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Thriftfabulous in Florida
Living like a thrifter
Out and About with Mom
I've been to a lot of thrift stores in my life and there are some things that cannot be ignored (even if you don't have the slightest desire to buy. Here is a list of 10 things you're likely to come across in Florida thrift stores. Is there anything I'm forgetting? :)
Thrift finds!! L: This Thonet-style ottoman would bring a perfect natural touch to any room. It's so sculptural. R: These chairs would be amazing around a dining table (the upholstery is in surprisingly good shape for being a lighter color). I see them around a big rustic, live edge table.
Some ways to style your chairs below. PS: if you're feeling bold you can always give them a new coat of paint.
The simplicity of the Thonet chairs in this dining room are given a new coat of paint, which really helps them settle into the this colorful space. Side note: I love the collection of Tom Dixon lights hovering above the marble table.
Simplicity at it's best. The sleek black chairs compliment the grainy wood table perfectly.
This one embraces color in a big way. The design on the back of the chair is unique and I'm loving the brightly colored paint paired with the more traditional round pedestal table. Take a look at the pendant light...think about thrifting a big basket, spray painting it and stringing your light through it!
Black with natural caning. I love how modern that looks!
The Kentucky Derby is just around the corner! One of the most recognizable fashion statements of the event is the iconic big hat. If you don't have your hat, here's one you can make for pennies (and still win big). These hats are made with newspaper, a can of spray paint, masking tape, a glue gun, and thrift shop flowers! P.S. I'm originally from Kentucky, so I take Derby Day very seriously. ;)
My sister and I with the finished product!
Here's what you'll need:
Use ten sheets of newspaper laid out flat. Fan them out so you will see the points on your hat.
Place the newspaper on someone's head carefully and have them gently bring the ends of the paper down so you can make the headband with masking tape. I find if you tape it too high the hat will be shallow and won't stay on your head. I usually imagine where the brow would be and tape it there.
It's easiest if your friend can sit in a chair so you can walk around freely and tape the band. Try to tape the hat band snugly so the hat will fit better. Gently slip the hat off the head and carefully turn the points of the newspaper upward. I like to make it asymmetrical to give it interest, but you can mold the hat in any shape. Use a mirror and try the hat on so you can see how it looks as you're working on it. Make sure you turn it up high in the front around the face, because as you glue the flowers on it will become heavier and might start drooping down. I always work on the front first but sometimes you need to glue the flowers on the back of the hat band to distribute the weight properly. The heavier larger flowers are better closer to the head and the lighter flower sprays and greenery are best towards the outside of the hat. The flowers are the best part, so don't skimp!
Using a tarp, spray paint the hats with a light finish. It's fun to let some of the newspaper show through. Be careful not to saturate the hat with too much paint or it will lose it's form and get droopy. I like to hold the hat when spraying it so I can get some of the color underneath. I put most of the heavy color on the crown of the hat for the statement and then light color on the brim. Have fun with it!
It's good to let the hat dry upside down so the points stay in place as the paint dries. I place the hat in a plastic bucket or if you don't have a bucket just put it upside down on the tarp. After an hour of drying in the sun you can flip it over and let it dry completely on a paint can or something that keeps it off the tarp. While the paint dries clip the stems off of the silk flowers with florist or jewelry wire cutters. I usually leave an inch or so of the stem. Cut some of the greenery off so its easier to glue on the hat.
After the hat is completely dry, it's fun to choose the flowers you like and place them on the hat. I take a quick photo with my phone so I can refer back to it to for placement of the flowers. Its good to have a mirror handy ( I used a full length one and just sat in front of it as I glued the flowers on) You can try the hat on and look in the mirror so you can see where to glue them. As you add the flowers the hat might become heavier. If this happens, glue back the pieces of newspaper to each other so it frames your face and doesn't fall forward. You can even glue a piece back to the crown of the hat for an upward sweep on one side.
This would be a fun thing to do if you're hosting a Derby party, it's laid back, creative and sure to be a crowd-pleaser... whether your horse wins or not!
If you make a hat be sure to share it with us! Tag your photo on instagram with #palmbeachthriftersDerbyHat to share your beautiful creation. We'd love to see what you come up with!
Tommy and I took a road trip to Sarasota, Florida to find some treasures. We hit all our favorite spots and got to catch up with old friends! Do you have any favorite places in Sarasota to thrift? We'd love to hear!
1093 Central Ave.
Sarasota, FL 34236
The Vibe: Lofty warehouse filled to the brim with large and small items (from doors and architectural salvage, to vintage doorknobs and hardware). A feast for the eyes and photo-worthy! When we got there the staff were very friendly and were working on repurposing found materials into a table!
The Finds: Gigantic slab of wood from the Redwoods in California (imagine that as a dining table for an event!), a concrete pagoda, tons of letters from vintage signs, the biggest Perrier-Jouet bottle we've ever seen.
5150 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34234
The Vibe: Bustling, brightly-lit, friendly staff and customers, good for clothes!
The Finds: His and Hers lamps, a watermelon pink vintage Samsonite bag, colorful blouses, Tommy found a curious wooden back massager? abacus? Anyone know what that is?
1426 Fruitville Road
The Vibe: Mostly furniture and home decor items, small clothes section
The Finds: Campaign style side table,vintage Mets jacket, matching seashell brass candle sconces
539 South Orange Ave.
Sarasota, FL 34236
The Vibe: Lots of great clothing finds, interesting inventory (always changing), friendly staff
The Finds: Crazy awesome wicker peacock chair, rattan table set (on wheels!), gorgeous India-inspired necklace, brass bohemian tea-set
1226 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34236
The Vibe: Feels like you are in someone's well-curated home, each room has a different feel, packed with good stuff!
The Finds: Milo Baughman chrome and glass stools, cute pair of chairs, brass weight set, elephant for a garden patio
The Salvation Army
2280 17th Street
Sarasota, FL 34234
The Finds: Vintage furniture, guided frames and mirrors
Finished the day with iced coffee and sweet treats at Perq Coffee Bar! This is where I realized my gold thrift store heels had had enough! Nothing a little superglue can't fix.
Until next time, Sarasota! Thanks for all the thrifting fun.
As traveling thrifters, it's always a must that we are conscious of the time and have an organized schedule of the places we want to shop. Most thrifts are closed on Mondays, and Saturdays the thrifts are packed; so we feel that mid week is consistently the best time to score new donations.
Most of the smaller thrift shops close at 4, Goodwills stay open until 8, and some Habitat Restores are open until 6. That said, you need to be aware of the hours of operation or you'll end up racing against the time. There's nothing worse for a thrifter after he runs to the shop door, to have the lights get turned off, and see a a volunteer hang a closed sign in the window. Here's a list of our favorite thrift shops in Jupiter Florida, that you can peruse for treasures and still have time to grab a late lunch.
1280 W. Indiantown Rd.
Jupiter, Florida 33458
The Vibe: Great selection of furniture, artwork, home accessories and clothing.
The Finds: Geometric patterned wooden screen, contemporary black dining chairs, Boho leather belt, and a 60's style Mod print mini skirt
1635 N. Old Dixie Hwy
Jupiter, Florida 33469
The Vibe: Upscale furnishings, designer clothing and shoes.
The Finds: Tropical leaf silvertone serving platter, French style ceramic tulip vase, sequined party dress, and Mom found a plaid Ralph Lauren shirt for her new beau!
Hospice of Palm Beach Resale (North Shop)
863 Donald Ross Rd.
Juno Beach, Florida
The Vibe: Large selection of evening wear, designer shoes, and handbags. Good variety of furniture and chandeliers.
The Finds: Bronze sequined sweatshirt, Vintage crystal and glass chandelier, Chanel pumps, 24 K goldplated flatware
205 Center St.
Jupiter, Florida 33458
The Vibe- This store was our favorite! It was loaded with good stuff. Racks of designer clothing, Lilly Pulitzer, Trina Turk, St. John. My niece Juliet loves this Milly dress! I fell in love with this vintage Anthropolgy style sofa but couldn't take it home. It still haunts me!
The Finds- Silk animal print dress, vintage rattan chairs, faux bamboo nightstand, vintage cabbage rose print sofa with down cushions.
103 US-1 D3
Jupiter, Florida 33477
(561) 741-3620, Hours- Mon.-Sat. 11 am to 9:30 p.m.
Zagat rated and everyone's favorite in Jupiter and beyond! Must haves at the Food Shack are the sweet potato encrusted snapper over seasonal greens and the homemade raspberry Key lime pie! Yes, please!
Every vocation requires the right set of tools and thrifting is no different. Prepare, prepare, prepare. With the right plan, tools and attitude, thrifting can be both a highly rewarding and pleasurable endeavor. Here’s what you need.1. SUV or pickup truckIt's always best to venture out thrifting in a bigger vehicle, if possible, but I did see a man with a convertible Miata at the Goodwill with a club chair and ottoman tied down in his back seat. Sometimes you’ve got to nab bargains with the resources at hand.2. Full tank of gasYou don't want to be running on “E” when you're on a mission to shop all the thrifts in one day. Fill up the night before so you’ll begin your expedition with a clear head. And you know if you stop at the Gas and Sip in the morning you’ll end up with a package—or two—of those little chocolate donuts and that 10 a.m. sugar rush will preface the 1 p.m. yawns.3. CashDon’t buy into the myth of the cashless society--at least not yet--many smaller shops only accept real dough. I like to use a crossbody purse to free both hands to tote my finds and allow easy access to my bankroll. It’s so 80's and so uncool that it’s almost cool, but the fanny pack is a great utilitarian toolbox for thrifters. I see scrunchies making a comeback, perhaps the fanny pack’s renaissance is up next.4. I PhoneYou need a camera to take photos and send to possible thrift find recipients such as clients, friend or family--always something great out there, maybe not for you, but for someone else. A camera also comes in handy if you see a man driving a convertible Miata at the Goodwill with a club chair and ottoman tied down in his back seat. Lesson learned!5. Comfortable shoesIt was Cheers mailman Cliff Clavin who famously declared “if you’re not wearing comfortable shoes, life is just chaos. You'll be thankful when you wear a good pair of tennis shoes instead of platforms when you're racing against the other thrifters to check out the new donations coming off the truck.6. GPSYou don't want to end up out in no-man's land somewhere between Walmart (cold chills) and the Waffle House (acid reflux). Every explorer needs a map, better still a high tech map that politely guides you.7. Packing BlanketsThrift finds are second hand so most pieces have imperfections, however you want to wrap them up to avoid further nicks and scratches. It wouldn't be good to break a mirror and have 7 years thrifters bad luck!8. Bunji cords/ropeFormer scouts may opt for rope, however if your knot tying skills are underwhelming, bunji cords are great for securing furniture as it stacks up.9. Measuring tapeDon’t show up to your vehicle with a piece that’s to big to travel. I get wish lists from clients for specific furniture and measurements so a measuring tape is a great thrifting accoutrement.10. Swiss army knifeGreat for cutting rope and remember there's a corkscrew to uncork a bottle of wine at end the day!11. ScrewdriverAlways keep flathead and phillips head screw driver close at hand in case you have to unscrew the legs of an oversize table to load it into the car. Otherwise you’ll have to march your fanny pack over to the guy in the Miata and borrow one.12. Good pair of eyeglasses or jeweler's loopGreat for inspecting marks on rare pottery, signatures on possible valuable painting, tags and brands on furniture and labels on designer clothes.13. Medium size cardboard boxGreat way to hold small breakables so they don't roll around in your vehicle.14. Couple of beach towelsUse these to wrap lamps or smaller items and if you need a break you can pull over and hit the beach!15. Snacks/ water- power bars, apples for energy.Thrift shopping is super fun but you need to keep the blood sugar up if you’re in for the duration—and not with those little wax-coated chocolate donuts from the Gas and Sip. Note: Don’t drink too much water because some thrifts don't offer public restrooms.16. WillpowerThis is one of the hardest things about being a thrifter. There is so much great stuff but you need to set boundaries with yourself of what to buy and take home. Otherwise, you'll end up with closets full of never-used clothes and a garage full of unfinished projects!17. Thrifter friendThe best thrifting happens with a kindred spirit. This could be your bestie, a family member, your spouse, boyfriend, girlfriend, etc. Thrifting is so much more fun when shared(although most men won't tolerate thrift shopping for more than 15 minutes, I'm lucky, mine loves shopping second hand!)If you're with a friend it can be tricky because if you're hunting for the same thing, (and most likely you have the same taste) there could be a possible stand off to see who gets the thrift prize. My theory is that there are more than enough thrift treasures for everyone and there's a constant flow of new merchandise rolling in so everyone always finds something fun!Now that you’ve got your tools, let the thrifting begin.And please share your tips!
Every now and then, we're lucky enough to find a piece by the Italian fashion designer Emilio Pucci.
Here's a grouping of colorful scarves we found in our local thrift shop. The bold and geometric patterns are easy to spot when we're out on the hunt.
Silk jersey dresses, pastel colored handbags, psychedelic pantsuits, velvet tunics- We adore it all!