I haven’t shared any thrifted finds lately, and as many of you know, one of the most fun parts of buying secondhand is talking about what you come across. My favorite source remains Facebook Marketplace (more on that here), but I also like to hit up random thrift stores and Goodwills, especially when I’m in a different town. (The Goodwill near me remains the absolute worst. I can’t remember the last time I’ve found anything there.) Here’s a quick–unstyled–list of what I’ve thrifted lately, what I paid and what I plan to do with it.
What I bought: A pair of fully upholstered vintage chairs and matching ottoman. (I love an upholstered leg.) The tag says Distinctive Furniture by Gilliam. They have great lines and the fabric is in perfect condition. Bonus: the green vines match my kitchen walls.
What I paid: $300 for the set.
Comparing to: This set of fully upholstered chairs from the 1980s on Chairish is listed at $850. (Also not a bad deal, btw.)
Made me think of: The sconces flanking the fireplace in this writer’s apartment.
What I paid: $8 each.
Comparing to: These sheaf sconces by Chelsea House.
What I bought: A faux bamboo vanity and chair set. The mirror is attached and there is an old Pier 1 sticker on the bottom. (I didn’t realize Pier 1 had been around since 1962.) I’d love to know more about this set if anyone is familiar with the collection.
How I plan to use it: It’s currently sitting in our garage waiting to move into my youngest daughter’s room, once the attic renovation is complete and the great room swap of 2022 begins.
What I paid: $40. Yes, $40! (Props to my dad for spotting this first and saying, “that looks like you.”)
Comparing to: Honestly, I couldn’t find this anywhere online. But, here’s a faux bamboo desk and chair set in a similar size, manufactured in the 1970s and listed for $1000.
What I bought: A pair of small lampshades in a fun leopard print and in great condition. Lamp shades, especially patterned ones, are pricy. It’s worth grabbing them when you find a deal and tucking them away.
How I plan to use it: I have no idea, but if I come across a pair of mini lamps or tall buffet lamps that I love, I’ll be ready.
What I paid: $3 each.
Comparing to: This similar style on Ballard is currently on sale for $58.
What I bought: A pair of navy wingback chairs. Tag says manufactured by CR Laine. They are older but in great shape.
How I plan to use them: As you can see, they made a short stop in our kitchen before I found the green chairs I shared above. I ended up selling one and keeping the other. I think it will be perfect in one of the boy’s bedrooms. (Does my family enjoy my used chair addiction, you might ask? I don’t care.)
What I paid: $400 for the pair.
Comparing to: This pair of vintage Chippendale chairs listed for $1300. (Although I like the fabric on mine better.)
What I bought: A sculptural white vase. There’s no markings on it anywhere. For all I know, someone could’ve made it in church ceramics class or picked it up at TJMaxx. I just like the size and shape. It’s a good “sit-around” piece.
What I paid: $9.
Comparing to: This similar size and style on Zulily for $89.
Now, I’d love to hear what you’ve thrifted lately.