You see, there are several reasons why I don't always buy, mainly being that I live in a one-bedroom apartment in the middle of Manhattan where I write my blog in the corner of my living room and do my projects sprawled out on the floor in front of my sofa.
But the other reason is that for me, it's more about the journey of a discovery than the acquisition. It's sort of like people who decide to decorate their homes all at once and fast and furiously as they can, and then when the creative fun is complete, they're bored and are ready to do it all over again. (Or buy a new house!) But when I do make a purchase I do it from the heart without having too much research on hand about what I'm looking at or exactly how I'm going to put my new acquisition to use.
Take for instance a pair of Homer Laughlin salad plates I talk about in The Find: The Housing Works Book of Decorating With Thrift Shop Treasures, Flea market Objects, and Vintage Details. As I was doing research and taking photographs of Sharleen Reeder's work at her lovely shop, Luticia Clementine's in Independence, Mo., I spied a pair of Homer Laughlin plates with romantic characters in silhouette on sale for a few dollars. My heart spoke strongly, so I bought them. As Sharleen wrapped up these lovelies in her signature polka-dotted bags, she paused as she passed me my change: "I'm so happy you bought these," she said. "I can tell you love them just as much as I do."
And I did. But once I got them home, I couldn't quite figure out what to do with these pretty possessions I had flown half way across the United States -- until my pal Bevy Smith's birthday arrived that year. I wrapped them up in pretty paper and presented my finds to her on her special day, knowing that the treasure that spoke my name while shopping in my home town was headed to a warm and welcoming Harlem home.
Always Frugal, Always Fabulous!
The Elegant Thrifter