Thursday, March 29, 2012

Reuse & Repurpose: Batter Up!


At the Pier Antique Show in New York a couple of weeks ago, I snapped this quick photo of a chair formed out of baseball bats. Would you call this a strike out or a home run?

Always Frugal, Always Fabulous,


The Elegant Thrifter

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

The Find: Saying Goodbye



As many of you know, I used to spend my summers on Fire Island aboard The Luxor, a 1966 wooden Chris Craft. Here's a picture of this beauty in her better days, long before the cost of her upkeep got the best of her, necessitating having to say goodbye to her last weekend.

As I climbed aboard The Luxor, the familiar smell of wood mixing with sea air greeted me, along with a string of party lights that still hung across her windshields -- a reminder of the many good times we had with friends and family. I could hear the creaking and whining of the lines as they pulled against the wooden pylons, singing a lullaby that once rocked me to sleep on balmy summer nights. I was also reminded that it was on her teak deck that I spent many hours writing and editing The Find: The Housing Works Book of Decorating With Thrift Shop Treasures, Flea Market Objects, and Vintage Details. And it was on her bow that we would laze watching boats arriving in the harbor and watching the spectacle of the Pines Invasion that takes place every Fourth Of July.

So after almost 15 years of summers on The Luxor, we're letting her go to a group of people who are dedicated to taking much better than we have been able to over the past three years. I hope someday soon I'll see The Luxor cruising across Fire Island's Great South Bay, looking like the picture above and humming along proudly, leaving behind her a healthy wake.

Always Frugal, Always Fabulous,


The Elegant Thrifter

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Reuse & Repurpose: Read On


Photograph by Stan Williams
Instead of shelving an old novel, why not turn it into an eye-catchin planter like the creative folks at Rolling Greens in Los Angeles did. They carved out the center of this tome, outfitted it with a plastic container and then placed an assortment of gorgeous succulents in its interior for a real page turner of a book!

Always Frugal, Always Fabulous,


The Elegant Thrifter

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The Find: What's Under the Tree

I know I've found a fantastic store when I feel compelled to ask the shop keeper if I can reach into my bag and start snapping photos. That's what happened as I started turning the wondrous corners of Rolling Greens, a home shop that specializes in eclectic gardening ideas and plant creations. (I'll share more in a future post.)

As my eyes scanned the floor absorbing every detail, I was pulled toward this drift-wood tree piled with books and what should I discover?


A stack of The Find: The Housing Works Book of Decorating with Thrift Shop Treasures, Flea Market Objects, and Vintage Details.

Always Frugal, Always Fabulous,


The Elegant Thrifter

Monday, March 19, 2012

The Object of My Desire: Write On!


Write something, say something; that's what this box of promotional pens at the Santa Monica Flea Market says to me. Covered with years of ads touting everything from plumbing services and haircuts to dental procedures and restaurants, these colorful pieces from the past could accent a desk's decor, be handed out in a party's goodie bag or incorporated into a craft project, making them something special to to write home about.

Always Frugal, Always Fabulous,

The Elegant Thrifter

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Reuse & Repurpose: Trashy Chandeliers


When I was in Croatia at the beginning of the year, we made a side trip to Lubljana, Slovenia, where I spied these trash-to treasure chandeliers gracing one of the main squares.

Above, a group of tossed-out plastic buckets got a red coat of paint and are skewered by discarded metal pipes for a festive focal point hanging from a tree.


Gimme a beat! This enchanting lovely glimmers with pendants fashioned out of old CDs.



Lost your gloves? Maybe they're spinning on the old bicycle wheels in this creation.


Cut it out! These pieces of metal were fashioned into a glimmering, glittering orb.


By splitting these bottles from the bottom up and painting them gold, they soon dazzled as a hovering bouquet of fanciful flowers.


Ding dong. Flower pots calling! With expanses of wire and a dozen colored balls, these containers became the belle of the ball!

Always Frugal, Always Fabulous,


The Elegant Thrifter

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

The Find: The Winner's Circle



Drumroll please....The winner of Mark Montano's blog giveaway of The Find: The Housing Works Book of Decorating With Thrift Shop Treasures, Flea Market Objects, and Vintage Details is Ann Bacon! I mailed her book off to her yesterday. If you haven't met Mark, go over to his blog and tell him The Elegant Thrifter sent you! 

Now for the winner of Mark's book. The winner is Jillie Duncan-Jack! Once I hear from her, I'll mail her copy of Big-Ass Book of Crafts 2.




Always Frugal, Always Fabulous,


The Elegant Thrifter

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Reuse & Repurpose: Fantastically Fiery

Photograph by Stan Williams

Red Alert! Spotted at the Santa Monica Flea Market, this vintage, toy fire engine was dispatched in the form of a whimsical water fountain.

Always Frugal, Always Fabulous,


The Elegant Thrifter

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