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I was going to call this new regular segment ‘Thrifty Fridays’ but it sounded too much like a nasty marketing pitch, so ‘Thrift Store Fridays’ was born.

I realise that my Brit readers will likely ask “what is a thrift store?”…and for those lovely souls – just replace the word with charity and all will become clear.

For the last few months, I have been taking Fridays off and they have become my own special day to hit the secondhand shops and hunt for vintage treasure before everyone swoops in on Saturday mornings.

As I have regular requests from lovely friends to divulge my finds for the week, I figured it would be fun to post them as a regular weekly segment.

So here is last Friday’s score, with additions from the Battersea Car Boot Sale on Sunday.

My most cherished find, and the big ticket item at £15, is the white Uta Feyl for Rosenthal vase in the middle. I actually managed a decent barter on that item and am quite pleased with myself. (These are going for about £65 online!)

The vintage tennis racquet will be joining another antique racquet I have on an upcoming trip to the glaziers to get mirror cut for them and will become wall mirrors, like the ones below from Country Living magazine.

image via Country Living

The extremely odd and admittedly gnomey weiner dog will get a coat of matte white spray paint to emulate the Jonathan Adler dachshund.

image via Jonathan Adler

I also got a slightly angled barrel lampshade that I have been seeking for months now for a teak lamp I picked up with the wrong shaped shade (Tulip shaped? With mid-century modern? What were they thinking?!), but I have not included it in the shot, as it is in the DIY lab getting a transformation. I will be posting it soon, with one of my beloved ‘before and afters’.

All in all, a fairly successful haul considering that most items were under £4, no?

Happy hunting all. Have a good weekend.

Another thing that keeps catching my avian eyes lately are all the stunning vintage industrial pendant lights to be spotted.
image courtesy Apartment Therapy
What an amazing job lot of lamps below from In My House! Think these folks must have a store, but there is no translation from Swedish, so can’t tell…also can’t figure out how to subscribe, which is a little frustrating! Must learn Swedish.
This is a great shot. The colours against the sea of white look fantastic.
More pendant fabulousness from Dutch magazine VT Wonen.

Check out the link above for online issues of the magazine, there are some great images.

Uh oh. I think I am becoming an ebay addict.

Won this metal tray today, though, and it is causing me much joy…

Yesterday I impulse purchased a series of jewel-like postcards of collages by John Murphy that he has done for Habitat (£3.50 for 10 and worth every penny!).

They are in a similar style to the image below:

I plan to attach one of my favourites to the metal tray with some cool, wooden, animal-shaped magnets, also from Habitat (it was a chance find whilst picking up things for work! Oops.).

I may even win another vintage tray in a few days that I am bidding on, and then I can have them both side by side on a wall. Oooh. Joy. Fingers crossed.

Think they will have a similar ‘feel’ to these yummy trays  by cool french design company ibride that I have been covetting for months, which you can get at Lifestyle Bazaar in Soho and Shoreditch, but just can’t justify spending that much money on at the moment.

Here are a few:

What a gorgeous shot:

As I was checking their beautiful website for photos, I saw these Volubilis stacking stools, which are not just elegantly styled, but stack into a sculptural shape (the woman is sitting on a stack).

Also chanced on these miniatures of their larger tables. Wonder how much these sweet babies are? They would be such unique plinths for little treasures on a shelf or table.

I can’t resist adding this shot of the ‘Bambi’ chest of drawers.

Also this one, the ‘Diva’ console. One of my favourites.

Their ‘alice in wonderland’ themed advertising photos are wonderfully whimsical and show their cheeky designs off.

I will try to remember to post an image of the final postcard/tray project when they are done!

Always a sucker for ‘before and after’ segments in other blogs, here is the first of many.

Below is a refresher of what the chair looked like ‘before’ with it’s tatty pleather seat and wobbly joints:

Here are the ‘after’ photos of the chair newly glued and with it’s new peacock linen seat. Having a bit of a swing off the back of the chair is my mate Finbarr (as per a friend’s suggestion that I include more of them in my photos!)

I am still undecided about leaving the plywood of the chair back exposed, but think I will leave it for now, as is, as I like the pattern in the veneer.

Whilst trolling the charity shops on my seaside excursion this weekend, I found a few great things that will keep the projects going for a while.

The  most exciting find was this chair for a fiver, and the gorgeous peacock linen fabric that I am going to recover the seat in! Needs a bit of glue as the joints are loose, but in pretty good nick.

Waffling a bit about whether or not I will cover the back of the chair as well, as it is only plywood, with a bit of damage on one corner. Think I will wait and see what it looks like when the seat is done.

Got to love a deal.


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