Tuesday, February 21, 2012

The Find: Double Give-Away Goodness


I love seeing old friends become successes. And that's exactly what has happened with my pal Mark Montano. You've probably seen him on TV giving tips on how to dress youthfully or showing how to transform everyday finds into out-of-this-world objects of beauty. I knew Mark when he ran a dress shop in the East Village; now he's a TV star and an author, with several D-I-Y and craft books under his belt.

I can't tell you how honored I was that he is offering a give-away of my book, The Find: The Housing Works Book of Decorating With Thrift Shop Treasures, Flea Market Objects, and Vintage Details on his blog, Mark Montano Blogs . To celebrate, I'm giving away a copy of Mark's packed-full-of-ideas The Big-Ass Book of Crafts 2. It's big all right, with more than 150 projects and tons of beautiful color photographs explaining in detail each project.

Photograph from The Big-Ass Book of Crafts 2

 Mark's talent spreads to every room of the house. Just take a peek at this fanciful back splash he created for his bathroom.

Photograph from The Big-Ass Book of Crafts 2

Who doesn't have a jar of old buttons sitting around the house? Why not sew them onto a pillow?

Photograph from The Big-Ass Book of Crafts 2

And when it comes to ribbons, I cannot help myself and am always on the hunt at estate and garage sales. The more the merrier, right? Especially when they're affixed to a color-bursting pillow.

So go visit Mark and enter to win my book, The Find, but before you do, enter to win a copy of The Big-Ass Book of Crafts 2 !

1. Follow my blog if you don't already. (For fun, follow me on Twitter, too, @elegantthrifter)

2.  Leave me a message here and tell me about your most unusual thrift find.

3. Go visit Mark, follow his, and tell him I sent you! (Mark's on twitter, too, @MarkMontano.) 

And that's that! 

I'll pick a winner next week, and drop Mark's gorgeous book in the mail for you! 

Now go get your crafty on!

Always Frugal, Always Fabulous,

The Elegant Thrifter



24 comments:

  1. My most unusual thrifted find? A stuffed iguana! Hey, it was $5...I went through a taxidermy phase for a while...

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  2. Oh my goodness!! I can't wait to just take an entire day to browse your blog. It looks fabulous. I have all of Mark's books but this one (fingers crossed). Off to check out your Etsy shop also. My favorite thrift store find was a beautiful pie safe, (years ago). I was setting up my first apartment and furnished it from the thrift store, yard sales and an estate sale. I actually got a DuncanFife coffee table from the estate sale, but my dog ate one of the legs...

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  3. Mark Montano turned me on to your blog and I can't wait to lose myself in inspiration. My most unusual thrift store find was a pair of mid-century modern armchairs for $10 each. The cushions were covered in a nubby, 70s avocado green fabric - groovy!

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  4. hello , Mark sent me . and i must say i love what i have seen . I think may best trift store find would have to be an un finished dresser i got for $12. it was great cause i was able to make it match my kids room ..... and they still have it today , it just need a new paint job ! would love to win the book and thanks for havings such great ideas . love your blog !!

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  5. Hi Stan! Mark sent me.....sure glad he did! I just added your blog to my Google Reader! My fav find while thrifting.....my chipping old Hoosier cabinet top. It's amazing!

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  6. I believe I subscribed correctly, (I don't Twitter)

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  7. I forgot to tell you Mark sent me...

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  8. Hi there, got your site from Mark Montano...love it!!! i'm excited to read your book!

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  10. Mark Montano sent me. Very fun looking book. I'm not sure what my favorite find is as there are many... I found a beautiful verdigris yard fountain for $5.. An All Clad 8qt pot looked unused for $10.. A Dragon Ware tea service for $12. So many thing's, I thoroughly enjoy thriving. :)

    Sar Tann

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  11. I commented on another post how mark sent me. I wish I could borrow you both for a day of Coffee, shopping, thrifting, antiquing, etc! I don't have this book of Mark's although it is not for lack of trying :). Love both of your books and so excited at the chance to have them!
    My most unusual find is this weird side table, which was definetly made in some mans garage/workshop. Think of a box with legs that turn out at the bottom.. Now cut a square through the box (making a shelf out of itself basically), then on each side of the box there's an
    Opening for magazines or tall thin books. Its really cool... But needs major sanding (horrible globby paint job, in brown) and re-painted.

    ** btw, I already follow both yours and Mark's blog.

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  12. One of my most unusual finds was a pair of plates bearing Presidential seals. They turned out not to be the real thing, but they're still kind of cool.

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  13. Hi. Mark sent me to your blog and I love it. I've joined, and I already belong to Mark's. My most notorious thrift shop find was a jacket I found for $3 at the Senior Center thrift store. People have stopped me everywhere I go to ask where I found it or to make a comment on it. It has astrological signs all over it but you have to LOOK to tell. :-) I'm always buying things at thrift shops to use in my art and assemblages.

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  14. Hi, This is the first time to your blog - Mark Montano sent me!! I can't count the number of great thrift store finds I have taken home but if I had to choose it might be the old, rusty kitchen step stool that I found and painted. I'll keep searching for more and hope that I win a copy of your book. Thanks, Nancy

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  15. Mark sent me - great blog, thanks!

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  16. me again, aka Nancy from the comment above. I've had a hard time with the accounts to comment as so I'm trying to link this comment to the one on Mark Montano's blog. oye! but I love your blog and have signed up for it and hope to win your book. Thanks again,
    Nancy

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  17. Hi there! Mark sent me! Your book looks lovely! So far, my favorite thrift store find has actually been a fabulous computer briefcase. Perfect size for the computer, and in top notch condition! :) I love it!!!

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  18. Mark sent me and I love your blog! My most unusual thrift find was a set of pig napkin rings! They are the best!

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  19. I just signed up to follow your blog and I'll go see Mark next. My most unusual thrift store find was an envelope with some hand made collages. They were made with paper, fabric, and paint and had been done in the fifties. It was a treasure trove!

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  20. Hello Stan, Mark sent me over here, and I'm sure glad he did, I signed up as a new follower.
    My favorite find is a Mi-Ken clock, it is a Native American boy.
    Sure would love to win Mark's book from here.
    Teddie
    Portland, OR

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  21. Hello! Mark sent me! Just became a "follower" of your blog. :)

    As for my favorite find, I just scored an awesome dresser on Craigslist and can't wait to refinish it. Haven't been thrifting long but have also found a couple of great lamps that I love.

    -Erin Spain
    DIYOntheCheap.blogspot.com

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  22. I would LOVE to have Mark's book! I have the BA Book of Home Decor and I <3 it! My favorite find is an antique sewing machine table I found in my (now ex) mother-in-law's basement. It doesnt fit my machine, but it is gorgeous and makes a great "Put Junk Here" table by the front door! Thanks for hosting the give-a-way!
    Jillie

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    1. Hi Jillie!

      You are the winner of Mark's book. Congratulations. Email me with your address and I'll mail it on your way!

      Enjoy! Stan

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    2. Oops....my email address is simply theelegantthrifter@gmail.com.....

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