I know, I know. We all have moments when we turn into Thriftzillas -- the glutenous thrift hoarder gobbling up all kinds of shiny goodies in our paths. We see all kinds of objects that tempt us with their inexpensive prices and vintage charm, all of which triggers that collecting mechanism that makes us want to own it all. Sometimes we feel like grabbing everything laid out in front of us, quite often leaving nothing for the next poor soul just looking for a little thrifty morsel or two.
See, I even gave you a picture of what I imagine Thriftzilla looks like just to keep you scared.
Sometimes it takes enormous willpower to remain patient -- and stay generous. Save up that thrift good thrift karma, for you never know when you'll need to tap into that extra boost, especially when you find yourself in the situation of discovering an item that seems to have come from a set-- say an odd lamp or a charming piece of furniture -- only to wonder, "Will I ever find my beloved discovery's mate?" Most often, you will -- and it will probably happen when you least expect it and most likely in an unanticipated locale. If you're not a Thriftzilla, patience and persistence will pay off along your thrifty journey to bring you that missing treasure.
Just witness this crazy 1970s dresser that Bob Greenspan photographed for The Find: The Housing Works Book of Decorating With Thrift Shop Treasures, Flea Market Objects, and Vintage Details in the Los Angeles home of Jonamor Décor's Senor and Jonona Amor. And where did I spy this potential pairing? At a Housing Works store here in New York! It's the credenza from the same family as the dresser Bob shot for The Find, and it appeared right in front of me, thousands of miles away.
Keeping my inner Thriftzilla at bay!
The Elegant Thrifter
Always Frugal, Always Fabulous!