You didn't know that there are also trends in the land of garage and estate sales, did you? The fine folks over at Tag Sale Style conducted a survey of estate sale companies, and asked what items are selling well second hand. This is what they came up with for results, all spelled out in the form of a nifty pie chart.
A few years ago, I searched our reader comment threads for tales of remarkable secondhand finds and shared them in a post. It was a fun, inspiring read and I'm sure more than one person headed out to their thrift shop or onto Craigslist after learning about the possibilities. An added bonus was that it brought out a whole new round of amazing shopping stories, which I've gathered here today - get ready to get jealous as you read on...
Lighting makes the room, and a beautiful table lamp can punctuate a space like little else. A great source for the above is Lotte Lamps, a family-run company which to this day produces beautiful pieces of mid-century design. Read on for a brief history of the company, as well as shopping resources for this modern design classic.
Inspired by vintage tea towels and their humble stripes, Corrine from The Purl Bee set out to make her own version of the classic. She opted for a sturdy linen and cotton blend fabric, and chose a bright tomato red thread. For a more modern look, she also experimented with neon colored thread.
I stumbled on the idea of using tea tins for a mini container garden the other day when looking around for an attractive option that would fit on my windowsill. Perusing Pinterest later I found that plenty of people have had the same thought with great results.
Crewel embroidery is a particular type of embroidery that uses thick woolen thread, stitched freehand in blocks of color. Crewel pieces are an excellent addition to the walls of an eclectic-collector style kids' room. Thrift stores are great places to pick these up, but for those of you who can't wait for the next trip to Goodwill, here is a roundup of ten great new and vintage options online.
In a theater or media room, film reels are a great way to infuse some clever industrial style. But it's easy to cross the line from creative to campy. Here's five rooms— kitchens, a living room and an office among them—that got it right.
Maura Grace Ambrose founded Folk Fibers with the goal to "share the craft and folklore that prevails around natural dyes and quilting." Each of her quilts is hand quilted in Austin, Texas and is made using 100% natural fibers.
Name:Sophia Kramer & Nico (her 17 year old cat) Location: New York, NY Size: 450 sq ft Years lived in: 5 years; Rented
Sophia Kramer is a book conservator and binder. Her work requires an immense amount of talent and is a profession that is rare and special, just like Sophia's home. The eclectic mix of modern, vintage, and auction finds all seem to fit into place here, as if all the pieces agreed to rendezvous at her apartment.
Here's a quick and easy project for parties of all types; whether for kids or adults, casual or formal. These tiered stands are inexpensive to make, and a great way to use old dishes destined for donation. They also look just fancy enough and add great height to a dessert table — all good things.