Thursday, May 23, 2013

Reuse & Repurpose: On a Roll

Photograph by Stan Williams
Put your fine crystal on a skateboard?  That's what they did in the windows of the Parisian department store Le Bon Marché. Let's just hope the skater doesn't take this shimmering piece on one of the  cobblestone sidewalks of the Marais or try to pull off a kick flip on the banks of the Seine. Now that could be a crashing disaster. Mon dieu!

Always Frugal, Always Fabulous,

The Elegant Thrifter

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Frugal Fun: Sailing Along

Photograph by Stan Williams
I love loafing around, especially if it's in Paris, one of my favorite places in the world. The French have a word for someone who likes to loaf about -- one that sounds less lazy than the term we use here in the States. Le flâneur is the term that in French refers to someone who wanders aimlessly in a daze of wonder and awe, pleasantly biding his time wherever his path may lead. That describes me in Paris.

When I'm at home, I'm usually running around with a mission. But not in the City of Light. Oh, its Métro is convenient, reliable and wonderfully clean, but you'll most likely find me, instead, on foot, taking in the winding streets of the Marais or making my way, park bench to park bench, through the gardens of the Tuileries, adjacent to the Louvre palace.

And why rush? More often than not during my visits to Paris, I'm in no hurry to reach a destination, should I even have one planned, leaving my mind open to chance discoveries that I might otherwise miss if I were racing to get from point "A" to points "B," "C" and "D."

I had just ambled over from a lounge chair (much like the one you see in this photo) across the way, admiring the spring flowers. Before that, I was parked on a long concrete bench from which  I watched a young mother and father maneuver a see-saw for their squawking tot.

Take this cart piled high with sailboats, for example. Many times I have witnessed them bobbing gleefully in this pond in the Tuileries garden, but I've never actually seen them being collected by their caretaker at days' end. Stacked carefully on a wooden cart, the boats' time-honored patina is proof of their beloved status among the children who over the years have prodded them along through the water.

Always Frugal, Always Fabulous,

The Elegant Thrifter





Tuesday, May 21, 2013

The Find: A Post from the Past


I ran a version of this post close to the date The Find launched four years ago. Enjoy!


The Birmingham, Alabama, home  Southern Living's Heather Chadduck, is a prime example of delving into imaginative uses for what might have been cast off by someone else.

Her bedroom alone, which is featured in The Find: The Housing Works Book of Decorating With Thrift Shop Treasures, Flea Market Objects, and Vintage Details, and photographed by Jim Franco, has several brain-sparking stories to tell. 

Heather loves anything that is numbered, so when she discovered what she believes to be a key box at a flea market, she bought it, and then transformed it into a handy, yet appealing organizer for her collection of vintage jewelry. 

One of her prized possessions in the room is the toile drapery that she saved from the garage bin of a San Francisco hotel. She got the call from a friend who found out that the toile was being tossed, and Heather came to its rescue! Not only does it elegantly cover her windows, but it also adds charm to a headboard she fashioned out of the fabric and coordinating ribbons. 

Dreaming of finding my own cache of brown toile!

Always Frugal, Always Fabulous,

The Elegant Thrifter

Monday, May 20, 2013

The Object of My Desire: Shake It!

Photograph by Stan Williams
You'd have to be made of stone to not let this scenario allow you to crack a smile. Wigs: I cannot get enough, especially this mixture of a Cleopatra style, crazy clown curls, a neon pink do and a Cher banged number, all perched on a shelf at Hollywood's costume and vintage shop Ozzie Dots.  If that weren't enough, just raise your gaze up to the hula girl in a grass skirt, a sequined bikini top and a sunflower headband. Oh, and let's not overlook the tiki god. He's hiding out behind a Hairspray-style bouffant.

Always Frugal, Always Fabulous,

The Elegant Thrifter

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