Secondhand Sensations

Our Memorial Day weekend was pretty excellent on all counts and though not quintessentially American, at least was quintessentially us. There wasn’t hamburger grilling or lake going, but there was Broken Spoke dancing, Grandfather visiting, Greenbelt hiking and—perhaps most excitingly—thrift store shopping.  What started as a What-Else-Do-We-Have-To-Do rainy Saturday quickly turned into an OMG-I-Can’t-Believe-We-Found-All-Of-This-Affordable-Second-Hand-Stuff-That-Is-Precisely-Exactly-What-We-Have-Been-Looking-For awesome Saturday. We found stuff like…

…these two framed and matted Craig Holmes prints of the Brooklyn and Golden Gate bridges. We picked them up on the cheap from Corner Collectors Market, one of my favorite Austin junk stores. Heath is planning to hang them in his classroom as a classy and educational addition to his U.S. history curriculum. Pay attention kids, that’s what you call [hashtag] wining.

bridge artAnother treat for Heath was getting his hands on some old books from Recycled Reads, the Austin Public Library’s used bookstore where they sell all the titles they no longer want in circulation for dirt cheap. Hardcovers: $2. Paperbacks: $1. Watching Heath make a pallet on the office floor so he can lay in a sea of his newly acquired library: priceless.

-1But the real “HOLY MACARONI” moment (For me at least. Let’s be real, Heath was checked out by this point, he had books to read and posters to hang.) was finding this midcentury dresser from Room Service Vintage. It was in great condition, it cost less than humdrum Ikea furniture and it matched our other bedroom dresser like its long lost twin sister. Or actually, a taller, skinnier, prettier sister. Those were great perks, but most importantly, it met the must-have criteria I was looking for in a new dresser. Namely, it fits perfectly against this awkward, small bit of wall in our bedroom and it’s stupid cute.

vintagedressermidcenturydresserdecoratingadresserPerhaps this little weekend binge will quell my appetite for more vintage shopping in my near future. Or maybe it will make it worse. I’m not sure, but I’m fine with either.


7 Comments on “Secondhand Sensations”

  1. kmom says:

    How fun! It’s like the ancestral hunter gatherer thing. Very satisfying.

  2. There is nothing as exciting as a good bargain. OK. Maybe there are some things, but not many!

  3. Glad you had an adventureous weekend of shopping, etc. l
    Looking forward to visiting this coming weekend.

  4. Nika says:

    Love that dresser.

  5. interopia says:

    Congrats on your finds, Kelsey!

  6. Ok, I thought I had Austin thrift shopping DOWN….but I’ve never been to Corner Collectors! I’m definitely gonna have to make a stop there this weekend 🙂 Thanks fo the tip!

  7. megbenj says:

    I love the thrill of the hunt, and having a ballpark list in your head and whether or not you find an item from it or just a random find … it is SO satisfying!

    (found a nightstand with awesome hardware for $10 on my local Salvation Army jaunt…and a funky vase to put in my new apartment bathroom!!!)


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