We’ve got TWO treasures for you today! For those who checked out our big new-couch-reveal on Tuesday, you may have noticed these two newly-thrifted pieces. Although both made it into a couple of the photos, I purposely avoided gushing about them because I wanted to use them in this week’s “SCORE!”. I am finally going to let you all know just how much I ADORE these two small-but-rad thrifted pieces.
The first is a brass magazine holder that we placed next to the brand new sofa. It’s perfect for wrangling in our growing collection of car/motorcycle mags, furniture and accessory catalogs and various DIY home reno/redecoration monthlies.
I love the quirky ridges every few inches, almost like faux bamboo shoots, along the curvy-but-straight lines – It’s one of those fun conversation pieces that I think really speaks to the mid-century modern era that we loooooove. There were actually two of them at the store, so I may go back and snag the other for a different room in the house…
The piece was listed for $20 but I know I got it for a discounted price. Unfortunately, I don’t exactly know what it was…The sweet lady there tends to look at my pile of soon-to-be purchases on the counter and tosses out a number like “How’s $18 for everything?” to which I nod excitedly and repeat “Thank you!” over and over. It was probably somewhere around $13 (I ended up getting this mag rack, the two pieces I’m about to show you, the pair of new(-to-us) office chairs and a hardcover book on Williamsburg for my mom for a little over $40 – a STEAL!)
But now on to our “Thrift Store SCORE!” #2: Marble horse head book ends!
I actually spotted these the last time I was at the thrift store, but I guess I needed a couple of weeks to mull it over in my head…I just couldn’t pass the pair up a second time around. They are surprisingly heavy (well I guess not that “surprising” since I already told you they are carved marble) and can easily hold their own against a few books standing on the new side table.
I kind of like the far-away shot below too (which was shown in Tuesday’s reveal) because you can really see the lines of the profile and also the variation in tone – As you probably noticed from the close ups above, there are all sorts of orange and caramel-colored lines and spots in the stone.
And at $3 for the set, there was no way I could leave these two quirky pieces behind a second time!
I think “conversation pieces” are my new obsession – Items that are random but speak to a certain era and make people want to take a closer look. I don’t want any of the rooms in our house to be walked through – I don’t know about John, but my goal is to buy things that add a little “Oomph!” and get people talking. The best thing about thrifted pieces is the story that goes along with them, so I hope that guests will feel drawn to ask!