A couple of weeks ago I had the divine pleasure of shopping with my friend Lindsay. We first met at Blissdom, figured out her parents live right here in my very small town, and we’ve been buddies ever since. (Her father is Bre’s dentist – small world, huh?) Now when she comes to visit her parents, I get to see her, too. If you’ve ever met her you will know she is the most amazingly sweet person in the world. I love her to bits 🙂
Before she came to town, we talked and decided to go shopping (of course!) and she also agreed to come over and help me out by decorating my guest house. Thank goodness, because I’m not so great at decorating shelves. She did a fabulous job! All I did was get her what she needed and created a few props.
A set of 70’s encyclopedias came with the travel trailer. They were the only original bits left after we gutted it. I knew we didn’t need them for information purposes, but also knew the shelves I had in my head would need some stuff to go on them. So I kept them, wrapped each on in brown craft paper, and for about $5 worth of paper I had a bunch o’ books to help fill up the shelves.
When Lindsay and I went shopping (literally shopping ‘til I dropped – I had to come home and take a nap!), we went to my favorite local thrift store and I had a slight epiphany. We found all kinds of lamps, but I didn’t really need a lamp. I did, however, remember those lamp slips in the Ballard Designs catalog. $59-$129 each? No, thank you very much.
And then I had my very own (real) lamp form for around $4. If you wanted an exact replica, you could easily paint it white – but I wanted black accents for this particular room. These type lamps are so easy to find at yard sales, Good Will, thrift stores, etc. You could have a whole slew of them for the $129 Ballard price tag!
So did you go thrifting lately? If so, share it over at Rhoda’s party!