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We have today off from the clinic, which is very nice.  We took the day off so we could head over to my in-laws’ to celebrate my nephew’s birthday – but since that isn’t until 2:00, we had the entire morning to relax.  And we wanted to spend our time thrifting.  Y’all know we love to thrift.


Fellow thrifters, can we please talk about the following phenomenon:  When you have no cash to spare or you live in a too-small apartment, you see millions of things that you would love to buy.  But when you save up your money and have rooms to furnish, all the items are ugly, worn-out, or too pricey.  What gives?!


Can we also talk about this?


Not trying to be mean, Mr. Devil Clown / Terrifying Birthday Boy, but what… the… heck?  And who would hang this on their wall?!


I did find some pretty things – like this vintage chandelier.  Too bad I’m not looking for a chandelier!


And this white dresser.  Too bad I’m not looking for a dresser!


Oh, want to know my super simple secret for knowing where furniture will look ‘right’ in a space? You know, not too big or too small?  I have the Husband stand against the wall, spread out his arms, and snap a picture on my phone.  Then, he stands in front of the furniture in question and I compare it to the image.  Hah.  I guess I could just bring a tape measure, but let’s be real – our garage looks like a tornado whipped through it; I couldn’t find the tape measurer if you threatened to force me to buy that clown painting and hang it on the nursery wall.


Finally located something nice – it just wasn’t a thrift store find.  Pretty, huh?


She now resides in my living room!


Eats, Eats, Eats


Pumpkin seeds for shoppin’ fuel, and eggs and hummus on rice cakes to hold me over until the late birthday party lunch.

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So… did I miss an epic design opportunity with the clown painting?  Should I have scored that chandelier?  I get massive buyer’s remorse – not because of what I purchased, but what I left behind!  Winking smile



  • Claire @ Live and Love to Eat April 6, 2012, 1:11 pm

    Love the chair – and your measurement technique!

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats April 6, 2012, 1:12 pm

    Haha you definitely should NOT have bought that clown painting, and cute chair!!!

  • Caitlin @ This Bride's Joyride April 6, 2012, 1:13 pm

    I do not like clowns, so that picture is just NOT something I would ever consider hanging. But seriously, I’m trying to picture the homes that would hang that?

    Love the fabric on the new chair! Can’t wait to see more of a house tour!

  • Dana April 6, 2012, 1:14 pm

    We found a bunch of creepy clown stuff in our house when we bought it. My tenants and I have just gone with it and have a bit of a creepy clown collection going in the laundry room of the basement 😉

  • Melissa April 6, 2012, 1:15 pm

    Love the measurement technique – even with a tape measure, sometimes you need perspective. That dresser – love it! (I guess you can only have so many dressers though!)

  • Becca April 6, 2012, 1:36 pm

    Haha love the measuring idea! It’s really smart actually 🙂 I have buyers remorse about the items I buy. I am forever trying to figure out if an item was worth the money.. I’m silly.

  • Michelle April 6, 2012, 1:40 pm

    Could you just send that chandelier and dresser over this way? Ha! I’m looking for something like that for my room and haven’t had any luck yet. Maybe I ought to shop in Charlotte.

  • Faith @ For the Health of It April 6, 2012, 1:41 pm

    Have you seen the “adventures in thrifting” series on hello giggles? It’s priceless!

  • Judith Scott April 6, 2012, 1:41 pm

    Although I’ve read you frequently over the years, I have never commented (congrats on la bebe, BTW!).
    As I have a degree in Art History and am an Interior Designer, I feel well qualified to comment on your post.
    1st, the clown picture, OMG!Not only is the brush work crappy, I feel this artist (?) has a lot of anger..wonder if he/she actually used a real person as the face. Can you imagine a little kid, face all painted white, excited to see his portrait, and then that image? It probably scarred him for life.
    2nd re your purchases or non-purchases, love the chair, wish I could see the entire room it lives in. I have a furniture consignment store right down the street, which I visit frequently, even though I don’t need a darn thing. Saw a beautiful painted armoire there the other day, and put it on hold for 24 hours…can you do that where you shop? You might suggest it to the owners. It gives you a chance to think about it and usually when other shoppers see something on hold, it means it’s desirable, so they immediately want it too. So, I waited over the 24 hour period, went back and it was GONE 🙁 Guess it just wasn’t meant to be.
    Good luck with your house furnishing, I admire the method you are using, and the husband against the wall thing is pure genius!

  • Kaitlyn April 6, 2012, 2:12 pm

    I love thrifting. Nothing is better than a hot cup of chai and perusing the local thrift stores, flea markets, and antique shops. It is so relaxing and creative!

  • Amber K April 6, 2012, 2:19 pm

    Okay that is the creepiest thing ever. What is with that clown picture? I don’t even find clowns that odd, but that thing is…scary!

    • Jen April 7, 2012, 4:18 am

      Agreed…I generally have no problem with clowns, but THAT could be nightmare-inducing! Eeeeeeek!!!

  • Laura is Undeterrable April 6, 2012, 2:22 pm

    I feel like that clown painting could be an excellent prank gift if the price was right. I have a ceramic clown at my desk at work that I won at Festivus. I use it to threaten my project managers. Review these documents or you get the clown!

  • allison April 6, 2012, 2:45 pm

    i’m sorry but that pic of your hubby is adorable!!

    and i do love that chair!

  • Shannon April 6, 2012, 3:05 pm

    Loving that dresser!

  • Lisa in IL April 6, 2012, 3:05 pm

    If the price was right I would snatch up that clown painting in a nanosecond, paint over it with primer & have myself a fresh blank canvas to work on. Have you seen the price of canvas at the craft store lately? I have a project I’m just achin to do but even with a coupon I can’t bring myself to spend $$$ on a canvas for a project!

  • Linz @ Itz Linz April 6, 2012, 4:20 pm

    That clown painting was just creepy! The chandelier was very pretty! But if you don’t need one then there’s no sense in buying one!

  • Allie April 6, 2012, 4:32 pm

    Sleepy Poet?
    That chair! What an awesome find ;).

  • Courtney April 6, 2012, 4:49 pm

    Love that chair! And the scary clown painting will give me nightmares D:

  • Jess April 6, 2012, 4:52 pm

    Love the chair! West Elm?

  • Laura @ She Eats Well April 6, 2012, 4:56 pm

    That chandelier is absolutely gorgeous! As is the dresser. You have got some great thrift shops around you and/or you’re a great finder! 🙂

  • Crystal April 6, 2012, 5:04 pm

    Love the chair! I am curious about this nephew, I have never heard you mention any nieces/nephews on the blog?

  • Kristin April 6, 2012, 5:53 pm

    That’s just my luck with thrifting.
    (And I love your method of measuring! xD)

  • Christin April 6, 2012, 5:56 pm

    I had the same experience today with thrift store shopping!! I had three pieces I need to find, and we struck out at every place we visited. Figures. It was still fun, though.

    Maybe we need to come to Charlotte and check out your favorite thrift store. Not too far from Lenoir, where I live. 🙂

  • Tracey April 6, 2012, 5:58 pm

    I measure everything in the very scientific “Tracey feet”. As in however many of MY feet. Tough when ordering things online, however.

  • Moni Meals April 6, 2012, 6:17 pm

    now that is how you measure something, haha. I totally do that and always wing it and it works great. 🙂
    really neat stuff!

  • Elizabeth @ reads recipes runs April 6, 2012, 6:20 pm

    I want that dresser!!!!! It’s the PERFECT one I’ve been looking for. Too bad I am all the way in Utah! Do you think they’d deliver? 😉

  • Erin @ The Grass Skirt April 6, 2012, 6:22 pm

    I am deathly afraid of clowns and it all started with a clown painting that my mother hung in my room when I was a child. The one that you saw is 100x worse. If anyone ever hung that one in my room, I would have died of horror.

  • Carin April 6, 2012, 8:30 pm

    Love the husband’s “I’m the England goalie” pose – aren’t you tempted to try for a penalty shootout whilst he’s in position?

  • Debbie April 6, 2012, 9:33 pm

    That dresser would make a fabulous buffet!

  • Ashley April 6, 2012, 9:52 pm

    the measuring technique with picture made me laugh for a good 5 minutes straight. very cute.

  • Amykinz @ Foodie 4 Healing April 6, 2012, 11:42 pm

    OMG, I want that clown picture! j/k 😉 But, I really do want that chandelier and that dresser!!!

  • Quisha April 7, 2012, 12:01 pm

    Ahhh love that dresser!!!!

  • Emily C April 7, 2012, 2:18 pm

    Hahahah! I’m so glad you took a photo of that clown painting! I’m long term subbing for an elementary art teacher right now, so it’s not my room but one day the kids were looking through the book shelf and were like, Uhm…Ms. Conner, what is THIS?! And there were all these postcard-sized clown painting reproductions – the kids were terrified. I have no idea what those images were doing in there but I definitely put them away ASAP. That being said, you definitely missed out on a great opportunity with that painting for nursery decor.

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