Tuesday, July 28, 2009

The Find: High Strung

While I was thrifting my way through the streets of San Francisco a few weeks ago, I dropped into a Goodwill in Pacific Heights and was greeted right inside the door by this funny hodgepodge of guitars and ukuleles. It was an instant collection ripe for the picking. Provided you had the space, I imagine an entire walled filled with these stringed treasures, hung just as they are, or even painted -- all one color or a mixture of hues -- for a visual treat.

These plucky items also made me think of a wall decorated with old tennis rackets that I relished when I was scouting locations a few summers back for The Find: The Housing Works Book of Decorating With Thrift Shop Treasures, Flea Market Objects, and Vintage Details. Hanging on the front porch of a beach cottage on the Fire Island community of Saltaire, a couple of the rackets had popped their guts, one was cracked and another was still hanging in its protective wooden frame.

The rackets appeared as if they were just waiting to be grabbed and toted off to the tennis court for a neighborly, early-morning match. Maybe they had hung there so long that when newer technology finally replaced them, they maintained their place of honor. Or maybe the trio is purely decorative. Either way, they serve up a pleasing focal point in this dreamy, relaxed locale.

For more images from Saltaire, pick up The Find: The Housing Works Book of Decorating with Thrift Shop Treasures, Flea Market Objects, and Vintage Details at Borders, Barnes & Noble, Amazon or Powell's.

Always Frugal, Always Fabulous!

The Elegant Thrifter


  1. Wow, I love all the instruments. We have a 70ish music room for my musician kids. I am going out hunting some old ukes!

  2. A wall of stringed instruments would be really interesting - what a neat idea! Ah...I just love Goodwill.

    I'm so happy to have discovered your blog and your book. I'll have to look for it the next time I'm at B&N.

    I couldn't find a button for your blog so I hope you don't mind that I made one to put on my site. If you have another that you'd rather me user {or you'd rather me not use one at all} just let me know. You can find it on my blog on the right under "Inspiration".

    I'm looking forward to keep up with you here and would like to feature you on my blog soon. Let me know if that's ok:) Thanks! ~Kim



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