Trendy Thrift Store Finds

I have found my style evolving a lot within the last couple of years. Blogging friends who knew me "way back when" (circa 2007-2010), will recall how much I loved everything to be white and "shabby chic". I even had a website for a short time that I called Painted White. Which is what I liked to do with most everything in those days.



While, I still enjoy a neutral palette, I am drawn more and more to bold patterns, textures and colors. I am enjoying bringing accent pieces into my home that add another dimension to the neutral background. I have also been drawn to darker things as well these days. In fact I actually have the urge to paint some things black (namely my stairs and railing, as well as the sideboard my TV is on - I am thinking Miss Mustard Seed's 'Typewriter' Milk Paint for that one).
Pinterest probably played a huge role in this change. When I first joined, I found myself drawn to interiors that weren't my "normal" style and loved them. I made a board called "an eclectic home" some time ago, and I think it is still one of my favorite boards to find inspiration.

Even though I know it is "super trendy" I love anything ikat. I am also loving Aztec and Navajo inspired decor. The other day, I went out to a thrift store to see if I could accomplish my goal of finding some "trendy" things for a steal. I knew that I could easily head over to Marshall's, Target, or the like, and get what I wanted easily. But I just don't work that way. I like a hunt. I went to a local thrift store and searched and searched. And searched some more. Found a few things here and there. Nothing that was really grabbing my attention though.
And then I found this cute fleece blanket new in the package. I thought $4.99 was a bit pricey for a thrift store (I'm cheap, what can I say!), but I bought it and am so glad I did. I love the colors and pattern.
And while it is not "colorful", I also happened upon an awesome lamp. I have been wanting a new lamp for our living room for quite some time and planned on heading down to Home Goods one day to get one. I ended up finding this one at the thrift store for $9.99. It is definitely newer and quite a deal compared to the ones I had been looking at previously.
Here is a little glimpse into "real life" for you.
There is always someone climbing on the couch. And we always have toys strewn about the floor, and excess pillows and blankets piled up. The little monkey you see here is the fine artist who did the abstract painting also featured in this post. Read more about that here.
I would love to hear about your latest, greatest thrift store find! Let me know in a comment below. I love to hear from you!

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Till next time...
~Alice W.

Comments

  1. Oh Alice, I am loving your new look!... I have a number of treasures I bought from you when you had "Painted White" and I love them to this day!... my home has always been filled with the colors of Nature, lots of browns, forest greens and such... and I think black looks great anywhere, from a farmhouse to a cottage and everywhere in between... I also love everything Native American... my sister has a beautiful online Native American shop since 1996 and many of my things are that also... little Hazel is so adorable!... how fun seeing "real life" at your home and her abstract is beautiful!... xoxo Julie Marie

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    1. Thanks Julie! It is actually so fun bringing new dimensions to my style in. And I think having kids played a huge role in it too...they love color! :)

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  2. I LOVE great thrift store finds like that!! That lamp is awesome! It's always fun to watch our styles change and evolve! I recently found a beautiful matted picture of a nest and feather at Goodwill. The frame is the perfect shade of gray! I have finally figured out where I'm hanging it and will be sharing it on my blog soon! :)

    Melissa @ Shabby Love

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    1. That is awesome Melissa! Can't wait to see it on your blog!

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  3. I like the chunks of wood in the basket and the cutie climbing on the couch, lol. Have fun with the hunt for more of what you love!

    Gigi @ Old World Patina

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  4. Love the look, liking the new mixed with the old too and of course COLOR! Great job. Hazel's artwork is perfect here! She looks like she's having fun too!

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    1. oh she did have fun...rearranging everything too ;)

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  6. Alice, I am so loving your new look! It's very warm and inviting ♥ It's kinda nice to switch things up once and a while. Makes you appreciate the change so much more.

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    1. Thanks Tammy! It is a treat having you visit my blog :)

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  7. Hello Alice, just thought you might like to know that the fleece throw is from the Lakota children/St Josephs Indian School donation drive. My husband and I live in Broadview Hts., Ohio and we have been donating to this cause for years. The fleece blankets change in color, but the patterns are always similar. Love your style and your little one is adorable. Colleen

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    1. yes, I did know that! It still had the tag on it, although I am unfamiliar with the cause. Thanks so much for visiting and sharing!

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    2. actually I just reread the tag and this one came from the St. Labre Indian School in Ashland, MT. I had no knowledge of these schools or the causes before getting this little blanket :) I do love it so much.

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  8. The blanket and lamp are such great finds. The lamp is something that never goes out of style, I don't think I've ever seen a Pottery Barn Catalog without one in it! lol!

    It really is interesting how our style (or what we love) shifts. I saw a picture of a beautiful living room In Cottage Journal last fall. The room had heavy dark draperies, a very old tapestry area rug and worn leather chairs around a beautiful fire. I wanted to crawl right into that picture. It had every element that I never would have in my own home. Yet it felt so warm and lovely and comforting. Sometimes we have to move on from the style and trends that kept us so "current" for so long. Life is ever changing!

    XO,
    Jane

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  9. Love the way it all looks! That lamp was a STEAL!
    Brenda

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  10. The lamp was an awesome find! You could not go wrong with the blanket for 4.99. It probably was never used!

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