7.15.2011

out of the bin: the red turtle top

so often people tell me that "they never see good stuff at the thrifts!" or that i have such good luck. and i do have good luck; a recent dud of a trip reminded me that there is certainly luck and weather and funny little factors all involved in the hunt. but also? i look really really hard. i spend tons of time and i scan constantly for the texture of the fabric and the way things hang and vintage looking typography and old fashioned sewing techniques and all of that from far away. and i can totally spot those things! but only from experience. only from looking at junk for years and memorizing the details in the good things i find. i am not saying any of this to pat myself on the back, just to share for others, in case you think you always have bad luck. i just want to encourage you, if vintage/second hand steals make you happy but you aren't sure how to find them amongst the muck.

i thought it might be fun to do a series here, where i snap photos of how and where my favorite thrifted things are found and then a photo to show how they are at home-- cleaned up, possibly re-styled or mended or even completely reworked.  and i would LOVE if anyone else wanted to join in.  i would seriously be thrilled to see how and where you find your favorite goodies.  i know i could learn from you and be inspired by what you pull out of where and how something that at first glance looks, sometimes literally, like garbage, can be fabulous! or where and how a complete gem has been stored before finding its new home.
would you link up with me next friday?  you don't have to take the before photo on the shelf/bin/floor/yard sale where you found it, especially if there is re-working involved or if it is particularly dusty/dirty/etc and needs other TLC, but it sure would be the most fun that way!  what say you?  anyone in?  if so, i'll think up a name and post the linky next week.  if not, i'll just post my own!

here is number one!  the red turtle top.  i love.

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PS. i have some ridiculous goodwill outlet stories to tell you in another post soon.  luke says i should do it huffington post style, like, "TOP TEN MOST OUTRAGEOUS GOODWILL OUTLET MOMENTS OF THE SUMMER!" or whatever.  maybe i will.  several involve near physical altercations.  outrageous!
 

21 comments:

  1. this is so good.

    i can totally appreciate what you're talking about... the thrift eye. i have it too. not to toot my own horn, but yes, i have been at it hard and heavy for at least a dozen years... if i'm in a hurry, i can still totally scan a rack and run my hand down the garments and find a treasure. of course the best way is to move every single piece, one by one by the hanger, right down the rack... but who has time for that all the time? that's where the thrift eye comes in ;)

    i will totally play along with you on this. because i haven't really set foot in a thrift store in weeks, and i am just ITCHING to get back in the game ;)

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  2. Oh, what a great find! I can't wait to hear your stories!

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  3. it's so true...i think non thrifters think that somewhere out there lies a store where the racks are BURSTING with excellent primo vintage dresses and alllll the housewares are adorable and perfect and colorful and every toy is pristine Fisher Price gem. They don't realize it takes that special eye and perseverance—that for people like us, it's the thrill of the hunt! it's way more satisfying to be flipping through hanger after hanger of mediocre 80s and 90s crappers and then see/touch something that is AMAZING. or digging through dusty bin and pulling out an amazing handbag!

    This sounds super fun. I can't wait to see what you come up with! xo

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  4. I will love reading these AND your outrageous stories!

    Steph

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  5. I hear the "I never find anything good" all the time too. My response is that you have to go every day and look at every single thing.....and then they look at me like I have 3 heads....

    I want to play!

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  6. i will totally link up erin! great, great idea, you thrifty thing, you!

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  7. Yes on the Huffington Post style! I want to hear the story of the two grown men fighting over Legos! :)

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  8. This is the greatest idea ever. And I never exaggerate. I can't wait to see the finds. I will likely be tempted to join up someday. You know, when I'm going to thrift stores looking for every single thing a person needs for a house. I can't wait!

    Also, please do post about outrageous Goodwill adventures. The sooner the better.

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  9. Great find. And I spy "I Can Fly" which is one of my favorite Little Goldens. In fact, I am going to decorate Bea's room in an I Can Fly theme as soon as we boot Archie into a bedroom with Teddy.

    Love thrift stories. I believe I have an eye for good stuff, too.

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  10. okay, huff post style goodwill stories will happen! as soon as i can. and gretchen, yes! i LOVE i can fly, too.

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  11. Oh, I wish I could join in. I LOVE thrifting, EVERYTHING about thrifting. Sadly here in Italy thrift stores are few and far between. It is a crime, and I miss them dreadfully. These posts will be the next best thing to getting an actual thrifting "fix"! I can't wait!

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  12. yeah I got some stories. Might even hit the stanky bins to find a fresh treasure this weekend.

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  13. i don't think i have the eye.
    or our stores are just full of total crap. i even go in there thinking, "paint, paint, paint." but still ... crap. it's all crap. LOL

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  14. I love this. I want to see exactly what you've shown here -- how you see it in the bin, and how it looks at home.

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  15. Can't wait to see more of these posts! And to hear some good stories!

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  16. I'M IN.
    I love love love the idea of "thrifting together" :)


    Can't wait for next week!

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  17. Also?

    I'm stealing @DesignHerMomma's term "stanky bins" to use from now on :D


    LAFF.

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  18. I need to hear those stories!!!!!

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  19. PS that red turtle top looked like a nasty Santa hat from a distance. Girl you got the eye.

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  20. I just got a really good haul at the Goodwill near my Mom's house. I as beaming for days! :-) (Mostly home stuff, no many clothes...)

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  21. He lady! I've got a post written up for it. Whenever you put your linky up I post it. :)

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