Monday, November 16, 2009
Day 870: thrift store jackpot
My sister is a Thrift Store Queen. Really, she can always find something great. I really just aspire to such thrifty shopping, but I finally hit the jackpot last week. I guess I was just in the mood to do some junk-sorting, so I stopped by a local Salvation Army for the first time. There were several cute chairs and even a very promising little sofa, but I have neither the time, energy or money for that kind of project at the moment. Not to mention, no place to put them.
I've had art on my mind, so I made a point to look out for a small landscape painting, or something of the sort. Then a pretty bamboo frame caught my eye, and I pulled this lovely item out from the bottom of a dusty stack.
Was I not just talking about birds? What luck! $6.99 and a once-over with a wet rag later, this little swan has a new home.
Then I headed into a back room with mattresses, bed frames, and rugs. I have no idea what possessed me to do it, but I started turning up the corners of some of the rolled-up rugs. And wait, was that seagrass?? My heart started beating a little faster. Yes, yes it is seagrass, and it is BIG. Has to be a 10-by-something. I found some help to get it out of the stack, unrolled and priced. $19.99. Sold! It has some suspicious stains, for sure, but I was physically incapable of leaving it, and knew I had my secret seagrass stain-fighting weapon at home.
I brought it home and spread it out in my carport to let it air out. I gave it a good vacuum, which did help. Do I want to bring it into my house and walk barefoot across it? Not yet. I'm doing a test patch with the carpet cleaner, and I'll let you know how it goes. If I can get it cleaned up, I'm going to have it rebound to match the one in the living room. It will go there, and I'll move the one we have from the living room to the dining room. For 20 bucks, it's worth the effort!