Well of course you know that I love my Goodwill. I say "my" because I tend to claim everything as mine. I love love love to share but I love things to be mine. You know, like "my post office."
No my post office isn't built on a slope. It was windy on this day and I kind of got blown sideways a little. ;-)
Oh but this IS my post office where YOUR beautiful, precious, gorgeous, lovely, and did I say beautiful, hearts are arriving for our Jack. Thank you. Thank you.
Back to my Goodwill ... I need to take a photo of my favorite people who work there like Debbie and Pat. And yes they are my Debbie and Pat. ;-) They are the sweetest and I always enjoying seeing them when I stop in, even if Debbie does tease me that I "buy the ugliest things." Silly Debbie! They are not ugly to me! Oh her name really isn't Debbie - I just always call her that because she looks like a Debbie. She is very good-natured to put up with MY silliness.
She wasn't working the other day when I bought a vintage shower curtain so I do not know if she would think this is ugly or not. After washing it, I thought it would be fun to use the shower curtain as a tablecloth.
I found the white chunky candlestick that day too. I know, I know, I MUST get new candles!
Anyway, I am often asked how do I find the decorative things that I do for Daisy Cottage when thrifting. It really is easy to do and you can do the same for your home too. Here are a few simple tips that I will share with you along with my vanilla ice cream. ;-)
1. Know your favorite colors; know your style; and try not to get overwhelmed and distracted. Let's say your favorite color is purple. When you remember this, your eye will see everything that is purple. I promise! Practice this for a few days if you need to. The yellow shower curtain was hanging out with lots of other ones in different patterns and colors. But when I saw yellow peeking out of the rack as I walked by, I stopped to look and knowing that I could use the curtain in some fashion, it came home with me.
2. Try not to ponder too much about where you will put things or what you will use them for when thrifting. If you have change in your pocket and the price is right and the color is right and the style is right, and most importantly, you love it, then go ahead and bring it home with you! You will find that your thrifting treasures can be enjoyed everywhere in your house and even on your porches too. They may also end up in your gardens. They become perfect just-because gifts and extra special one-of-a-kind gifts. For example, let's say that I don't want the $6 white candlestick anymore. I can wrap it up in tissue and tuck it in a gift bag for someone who would love it. I can leave it on a neighbor's porch as a little surprise. I can pass it down to my children and their friends as they build their own nests. You will also find that you'll use your thrifted goodies in creative ways as you learn to repurpose and think outside of the box! Honestly, when you know what you love and the look that you want, these things seem to find you! It will be as if they are softly calling YOUR name and whispering, "Will you take me home? I am still useful! Pretty please?" ;-)
3. Lay claim on your favorite thrift stores and make them your own by visiting them as often as you can and referring to them as yours. For example:
"I'm going to MY Goodwill. Back soon." Or "I'm running into MY thrift shop downtown. Back soon." Or "I'm going to see if MY Habitat for Humanity has a chandelier. Back soon."
Today the shower curtain is being called a tablecloth but tomorrow it may be a window valance and the next day it may cozily layer a chair. And the day after that it may become pillows. Who knows? It may even be a shower curtain again one day.
For now - it just wants to play.
And so do I.