and will occasionally supplement a store with an estate sale or garage sale in the right season.
I don’t always find something or if I do, I don’t necessarily have it in mind for myself. I have a list of things friends are looking to acquire. I’ll scan the shelves for them which helps me from tipping over into hoarder. Searching for the “upgrade” also helps keep me from making inconsequential purchases that only provide clutter. Occasionally I purchase an item that I have no want or need for but can recognize there is a value (that I’m not paying). In that scenario, I do have one single bookshelf in the basement (I promise, only one) that houses items I think I can resell or I might later have the opportunity to gift. I will have an example of this at the end of the post for better understanding.
Now, let’s show you a recent haul I had and how I worked them into my maximalist home:
1. Autumnal print from the 1940’s purchased for 4.99.
So cute. My bathroom has multiple woodsy prints in it so I knew immediately I wanted to incorporate it in there for added warmth.
Prints similar to this go at estate sales or eBay for 15-40$. Not my greatest score as far as value. I really respond to scenic landscapes but I have many similar to it; those deer were too precious to pass up though.
2. Shadow box, $1.99
Sometimes the practicality of an item has me pulling the trigger. This is a great example of the upgrade I spoke about earlier. I’ve had this rock collection for years now and it’s been in an old cardboard box. This shadow box is a much more polished presentation.
It found its home on top of our 1920’s medical cabinet. It still serves as a flat space but adds dimension and interest in the corner of curiosities. The rabbit skeleton was a Christmas gift from my boyfriend.
Inside is a gift from brother and sister in law. Ive yet to name either the octopus or rabbit. Suggestions appreciated.
3. Brass Stand $1.99
I don’t know what this was originally for but I thought it was pretty. Here’s how I used it:
I love my plant collection and besides the sun and watering, I also take great care in their esthetic. This piece added height and helped curate a real moment in a cluster of plants.
4. BONUS (2 in a single post, dang).
This is a 1960’s Chein brand sand pail. I don’t need this. It’s on the shelf in the basement but c’mon, it’s vintage Disney.
I’ll gladly show off that I paid $2.99. It sells for $40-90 on eBay. I might sell it. Or, maybe I know a Disney fan?
Purchase total: $12!