Monday, September 21, 2009

The Object of My Desire: A Dreamy Dime

I had a tough time spending a dollar the other day during a fifteen-minute, three-garage-sale jaunt through Santa Monica. When I spied this kaleidoscope pocket square -- one that can be folded in a variety of ways to feature the perfect color to complement an ensemble -- I was immediately attracted to the lovely hues and the cheery geometric shapes. When I asked the garage sale proprietress how much she wanted for this lovely piece of silk with hand trimmed edges and its bright colors, she paused," Uh, 10 cents?" All I had was a dollar bill and no loose change, so I picked up a pile of children's books that we negotiated a deal for the whole lot: one dollar! I love the colors in this pocket square and the intricate border that surrounds them.

Since wearing a tie these days is rare, I like to add a pocket square to my jackets for a dash of elegance. And who knows, it could also make a lovely op-art pillow.

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

The Elegant Thrifter

Always Frugal, Always Fabulous!



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