My friend Juliet came to visit because she’s moving to New York in the fall and needs to find an apartment, so naturally I dragged her to go thrifting with me instead. My house, my rules.
And I’m so glad I did. Hello, gorgeous. Welcome to my home.
On recommendation from a superbly savvy reader, I visited Green Village in Brooklyn. It’s magnificent. Aisle upon cramped aisle of junk like you wouldn’t believe, stacked to the ceiling. Luckily, I am tiny and agile, with a kind of monkey-like strength that renders me useless at lifting anything but my own bodyweight. I was a beast at rock-climbing at summer camp; high school crew team, not so much. So the barricade of sofas, upturned tables, and assorted chairs that blocked the back corner of the store was no match for me, despite discouraging every other sane shopper from even attempting a glance.
I risked life and limb, unsure of what I’d find. And then there she was, right in front of me, poking out from a mound of crap. I pulled her out. Things toppled over all around us. I didn’t care.
The price? $35! I tried to haggle for the challenge, but my heart wasn’t in it. A Bertoia side chair for $35? I mean, come on. Oddly, he almost seemed willing to waver on the price of the chair, but was steadfast on the $35 he also quoted for a lovably fugly little needlepoint I was also eyeing because “that’s a nice piece.” To each their own.
She was grimy and looked rusty, but a full hour in front of the TV with a toothbrush and a Magic Eraser (Mr. Clean does mean “magic” literally) made her gleam like the sun. Even the grey naugahyde seat pad cleaned up okay.
You don’t even have to say it: I like the olive Eames Shell better for the desk, too. But I have to make everyone feel special, at least for a little while. Them’s the rules.
In that vein, holla-back to the groovy ladies at Re-Nest, Green Your Decor, and Rearranged Design, who made me feel pretty special when they wrote about my bed on their blogs! If you’re here because they sent you, congratulations for making the right choice and clicking that link. You won’t regret it. Did I mention you have beautiful eyes?