Thursday, August 30, 2012

Reuse & Repurpose: Opportunity Knocks



Looking up above the the booth of men's apparel brand Rogue at the recent Project show in Las Vegas was an entrée to a different kind of light  -- an industrial chandelier using as its base a discarded door.



Always Frugal, Always Fabulous,

The Elegant Thrifter

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Frugal Fun: Pucker Up


There's something about vintage woodworking class creations that I simply cannot resist, especially when it carves out a specific space in pop culture's timeline. While I was at the Las Vegas Project show last week, I spotted this sweet relic of the 1970s sitting atop a stack of vinyl in the Silver Jeans Co. booth.

 "I wanna' rock and roll all night ..."

Always Frugal, Always Fabulous,

The Elegant Thrifter

Friday, August 24, 2012

Found Fridays: Page Turner


Look what Veli found on the street in a box of discarded books: the Better Homes and Gardens Decorating Book from 1968 in perfect condition.

Always Frugal, Always Fabulous,

The Elegant Thrifter

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Frugal Fun: Floral Fantasy



Why do I like window shopping at Anthropologie so much? It costs nothing and I always walk away with a bounty of beautiful ideas, like these cascading, handmade paper flowers.

Always Frugal, Always Fablous,

The Elegant Thrifter

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

The Find: Sea Scenery


I've shared this post before, but it remains among my favorites.

Of all the images in The Find: The Housing Works Book of Decorating With Thrift Shop Treasures, Flea Market Objects, and Vintage Details, this one of the shell encrusted fireplace of Southern Living's Heather Chadduck has been a crowd pleaser.

Made with shells from a local seafood restaurant, Chadduck applied them like a gigantic puzzle to the surface with tile mastic. Photographed by Jim Franco, this image is also among my favorites, since it shows how you can take something that cost absolutely nothing, and with a little elbow grease and ingenuity, turn it into an eye-catching treasure.

Always Frugal, Always Fabulous!

The Elegant Thrifter

Monday, August 20, 2012

The Object of My Desire: Arch Support



While taking my new Canon camera out for a spin Saturday night, I captured this image of the underside of the arch in Washington Square Park. Every time I walk through it, I'm taken back to my days at the University of Bordeaux in the south of France where the major hub -- Place de la Victoire -- was also graced with a dramatic arch in its Porte d'Aquitaine.

Then, of course, there's the grand Arc de Triomphe in Paris, where the view from its top is stunning. Since you're closer to the ground than from atop la Tour Eiffel,  you get a bird's eye view of Paris that to me is one of the most memorable I've ever seen.


À tout à l'heure!

Always Frugal, Always Fabulous,

The Elegant Thrifter

Friday, August 17, 2012

The Gift of Thrift: Fluttery Fun


Sometimes picking a theme when assembling The Gift of Thrift can make offerings look as if they were made for each other. Take, for instance, this sweet and frilly birthday card from the 1960s (garage sale, 15 cents) that went a bit over the top with its poof of yellow feathers. I selected it from my collection of vintage greeting cards for a friend who has impeccable taste and knows how to celebrate to the nth degree of fun.


From there, I went to my vintage trunk where I retrieved this vintage set of made-in-Japan, Alfred E. Knobler trays ($1, thrift store)  that echo the established fluttery theme.


Finally, for a light-hearted twirl, I added this needlepoint ice skater ($1, stoop sale), that to me, seemed to belong in the mix with its yellow accents and fanciful theme. 

Always Frugal, Always Fabulous,

The Elegant Thrifter

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Reuse & Repurpose: Wheels of Fortune




Do you have bunch of old bicycle wheels hanging around like these at Splendid in SoHo? Spin them into an eye catching focal point as they did here with a bit of yarn and a touch of imagination.


Always Frugal, Always Fabulous,

The Elegant Thrifter


Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Frugal Fun: Whip It!


Why do I love this little $1 find from a Los Angeles garage sale? Because it reminds me of good times with good friends at The Buggy Whip right next to LAX. And the Green Goddess Dressing ...

Always Frugal, Always Fabulous,

The Elegant Thrifter

Friday, August 3, 2012

The Gift of Thrift: Bless You!


Every time I go to a garage sale, I always have my periphery set to discover the Gift of Thrift -- one that's almost heaven-sent and couldn't be found even if you were aggressively seeking it out. My thrift karma must have been extra-fine the day I spied these monogrammed handkerchiefs for $1 at an Independence, Missouri, garage sale.

They were still in their original packaging, with remnants of a Montgomery Ward price tag on their box. But what really caught my eye was the embroidered "E" that corresponds with the last name of a childhood friend whose birthday was creeping up.


At the same garage sale, I bought a bag full of birthday cards for another $1, and my birthday present was complete. Once I got home, I found a black grosgrain ribbon, wrapped it around my thrifted goodies and my Gift of Thrift was ready for the mail.

Mr. E, if you're reading this, you realize I spent a whole $2 on your birthday gift.

Bless you, and gezundheit!

Always Frugal, Always Fabulous,


The Elegant Thrifter

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Reuse & Repurpose: In Their Cups


Need a drink? These cacti in the windows of Ovando in the West Village certainly don't, despite a waterfall of colored drinking cones dangling in their background.

Always Frugal, Always Fabulous


The Elegant Thrifter

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