Tuesday, May 4, 2010

In The Trenches - Decorating

There can't be anything much more fun than picking up a friend and hitting the garage sales early on a Friday or Saturday morning.  The treasures are out there for you to find if you are willing to search for them.  This cannot be more true than in the area of decorating.  Sure it's easy to go into a store and pick out a whole new room of furniture but how much more fun to contemplate each individual piece and apply your own personal artestry to make the room a masterpiece.  Each piece has a story to tell.  Here are some of the places you can begin your hunt.
  • Ads in the paper.
  • 2nd hand stores
  • Antique Stores
  • Garage Sales
  • Auctions
  • Family attics and give aways
  • Ebay
  • Trade with friends
  • Gifts
  • Swap meets
  • Estate Sales
One of my favorite pieces of furniture is a triple dresser that I picked up when I was about 20.  The piece is so heavy that it takes three people to move it and the mirror is huge.  The style is Asian.  The garage sale wanted one hundred dollars and at the time all I had was eighty.  I made the offer and they took it and I about jumped for joy for the beauty of it.  I still have it all these years later and it looks as good as it did then except for the corner our big dog took a chew on, God rest his soul.

Whether you like antique or ultra sleek it's all out there and someone wants to get rid of it. 


the frugal bohemian said...

Thanks for the article. I'm with you. I love yard sale season and thrift stores, auctions and flea markets.

When I lived in NYC, smack dab in the midst of three colleges, my roomies and I discovered the joys of "trolling" (trash picking to some). People routinely left stuff on the curb when they moved as it cost too much to transport. Trolling was common practice among the student crowd and great fun especially if you needed a break during exam week.

Now that I'm a respectable suburbanite we still see amazing discards in our area. Some were passed on to us by fellow trollers. Some we passed on to others. We have a Victrola cabinet, enameled sign, and vintage oak telephone table acquired that way.

Freecycle is another source for free to you furnishings. Go up a notch. Our local everything paper offers free "for sale" ads and the prices are very modest. I suppose pennysaver papers work in a similar way. And then there's Craigslist.

I've found that no matter how you obtain things, if you're true to your own sensiblities, everything looks good together.

Carol said...

Not to far from us a small town has two annual garage sales. Once on Memorial Day and the other on Labor Day. The whole stretch of highway for 30 miles is garage sales. The inside of the town is walking room only. People come from all over the state to shop. And, of course they have the food booths so people can enjoy the day.