I love love love flea markets, thrift shops, consignment shops, garage sales… you name it. If they have cool old used things for sale, I’m there! Digging through piles of shtuff and imagining where items could go, how they could be freshened up, painted, reupholstered or even repurposed is a blast. Waaayyy better than a furniture store any day!
SOoo, when these barstools appeared in a vendor’s booth at the Sunday Irvine Flea Market (now moved to the Great Park area next to the giant orange balloon… every 1st Sunday of the month) you can imagine the heart palpitations I was experiencing. Just perfect for my client’s black, white and red kitchen, and with NO work to be done. Guess what we paid for these vintage beauties????
$30. For all three. YES, you read that right.
If you’ve shopped for barstools lately, you know how expensive they can be, especially anything unique or repurposed. For example, I always love to look at the NapaStyle catalogs and websites… they have loads of really cool and unique items, like these barstools made from old wine barrel staves.
Gorgeous, yes, but $279 each plus tax and $30 shipping each. WOW. Do the math… that adds up fast!
I know we all splurge sometime on those special, just perfect items. But don’t forget the rewarding projects, unique products and fabulous bragging rights that come with scavenging. It feels so good to rescue something from a trip to the dump and re-imagine it into a FAB one-of-a-kind that none of your neighbors will have. And when you tell them what you paid… now thats fun!
LOVE to see what rescues you have come across. Send pictures!