Monday, January 28, 2013

The Object of My Desire: Meeting of Strangers

Even the most picked-over flea market selling pricey goods on a blistery cold afternoon can turn up a treasure even if it's noting more than a snapshot from more than 40 years ago. This little find is slightly out of focus, but it immediately drew me in not so much for the subject squeezing the stuffing out of a Santa Claus but because of the quirkily shaped tree placed against a wooden paneled wall that reminded me of Christmas celebrations at my grandmother's house when I was a child.

The more I gaze upon this image, details pop out: the modern design of the three wise men tacked on the wall, the ornaments and tinsel placed willy nilly on the trees' branches and the date indicating that this snapshot was taken on the very first day of the 1970s. Then I began to think about this image's subject. She might be someone's mother or aunt or best friend. Or she might be a neighbor who had nowhere else to spend New Years Day. I imagine she grabbed the Santa to pose with her, feeling slightly uncomfortable having to take her photo alone. And then I wonder who might have taken her picture. A brother? A cousin? Or maybe even a complete stranger...just like the one who picked up her photo and took it home more than four decades later.

Always Frugal, Always Fabulous, 

The Elegant Thrifter

Friday, January 18, 2013

The Gift of Thrift: Lincoln Logs

When I hit the thrift stores, I usually have a mission in mind, whether I'm styling a space or shopping for gifts. But this time when I wandered into Vintage Thrift, one of my favorite New York City thrift haunts, I was just browsing. And as you can tell, I browsed right on over to this box of Playskool Lincoln Logs from 1989 and snapped them up for $5.

Once I was on the sidewalk, I realized what a great gift this would be for my nephew Grayson, who already owns a burgeoning collection of Lincoln Logs. Before I sent this box on to Independence, Missouri, I poured out its contents on my dining room table to inspect the building materials, which appeared mostly complete. (There might have been a few missing, but I couldn't quite tell.)

And, of course, I had to put together these little  buildings myself!

Always Frugal, Always Fabulous,

The Elegant Thrifter

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Reuse & Repurpose: Color Talk

Color is a great unifier of when dealing with objects of dissimilar shapes.  Back in November, I snapped this example of fragrance bottles and vases coated in white and displayed as a collection of objets d'art in a Parisian shop window on the rue Vielle du Temple. 

Can you spot your favorite scent?

Always Frugal, Always Fabulous,

The Elegant Thrifter

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

The Object of My Desire: A Shiny New Year

When I go back home to Independence, Missouri, to celebrate Christmas, can always count on my parents' tree to be covered with memories in the form of ornaments my sister and I made when we were kids. There are sequined Santa boots, beaded Christmas trees and all sorts of satiny sparklers dangling from its branches. And next to the tree by the fireplace hang the stockings we made when we were in grade school. No matter the economy or the mood of the year gone by, they are always stuffed over capacity, often so abundant that they slide off their hooks to a pillowy thud.

May your new year be filled with health, prosperity and happiness!

The Elegant Thrifter


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