Sunday, February 15, 2009

And My Goodness, It's Green!

The Elegant Thrifter has heard about a shop in Midtown Manhattan where you can buy vintage  furniture -- goods that already have an ecological twist because they are being reused --  that are refinished with products that are easy on the earth. 

Furnish Green, at 1261 Broadway, has a ton of appealing furniture on its website, like this Eames chest of drawers, left and desk, below, that have appealing prices, especially when compared to new furniture of similar or even inferior quality.

I also like the fact that if you donate furniture to the shop, it will in turn hand over half of the profits to the Nature Convervancy's Adopt an Acre program that will help  reforest the Appalachians.   It's sort of like buying super-ultra-green furniture! 

Living Frugally, Always Fabulously!

Stan Williams, The Elegant Thrifter

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

A Curious Discovery

One of my new favorite websites is Curious Sofa. I can't believe I've never heard of the shop -- especially since it's in my hometown of Kansas City! Well, actually, I grew up in Independence, Missouri and this lovely little shop is in Prarie Village, Kansas, but that's close enough, especially since Kansas City splits its name between the Kansas and Missouri border.

On Curious Sofa owner Debbie Dusenberry's blog, she sadly discusses the demise of Country Home, yet another casualty of the shrinking world of shelter magazines. She recounts how she was readying her home for a photo feature in the magazine, but it looks like it will never happen.

I love the pictures that she featured on her blog so much that I decided to share them here. I am drawn to her simple, yet chic, dining room with white painted chairs to coordinate with the china cabinet in the background. And nothing delights me more than a perfectly cultivated collection of odd objects whose interesting shapes and heights make them an appeal focal point.  

Living Frugally, Always Fabulously!

The Elegant Thrifter

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

A Shopping Fix!

When you find a fabulous new thrift store, you almost want to keep it a secret because its wares are so fine that you want it all to yourself. But when it's a benefit re-sale shop  like The Cure Thrift Shop at 111 E. 12th St. that benefits theDiabetes Research Institute Foundation, you want all well-heeled New Yorkers to know where they can donate their best castoffs!

I'm always amazed by my visits there, and can never just drop in without picking up a thing or two. At Christmas, I found this Radio City Music Hall  program from the 1950s  that made a fabulous gift to a dancer friend. 

And then I found this funny compact with a glittery dollar sign atop it, perfect for a boost to anybody's economy!

Living Frugally, Always Fabulously!

The Elegant Thrifter

Sunday, February 1, 2009

A Little Reflection

If you're looking for a fantastic mirror at a fantastic price, there's one just for you in the window at Housing Works in Yorkville, but you'd better place your bids because the auction ends tomorrow. This vintage piece has a slightly beveled glass, has gorgeous decorative oxidation around the edges, and measures 67 inches by 38 inches. 

I can imagine how dramatic it would look leaning up against one wall of a room, casting its reflective qualities about. Just look how amazing that sexy little chair looks from the mirror's perspective.  Bid on it, too, while you're at it!

Living Frugally, Always Fabulously,

The Elegant Thrifter

In May 2009, Clarkson Potter will publish my book, The Find: The Housing Works Book of Decorating with Thrift Shop Treasures, Flea Market Objects, and Vintage Details. Pre-order now on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Borders.


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