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.
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!