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July 28, 2011

Goodwill Hunting

People tell me that I have “shopper’s luck”. No such thing, my friends. Of course, there are days when you hit a gold mine and days when you strike out—but, for the most part, you just have to learn the art of thrifting. You have to see things for what they can become, not what they look like at the moment. Didn’t your mama tell you not to judge a book by its cover? She was right (Did you hear that, Mom?).

Yesterday, I grabbed my Canon and took a walk through Goodwill so we could talk about flipping our finds.

This table and chairs almost made me wish that I needed one. A fresh coat of paint and some fun fabric on the seats would be a breath of fresh air (I’m thinking chevron or a vintage floral).

I would paint this side table a bright, glossy yellow (table after the jump…).

Prime + paint = a new lamp. A little bit of paint goes a long way.

Do you see this print? I semi-freaked-out in the store over it. I love art. I love it from the ceiling to the baseboards. And, hold on to your seat… this print was ½ off and I only paid $2.12. That’s right, this puppy came home with me.

The glass is chipped, but the frame is sturdy and I like the brushed stainless steel look of it. At $2.12, I don’t mind having a new piece of glass cut. I may even take a can of spray paint to the matting to freshen it up.

You can never have too many trays. This one came home with me, too.

I’m digging milk glass lately, but it can be pretty expensive. This vase at an antique shop? Pricey. At Goodwill? Happy on my wallet and on my kitchen table. You just have to look past the leftover Christmas ribbon. Or, save it for Christmas. It’s your call, really.

Here’s one more, but it’s really more of a sneak peek. After all, everyone needs a bit of sunshine in their wardrobe.

Enjoying The Good Life,