A Look at My Thrift Scores, Flea Market Finds, and Trash Treasures...
Some of my favorite places to find decor and furniture pieces to help complete a room with a unique and collected feel are thrift stores, flea markets, and even curbside!
While living in NYC, I would frequent Housing Works. This chain of thrift stores not only has a boutique curated feel to their stock, but their mission to end Aids and homelessness is incredible. I must have visited at least twice a week, because the items were too awesome (and affordable) to miss. The original realist paintings in soft, muted colors were found at the Upper East Side location for $5 a piece. I love that the woman in the metal folding chair reminds me of my mother during the late 80's/early 90's, sitting at a community meeting or a bingo game.
In the same picture below, a large, black, wooden bust is displayed. This piece came from the Habitat For Humanity ReStore shop in Westchester, NY. I am currently obsessed with busts (I know-hahaha), and when this pretty lady presented herself to me in the window on a Monday, while the store was closed, you better believe that I was right back there early Tuesday morning before it opened. I nabbed it right away and I've been completely smitten ever since.
The pink stools were found street-side in Manhattan, just a block from our now former apartment. I was walking our two dogs and pushing my one year old son in the stroller when up ahead, I spotted the porter from another building placing them next to a large pile of black trash bags. I knew that getting them back to our home would be a challenge, but I also knew I had done crazier things, and in that moment I NEEDED them! So, one went under my arm and the other was hooked by its leg on the stroller handle. It felt like an endless block, but they were mine! After a quick clean, you'd never guess where the stools came from. They will soon reside in our new home, underneath the hallway console table or at the end of a bed!
Lastly, flea markets are another go to source of mine to find unique items that tell a story. Our latest trip was to Elephants Trunk in Milton, Connecticut. It is touted as one of the biggest flea markets in the Northeast. It's always fun to talk with the vendors, and many times you can find great deals. I also like that it's family friendly, with wide grassy aisles and food vendors offering up all of our favorite treats. Our son, Balthazar already has the thrifting/fleaing bug like his mama! (That gray trunk will probably go into a client's home and I can picture the rug in our CT kitchen)
I'd love to hear about your favorites shopping haunts too!