Friday, September 25, 2009

The Gift of Thrift: Garage Sale Goodness!

I love sharing my thrifty finds, especially if they're with a gift of a friend like Ruth Handel. Ruth is my favorite garage sale companion, deftly swerving through traffic to scan a tacked-up sign promising a three-family yard sale or a poster promoting a vintage-packed estate sale. We've picked through ephemera at fancy homes in the Pallisades, cruised the driveways in Santa Monica and Mar Vista, and dug through -- well junk -- just outside of freaky open garages monitored by even freakier tenants.

I bought this little fish plaque from Beachcomber Hotel in St. Petersburg, Florida, for $1 at a garage sale not far from her Mar Vista home. Like Ruth, I was attracted to the crafty nature of this little treasure made of two wooden angel fish who look like they might be smoking cigars under water. And they'll look perfect in Ruth's heartwarming and retro-tastic kitchen!

For more thrifty inspiration, 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.

Come see me with The Vintage Laundress at Vickie Davis' booth at The Texas Rose Antique Show on September 26 and September 29. Also at the show on September 27, I'll be at Vintage Antqs Village at Zapp Hall at 6 p.m. Then I'm off to Cincinnati, Ohio, on October 1 for a big event celebrating the season premier of Great Lifestyles at Bova Contemporary Furniture! Reverve your tickets now!

The Elegant Thrifter

Always Frugal, Always Fabulous!


  1. I'm jealous for 2 reasons - first that you got to go garage sale-ing in California and second that you got to do it with Ruth! How I would love a chance to thrift with the two of you!

  2. My dear.....that could EASILY be arranged. Let's go!

  3. What a fun plaque! It's great that you and Ruth found kindred spirits in one another. Thrifty adventures are definitely more fun when they're shared, aren't they?

    Hope your upcoming appearances go well. Congratulations on all the glowing reviews of your book!


  4. Wanted to let you know the book arrived yesterday. The package was in less then stellar shape, I am guessing the post office knew what treasure was in side and wanted to take a peak. However, the book, ribbon and the lovely note you sent were just fine. Thank you so much. I can't wait to sit down and start reading. I did look at the pictures and wish that I had all those lovely colors throughout my house. I suppose having good lighting might help though, right? ;)
    Thanks again. Wish you were coming to southeaster Wisconsin, Milwaukee area, sometime. Let me know if you ever do. I will be there with bells on. ;)

  5. Nothing like having a great junking buddy!! I am really anxious to get a hold of your book... Heard great things about it!!



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