The Best Things In Life Are…Six Dollars?

We’ll start this post with a yahoo! and congratulations to Amber for winning our necklace giveaway from Etsy shop budpnq (say “budbud”) and artist Katie Fenske Bridges. Congratulations to Amber and thank you to all who entered. Amber, I’ll shoot you a note about receiving your beautiful new necklace.

Now, to today’s post:

We’re thrifty people and loooove a good bargain. Since I dig interior design and house tinkering so much, I long ago learned how to shop garage sales and thrift stores for items for my home. I even once spray painted simple wooden dowels a silvery textured paint so they would look like metal curtain rods underneath some sheer dotted panels. Friend, I know some serious skillz. I am also blessed with patience. If I want something, I will save and stalk it and save some more.

Lately, three things have entered our home from thrift stores that each cost about $6. I like the price! And I like what we found.

This is the iconic Umbra OH! Chair. They hit the scene back in 1999 and are still made today. Designed by Karim Rashid. Price: $6

An aqua Umbra chair with flowered pillow

This ubiquitous wooden chair is probably from Target, but plenty of other places make their own version, such as Crate and Barrel. I replaced the folding chair that was at my desk for this one. It’s more comfortable and I like the zing! of color. Price: $6

A Target dining chair in green

We’re kind of cheating on this next one. The table was indeed $6, but it was a hot mess of chalkboard paint and multicolored legs. The great news? This baby is solid wood and made incredibly well. I don’t know where it’s from, but it’s definitely high quali-tee. I pleaded exhaustion for painting after our recent family room makeover, so Jonathan picked up the roller. We used Valspar’s National Historic Preservation colors in Jekyll Club Veranda Ivory. The seagrass baskets underneath are a nod to Jekyll Island. Price: $6 plus a quart of Valspar. 

A wooden coffee table painted with Valspar Jekyll Club Veranda in Ivory

You truly never know what you’ll find when you go out thrifting. Just make sure to bring your six dollars, and good luck! What’s your best thrift store/garage sale find? Tell us in the comments!

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5 thoughts on “The Best Things In Life Are…Six Dollars?

  1. Great job! Your mother-in-law used to love bargain hunting too. I would to go around looking but there is no room for anything else until we purge what is here. My happy find a few weeks ago was a sturdy TV tray table that I use outside for reloading the bird feeders. I put some clear contact paper on it so it is easier to clean and if it gets wet it won’t hurt the wood. Only paid $3.00 +plus the contact paper. Saves me from bending over all the time.

  2. Love this!!! I once found an original Rodgers Naylor oil painting at a resale shop for $12 — definitely my biggest score 🙂 But all my treasures I have found over the year are fantastic and give my home that special touch 🙂

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