This past weekend we headed down to Isle of Palms, just outside of Charleston. Imagine my delight when I saw some "estate sale" signs posted just a few houses down from us. I went bright and early on Saturday morning to see what I could find. There was a lot of big furniture like tables and chairs, including a fabulous chinese chippendale style patio set. But I really wasn't in the market for anything so big, so I passed. I did come home with a couple of finds though!
Isn't this tole lamp so unique and pretty? I think it would be great in a bedroom. Now the question is whether to paint it (white?) or leave it multi-colored? I've never seen a tole lamp quite like this one!
I love this Asian bird on silk, with a gold faux bamboo frame. It will be perfect in my bedroom at home!
I don't usually gravitate towards "palm" themed accessories, but I couldn't resist this 1960's lucite tray with etched palm trees. Perfect for the beach, and toddler-proof which is always nice.
After having success at the estate sale, I decided to head to some Charleston thrift stores. I had gone once before and never found much, so I am convinced that all the antique dealers in Charleston get first dibs on all the good finds at the thrift stores. Still, I did have better luck this time!
Most of them are located up in North Charleston on Rivers Avenue. Rivers Avenue is a far cry from The Battery, but I think it's fine to go there during the day. My first stop was at Community Thrift. I have been working on a beach house bedroom, and this faux bamboo mirror would do just the trick. And at only $9.99, all it needs is a coat of white paint and some gold leaf paint to fill in some ridges. Admittedly the style not quite as overtly faux bamboo as I would prefer, but I think the paint will make a big difference in showing off the bamboo detailing. Miss Biscuit approves.
I love pineapples, especially for a beach house. I've bought this exact pineapple before at the Sleepy Poet, so I was delighted to find it at a thrift store for about 1/10 of the SP price! All it needs is a little Brasso, and it will be perfect for the beach!
After leaving Community Thrift, I headed to a Goodwill up the street. Nothing. I then headed to Goodwill Outlet a few doors down. It's a challenge to shop there- everything is disorganized and dumped into huge bins. It's definitely not a pleasant shopping experience at all- keep a bottle of Purell handy. But as I was walking out, a bin to my left caught my eye. On top was this pair of faux bamboo chairs. Upon closer inspection, I realized they are Thomasville and are still very sturdy. The chair on the right is missing two little finial knobs at the top, but I think I can replace those quite easily. Guess what the price was? $5.99 for the pair. SOLD.
And finally, I stopped at one of my favorite little dives. It's called Odds and Ends Thrift and is located in a non-descript old strip mall on Rivers Avenue. It's not a true thrift store, in that the items aren't donated. But the prices are just as good as thrift prices. The owner goes to estate sales all the time and brings back fabulous pieces for his shop. The first time I visited Odds and Ends I passed on a lifesize (or baby zebra size) zebra EXACTLY like one I've seen in a Jonathan Adler room. For $30. I will always regret not buying it. Although the zebra was long gone, this time I didn't pass and brought home this koi table pedastal! I can't wait to find a top for it (any suggestions?) and use it!
So I guess there are *some* things those antique dealers don't find first, right? Or maybe none of this is antique dealer material, but regardless, I am excited about my finds!