I haven’t had too much time to browse second-hand stores lately so this round-up actually covers about 4 months. I picked up these two first items at Pennywise, a thrift shop in Westminster a couple of minutes away from where I used to live. I actually bought these on two separate occasions. The first a porcelain butterfly:
It is marked with a made in Japan sticker and the base has a metal clip so you can display it. It looks so whimsical perched on my lampshade:
I’ve had a collection of black and white photos for years now, many of which I purchased at a swap meet in Arizona. I had 5 of them matted in these black and white eclectic frames in my house. I created the mats myself… well “mats” is really too nice a word for the cheap paper I used.
When I moved, I hung them back up, but I wanted to re-do the mats and add a picture to the 5th frame. So they’ve hung like this for 3 months:
I finally got around to ordering custom mats 2 weeks ago, from matboardandmore.com. Their site is fantastic, tons of options and super easy and cheap to order weird sized openings.
I received the mats a couple of days ago, I went with a similar color to the paper I had previously used. Photo grey with black core:
I think the grey looks very nice with the old sepia/black and white colors of the photos:
I was less than $30 to mat all 5 of the photos, and I’m glad to have this off my to-do list. Quick and easy projects are the best when you want to feel like your’e accomplishing something! The frames and photos don’t look nearly as good on the white walls of my basement room as they did in my studio room but I’ll move again soon enough. For now I’m glad my vintage photos are protected in the beautiful way. If you need new mats check out Matboard and More.
“The Stray” Margaret Keane $195, “First Love” Kane $29, “Pity Kitty” Gig $45
Even if you haven’t seen the recent movie “Big Eyes” I’m sure this style is something you recognize, sentimental figures, exaggerated style, with enormous eyes. Since they were mass produced throughout the 60’s and 70’s they are common thrift store stock.
In my last post I showed you my new little thrifted marble topped plant stand:
The wood legs and base are in decent shape, but the wood top in between the marble and legs has significant water damage.
The marble top was badly scratched, had several deep water mark and was generally yellowed. Since I don’t know yet what I will be doing to the wood base, I thought I would at least tackle getting the marble clean.