Thrifting has always been a part of  my growing up in New York City.  I recall when I enjoyed exploring the East Village at night and bought vintage clothing, records, and Ray’s Pizza.  Those days were great.  Finding one-of-a-kind pieces, mixing and matching, repurposing and saving money are a few of the reasons I still enjoy thrifting.

There is a little thrift shop not far from home,  I recently visited.  I’ve passed the store many times, but never had time to go in.   It is a little out of the way from my usual errand route, about 25 mintues.   With my bag in hand, I like to bring my own, I entered and started my search.  






All it took was 50 mintues to find a few little treasures.  What’s in the bag?  Here is what I found:  soup bowls, salad and bread plates, brass candle holders, vintage crystal.   The price tag,  $1/each.  My big find was a pair of Ystad Swedish candle sticks $15.   The pheasant feathers were complimentary.


 The store keeper was very gracious and kind.   I had a great day.    Here are a few tips.  Combine one-of-a-kind items, together with what you have at home.  Look at magazines and find inspiring ideas.  Go for a hunt in your local thrift stores.  Revisit regularly, because merchandise changes.  Are you a thrifter?  What was your best find?

About Ivy de Leon

From decorating and home staging to entertaining and gardening, I enjoy bringing traditional style to each project. I love to combine new and vintage market finds to create elevated and inviting spaces for today's modern lifestyle. CONTACT: IVY@IVYDELEON.COM
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