Thrift Store Art Warms My Heart: Be My Groupie?
I am pretty sure that there are few in this world as addicted to Thrifting as I. And I am also pretty sure that those at that same level are reading this right now. THRIFTERS UNITE!
If you remember (or maybe you don’t because you are new and awesome) I scored 3 awesome pieces of art when someone donated their cute granny’s house to my local DI (Utah’s version of Goodwill)). Piece #1 was the hand embroidered Crewel Folk Art done by a Miss Doris Parker that I reframed and hung in my hallway.
Piece #2 was the tropical birds made out of real feathers that I put on a gold leaf background and hung above my orange velvet couch.
Today my friend, you get to meet Piece #3…or should I say Pieces #3-9?
When I spotted these architectural sketches of English landmarks I may have gasped, bolted, and thrown a few elbows to get them…(don’t act like YOU have never done that.) In all truthfulness they were just hanging out, overlooked and needing a savior. Luckily I was the woman for the job.
Ok so go with me on this one. You know how you find stuff and you are convinced that you HAVE to do something to it to make it your own? I have had my fair share of those experiences…take Vicki for example. She was amazing and I painted her, and then a year later saw the error of my ways. So I stripped her back to her original amazingness. For some reason I was compelled to change her. Well my friends, sometimes things are great just the way they are. They just need a perfect home.
(Enter perfect home stage left.)
I haven’t really shared this part of my living room with you yet, granted you have seen bits here and there, but never the whole enchilada. I build the giant shelf (literally, its a GIANT at 10 feet long) all because I wanted some sort of a mantle (It is the exact same plans as the industrial modern floating shelves on the opposite side of the room, just enlarged FYI).
It is so great, I mean I had big plans for it when I built it. Visions of all of the crap I could stick up there kept me up at night. And then I woke up from perfectly staged fantasy land and ran face first into reality… the thing was so huge that it dwarfed everything I tried to put on it.
Until that lovely day at the DI that the clouds parted, angels sang Hallelujah and no one else in the store spotted the gold mine perched on the shelves. I found 6 pictures that perfectly stretched the width of said shelf.
Repeating pieces of art can make such a huge impact, even if individually they are not stars. Power in numbers people. Just like you should always buy lamps in pairs, you should always buy any grouping of art (as long as it didn’t come out of The Comfort Inn originally decorated in 1989. Please pass on those, mmmmkay?)
One of these pictures is fantastic, but 6 is downright mind blowing.
So do you want to know how much I spent?…They were originally priced at $1.75 each but because I was buying so many the cashier gave them to me for $1.00 each. (Please don’t throw things!) Where in this world, other than a thrift store can you find something so freaking fantastic for $6.00? No where. Which brings us full circle in my thrift store addiction.
Ok now I want to know, are you a thrift store addict? What is your most prized score? (If you have a blog post about it leave the link in the comments so we can all come over and drool hard core.)
And there is one item of business. You guys know that I never ask anything from you (except for your undying love and devotion) but I have something really important I want to chat about. Nominations have started for Apartment Therapy’s 2013 Homies (which is like the Oscars of blogland.) Last year Vintage Revivals made it into the Top 6 Best DIY Blogs and I was SHOCKED. Well this year I would really love to win. So without begging or being annoying, if you have ever been inspired by a project here I would love it if you would click over really fast and vote for Vintage Revivals, I would LOVE it. (*you have to have an Apt. Therapy account to vote, they are the simple email address/password no verification kind!)
And if I make it into the Top 6 then I promise I will post the most hilarious/embarrassing picture that you have ever in your life seen. And you’ve seen some pretty horrific ones.