At heart, I am such a hoarder. In reality though, the only reason I have far more stuff than I need is because I have four children. I’m actually quite ruthless when it comes to getting rid of unneeded or disused items. I’m always donating, giving away or on-selling my pre-loved gems. You wouldn’t know it to look around right now (I haven’t tidied today) but I am definitely an ‘A place for everything and everything in it’s place’ type of gal. It comes in handy when somebody has lost something because there are usually only up to 3 places any particular item could be. That is unless my son Davis gets his hands on it, then who knows where it’s gone; that kid loses everything, gotta love him!
Because I have hoarding tendencies (these run deep in my family) I am addicted to second hand shopping. The only difference is, I (usually) only buy when I have a need. I’ve written about my sometimes over the top spending-control urges before. T I G H T. It’s more the thrill of the hunt that I want, so I’m happy to walk away empty handed. I just like to go out and find hidden gems, it gets my creativity flowing.
Often when I’m out I’ll take photos of objects I find, maybe so I can shove the photo in my husband’s face and be all “We totally need this, right?!” and he just looks at me like … Uhhh nup crazy girl, that’s really ugly and by the way don’t you already have 20?
Today I had an hour to kill so I went and settled my addiction. I took some photo’s to share with you all so you can see what I see in these old things and how my mind works!
Let’s start here. This rack looks like nothing special but for $1 you could buy gorgeous old scarves and use them to create cushions, or wear them if you’re one of those people that is able to. They also had handmade aprons at thew back of the rack, one of which I really took a liking to and think I should grab for myself or my daughter. Most likely my daughter, she bakes way more than I do.
I love-love-love this ceramic conch shell. A beautiful white on the outside and pink on the inside! This is definitely on my wishlist.
These two chairs obviously come from the same set. One is in slightly worse condition than the other but they’re still in great shape. Even though I’m not normally a fan of brown or leather, this appealed. The details in their design are gorgeous, lots of studs lining the shape and fabulous tufting, I can totally see these being used in a reading corner.
These are some old record covers. I saw the left one first and thought it’s colours were great. When I picked it up to there was a second album from the same group behind it. I would take these and frame them to create affordable artwork for a child’s space.
Oooo, now we’re talking! I am obsessed with old dressers. This photo makes it out to be in a a lot better condition than it is. I just like it how it is already, but obviously I’d restore it to make it last another 50 years.
Something kept drawing me back to this bed. I probably would have walked out with it if we needed it. It’s a double bed and I want to put it in my daughters room. It would get a major makeover first though.
Yet another dresser, I reeeeeeally liked this one. There’s this one little detail about this piece that made it a stand out piece for me. I wonder if anyone can spot it?
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