Thursday, September 1, 2011

Reuse & Purpose: Hi-Fi High Fives!

As much as the digital universe has taken a destructive swipe at the analog world, one of the best things about the former is that it connects people to those they haven't encountered in years and to those who share similar interests all over the world.

I did both when I re-discovered two high school friends who married (each other, albeit years later!) and share a similar interest in vintage and thrift that I do. These high school pals, Scott and Greta Sutherland, found this General Electric console at their favorite Kansas City thrift shop and shared its story on her blog, My Life as G.

While out together thrifting at 2nd Chance Thrift Store, Greta found a chair while Scott set his sight on an old stereo. When he asked the shop keeper how much he wanted for it, he was made an offer he couldn't refuse. Since the hulking mass of electronics had been taking up floor space for a quite a while, it was marked down from $25 to $12.50, and the sale was made. Scott took it home, sanded, primed, painted and replaced the radio and turntable for the dazzling result below:

Greta tells me that over the past few weeks, they've been listening to the vinyl of Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, REO, Journey and ... yes ... Shaun Cassidy. I bet he's never sounded better!

Always Frugal, Always Fabulous,

The Elegant Thrifter


  1. oooh they did a great job! Love that color.

  2. These cabinets are so versatile. You can gut them and make a wet bar, a buffet or just about any storage piece. You can also add some equipment and make them play ipods. My 1920's record cabinet is being turned into an office storage cabinet. Great find and amazing redo!

  3. I agree, gorgeous color. It's a great excuse for picking up all those LPs you can get at thrift stores for pennies.



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