Saying this I have also found brand new things like my set of Jamie Oliver saucepans brand new for $15 (the whole set) and other things are beautiful an old like my crystal champagne glasses for $1 each. It's not until you go check the actual current price of these things when you nearly fall over. I saw a few crystal glasses for $300 the other day. I can imagine what the Jamie Oliver set is worth. And these are things I use almost everyday.
But decor wise there is often work to be done. I see things that I love the shape, sculpture, use... but in bright colours or something I don't like and just paint them.
Last night I gave this frame a quick paint while tea cooked. Here is the before, it is a 10 x 12 inch frame and was $4.
I keep tubes of white paint, french grey etc so I just always have them on hand. I have a candelabra to do next...
Now I can put it to use and I see nice frames are really expensive and I have photos waiting. This was Dad with Lucy at her engagement party. He is such a farmer, this was a sweet moment...
Larger more complicated things I will use spray paint. I have baskets I want to make over and they are hard work to paint. I'll spray paint them first to cover all that brown and then add a french grey to give them the french farmhouse look... it makes it much quicker and easier. I can't wait to do them this week! If you love Shabby Chic there are a lot of brass (also black) things like magazine racks that once painted fit the style.
With fabric,I bring it home and wash it, hang it on the line in the sun and make it fresh and lovely. Easy. But clothes, coats etc are a little harder. I decided a long time ago unless the item is actually worth HUNDREDS I don't dry clean. Dry cleaning here means you may as well have bought it new by the price it adds. I hand wash things and let them drip dry mostly and use fabric softener for a lovely scent. Hanging things on good clothes hangers and out in the sun works most times.
I really love beautiful vintage linens, monogrammed ones best of all! Now people are funny. I have had people say to me oh they couldn't sleep on linen someone else has used or wear clothes someone else has worn. Well when you go to a motel, even a five or seven star one, do you think they get brand new sheets out of the packet for you? Or when you are in hospital ? Well that's just silly!
If you can buy a set of lovely curtains for your bedroom for $30 rather than ten times that and it keeps you out of debt, your windows covered in the heat and the cold, good on you I say! If you want to make foodie gift baskets for Christmas grab a heap of baskets and spray paint them they make food packaging and presentation very easy. The are just so many possibilities!
I find it an exciting adventure. But like on Friday coming home with half a dozen metres of german velvet for $8 for my sewing... (in an old curtain) means I have sumptuous supplies and better quality than I can currently buy anyway. Velvet is just not as thick and plush these days as this. The feel of it says LUXURY....
We have a little country break and drive coming up soon, I can't wait to get into country op shops, it is part of the great fun.
I hope you are having a lovely Sunday. xxx