Tag: thrifting

Finds: toot my own horn

Been browsing Etsy for months. Because secretly, one of my biggest passions is home decorating. I’m not good at it, I just like it. Especially the cabinet of curiosities, glorified in the Sibella Court books Nomad and Living Etc.

Let’s not beat around the bush: I wanted a horn. Or an antler. Really bad. So bad, that I almost caved in to spending $30 (excl. shipping) for one. I tried to put it out of my mind, but it still lingered.

So, today was just a regular day, except: there was a fleamarket in town! And the billboards didn’t say: Fleamarket. They said: Gigantic Fleamarket! Ofcourse I had to go. So I woke up really early this morning (08:00; yes, I find 08:00 early), put on some clothes and headed to this presumably gigantic fleamarket. It was indeed gigantic. Once again, I was on a budget. But I didn’t have to worry, because my best friend Suus was there too. When cash is low, we back eachother up. You know the drill.

Still, I arrived with 20 euro ($25). Here’s what I scored:

  • 5 packages of old stamps (space, ships, European, Romanian and a mixpack 3 euro)
  • an ancient (yes, I do not dare to call it vintage) pulley (3 euro)
  • a black and white postcard (5 for 1 euro)
  • a lot of shells (1 euro)

And.. a horn! I was so excited, I had to keep myself from hugging the man. I was really worried about the price.. He wanted 5 euro for it. Check out the pictures!

Finds: thrifting treasures

Yesterday I was invited by my lovely friend Anique to go thrifting. It is one of my favorite things to do & if it was possible, I would do it everyday. But I had a budget, I could not spent a lot. Anique wanted clothing & I wanted home deco! Unfortunatly for Anique, there weren’t a lot of clothing sellers, but home deco? Oh, yes.

So I splurged. But.. stayed within my budget and got some really neat stuff. There was a lot of retro, 80’s, 90’s but also some antiques. And books. And DVD’s. I also saw a tiny wooden ship, but didn’t get it. I already have one of those & want to get a ship in a bottle someday.

There was also an antique magnifying glass, with a brass handle. And one with an old bone as a handle. They looked very cool, but way over my budget. Anique got a beautiful book with a lot of loose prints and drawings by Anton Pieck, ready to be framed & loved.

My budget was 15 euro (that’s about $20) and here’s what I got:

  • a lamp (1 euro)
  • a book with old maps (3 euro, it is amazing, maps from 1400 until 1850, “Oude scheepskaarten en hun makers: Hoogtepunten uit vijf eeuwen cartografie”)
  • really old playing cards (5 euro)
  • 2 glass domes/jars (2,50 euro+ 3 euro)
  • an old wallet (made of camel leather, not on the pictures) (0,20 euro)
  • vintage stationary (I got it for free with the book!)

Check out the pictures below. Do you like thrifting? What’s your favorite item you got so far?

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