18 June 2010

Thrifting.

Yesterday I posted about how I summer-ize my apartment.

And I showed you a picture of our bedroom all cooled off
Well, in that picture (at the very top) you can see a map hanging over our bed. 
It is a poster I found for $3.00! 
But, there are NO poster sized frames to be had on this base... 
Unless...
I want a customized frame from the kind, but expensive frame makers.

No, thank-you.

So I taped it up there! 
See: 
Well - after I posted this I decided something had to be done...
So I went thrifting. 

And I found this gem: 
The person that put this puzzle together spent ALOT of time doing so!
I'm not going to lie, I felt bad ripping it off of the backing. 
So I sent out a quick thank-you to that person!

There were so many of these framed puzzles! 
I chose this one for the wooden frame 
because it had hooks on the back ready to hang. 

Silly me didn't take any measurements... 
So, I eye-balled it and thought, "this could work!"

And it did:

And so now our bedroom has a beautifully framed map 
and the total cost was $8.00!

$8.00!!!
Its funny how such a small thing, 
like a $5.00 frame, 
could really enhance a space. 

Think about that next time you want to upgrade something. 
First try something simple.

Wanna see what else I bought??? 
There are 2 things I LOVE about thrifting in Japan: 
The pottery: 

Crackled vase: $3.00

And the Kimonos:
Kimono Layer: $6.00
It has such a beautiful pattern. 
And it is in really great condition! 


When I bought it I was thinking I could use the fabric for some cute pillows! 
And it just so happens that these pillows fit right into the sleeve of the kimono! 

This summer, while I have some time, 
I'm thinking about taking this super special route to the thrift stores around the area. 
I think there are 9 of them! 

I'm looking for company, so just drop $1500 on a plane ticket, 
fly 10,000 miles and come join me! 

9 comments:

  1. Amanda BurdickJune 18, 2010

    I LOVE that vase in the first pic!! what a great find - you are so creative!! I love your new Kimono pillows - what an inexpensive way to take a little Japan back to the states with you!!

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  2. Haha, I would love to come visit. I can never find good deals like this :).

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  3. Awesome! Thats wonderful that you found these at a great price! Everything looks amazing! You are soo CRAFTY! :] Wish I had the money to drop everything & fly with you back to the states!

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  4. Umm... YES! I am so game! count me in, you have wonderful taste Kate, and such creativity. I would never have thought about using a kimono as a pillowcase. SO awesome!

    -Jessilyn

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  5. the map idea is great!

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  6. Those pillows are AWESOME! :)

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  7. Are you on mainland? can you still take the special route to the thrift stores in October? If so, I'm in as soon as we get there!

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  8. Good work!! The picture looks so nice in your room!

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