03 February 2016

Things Thrifted

 Woven plant stand, 2 midcentury TV trays, maxi dress, booties, record, 5 bowls, lace textile: $36 at Value Village 

It's no secret I love thrifting. So, I thought it would be fun to start sharing again when I have a good haul -- before things become scattered throughout the house. I really believe in thrifting most of what you need -- from a style, financial, and environmental perspective. It's also a huge stress relief to me & my favorite hobby! 

We really minimized during our move, and it's been fun to have a fresh, clean slate & find new treasures. While we've loved many a vintage item in our day, we found our cute, grandmotherly taste of 2010 has shifted to items that are more natural, 70s southwestern. 

I should also say: our attitude of "everything we own should be useful or beautiful" became "everything we own should be useful and beautiful." Which seems like a subtle distinction, but is really significant to homemaking. Things like wooden bowls can be pulled off a shelf & nest our Netflix snacks, but look just as nice at rest. 


  1. You have found such beautiful pieces!
    My boyfriend and I just moved into our first place together and we minimized so much of our belongings. We've decided that anything that doesn't bring us joy has to go. I'd rather have less items that have more meaning to them as opposed to an abundance of meaningless items.
    Aaah, the Konmari method. :)

    I can't wait to see more of your finds!

    1. Thank you!

      And haha, Konmari method, yes! I enjoyed her book.

      I had started the first leg of massively reducing when I read her book (right AFTER our move) and at that point a lot of it (asking if items brought joy) was something I had been in the practice of. But...in a backwards way -- I would purge things that didn't bring joy rather than choosing items that did, as she puts it. Oh, and I LOVED the section on reducing sentimental items by recognizing that things like greeting cards, or once beloved toys already fulfilled their objective in giving us joy from receiving them, playing with them, etc. I absolutely loved that idea. It definitely was useful when I helped my mom clean out her flooded basement this summer. : )

  2. "everything we own should be useful and beautiful."

    I've been trying to apply this to my life as well. I found myself with useful, ugly things that make me sigh every time I use them. But if it's beautiful it fill me with joy to use them. By the way, most of my favorite items are thrifted too.


    1. It's really such a difference. I think you're bound to have a certain number of things that are entirely utilitarian and don't necessarily bring you happiness or peace aesthetically. But, gradually, and enough thrift store hunting, you can usually shift those items -- I'm looking at you, garbage bins! And as for the others that are useful but I won't ever enjoy looking at (for me, it's sports equipment & electronics)....I have learned to look long & hard at them, see their utility and all they give me, and be grateful for them. And suddenly those things become more beautiful to me.

      ...It's a lot of (what *some* would call, but we embrace) hippie-dippie, far-out spiritualism round here in that way, but I swear by it! ; )

  3. I love those bowls! They look awesome.
    Also the dress looks amazing :)

  4. I know what you mean by your grandmotherly taste changing into a more 70s natural vibe. I feel like I too have shifted that way! There are knick knacks in my house from antique shops that I wouldn't bring home today, but I still love them some. Eventually, we too will need to make room for new favorites. Also - I love those wooden bowls. I have some wooden serving platters from a thrift shop!

    1. Exactly, same here! There are a few outliers I may cling to for awhile. Haha. But for me, it really helped to look at those items -- the tea cups and floral pillow cases and art I'd outgrown -- and say, "At one point, you made me so happy. You brought happiness & inspiration to me." -- And then to accept that the moment they came into my life & did that for me, they served their purpose. For so many of those things, I was beginning to feel resentful when I looked at them, because even if I liked them as individual items or found them beautiful, they were cluttering a changing landscape. And the longer I clung to them, the more distanced they became from their original, emotional place in my life. You can think this in the abstract, and for many years I did. I KNEW it, intellectually. But, actually sitting down with my items and giving them this ritual, this practice of acknowledging them and letting them go...it's uncanny what a lightness it gave to my body!

      And yes, yes, to all the wooden things. I have an emotional theory about those too, but I reallyyyy should stop talking, huh? ; )


  5. Everything just goes together so well! You have a great eye (and talent) at finding such beautiful treasures!


  6. oh, yes. thrifting + minimalism, the best of both worlds. ;) love love love those wooden bowls and that little side table!