Provenance: St. Paul’s Rummage Sale, Ocean Grove
I bought this the day before “stuff-everything” day (see #5 on my list). It is in perfect condition and may be the best way I’ve ever spent a quarter (aside from on pinball). It’s been used for marinara sauce on pasta night and for caramel sauce on a dessert buffet, so yay for using!
7. Wall mirror. Cost: $3
Provenance: Yard Sale, Oceanport
Virtually everything at this yard sale was overpriced. Laughably overpriced, in fact. Except for this dandy mirror at a mere three bucks. Plus it weighs a ton, so that's really only pennies a pound. (Note how I rationalize my purchases.)
8. Annie Selke fabric. Cost: $5/yard ($10)
Provenance: Allaire State Park Flea Market
My friend Jim and I almost plotzed when we saw this Annie Selke fabric poking out from under a pile of bolts festooned with dancing rabbits, neon roosters and the like. The only shame of this is that I only bought two yards. It was a hot day and clearly I wasn’t properly hydrated. Had I been of sane mind I would have bought the rest of the bolt and made fabulous curtains. Live and learn, fellow thrifters. Live and learn.
9. Pair of Yugoslavian Roussell chairs: $3
Provenance: Estate Sale, West Long Branch
What are Yugoslavian Roussell chairs, and how do I know these are they? Well:
True, they're nothing fancy, but this definitely qualifies as a non-tchotchke practical purchase. Plus they’re so cute and vintage looking and we needed extra seating for al fresco dining on the porch (with my vintage tablecloths, of course). And, hello: Three bucks a pair! Score.
10. “Mrs. Johnson.” Cost: $2
Provenance: Trinity Church Asbury Park Thrift Sale
This large oil on board portrait was the true score of the year.
I spent a lot of Saturdays rummaging and thrifting with my friend Jim in 2010. A LOT. And artwork just seemed to jump into our hands. We’ve amassed quite a collection of gems which probably deserve a post of their own. But Mrs. Johnson, oh Mrs. Johnson. Thank you for hopping out of a pile of crap and into my loving arms. And thanks to my friends Terry and Peter at Tumblety Howell Art for helping me put her damaged frame back together again.
At first I considered ditching the frame, but when I saw the artist signed it (along with signing the back of the painting) I realized it was original and really wanted to make it work.
I did a little online research and it turns out S.W. Peabody was Susan W. Peabody, who was a student at the Art Institute of Chicago in the 1920s. She had a couple of student exhibitions there, and appears to have been a benefactor to a number of museums over the years. Now whether or not she's related to the Peabody artsy patron family I don't know. But I'd sure like to think so!
I am so excited by this purchase I can’t even tell you. (Well, I guess I did tell you.)
I’d love to see your favorite thrifty find of 2010. Do tell!