Recent thrifting finds
We are gearing up for the online vintage store. I have no idea if this is going to work or be profitable or gobble up all our resources but we have stuff, valuable stuff, and we figured it’s time to add it to the business. I also just need to get back out there. Since having Charlie and since adding more people in the studio I find that my shopping and inspiration days are cut back. It feels weird to be like, ‘Ok guys, have fun working for me all day at the studio while I peruse shops on La Brea and drive an hour into the valley for my favorite thrift store!’
But it needs to happen for a myriad of reasons – my sanity, to stay relevant and know what is out there, and now my biggest excuse of all – the online store.
So, here are some recent finds that basically I’m basically just showing off to you. No pricing yet – just a good old show and tell:
That tiny chair is for Charlie and won’t be sold. Instead its going to get a makeover in a pretty and simple linen, to blend into my living room seamlessly. Kids LOVE acting like grown ups. I almost wish this wasn’t a rocker because you know that he is going to test his standing skills (and test my ‘telling him to sit down’ skills).
Pretty umbrella holder are hard to find. And obviously I need one because the rain in LA is just out of control and I have nowhere to store my umbrella collection.
I love that glass double frame. I might keep this bad boy. I think it’s so unique and simple and pretty.
Lincoln painting – It’s original. Those colors are so pretty. It’s going to be perfect for my country house.
Campaign style desk box – It was cheap ($4) and it might not be worth selling, but I can’t seem to pass up anything that is brass and wood.
That seascape is one of my favorites – the colors are just so calming and pretty. Again, perfect for my country house. (In case you are sad that you missed the announcement of my country house, you haven’t. I have no country house – I just want a country house with everything in it being old and worn and ticking stripe and seascapes and chaise lounges, etc, so I’m buying and hoarding for it. With all this buying I surely won’t be able to ever afford one – not in this market – so I should probably stop, but I can’t).
That bust is like a senator of some random state from the 70’s. He ain’t too handsome but I love a good head sculpture. Again, for the country house.
Those blueprints are a stupid hoard because I guess when the sun hits them they could fade fast so they have to be hung in a dark room. But I love the color obviously and when I bought them I imagined doing a whole wall of them for a shoot. But framing these bad boys isn’t exactly a little or cheap endeavor.
The basket and the bowl are just simple pretty objects that I’ve found incredibly useful on shoots. That basket made itself into 4 different shots in the book.
That HUGE tassel is from the fabric district for a shoot a couple of weeks ago and I have no idea what you do with it, I just wanted to show you my big tassel.
The set of paintings are disgusting and filthy, but they were crazy cheap and once they are cleaned up they are going to be perfect in my country house.
I like wood hand sculptures, obviously. And pretty wood boxes. I have never met a pretty wood box that I haven’t been able to use in a shoot.
Naturally I added some brass to my collection. That flatware is stupid it’s so good – just simple and straight. I’m going to use that in so many tabletop/entertaining shoots.
I’ve hoarded those paintings for a while – old world, traditional frames and just so pretty. AGAIN WITH THE COUNTRY HOUSE INTENTION. Kill me. I think living in a modern mid-century house where everything is fairly new or clean-lined is making me really want a weird old crumbling house full of 1/2 broken furniture, worn antique rugs and creepy portraits of dead strangers. Brian is SOOOOO excited.
So what would you buy? I know there aren’t prices yet, but if you could have any of these pieces what would it be?
*Photos by the lovely Jessica Isaacs