I’ve been searching for a gold, dainty necklace recently. I know that there are lots out there but I want something that’s just perfect and the right price. I know we don’t post much about jewelry on here, but this Etsy shop is too good not to share.

Petitor carries all kinds of “little petites” as Courtney, the owner/designer states. Can I just tell you I’m in LOVE with this jewelry?! Everything that you see below I want. I rarely ever feel that way and I can honestly see myself wearing every piece. I’m a t-shirt, jeans, and cardi kind of girl, so each one of these lovelies I’d totally wear. Now, I just need to decide which one.

Oh, and they are all super affordable. Most total just $25-$28 by the time you add in shipping to the U.S.

Click through each image to go to the Etsy listing. To read more from Courtney at Petitor here’s her blog!

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It’s no secret we’ve got a love of pallets over here at So Eclectic. You’ve seen our post on the pallet path and pallet shelves. Well, Jess’s questions on how to and where to get all those lovely pallets that have been bouncing around the blog world lately, lead me to this post. Where do you find them? Are they chemically treated? What do you do about the occasional grossness?

Pallet Swing by Sheryl Salsbury (via Better After)

Where to get ’em: As it turns out, obtaining a pallet is actually quite easy. Pallets are a common shipping material just like styrofoam peanuts. They’re used all the time to ship stuff. Like furniture, crates, dog food, and such. After they’ve been used, pallets are often just simply discarded. So, you can find them by dumpsters and alleyways. Also, you can just ask the company where you see one if you can have it. Look at places they get lots of shipments, such as: malls, Wal-Mart or Target, Greyhound stations, furniture stores. Or, if you get a large piece of furniture or heavy item delivered as freight there’s often a pallet tied to it. Ask the driver if you can keep it.

Pretty White Coffee Table by Caisa K

The Chemicals: By law, pallets have to be treated for pests so that all those little buggies don’t make their way easily around the US. From what I understand, pallets can be either heat treated or chemically treated with methyl bromide. In March of 2010, the chemical treatment started being phased out. So, to be on the safe side try and pick up heat treated pallets. How can you tell? Well, heat treated are often marked with HT and the chemically treated ones are marked with MB. If you plan on making a vertical garden or putting any edible food on the pallet make sure you get heat treated ones.

DIY Pallet Headboard by Stylizimo Blog (via ReNest)

Grossness: Because pallets are used for shipping, they can often be really dirty, have splintery edges, or nails and screws poking out. When you get your pallet home, give it a tough scrub or power wash. Let it dry out in the sun and then use a coarse grit sand paper to get out the rough spots. Then, use finer grits of sandpaper to make it smooth. Especially if you’re making a piece you don’t necessarily want to rub up against and get splinters.

Pallet Pavillon by Matthias Loebermann

More pallet eye candy for your viewing pleasure:

Vertical Pallet Garden by Stephanie (via Design*Sponge)

Toddler Reading Bed by Ashely at Under the Sycamore

Compost Bin from Young House Love

File Crates from DIY Diva

Pallet Wall from Bower Power (via 2Modern)

Hope you’re inspired and ready to create! We’d love to see what you do with your pallet!

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After visiting St. Louis, we made our way to Carbondale, Illinois where Kyle went to college. In Carbondale, we were mostly visiting friends who we have there from when Kyle went to SIU and some friends new to Carbondale who we know through debate. Since it was vacation, we stopped at an antique mall along the way in Nashville, Illinois.

Most of my luck at Perry County Antique Mall was with tea pots, but there were some other interesting finds there too.

This table was really cool. I like the decal a lot and I love how it was staged with the Fiestaware in the store. It was in very good condition, too.

This chair and settee were probably the best deal. I didn’t make a list of prices (Silly me, thinking I’d have time to write all the posts while I was getting back in the groove of work and still remembered), but I think this was in the $300-400 range and 20% off. The wood was in really good shape. I’m not sure if the upholstery was original but I’ve seen other Eastlake settees with similar upholstery so it may have been. It was definitely in good shape, too, so overall I think this was a great deal!

This card catalog was really cool. It was about the perfect height to be turned into a kitchen island.

This beautiful furnace was so cool. Its price tag definitely matched the quality but for someone looking to make the investment, I think it would have been really worth it.

Overall, Kyle and I thought the prices at the antique mall were kind of all over the places. A lot of booths had really fair prices (like the table) and others were strangely high or strangely low. There was a lot of variety and it was big enough to be totally worth pulling over on the drive.

I know that antiquing is something people do on their road trips, but this was the first time that Kyle and I really did. I think we’ll probably do it more often on road trips because it was a nice way to break up the trip and it makes even the drive feel like a good part of the vacation. Have you had good luck with roadside antique malls on your road trips?

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While I’ve been decorating our living room and getting rid of or repurposing the remnants from college days, here sits this one corner. I showed you the corner where the vintage record player lives and you’ve seen the Lane chest. The in the spot between these two, is this…


 Not so great, right? There’s nothing I can do about the TV for now and I don’t really mind the credenza as far as the lines and shapes go. The lack of art on the wall won’t take much. And, since I’m on a TIGHT budget the credenza needs a major face lift. I can’t afford to buy something else right now, so I’m thinking paint! Here’s some inspiration that I have:


I love this grey and yellow CB2 Credenza. I could paint my piece grey and then paint the hardware yellow. This would save me from buying new hardware.


This before and after from Design*Sponge is pretty awesome too. I love the color palette and asymetry, but I think it might be too busy for my space? Maybe?


This before and after from Visual Vocabulary is really awesome. I love the gold detail and the wallpapered back. The lines are very similiar to my piece, but this one is a little too shabby chic for me. Maybe grey or white with gold accents? I could see that. (via Centsational Girl)

Here’s another option from a Design*Sponge Before and After that I’m strongly leaning toward. I could probably swing that hand painted ikat pattern but I don’t trust my patience. I’m thinking maybe navy and then on the inset portions possibly a wallpaper or rad fabric? Hmm, but then I’ll have to decide on a wallpaper or fabric.

Here’s a plain ole ugly dresser from The Show and Tell Blog that was given fresh coat of white paint. It’s really awesome now. I’m wondering if just a coat or two of white paint will work for mine? Hmm… (via Pinterest)

And lastly, this great blue and white credenza from Centsational Girl. It’s really beautiful and I love the detailing she did on top. Which would be fun on my piece, but it gets so much use with our TV that I’m not sure it would work. I do love this blue.

Alright, so what do you think I should do? I’m a bit lost. This needs to change soon, though. I’m tired of looking at it. Unfortunately, we’re not in a place to do anything about the ugly TV but I think just changing up the credenza will help a ton.

What do you think?

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I’m really hoping that you all aren’t super tired of hearing about the trip that I took way back in JULY. Remember I went to Marion, KS, Kansas City, MO, St. Louis, and Chicago? So, hang in there because I’m almost done. Promise!

Also, remember my post about Breckenridge, Texas were I swore at myself like a sailor for losing my pictures. Guess what?! I found some of them! Yay! Enough to give you my Thrift Tourist write up about Mendelson Liquidation Outlet, anyway. ***Disclaimer, settle in for a lot of photos, y’all...

But first, we went all the way to a suburb of Detroit, MI to go here…

That’s not just any Estate Sale, my friends. Nope, it’s a CASH AND CARI Estate Sale. I was super pumped!

When we got there, they were filming. We walked in toward the end of the sale so Cari was just chillin’ in the living room in a recliner. We chatted with her about where we were from and then checked out the rest of the sale. The home was of a serious collector of Americana. Also, there was a gigantic Barbie. Honestly, she (the Barbie) was a little creepy.

Cari was super nice and so was everyone else working there. I didn’t get a picture with her because I don’t want to be that type of fan. Also, my biggest reason, I had just gotten out of the car after riding for five hours so let’s just say I wasn’t exactly camera ready. Anywho, super cool experience and so glad we went. We actually didn’t buy anything, though.

She did reply tweet to me, so that was nice!

Okay, on to Dayton, Ohio. We went to the Springfield Antique Show and Flea Market where I either didn’t take any photos or lost all of mine. Poop. Drat.

After there we went to downtown Dayton and hit up Mendelson Liquidation Outlet. Here’s the Apartment Therapy Marketplace page and their Ebay site. They don’t really have a website.

First, let me just say “Holy Outlet Shopping, Batman!!!” When we walked into this place (two buildings and three huge floors), I’m pretty sure our mouths just dropped. This is the graveyard where all closed retail shops, restaurants, schools, whatsoever go to rest.

It was super overwhelming at first. There were rows, rows, and more rows of old fixtures from retail shops. Like, jewelry display cases, shelving, books cases, tables, booths, and so much more.

After this building, we went over to the main building (the one from the picture above). It’s got five floors and three of which are accessible to customers. The final floor we went on was nothing but electrical supplies and hardware. Insane.

Too rainbowlicious not to grab a photo of.

Rows of chairs…

I seriously considered purchasing these crates, but my wise mother talked me out of them. She noticed that they weren’t just dirty but that dirt was oil. I was too blinded by their rustic, box crate-y goodness to see that this oil residue would be a nightmare. Thanks, Mom!

Also, on this floor were more storage solutions that I could wrap my mind around (can you tell I was a wee bit overwhelmed?). Wouldn’t these be awesome in an office/craft/sewing space? Bolts of pretty patterned fabric folded up in these?

If I had room in my house or in the car, these old, school chairs would have come home with me. For what, I don’t know, but they were fab. One in every color would make an awesome kiddos art space. Not that I have kiddos, but I do have a niece and nephew!

More storage solution goodness…

These rainbow patterned dishes made me pause. I thought they were so sweet and pretty. We don’t need them and I’ve already got too many coffee mugs. Cute though, right? Oh and if you notice, the plates didn’t have the yellow that the mugs did. Bummer.

Did you hang in there? Through all those photos? Thanks!

Can you believe I didn’t even show you all the clothing, industrial kitchen supplies, books, outdoor furniture, lighting, lockers, and more? That’s how huge this place is! If you find yourself in Dayton, OH you must stop in here! If not to buy, just to look. Also, this place makes you wonder why anyone would ever buy anything new for their store. Mendelson had it all!

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As you know, I took a vacation from work last week. I spent Sunday and Monday in Omaha with my Mom, celebrated my anniversary with Kyle on Tuesday (our actual anniversary) and Friday-Sunday (in St. Louis and Carbondale), and organized my bathroom and kitchen in between. For the next couple weeks, I’m sure I’ll be sharing all of my fun finds vintage shopping over vacation and all of my progress on the organization.

My trip to Omaha was before I had a little more room to spend some money on anything so I did more window shopping — and being treated — than anything else. On Sunday, we went to dinner in the Old Market are with my mom and my friend David. We wandered around for a while and did some vintage shopping at the stores that we walked by that were open despite it being a Sunday evening.

My favorite true window shopping finds, from a store that was not open on Sunday, were these kitschy canisters. In addition to the downers bottle the window also had a Prozac bottle and several others.

The first store we actually made it into was ReServe, an Omaha Goodwill location in Old Market. I really liked ReServe and I’m sure that if I lived in Omaha I’d be there a lot more often. It basically curated Goodwill donations into a store that had a lot of clothing and decor that would appeal to the clientele of the Old Market. It fit in really well with the other stores, was a little higher priced than most Goodwill locations I’ve been to, and had a great selection.

This ship/lamp isn’t really my style, but it seemed like something my friend James would love, and I could see someone really managing to class it up.

Next, we popped in to Fairmont Antiques & Mercantile. They’re combined with Hollywood Candy that has old candy and novelties and my mom really loved shopping around there and reminiscing about the candy she used to eat. I really liked this priest’s chair which was one of a set. Though these aren’t the most comfortable chairs, I really like the lines of them and, to me, they’re so recognizable and familiar that it would be fun to play with them in the design of a home.

Also at Fairmont, I was really delighted by this faux-Sowei mask. I wrote a paper about the actual masks in undergrad and have studied African art as the topic of my thesis and a few classes in graduate school, so I know a thing or two about African art. But, I also am most interested in the way that Americans incorporate Africa into popular culture. The mask this is clearly based on is actually a female mask despite the tag that tells you that it’s of a king. Also, the real deal is worn on your head. You can’t tell in this picture but this is so heavy!

After the shopping we finally decided on dinner at Nicola. I’d downloaded the Design*Sponge City Guide before our trip and the author of the guide had noted that this was a good Italian place and it really was. My ravioli were amazing and I had a good (but inexpensive) glass of wine with dinner. I was really in love with their wine list. I think the burnt letter on cork would be a good DIY for a homemade journal or photo album — or wine list?

After our Sunday adventures, we went to the zoo Monday. I had a really great time at the Henry Doorly Zoo. We used to go every few years when I was younger and it was great to visit as an adult. Since school is back in session in this part of the country, the only children who were at the zoo were all younger than school age. I’m convinced this is the only way to go to the zoo. No crowds. Better weather than most of this summer has been giving us, and still just enough kids to remind you of the magic of going to the zoo.

And there were so many babies! The one I’m most excited about is this baby dama gazelle who was only 15 days old. The sign said that baby gazelles usually just lay/hide in the tall grass until their mother comes around to feed them but the spot this one picked to hide was right next to the fence so we could see it so well.

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Last month I journeyed home to attend the Grape Escape, an annual benefit for the Topeka Performing Arts Center. Since it fell on a First Friday weekend, I also had the chance to stop by my mom’s friend’s new shop in the North Topeka Arts District. The NoTo Arts District is a historic part of Topeka that has recently been adopted to be a new arts neighborhood. I’m really excited to see life breathed in to a part of town very close to where I grew up!

Two Days Monthly Market is open every First Friday and Saturday and its owned by Coralee and Lisa, the owners of Brickhouse Antiques. Brickhouse is the first antique store I actually enjoyed visiting and when it came time to start furnishing our home, Kyle and I have enjoyed opportunities to shop there so I have been anxious to check out their new store.

Check out some of the awesome displays and items for sale from their August 5 and 6 sale.

This antique grocer’s scale really caught my eye, especially after just seeing a grocer’s scale used as a fruit basket in the home tour I mentioned earlier this month.

This mid-century style buffet is in great shape! That color is beautiful.

This bike is also so neat!

One of these two benches (or both?) might need to be mine if they’re still around. I love the style of them and the length is perfect for our living room.

This breadbox is maybe my favorite find. I wish that I either used enough flour and sugar that I didn’t need a really tight seal on my colander or that I had the counter space to display something so cool without using it. Can you tell I’ve been talking myself in to and out of this purchase since I first laid eyes on it?

Shopping at Two Days is awesome because in addition to all the great vintage finds, the displays have great design inspiration too.

I can’t wait to go back! Unfortunately, I’m hours away from heading to St. Louis and Carbondale, IL for the weekend so I won’t make it to their September 2 and 3 sale that begins today. I might have to send my mom after some things. All of my photos and review of the store were from the tail end of the Saturday sale and I’ve been told that it was a little picked over if you saw it before. Still plenty of awesome finds though (and it will freshly stocked tonight)!

If you’re one of our Topeka reader stop in and check it out this weekend and if you’re not so close to the NoTo Arts District away, keep Two Days and Brickhouse in mind for your next Midwest thrift tour.

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