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A Thrift Tag

I saw this thrift tag going around and thought it could be an interesting way to reflect on my own thrift store behavior and experiences. Ninety percent of what I own is second hand sourced, not only from thrift stores but antique stores, curated vintage shops, online, hand me downs, etc. Vintage collectors have multiple sources and thrift stores have a strong shopping presence due to the constant turnover of

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A Vintage Crucifix

I bought this vintage copper crucifix from a Connecticut antique store a few years ago. I think it makes a stunning statement necklace especially when paired with this blue blazer. This may be my go-to look for spring. April Fools! It’s a wall crucifix. 🙂

Favorite Thrifted Decor: Art Edition

I’ve been decorating my living space with thrift store art since I moved into my first apartment many, many years ago. Since my entire home is decorated with 2nd hand, found objects, combing thrift stores and yard sales for art remains a favorite pastime. Although, I have officially run out of wall space so I endeavor less frequently nowadays. Choosing and buying art is a deeply personal decision. Art speaks

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Favorite Thifted Vintage Decor Part 1

Decorating with quasi-one of a kind vintage finds gives my space the sense of creative individuality that I strive for when decorating. Not only do I enjoy the experience and process of hunting for decorative treasures, but when I get something at a bargain price to boot, I’m over the moon. These are some of my favorite thrift stores and yard sale finds. Thrift stores and yard sales (and sometimes

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Fine Points: Vintage Christmas Decor

The Christmas decorations are up!  It’s no surprise that truly vintage or vintage-inspired Christmas decorations would be my favorite.  Below are some of my best vintage finds from over the years that still excite me every year as I unpack my Christmas boxes.  Inspiration can be found in the smallest details. What kind of personal touches do you like to bring to decorating your space for the season and festivities?

Fine Points

If you’re like me, it’s all in the details when it comes to styling elements.  Whether you’re drawn to contemporary home decor and clothing, vintage, or some combination of the two, it’s often the details that draw you in.  It could be the color, lines, craftsmanship, originality, other aspects of the items that you choose to decorate your home or wear on your body that makes something special and cherishable.

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Confessions of an Audiophile

I’ve loved music all of my life and I’m a dedicated fan of vinyl.  As a kid, I spent my allowance on 45’s and always had a lengthy Christmas wishlist of Barbies and the biggest hit records of that year.  When it came to books (Scholastic Book Club in particular) and records, my parents always obliged. Being fans of music and books themselves, I assume they were excited to see their

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How To Be Savage At Thrifting

Ninety percent of what I own is second-hand.  Possessions that I’ve acquired from thrift stores, antique stores, yard sales, eBay, etc.  Here are some of my best thrifting tips and lessons learned from my many years hunting for treasures in thrift shops.  1. Dress the part. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing. If you’re going for clothes and want to limit your time in the dressing room (or standing in line

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What I Got At Brimfield Flea

  I had an amazing day at Brimfield Flea a few weeks ago.  I was prepared, arrived early, and only had t0 hit the cash machine once for an emergency supplement to my planned budget.   As you can see from this web photo, it’s big.  Hence, the overwhelming feeling that comes over me everytime I go but I press on.  It was hot.  Which normally, I would complain about

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How To Survive Brimfield Flea (or Any Antiques Fair or Flea Market)

Brimfield Antiques Flea Market in Brimfield, Massachusettes is considered to be the oldest outdoor flea market in the U.S. going back 50 years.  It runs three times a year and their summer show begins this week, July 10-15th. Brimfield can overwhelm the most experienced pickers.  It’s huge.  Over 50,000 people attend each show during its six day run.  Thousands of vendors haul their wares to the show and set up

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