Treasure Hunting

Treasure hunting has been instilled in my blood since I was a little child.  My Grandmother used to pick me up from school and we would walk home and go “treasure hunting”.  We usually found the usual sparkly rock or bottle cap, but once in a while something unusual and special came across our path. Oh the thrill of the find!

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed a few thrift store “treasures” I have acquired lately.  I have a love/hate relationship with thrift stores; lately the relationship has been full of amore;) I have a few stores that I frequent on the way back from errands or picking up the kids etc.  You really never know what you will find! Consistent drop ins are keys to success (in my opinion).  I have found original pieces of artwork, silver pieces, designer shoes and jewelry.  It is so funny, 9 times out of ten if I am wearing something from a thrift store or consignment, I almost always get a compliment. So, I thought it would be fun to share some “treasures” I have found of late and some from the past that are too good not to share;)

Let’s start with a recent piece of clothing I found shall we? I do not really buy a lot of clothing etc. while thrifting, but if something catches my eye while on the way to the artwork then I will pick it up; especially interesting jewelry.

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My style is pretty classic/preppy.  I do like a trend here and there, but for the most part this native New Englander likes to keep it classic.  I recently found this Rebecca Taylor silk sleeveless  top. The picture does not do it justice!  I had a hard time getting a good shot of this (maybe because of the silk/shine?).  I adored the bow detail and couldn’t pass it up.  I think I paid $5.99 for it?  It is a beautiful rich navy color with an empire waist.  Not sure when I will wear it, but that bow detail had me at hello;)

The following  pieces were acquired thrifting over time.  I love blue and white ware.  I found these neat urns (I guess that is what you would call them) for $5.99 each.  They are in pristine condition and are flanking my mantle as we speak.  The detail on the top is quite interesting and unique.  I love them and they are a nice addition to my flourishing collection so in the cart they went!

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This little blue and white dish is very old and has markings on the back….note to self check that out;)  I use it by my sink to hold every day jewelry $1.99.  

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That same day I found this silver plate bowl.  Swoon! Don’t pass up the tarnished silver….most of the time I only find silver plate pieces, but that’s ok!  This beauty was stained and almost black.  I took a chance at the $9.99 price tag, but thought it was worth the risk. I actually was keeping an eye out for something like this at TJ Maxx or Homegoods, but hadn’t had any luck. So when I found this beauty I may have had a heart palpitation!   A little TLC and silver polish and it is stunning!

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Here is another silver piece that always holds flowers (time for a cleaning;).  I like its handsome “trophy” shape.  So classic and timeless! I think a bit of silver shine in a room is necessary.  Sometimes a book case can look cavernous or just bland.  Try adding some silver pieces, you will notice it brings the eye to that space and will brighten it up!  Just like jewelry adds that extra something to an outfit, so does silver to a room…give it a try;)!

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I think my most favorite thing to find thrifting is art.  I consistently look for good, unique art that “speaks” to me.  I have a deep appreciation and am a huge lover of art.  I think old artwork (especially oil paintings) add such charm and character to a space(especially new construction or cookie cutter spaces). I also love anything coastal.  If it has water or a beach scene I most likely will pick it up;) 

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I found this piece for $2.99. It reminds me of coastal Connecticut where I grew up and evokes such fond memories.  I hung it as is, but may “tweak” the framing a bit.  

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This piece hangs in my dining room at the moment.  I liked the pop of color the flowers bring to the room.  Not sure if I will keep it in here, but everything in my home tends to hop around!  The frame was a dark heavy “70’s” looking wood, so I got out my trusty rub n buff and went to town.  Not bad for $5.99 huh?

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One of my very favorite art finds is this watercolor in a lovely frame.  I paid $20.00 for it, which for some may be too much for thrifted artwork.  However, it spoke to me, was professionally framed, and I found myself standing in the aisle not moving which meant it had to come home with me.  It reminds me of our vacations on Kiawah Island in South Carolina. Best purchase ever!  The picture truly does not do it justice. It has moved a couple of times, but is currently over my new tub in my bathroom until I find a larger piece of artwork to replace it.  It was well worth the $20 price tag and would work in any room in my home.

There you have it! If you have the patience, are willing to “spruce” up some finds and sort through the “junk” there are treasures to be found!  I sometimes will go weeks without one find, but that’s the thrill of it right?  I have learned over time what to pass on (even if I like it) and what to buy.  If I bought everything I liked thrifting I would have to open my own store!  So, buy carefully… if you really like it, and it speaks to you (i.e., artwork) then make it yours! This was a learning curve, believe me;)  I have re-thrifted many pieces because of impulsivity. Now, I pass up more than I buy.  A rule of thumb is: if I keep thinking about it after I get home I may go back the next day.  If it is gone…well then it just wasn’t meant to be;)

Have you done any thrifting lately and found some of your own “treasures?” Give it a try! You might be surprised at what you might find!

3 Comments

  1. April 1, 2015 / 10:25 pm

    Very soon my friend;) Lots going on I will share soon. Been cray cray over here;) Are you in the new “casa” yet? How exciting I’m sure! I will call, just hang on;) I’ll need 4 hours to fill you in on everything!

  2. April 1, 2015 / 10:26 pm

    Very soon my friend;) Lots going on I will share soon. Been cray cray over here;) Are you in the new “casa” yet? How exciting I;m sure! I will call, just hang on;) I’ll need hours to fill you in on everything!

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