Thursday, July 28, 2011

Reuse & Purpose: Tennis, Anyone?

This excerpt from a post a while back always reminds me of the summer my sister and I took tennis lessons. It wasn't the fancy kind of classes taken at a "club," but as part of our Independence (Missouri) Parks & Recreation summer program that wasn't expensive at all and was lots of fun. I'm far from being even a fair tennis player, but I do enjoy watching the sport, and at one time, I actually knew all the rules!

While I was thrifting my way through the streets of San Francisco a few weeks ago, I dropped into a Goodwill in Pacific Heights and was greeted right inside the door by this funny hodgepodge of guitars and ukuleles. It was an instant collection ripe for the picking. Provided you had the space, I imagine an entire walled filled with these stringed treasures, hung just as they are, or even painted -- all one color or a mixture of hues -- for a visual treat.

These plucky items also made me think of a wall decorated with old tennis rackets that I relished when I was scouting locations a few summers back for The Find: The Housing Works Book of Decorating With Thrift Shop Treasures, Flea Market Objects, and Vintage Details. Hanging on the front porch of a beach cottage on the Fire Island community of Saltaire, a couple of the rackets had popped their guts, one was cracked and another was still hanging in its protective wooden frame.

The rackets appeared as if they were just waiting to be grabbed and toted off to the tennis court for a neighborly, early-morning match. Maybe they had hung there so long that when newer technology finally replaced them, they maintained their place of honor. Or maybe the trio is purely decorative. Either way, they serve up a pleasing focal point in this dreamy, relaxed locale.

Always Frugal, Always Fabulous,

The Elegant Thrifter


  1. Love that. Another blog friend of mine found a few old oars at a garage sale and they looked great on her wall!

  2. Wow - an instant collection, indeed! And a very cool one, at that. We used to enjoy singing songs along with the ukelele while my mother or sister played around the campfire. Ah, the memories...
    (I find myself wondering what the prices were on those??)



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