First-time guests to our space are subjected to a groan-inducing ritual: a detailed tour of each of our large scale items, where they were found and just how much was paid for them (which, save for two pieces, is a resounding "nothing!" we exclaim each time). It's not that we never buy anything for our space that's new; we just love showcasing our best thrift finds.
And, judging the looks of curiosity and yes—sometimes jealously—we know our guests are usually a bit interested, too. Not only a great ice breaker at parties, this tour often leads to a long discussion of just where they got their best thrift finds, too (and subsequently, gives us great leads for where we should start looking next!)
In case you don't have guests and friends as nice and accommodating of your thrifty finds as us, feel free to use this post as a time to brag. Share with us your best Craigslist or thrift store find ever. And especially share if you learned anything from your find (like the best time to peruse Craigslist in your area, or when a certain store always gets in a new shipment of vintage finds). Unless of course you want to keep the secret to yourself!
(Photos: Adrienne Breaux, not her home or her sweet vintage finds, though)