11 Things I Thrifted In April
All the very best highlights this month in strange, wonderful, cheap treasures.
April was an excellent month for thrifting. Not that other months are not, but for some reason, the start of spring always seems to spark an abundance of movement and extra-special finds in the preloved universe. Spring is all about revival, and after the turbo cleaning I did on my own closet two weeks ago, I am reviving myself with (just) a handful of new-to-me treasures. Treasures I could not say no to. Treasures that could not/would not be denied. And, for the most part—with the exception of one vintage Courrèges coat—nothing more than $150.
Editing this list down to just 11 was tough, but as we all know, life—and real treasures—are all about choices:
Vintage oversized red-stripe shirt, $40—Given the fit and the versatility of this classic piece (very smock-like!), I probably would have paid a lot more for it. Will be a warmer-weather, all-the-time layering staple, for sure.
Vintage mint-condition bone-colored Coach bag, $40—I found this at American Thrift Store in West Palm Beach, and as I grabbed it off the rack and began to turn it around, I was SURE it was going to have an unholy blemish on it, or some flaw that would make someone give it away. But no such thing. In fact, I found an old coin from Israel inside (as well as an unused toothpick)...which I’m pretty sure is good luck for both the giver and receiver. Thank you, whoever/wherever you are:)
Vintage silk blouse, $99—I bought this one expressly for the print, which reminded me of Alexander Girard or Anni Albers. It fits beautifully and it will definitely be one of the things I hope Raffi keeps and wears long after I’m gone.
Vintage faux pearls, $3—These are heavy and amazing and the clasp is in excellent shape (always check the clasp!). I’m going to wear these with sweatshirts and everything else…forever.
Vintage George Nelson bench, $150—I won this at an auction the night before I returned home from West Palm. I did the phone-in bidding, because the auction started too late and both my mom and I were already in our pajamas by 8 p.m. I basically said, “Excuse me?” when the manager at the auction house told me it was mine for $150. I am basically still in shock. And, if you’re wondering how I’m going to get it home, my mom is a saint and she is navigating this for me out of the goodness of her heart. I love you, mom!
Bentwood kids table/coffee table, free—If you follow my Instagram stories, you know I found a kid’s table wedged between two broken bed frames and carried it home balanced on my head at the start of April. After a good cleaning, I’m happy to report she is already very much a critical part of our daily coloring practice.
Vintage sequin fanny pack, $28—Honestly, the real bonus with this fanny pack, which I originally got for my daughter, is the note & pin that the eBay seller sent with it (handle is ViridianRevival, if anyone is interested).
Pair of metal IKEA tables, free—Again, found on Willow Street recently, where I employed the help of our friend Momo who walked them halfway to my apartment after my friend Janet texted me a photo that they were on the sidewalk (thank you, Janet & Momo!)
Vintage stone sculpture lamp, $10—I found this one at the Goodwill in West Palm Beach this week, texted a photo to my husband, who promptly texted me back, “No.” I didn’t get it, pined for it for another 48 hours and then had my mom swing by again to see if it was still there on our way to the airport. It was. I think with some cleaning or a brightening treatment, my partner will change his tune. And if he doesn’t…well, tough.
Vintage orange plastic tray, $3—Another gem I found in West Palm that I didn’t get and then dreamt about after so many people DM’d me with their thoughts about its origin (most people thought it was a school lunch tray, which would only make sense in the land of giants…it is huge). Regardless, I went back and got it after I was convinced it would be an exceptional tray for cocktail hour snacks or as a desktop organizer. Who cares, though, the color is everything.
Vintage Courrèges Coat, $1,300—I know, I know… $1,300? I’m sorry, I couldn’t not do it. As a lover of Courrèges, I know how rare this coat is as well as how fair the price was for such a mint piece. It fit like it was made for me. I have indeed been looking for a simple tailored raincoat like this, and….it’s lined in royal blue corduroy. Royal blue corduroy! The owner Louise of Palm Beach Vintage told me it belonged to a woman who collected Courrèges, which made me so curious about her, as well as where she lived and what cocktail she favored. Wherever/whatever dimension or zip code she is now residing in, I hope she knows how lucky I am to have it…and I hope she approves:)…xxCb