I love shopping at vintage, antique, and thrift stores because chances are when you make that great find, it's literally one of a kind. But when you're trolling the stores quite frequently and paying close attention, it's amazing how that "one of a kind" sometimes turns into two of a kind when you least expect it.
Case in point...remember my Chinoiserie Chair Makeover a couple of years ago where I bought a $5 "asian chair" on craigslist? To date, it's one of my best scores, and I'm sitting in it as I write this post.
Well, I almost fell over backwards when eagle-eyed MoS Charlotte emailed me a link to the Biggs Powell sale on One Kings Lane that's currently going on. Not only is it the SAME EXACT CHAIR that I found on Craigslist for $5, but it's listed for the jaw-dropping price of $2,159.00. See for yourself!
They also have it in red and white if you are so inclined. That's my chair on the right so you can see how they are literally the SAME thing (the Biggs Powell one even says it's a chippendale repro- so we're not talking about a true antique here that would account for the price differential).
Ok, so you have to admit that's a little weird, right? Well, it gets weirder. Remember my elephant garden stool that I found at a thrift store last year with MoS Charlotte? (he's since gotten a few coats of paint to pretty him up). He's vintage, made in Mexico, with ornate carvings all over. Weighs about 8 zillion pounds.
So, the other day on the way back from Charlottesville, I decided to stop in Ruckersville (which is about 20 miles north of Charlottesville on Route 29...blink and you'll miss it...it's literally a few antique stores at an intersection near a Lowes). So I perused a couple of the stores, wasn't anything that interested in too terribly much, and was heading back to my car when a guy unloaded this onto the front porch of the store and put a pricetag on it. I couldn't believe my eyes....
Yep, it was an elephant gardens stool IDENTICAL to the one I already had. For $32. I couldn't believe my eyes. Clearly it didn't take much time to decide he was coming home with me.
TWINS! Cue Peaches and Herb- "reunited and it feels so gooood!"
Like, seriously, identical twins, down to the carvings and etchings. Elly #2 will get a coat or two of paint so that the colors even out, of course, and at that point, I won't even be able to tell them apart.
Have you had any "I can't believe I just found this" moments lately? If there's anything more satisfying than a great thrifting score, it's a great thrifting score when one of a kind becomes two of a kind!