Monday, February 24, 2014

Thrift Store Finds

Time for another round of thrift store finds! These items were photographed on two different trips. Mom and I went to Habitat on a Wednesday morning and then J accompanied me to Habitat and the Arc in the next town over on Saturday. I had been to the Arc once before with my thrifting brother-in-law and decided to check it out again in preparation for Melinda's spring break trip. Habitat had a better selection of furniture, but the Arc has more home items. I made a small purchase at both, one of which is a new project! Yes, I know. I purchased something else before making any progress on my current list of projects. It is an illness.



This piece of furniture is so cool. The legs and geometric pattern are very much in style right now. The left side has shelving while the right side has a set of drawers hidden behind the doors. The hardware is awesome, as well. The current price is $75, but there is a downside. The wood smells like smoke. So sad! I don't have space to put this piece, but I decided to research removing cigarette odor from wood.

Multiple websites suggested the following: wipe down all surfaces with white vinegar, then sprinkle baking soda all around the interior. Vacuum out the baking soda regularly and replace with new soda until the odor is gone. You can also use coffee grounds to absorb the smell or place the furniture outside with all the doors opened to allow the odor to dissipate. That last option won't work in Florida where we have high humidity and frequent rains, but it would have been great when I lived in Vegas. Let us know if you have experience removing cigarette smells from furniture. It is so sad to pass up a great piece because of the smell!




Mother bought this small painting for $1.50 at Habitat. The canvas had been signed on the back, but not by anyone we recognized. She has already set it up in the corner her family room on a side table.


This set of four metal coasters is $1 and comes with the charming stand. You can't beat that price.


Habitat had two whole tables of lamps for about $5 each, not including shades. This pink and brass one is so pretty! I didn't buy it but now that I am looking at this picture, I may have to run back and grab it - assuming it is still there.


I wasn't crazy about the color of this green lamp, but the shape is great. Imagine it entirely white or metallic. Fun fun! By the way, Habitat tests all their lamps to make sure the wiring is still functioning. You can see the sticker on the blue lamp in the background.


These chairs are in rough shape, but the legs are great. You could get them recovered and do something about the wood on the arms. For $15 each, you could restore them into something really exciting.


These end tables look like mushrooms according to J. He also said they were made out of cheap material and definitely not wood, which means the $30 for each price tag is a bit high. They have been on the floor since Feb 15, so if you are patient (and don't mind them being swiped by another shopper) you could wait until March and ask for a better price. They need to be a better color. Use them as an opportunity to test out a metallic faux finish with Modern Masters, carried in high end paint stores like mine!


This reminded me of a wheelless bar cart. The gold finish has some scratches on the legs but the glass is in good condition and it seemed pretty stable overall. The price is $35



This is a $250 set that includes the dresser, chest of drawers, mirror, and night stand. The drawers are dovetailed and that hardware is amazing. Those squat legs are also great. Think of the possibilities!


This coat was at the Arc and the collar is real rabbit fur, according to my expert fingers. I couldn't find a price, but the whole thing was in pretty good condition.



This table and six chairs set is $250 at the Arc. That seems like a lot considering the caning needs replacing in three of the chairs and all need reupholstering. The surface of the table is not high quality either. I have never asked for a lower price at the Arc, but it is always worth a try.



The cushions need restuffing and recovering, unless 1970s green/yellow is your thing. However, the wood frame is good even if the surface is a bit rough and the $20 price tag is hard to pass up if you like this style.


This set of eight glasses and a bowl was really cute. Price is $15, as you can see in the picture. The metallic part had some damage, which you can spot if you look closely at the front right cup. It would be a great housewarming or bridal shower gift for your friend who loves old but modern stuff.