I've always been a lover of vintage things. Clothing, jewelry, textiles, decor and papery. I would have to say that there is no specific decade that is my ultimate favorite but lean towards things from the 50's era. Because of that love, I started sharing my vintage thrift store finds on my blog. I wanted to keep it strictly to my shopping excursions to thrift shops, flea markets and antique malls but occasionally I did share snippets of my personal life. Those remains are now deposited in my Timeless Me blog as I wanted to start anew with Timeless Things.
I will focus on my thrift store shopping, flea market hunting and antique mall shops to show readers of the treasures I have found and will re-purpose (in some cases, not all) furniture pieces to new life. I have an adoration to mid-century decor but I also have a passion for the shabby chic/cottage decor. My home has a definite mix of many styles and it all melds together quite nicely. If I see a particular piece of decor or furniture, I try to envision it in my home. If it needs work, then I definitely put my mind to work and immediately jot down what color it should be and anything about it that needs some tweaking. It really is a lot of fun figuring out how a particular piece will turn out.
The way I thrift store shop is done in a very structured manner. I make the rounds of my home and determine if a space is needing something special, something dynamic. I make a list of items needed:
Shelves for an empty wall
A bookcase for my study
A rug for placing underneath some new/old chairs I just painted
Large decor for any empty spaces on my walls. I have a very high ceiling in my foyer and lots of empty wall space above the front door and a half wall that is above the staircase.
I always manage to find any needed items if I really stick to my list. Typically, after I've acquired my necessities, I look for things that tickle me pink!
My advice is always the same: "Thrift store shopping is a thrill because you know upon sight, when a painting, book ends or an end table is going to work for you and your home. Take it, don't leave it behind."
I hope I can inspire you with my finds and how I use them in my home. Everything should have a purpose. I use my fancy plates, vintage dish towels and napkins. I also have an extensive collection of vintage aprons which get used. I don't use them as decor but as something functional that I need use of. Plus, I look smashing in a pink tulle apron from the 50's!
Have fun and thrift away!
My old headers for Timeless Things. I couldn't afford to pay to have one made so I always relied on Fotoflexer and Picnik (now Ribbet) and made them myself.