Tuesday, January 12, 2010

The Find: All the Dish

While researching The Find: The Housing Works Book of Decorating With Thrift Shop Treasures, Flea Market Treasures, and Flea Market Objects, it should have come as no surprise that I would find inspiration in my hometown of Independence, Missouri. My sister told me about a shop on the historic Independence Square that she insisted I had to see. And there, sitting across the street from the cinema I remember from my childhood, was the delightful Luticia Clementine's. As soon as I walked through the front door that jangled with the sounds of a chime handmade out of silverware and a china plate, I was hooked.

I marveled at the creativity of proprietor Sharleen Reeder and the way she took garage sale and thrift store discoveries and re-fashioned them into true treasures.
And so impressed was I with her skill and wit that I included her work in the pages of The Find, even though this amazing photograph of Sharleen by Bob Greenspan did not.

Here are some photos of items I took on my first visit to Sharleen's amazing shop. And every time I gaze at them I'm reminded of Sharleen's magic touch that breathes new life in the discarded.

A sugar bowl that had flipped its lid was sweetly transformed into a whimsical pin cushion;

Broken pieces of blue-and-white pottery were fashioned into a lofty birdhouse;

A jumble of mix-and-match flatware is set with an odd china plate for a door chime;

And a pair of silver spoons serves up new service as witty window accessories.

Always Frugal, Always Fabulous!

The Elegant Thrifter


  1. Those are wonderful. I often see projects like that, and think if I had the time...


  2. God, I love that woman and her store! I still get tingles when I think of going there last summer. What a LADY!

  3. Not only is Sharleen an incredibly talented lady, she is also one of the nicest folks you'd ever want to meet!!

    a customer who became a friend of Sharleen's!!

    Oh, and I met you at the book signing at her shop!! :)



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