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Thursday, July 28, 2011

It's Always Thrifty in Philadelphia (Part I)

As I mentioned the other day, when I went to Philly the other weekend, I decided to pop into a Goodwill I just happened to pass on the way back to I-95. After a string of no luck, I hadn't been in a thrift store in ages and wasn't expecting much. But at this Goodwill, I hit the jackpot. First I spied this vintage oversized brass lamp with the most awesome lines. Check. It's now sitting on my desk at home.

Next, as I blogged about Tuesday, I spied my beloved tole chandelier. 

It was at this point that I figured I'd better grab a cart. I might be here awhile!

A spin across the room led me to unearth this pair of vintage framed paint by numbers from behind a stack of ugly posters. While paint by numbers are hardly fine art, I love how they always have muted colors and tend to stick to chinoiserie themes. I've collected them when I find them on the cheap, so for $3.99 each, I had to grab these too. It's funny, because they look pretty faded here...

But when I got them home and took them out of the frame and cleaned the glass, it made a world of difference. I don't know where they had been sitting, but the glass was foul, both inside and out. The Windex turned brown when I sprayed it on! Eew. But needless to say, they look much better now! I haven't decided where to hang them yet.

This guy is the one that got away- this awesome MCM table. I was just dying over the lines of the legs. But I couldn't figure out anywhere I'd put it. As soon as I drove away I was kicking myself for not buying it.

I also thought this dresser was awesome. It's hard to tell what with all the stuff piled around it...

But I loved its cool asian handles. 

At the end of my visit my cart was piled high. Amazing what $30 can buy these days, huh??


7 comments:

Melissa said...

I'm am absolutely dying over that dresser-- how far is Philly from NC?:-) I love the p.b.n.'s, too-- those are so pretty!

Sally@DivineDistractions said...

I found the exact same lamp at Salvation Army here in Dallas. I paid $5.95 for mine! I've spraypainted it glossy white and it's in my living room. I'm going to blog about it next week. Hard to believe that 2 people got rid of this great lamp!

Barnwood Urbanist said...

You must share which Goodwill store you scored this stuff! I'm in Philly and want to check it out!

Vickie H. said...

LOVE the two "paintings"!!!! Just go ahead and send them to me...I will reframe them in some gorgeous bamboo and we will live happily ever after! A great day thrifting, FOR SURE!!!

ArchitectDesign™ said...

love those little paintings - maybe they came from a smoker's home? that dirty smoke gets everywhere! Places like that are always hit or miss - thats definitely a hit!

The Matters of Style Girls said...

It was in north Philly at the corner of Bustleton Ave and Red Lion Road!

Alicia said...

Great finds. Why is it I only get bad bad 80s stuff at mine????

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