Monday, July 11, 2011

Thrifting Day = FUN

I <3 Thrifting Day was a success in Philly ('burbs that is)!  We had an absolute blast and I'm so glad I was able to make it.  Thanks so much to Diane from In My Own Style for organizing our group and doing a mighty fine job at that (you rock Diane!).  Other bloggers joining us were The Magic That is...Thrift, Madigan Made, and Sporks and Stuff.  And because I'm the worst at taking pictures, please keep an eye out at Diane's blog for lots of photos from the day.

Here are my big finds from the day...chairs for our dining area!!


Grand total for all three chairs...drumroll please...$39.00!  The two matching chairs were $24.00 at 2nd Avenue Value Store.  And the arm chair was $15.00 at Impact Thrift Store.





Now for the paint...decisions decisions.  I have decided that I'm going to paint all three chairs and the bench the same color.  It will just take me forever to decide on a color.  I'm thinking a dark, rich blue - suggestions on a color welcomed!  I'm also going to recover the seat of the arm chair.  You probably can't tell from the picture but there is a pretty sweet vinyl protective covering over the seat right now.

What a day...we all had such a different perspective on our thrift finds, which is what made the day so much fun.  I think at one point I stopped asking people "what do you think you'll do with that?" because I knew they would make it into something spectacular that I'll just have to wait to see.   And we even have some potential spots lined up for our next thrifting event - I can't wait!   The day wouldn't be complete without a little lunch and chit-chat, goodie bags, storytelling, technology tips, and one last thrifting stop at Salvation Army.

Make sure to check out In My Own Style, Madigan Made, Sporks and Stuff, and The Magic That is...Thrift for all of the day's finds.

12 comments:

  1. Can't wait to see the finished chairs and bench of course. Decisions, decisions is right!! Great post!

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  2. What a fun day. I agree that painting them all the same colour is the right way to go (along with your bench I assume?). Can't wait to see what magic you work with it.

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  3. Great finds Holly! Can't wait to see them done. How fun to meet some other bloggers in real life too. If you are ever in Colorado.....

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  4. These chairs are great, Holly! Sounds like a great day. Looking forward to seeing the finished product!

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  5. Your chairs are amazing! I can't wait to see what you do with them. I suffer from indecisiveness as well. Maybe we should start a club.

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  6. Nice score! I can't wait to see what they look like once you work your magic on them.

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  7. I am SOOO jealous. Those are amazing chairs. None of our thrift stores of cool stuff like that for good prices. LUCKY!

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  8. Love the chairs you bought!! What a steal! I'm liking the idea of a deep blue... can't wait to see what you end up with!

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  9. Sounds like so much fun...it is always more fun to thrift in a group! And those chairs will look amazing once finished.

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  10. We are like two little peas in a pod when it comes to thrifting, my dear...I'm like a kid on Christmas! LOVE the chairs...chairs are probably my weakness when it comes to things to re-vamp, can't wait to see what you do with these! I'm glad I found your blog!

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  11. Hols,

    I now that I see the chairs, I think something metallic would look cool on all of the pieces.

    Then you have a neutral in the room that you can spice up with cool chair pillows etc. If you need the chairs re-caned, there is a lady in Roxborough who does it and it's not terribly expensive. You need to be careful when you paint caning as well, because by wetting it, it can shrink (also a helpful hint if the natural caning gets loose or is loose currently, you can spray it with water and it will shrink a bit - thank Chuck for that tidbit), but the same effect is with paint, the caning may shrink a bit so just be careful.

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  12. LOVE those chairs! they're perfect for a mis-matched but pulled together look. do you have a porter paints near you? i always like them for really saturated colors. martha stewart should have some good, deep blues, too. i actually worked on a project like this with brian patrick flynn (the designer i work with) for hgtv--can't find the hgtv link, but here's a photo:
    http://www.columbian.com/news/2011/jan/20/dining-in-style-designers-discuss-how-dining-room/

    i think i actually like your chairs better! :)

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