Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The Find: A Queenly Collection

To me, this collection is almost as heartwarming as the story of how it began. While I was scouting the Fire Island community of Saltaire for The Find: The Housing Works Book of Decorating With Thrift Shop Treasures, Flea Market Objects, and Vintage Details, I marveled over a group of mugs featuring the British royal family, and a father told me how it started.

On his young daughter's first trip to London with her mother, the little girl was searching high and low for a special gift to take home to her daddy who stayed home to run the family business. The girl's curiosity took led her and her mommy into a London thrift store where she spotted a mug celebrating the Queen Elizabeth II's jubilee. Thinking that her daddy would like it, she used the money she had budgeted for the souvenir and took it home, where it prompted the beginnings of a clever collection. Now whenever family and friends see a "royal" mug, they buy it to add to the original collection -- one that has now outgrown its windowsill.

Collections are a great way to create focal points in a room. By grouping similar items and confining them to a specific area, it also helps reduce clutter of favorite objects spread all over the place and helps you tell a design story. If the sentiment behind your collection is anywhere near what's held in these thrift-store mugs, then its charming tale is most certain to endure for many years to come.

Always Frugal, Always Fabulous!

The Elegant Thrifter

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