Frolicking donkeys and sherbert sheets: a thrifty round-up

Well I’ve been having fun junk hunting lately.  Here’s a quick blah blah of what I’ve found over the past few months.  I don’t keep any of it – I’m just the middle man between one man’s trash and one man’s treasure.  (…but I’m a woman, so there’s that. we can discuss man-phrasing later if […]

Secrets of summer treasure hunting in New England

You loved that vintage vase when you bought it years ago, but now it doesn’t quite light up the room the way it used to and may be time to move on. Don’t get down on yourself.  Sometimes love isn’t meant to last.  Lucky for you, it is vintage-stuff-getting season (and it is ALWAYS vintage-selling-stuff season).  […]

Pair of mid century artichoke lamps

Note from the management:  Last post on this blog?  Last May.  LAST. MAY.  I was so into it for a while and then it all faded away.  I think I was trying too hard.  Link parties, photo watermarks, long afternoons of Photoshopping, blah, blah.  Took too much time.  It stopped being fun, and felt like […]

Metal salvage treasures

Here’s a quick round up of the lovely little artsy bits I found at the dump in the past month.  Truly my town dump reminds me of Brimfield on a good day. And old green industrial light was folded in half at some point and rusted clear through.  Now it looks like angel wings to […]

Spring is here – so let us go forth and buy junk

One of the things I love most about spring is picking through the wreckage of last year’s garden to find the mighty daffodils poking up through the last bits of stubborn snow.  Is is a time of refreshing re-discovery, a season of small but delightful gifts. It is also the season for spring cleaning.  Deep […]

Milk or Junk?

Have you ever gone out for a gallon of milk and found yourself at a thrift store?  This happens to me all the time. My house is decorated with so many thrifted and yard-saled (and just plain dump-picked) things.  Sometimes I play a game with myself and inventory all of the the things I’ve actually […]

The table that knew more than I did

One day I was in our local consignment store and this console hall table called my name:   I tried to ignore it. It was orange with a marble top and gold do–dads all over it. Not me at all. But it kept calling to me – and I kept trying to walk away from […]

How NOT to paint a basket

I found this cute little basket at the dump the other day and brought it home….   It was nice and sturdy and had strong handles…   So I thought I could load it up with mail in my hall…   And here it lived for a week or so until I decided that I […]

$79 dining room sideboard

As part of last fall’s renovation-that-wore-me-out, we turned our old kitchen screened porch into our new dining room.  Before it was done, I knew I wanted to have a sideboard for that space to hold all of our tablecloths, candles, etc.  I loved the look of this piece from Thrifty Decor Chick:   The color, […]

Ugly – really ugly – lamps

I have this odd thing for ugly lamps.  I truly cannot explain the attraction, but I get all daydream-y when I see a lamp (or OMG a pair of lamps!) that look like monstrous freaks of design. Here’s a pair of lamps I came across several weeks ago at our local ReStore. Now really.  Look […]

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