Wednesday, January 20, 2010

The Right Timing

People often comment to me that they can never find great items at the thrift store. It really is a matter of timing, and by that I mean that you need to invest a little time and you need to be lucky enough to be there at the right time. One cannot just run in and out of a thrift store and hope to find something wonderful. Take your time! Treasures need to be hunted. I will often go up and down each aisle at least twice searching for that special something.If you're lucky enough to be there at the right time when that treasure is there, you might need to accept it in less than perfect condition. I was fortunate to be there at the right time to find this pretty little chair. I love the style and colors and it is really comfy too. It doesn't matter that there's a little bit of a tear on the arm. For now I just cover it with a throw. Later I might take a needle and thread to it, or a little hot glue.

I saw this beauty of a lamp at closing time.
I didn't buy it because I have a supply of lamps and this one needed a bit of work. But I couldn't stop thinking about it so the next day I ran to the store as soon as it opened and snatched it up. Hubby made the repairs and luckily I already had the perfect shade.
These two additions were just what I needed to finish off my little corner. With the exception of the flowers, photo, tin shelves (purchased from a neighborhood boutique),
dropcloth curtains, and the computer, everything you see came from thrift stores.I like the way the lamp and faux plant hide the computer from clear view from the doorway. And the comfy chair serves as a nice place to read, put on your shoes, as well as work at the computer. Finding incredible treasures at the thrift store really is just a matter of timing.

21 comments:

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Beautiful lines on that chair, Joy. I think finding good thrift items is just like going to Home Goods ~ sometimes it's hit or miss! I also go up and down twice and there is always something I missed the first time through.

Miss Obara said...

Love this post. So true. I could go in several thrift stores and not find anything and the next time...tons of treasures! I was just about to update my blog on some great finds I got this past week(end).
Love the chair and the desk and ALL of your finds!

Karinbob said...

I love this little office area! So cute! The chair is fabulous as well as the lamp. Thrift stores are amazing!!

Just Rhonda said...

What sweet finds!!!! I love thrifting!

Jenglamgirl said...

I love what a simple throw can do. Great finds, I adore your computer nook area. Love the shelfs and all the decorative nick nack pieces. The lamp is great too!

Taija said...

What fun finds! I love to go treasure hunting too! Your style is so fun to me!

Flower Patch Farmgirl said...

What a super cozy corner! That lamp is such a find! And you're so right about the timing thing. Some thrifting trips are better than others...you just have to keep trying!

ps- The last time I thrifted, I was asked out by a toothless man. He was kinda scary. But I also felt sorry for him. And I also admired his toothless bravery. Regardless, my timing definitely was NOT right that evening!

Tricia said...

Those truly are incredible finds, and your little office area looks fabulous!

Jake and Krystal said...

You are so right! We had an entertainment center that was completely unfunctional for my family. I had an idea of what I wanted instead, and after a few months searching DI, score! Even though it needs a new hinge, $25 was too good to pass up - especially because it will help organize our family room a little more.

Happy Hunting!

Blessed Mama said...

I adore that chair! What a lucky lady you are! Thanks for sharing.

Bette said...

I love the chair. You are right you do have to invest time and be patient. I was looking for a little desk for my daughter's room foreva and the other day (6 months later) it was there. Perfect timing. And I too go through twice before I leave.

Andrea said...

What a lovely, welcoming little corner!

Michelle said...

Love that chair...your office nook looks wonderful! I've had to restrain myself from thrifting lately...it's kind of addicting! haha

Happy Wednesday!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

For the past 4 weeks I have been making the thrift store rounds and checking Craigslist daily for a little certain something I have in my head. So far it has alluded me, but I know that if I am patient it will come my way. I often find that those living in our "right now" society are not willing to wait so it makes sense that they will never find anything at a thrift store. It requires a and willing to wait heart.

LuLu said...

You said it so well! right timing and look at what you can find! Looks great,
xo,
LuLu

Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

What wonderful finds!

Heather at Happy Chippy Junk said...

I love a good thrift store visit!! Sunshine for the soul!!

Tammy said...

WHAT GREAT before and after shots. I really love all the new elements that completely transformed your new little corner space. FANTASTIC!!!

Frenchy chick said...

SOOOOO pretty!

Cottagecheap said...

From the side it looks more like a dressing table. I love it.

Playing Sublimely said...

Ummmm...I totally like you :)

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