Tuesday, October 13, 2009

The Find: Just Helping Out

Over the past few weeks, I've been amazed by how many people are discovering The Find: The Housing Works Book of Decorating With Thrift Shop Treasures, Flea Market Objects, and Vintage Details. My publisher likened the phenomenon to The Energizer Bunny....it just keeps on hopping along even though it's been six months on the market. I owe much credit to all my friendly blogging pals and the press, which endlessly and graciously presents my labor of love to their loyal readers. I am so humbled, honored and thankful.

Family Circle is the latest publication to feature me among a Farm Fresh entry in its November 1's "Pro Pointer's" corner. I'm so pleased that they also selected to show one of my favorite images from the book: a gorgeous vignette from the downtown home of Carl & Co.'s Mark Ciolli. My mouth starts to water as I just look at the cover of the magazine: -- a jack-o'-lantern fashioned out of orange and brown M&Ms. Yum!

Also very sweet was a photo my friends on Long Island sent me from a Barnes & Noble in Boston. Wherever they travel, they seem to be on a mission to locate The Find and place it in a prominent spot among all the other home and design books! If you do the same, take a picture, send it to me and I'll share your kind gesture as well.

If you happen to have your own copy of The Find and I haven't signed it for you, then e-mail me your mailing address, I will send you a plate with a personalized message that you can affix into your book. That is when they arrive....ahem.....

On a final note, I received a plea from Ms Shopping Go Lightly of The Thrifty Chicks who is up for the honor of becoming the Next Green Girl over at Project Green Search. Go vote for her by following the link from her blog.

As simple as it sounds, I feel that in these unsettled times, the moment has clearly arrived for us go out of our ways to help each other. Just like I believe in thrift karma -- not being greedy, remaining respectful of vendors' wares, not going into debt shopping and being patient for the just the right, affordable find -- good human karma always pays off -- and how!

Always Frugal, Always Fabulous!

The Elegant Thrifter.


  1. Congrats, Stan!!!
    I'm working back at the public library here in Atchison, Ks. I'll put a recommendation in for an order...that way it could be on our shelves for all to see! How cool...You are such an inspiration!!
    Have a beautiful day and congrats again~ you deserve it!!!

  2. I agree totally that we should all go out of our way to help others. Thank you for the reminder. I enjoy your blog - your heart is in the right place.

  3. Hello, My Dear, I am so excited to see you in Family Circle! To think of finding you and your book for the first time...lucky people!
    Also, I am going to need one of those little plate with a little personalized greeting:)
    Hugs, Sonya

  4. I got my Family Circle today and SQUEALED when I saw you in it! I've got to admit: I'm not a fan of FC (it was a replacement subscription from one of my now-defunct shelter mags), but to see you in it was thrilling. AND, if they now consider junking/repurposing print-worthy, I just might pay more attention. P.S. Love all your reminders about junking karma. It's oh-so-true! XOX



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