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Design Crush: Suzani

Design Crush: Suzani

Sometimes I come across an image that stops me in my tracks. That happened when I came across this:

Suzani Coverlet

Suzani Coverlet

When I saw this serene bedroom with a Suzani coverlet I thought “Where have you been all my life?!” Vintage suzanis have now been added to my growing thrift shopping wish-list.

A Suzani is an embroidered tribal textile made in Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and other Central Asian countries. There are also beautiful Mexican Suzanis.

image via turkotek

image via turkotek

Now that Suszanis are on my radar, I see them everywhere. Like when I picked up the most recent edition of Yakima Magazine and saw one draped over Laurie Kanyer’s couch. Beautiful!

Here are a few others that have caught my eye–

image via Flickr--Romany Soup

image via Flickr–Romany Soup

image via House Beautiful

image via House Beautiful

 

image via Elle Decor

image via Elle Decor

And how sweet is this Mexican Suzani for a child’s bedroom?!

image via Table Tonic

image via Table Tonic

 

To see more beautiful textiles head over to Etsy and enter “Vintage Suzani” into the search bar.

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Thrift Store Finds

Thrift Store Finds

If you follow me on Instagram you know that I recently scored a pair of new True Religion jeans at my local Goodwill for $30. They fit like a glove! I was beyond excited. I’m a fan of designer denim–there really is a big difference in quality–but our budget is not a fan of designer anything. It’s a bit of a problem actually.
true religion jeans

I have been a thrift store shopper for years. There have been a few times that I have found something that I still just love to this day, like the art prints below. When we lived in the Seattle area I browsed a couple of key thrift stores regularly (about twice a week); Goodwill in Bellevue and Children’s Hospital Thrift Store also in Bellevue. The regularity of my visits meant I was pretty quick to find quality things. For three years those two stores allowed me to cloth the entire family and Craigslist finds furnished our house. I rarely bought anything new. Which came in handy since we were struggling with the recession like so many others were.

I have also found things at thrift stores that I regretted not buying. Like a great wicker couch ($50) that would have looked fantastic sitting on my patio with a coat of black or charcoal gray spray paint and some new cushions. I’m still kicking myself for that one.

Thos. Baker Hampton Wicker Sofa

Thos. Baker Hampton Wicker Sofa

Back to the art prints. I found these Crystal Dawn Davis signed artist proofs at the Children’s Village thrift store. I knew, as soon as I saw them, that they were special. They were wrapped in plastic and cardboard, just thrown up on a shelf. I grabbed them and happily paid $3 for the big one and $2 for the little one. I took them home and immediately looked up the artist. I love her work! I had them professionally framed and matted and they’ve been proudly hanging in our home ever since.
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I don’t thrift shop as often as I did in Seattle. Yakima doesn’t have as much of an inventory so it can be disappointing. But I do try to go about once a month. And luckily for me that trip I took on Friday led to some pretty fantastic jeans at a pretty fantastic price. I’m looking forward to estate sale season. That’s another way to find great stuff in Yakima.

Here are my tips for shopping second-hand:

  • Go regularly.
  • Find out when your local thrift shops put out merchandise. Do they do it as donations come in or do they have one day of the week in which they re-stock the floor?
  • Look for quality and be picky. Just because it’s cheap doesn’t mean it’s the right purchase for you. If you don’t absolutely LOVE it, don’t buy it.
  • Related to the point above, if you LOVE it buy it. Otherwise you will still be kicking yourself six months later.
  • Make sure you are buying the real thing. If you are looking for quality, you need to know the difference between the real thing and the cheaply made knock-off.
  • When it comes to estate sales, have cash on hand. It’s more convenient and will allow you to snatch something up quickly before someone else grabs it.
  • Look in areas that interest you. If you are looking for designer denim, scour the jeans and make sure you look in all the different areas where they keep jeans. Also look in areas marked other sizes. When I found the True Religion jeans they were in a section I wouldn’t normally shop.

The thrift shop areas that I spend the most time looking through are jeans, furniture and art.

What are your favorite thrift shop finds? Do you have any other tips and tricks?

Feather Your Nest

Feather Your Nest

The first weekend in November is a great time to get out there to support local creatives–and in Yakima we have many.

A little birdie told me (okay, I saw it on a poster) that the Feather Your Nest sale will be November 2 & 3 in Yakima.

Feather Your Nest is a pop-up boutique that happens only twice a year. The show features beautiful, vintage-inspired goods by local women. The event is usually hosted in a home, this time at 4710 Richey Road.

Another way to check off some of those must-get holiday items is to stop by Shopapalooza at Whitney Elementary on November 3 from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Whitney Elementary is located at 44th & Nob Hill.

Both of these events provide the perfect opportunity to buy something to feather your own nest, get a jump on your holiday shopping list or simply get inspired by all of the crafty goodness. So get out there and explore!

 

Fun Finds Friday

Fun Finds Friday

I stopped into Patina this week to ask about the vintage swag light fixtures that they have so beautifully displayed in their front windows.  Co-owner Winter mentioned that she found my favorite fixture at the Olde Lighthouse Shoppe–the Union Gospel Mission’s thrift store. I had never been but after a visit I can safely say that The Olde Lighthouse Shoppe is my new favorite thrift store. It is really well done. The inventory is huge and the organization of the store makes it fun and easy to find what you are looking for–and maybe even something you didn’t know you were looking for.

Olde Lighthouse Shoppe
13 S. Front Street
Yakima, WA 98901
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Fun Finds Friday and More

Fun Finds Friday and More

I was at Salvation Army the other day and spotted these girls–

I bought the pair for $3. Two chubby quail hens are the perfect addition to our decor because we have quail families all over our property. On any given day we see a mama and her babies running through our field or down our driveway. These sweet quail eggs were uncovered last weekend while cleaning out the fire pit.

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Fun Finds Friday–April Edition

Fun Finds Friday–April Edition

It’s been a while since I’ve scored something great while thrifting. The other day I found myself in Goodwill looking at shoes–something I never look for there. My dog Stella so kindly chewed my favorite pair of dress loafers and I was pretty mad about it. So when I saw these beauties I knew it was meant to be:

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Fun Finds Friday

Fun Finds Friday

Edited to add: I realize that the after photo of the table shows as upside down in some readers and on email. I’m not sure why. I apologize.

My friend Kelly is an amazingly talented artist and graphic designer. I met Kelly several years ago when our kids were just babies and we were part of a mom’s group in the Seattle area. Joining the mom’s group was one of the best things that I did as a mom with young kids. It was so nice to have a ready-made group of friends who were all in the same parenting mode as I was. And the kids had a ball! The girls and I still talk about our mom’s group playdates and friends. [Read more...]

Fun Finds Friday: What a Hoot!

Fun Finds Friday: What a Hoot!

I ventured out to my local Goodwill yesterday. I scored three great pairs of work pants, a striped Gap sweater and these two beauties.

I fell in love with this little guy instantly! At just $0.69 I couldn’t pass him up. He’s currently sitting in a gift basket with a note that says “Owl be thinking of you” for a dear friend of mine who needs and deserves some cheering up. [Read more...]