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Oh my, oh my…the vintage quilt gods shined there lovely little faces my way this weekend! I hit up the City Wide Garage sale on Saturday. It’s an event that comes to Austin every few months or so. I love it but sometimes it can be hit or miss, but this weekend it was a total hit!

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These folks with the linens piled sky high are my absolute favorite vendors! They always have about 15 tables stacked with vintage shirts, chenille blankets, aprons, napkins, table cloths, pillow cases, and quilts.

This time they had a table labeled ”old quilts”. The old quilts table was $9!!! NINE DOLLARS! ANNND, on Sunday each table is marked half price. OMG. I wish I would have been able to go on Sunday…

This is the back of the quilt above. Perfect, right? I was able to get two (TWO!) cute, eclectic quilts. They are going to make the most adorable picnic blankets. Seriously, it’s pretty ridiculous how excited I get about blankets.

There’s not much rhyme or reason to this little lovely, but the back (below) is so sweet and pretty.

I love to look at the eclectic mix of fabric and pick out my favorites.

This cat with red shoes cracks me up. I think the person who made this blanket just used left over fabric and I like to imagine that they made themselves a killer button-up shirt with this kitty print. Hehe.

I’m excited to enjoy my backyard with these this summer! It’ll be a perfect date with this little lady.

Happy Monday!

I’m linking up with Her Library Adventures and Apron Thrift Girl.

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On Monday I gave you the tour through Daddy O’s Vintage Sales in Lubbock, Texas. While I was there I asked the store owner if she had any 9 drawer midcentury dressers because that’s what I’m in the market for right now. She told me to go down the road to As Time Goes By and look there because they have lots of midcentury items.

Well, I looked it up on my GPS and headed down the road. And then realized that this place was literally two blocks from where I used to live. See, I really never took note of it because here’s what it looks like from the outside. (Forgive my Google screen shot)

Yep, it looks tiny and it’s in a strip mall with Ace Hardware and a gas station. I knew it was there because I’ve been to that Ace Hardware multiple times. Honestly, from the outside is SOOOO deceptive. Also, the sign above the doors say “ANTIQUES” really large and then the name. So, I thought it was just a small antique store.

Oh no, it’s surprisingly large and packed with tons of midcentury and vintage beauties! There are booths being rented out so it’s not all MCM but there are multiple booths with some really great finds. See, here’s an aisle shot from one of four aisles.

The ceilings are very high. Here’s the booth that I realized every single item in there was something that I want.

Do you see all of the goodness in there?! There were a pair of those awesome green chairs. Look at that orange and black stool, those textiles, that awesome rug, and OH that lamp! It’s all so pretty.

Just down the way from that spot was a booth containing this…

Amazing, right? There wasn’t a scratch on it and it was $575 firm. I think it was an RCA Victor but I can’t remember the style. I can’t believe it’s been preserved so well.

In this same booth stood this awesome lamp.

It was so tall and so sleek. Also, in practically perfect condition. The price was about $250.

Right when I walked in the store, this chair greeted me. Isn’t it unique?

The upholstery was in great condition and look at all of the shape this chair has while still remaining sleek. So pretty, right?

I can’t believe I’m just now discovering this store. If you’re in Lubbock you must stop by here! So many unique finds. Oh, and I didn’t even tell you about all the MCM lamps. They were everywhere and super reasonable. I told Brendan that the next time I go back to Lubbock I’m taking a trailer and loads of cash. You know, in my dreams.

That wraps up my trip to Lubbock and I really enjoyed finding these great shops! Hope you have a wonderful Wednesday!

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Happy Monday, everyone! Last week I was in Lubbock, Texas visiting my family and I also managed to bring a cold back with me. Although, while I was in Lubbock I ventured out to one of the new vintage shops. This place popped up after I moved from Lubbock and so I was really happy to go and check it out.

Daddy O’s vintage is a small store inside a little strip mall. It’s not large but I was really impressed with the items they did have and the prices! The store owner was working while I was in there. So I got to chat with her for a bit. I love that. Small shop and super nice people who love vintage finds. My kind of place.

She admitted to me that she’s an avid Pyrex collector and you can tell by this lovely wall of vintage Pyrex. So pretty.

Also, all of the items that I looked at were in really good condition. The furniture were priced super reasonably too. They were probably about a third of the price of what I’d find in Austin. So that’s awesome. I was really wanting a huge truck and huge budget to bring so much of this vintage goodness back with me.

This chair was only $30 and I really wanted to bring it back for my desk. But, I think I’m needing something a bit more comfortable.

These chairs were $125 for the pair. She was also very willing to work with me on prices.

 I don’t normally gravitate toward western themed items, but I loved this vintage covered wagon. Isn’t it so sweet? This would be great in a little kids room.

There were so many more great items in this place. If you’re in Lubbock you’ve got to check out Daddy O’s vintage. Unfortunately, they are only open on Fridays and Saturdays.

Stay tuned on Wednesday for the other gem I discovered while in Lubbock. Total mid-century modern dream.

Have a great rest of the day!

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Recently, I was finally able to put into words what’s going on in my house in terms of design. First, let me give you some back story. I went straight from my parent’s house into the college dorms, took a little detour from college for about a year and decided that having no money was not fun, moved out to Lubbock, Texas for school, graduated my undergrad and then dove straight into grad school. Over all of that time, I’ve had 12 roommates! So, moving on, needless to say my house has always been a mesh-mash of family hand me downs, Craigslist finds, and roommate leftovers.

I’ve realized that even though I’m still thrifty like I was during college, my style shouldn’t look like I’m still IN college.

This all leads me to this one little corner in my house that I finally took a nice long look at and decided I HATED it! Well, except for that sweet little dog that makes her way into most photos! Hi, Jackie-O! That bulky black stand up fan was awesome when my parents got it from Wal-Mart seven years ago. Too bulky and I’m not digging the black…at all. The lamp shelf thing I bought off a friend for $10 when she was about to move. I hated dusting it and it was always filled with random knick knacks that felt forced. Also, the black metal doesn’t go with my house.

So, into the garage sale they went! Yay!

Then the corner sat empty for about two months. I went back and forth on what to do with it and here’s what we’ve got now…

Ah…much better. I found this lovely little record player at the same Goodwill where I bought my Lane cedar chest. They have an auction every week and this was one of the items. It’s a Webcor Musicale. I told myself I wouldn’t pay more than $50, because it still needs some work (possibly just a tune up).

How the auction works is that the items are on display for the week and there’s a note book you can write your bid in (kinda like a silent auction). Then on Saturday at 4 o’clock they begin the auction. The record player was already at $50 in the book when I got there and I almost left. But, instead I decided to hang around and just see how the auction went. Everything was going for only 1 buck over the price in the book. It was madness to me! Only a dollar over!? So, I figured I’ll bid $51 and just see if I get the piece. Sure enough, the record player came up and no one bid on it so I threw my hand in the air for $51! Once, twice, sold and it was mine!

I knew it would fit perfectly in this space and it totally does!

Here’s the breakdown of everything else in the photo.

The beautiful orchid was a completely unexpected gift to me from a friend recently. It’s so beautiful.

 I placed it on this lovely Taylorstone Moderne saucer that came with a set of four for $4 at an estate sale. Here’s an Etsy posting with the same saucers: Taylorstone Moderne – 8 Saucers

The glow on the orchid pot is from this little brass candle holder I got this weekend at an estate sale for only $2! I love the light that comes through the little clover cutouts.

This paint by number is exactly what I wanted for this space. I’m not in love with the frame and so I might paint it eventually or do an awesome antique silver leaf. I got this PBN on my trip to Chicago at Edgewater Antique Mall. The price was $28 and it was 20% percent off, so with tax I think I paid about $25ish.

Price breakdown:

Vintage record player- $55 (w/ tax)

Orchid: Free

Brass candle holder: $2

Vintage Daher tin: $6

Vintage saucer: $1

Horse Paint by Number: $25

Total: $89!!!

Have you been to any Goodwill auctions? Do you have a small before and after you’ve done recently? We’d love to see it! Just put your link in the comments below!

I linked up over at Her Library Adventures and Apron Thrift Girl.

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Chicago

There’s so much that I can write about my trip to Chicago, but I will give you the highlights. The city is beautiful and there’s loveliness all around. My main goal was to hit up a couple of the shops that I saw on Apartment Therapy; Edgewater Antique Mall and Broadway Antique Market. The two stores happened to be right down the road from one another. There were more places we could go, but these were best for the amount of time we had.

Edgewater Antique Mall was really great and they had some many awesome vintage items! A post is coming soon that includes everything I bought from my trip!

How great is this practically mint condition Remington Electric razor? I love the typography and the pale blue and pink together. If I knew how in the world I’d display something like this, I’d have bought it. The advertising “Safe comfortable way to feminine charm” cracks. me. up. I’m guess it’s true that there are a lot of unsafe and uncomfortable ways to feminine charm out there, so if you’re looking for a razor that’s safe AND comfortable – this is it.

These wooden letters and numbers are all over the place and I really need a craft to do with them! I’m trying to dream up something, but I think I need to head to Pinterest for some inspriation.

I looooooved this pink Melmac dinnerware. It was $24 a place setting and I believe there was 8 of them. So sweet and perfect.

Look at this patio set. It’s so awesome with it’s lime green chippy paint, unique curvy wood, and the white faux leather. UPDATE: I believe that these are George Mulhauser Plycraft Chairs. Which would make them a whole lot more than what they were listed for in the store. Awesome. Wish I would have been able to snag these!

After we left Edgewater, we headed down the street to Broadway Antique Market (BAM). Let me tell you something, on the first floor of BAM it is like any other antique mall. Some unique finds, some high prices, and some lovely pieces. But, when you head upstairs it is like a Mid-Century Modern Museum. Everything up there is stunning and I wanted to take it home. If you’re trying to fill a home with MCM pieces and not too concerned about price, this is your place. Just check out their eBay site, and you’ll totally see what I mean.

They didn’t allow photos so this is the only picture I snapped (I know, I’m such a rebel). It’s lovely though, isn’t it? That the perfect green.

My favorite aspect of visiting large cities is public art. The Painted Forest in Lincoln Park is really striking. Depending on where you view it, it’s possible you won’t even notice. Maybe it’s more visible in the winter?

I really want to do these painted 2 x 4s in my back yard. These were outside of the Art Institute and they’re awesome.

Can’t go to Chicago and not have deep dish. Ah…pizza…

Goodbye beautiful Chicago. I hope to see you again very soon!

If you’d like, you can view the other stops of my trip: Bearly Makin’ It Antiques, Marion, KS, Thistle in Kansas City, and the Gateway Arch in St. Louis.

Stay tuned for more!

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As Jess mentioned, I recently traveled the Midwest to make it to a friend’s wedding.  We hit 11 states in 10 days! Whew. It was so much fun and I’ve got a ton to share with all of you. My mom and one of my sisters went with me and we thrift/estate sale/antiqued shopped all along the way. I wanted to mainly visit places that I had seen on the blogosphere and friends recommend. We did just that, and it was amazing. I’m ready to do it again!

On the way up to the wedding, I knew I had to make a special stop at Bearly Makin’ It Antiques. They’ve got a huge barn full of stuff and they have a store in Marion, KS. It was featured on American Pickers but they didn’t show the store in town. Personally, the store was the best part. I heard about this place from Meg at Whatever, and knew we needed to make a special trip there. After stopping at Antique shops/markets in KS, MO, IL, MI, and OH, this was by far the best stop we made! I could spend hours and hours going through this shop. I’m most definitely going back!

We drove straight to Marion from my parent’s house outside of Ft. Worth, Texas. After a night’s rest in Marion, we headed to the shop.

First off, my photos with vintage graphic design. I really love old tins, and if the practical side of me were to vanish someday, I’d have an antique tin collection.

 Coffee is bliss, after all.

Look at this little gem! A Kitchen Maid Cake box. So pretty. I can just imagine being at a party where this was brought in and a delicious homemade cake was served. Perfect!

Since I spend my days working with children, I’ve really come to love old children’s books. Not to mention, Dr. Seuss was a genius.

 

Mason jars! I love the blue and the lids.

How sweet is this little lipstick caddy? The ribbon font is just too lovely. I’m kinda regretting not buying this.

Quilts!!!!! I’ve shared my love of quilts, right? The past several years, as I’ve developed my tastes more, my love of quilts has remained the same. There were so many and they were so nicely rolled that I was a little overwhelmed to pick through them. After seeing that $18 price tag right there, I wish I would have.

How great is this clock? What a cool piece for a kids room. The little gold feet, the green casing, the unique hands, and the man and monkey just make it look so playful. But considering the condition and the $45 price tag, it didn’t go home with me.

This place was amazing and soon I will be posting about all my buys from the trip. It wasn’t much, but I love what a got.

If you’re driving through Kansas, you must make a detour to check out Barely Makin’ It Antiques. Their inventory is so extensive, and the people who work there were great! We weren’t able to check out their barn because for some reason it wasn’t open, which turned out to be okay because I’ve got no clue how we would have brought back large items.

Stay tuned for more from my trip! Update: Here’s the rest of my write-up from the lovely little town of Marion, KS.

I linked up over at Her Library Adventures: Flea Market Finds.

 

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Two weeks ago while I was traveling (stay tuned for a post tomorrow about just that) and we were both coming off our July 4th highs, Jess wrote a great post about all our Choosing Secondhand Furniture posts thus far. Also, check out Jess’s advice on returning furniture purchased secondhand. We’ve only got a few of these left!

This week, I’ve got my run down about actually making the decision to purchase. Let’s say you’ve evaluated the condition, return policy, your partners expectations, and even decided on the value and now it’s time to actually consider buying.

Here’s my tips:

Consider price vs. What you’d like to pay/think the piece is worth: This seems like the most obvious tip but only you can make that call. About a month ago while thrifting at my favorite place (Room Service Vintage), the Brendan and I stumbled across a little cabinet that I’d like to have for the living room. It was good but not great, but it would have worked for what we needed. Also, it was priced at $100 and considering that I didn’t really like it much, I passed. Right now, $100 is a LOT of money. So if I’m going to spend that amount, I want it to be on something that I loved. Now, that being said, if the piece was $50 we’d have more than likely walked home with it. Because for $50 I could love it and it would have worked fine. For 100 bucks not so much.

Consider lines: I mentioned this tip in another post, but think it deserves mentioning here. Don’t pass up a piece just because of paint or stain. Think about lines. Do you like the look of the bones? Try and forget about cosmetics. Would you love the piece if it was white, red, tourquise, yellow, black? Try and think about the possibilities.

Size: Clearly, you’re not going to purchase something that’s obviously too large for your space, but you might be more at risk for getting something that’s too small. If you’ve got some places in your house that you know you’re needing to fill with furniture, keep a running list of measurements. Lots of store have a measuring tape and you can just measure the piece right there to make sure it’ll fit in your space.

Take time to evaluate: If you’re on the fence about it, step away and browse around the store and come back to the piece before you plan to leave. It’s important to take some time to just think. Also, really investigate the piece and make sure you’ve checked out every aspect of it. Do this so that you’re okay with what the condition is like before you truck it all the way home.

There’s always more: Keep in mind, that there will always be more secondhand stuff to buy. There’s always more stock coming through the vintage store, more antique shows, more auctions, and more estate sales to buy great pieces from. So if this one that you see isn’t just right, take the pass. Or, if you pass something up that you regret later on, just try to remember that there will be something else on your next thrifting journey.

Also, try and view your house as an ongoing collection of pieces you love. I mean, your probably always going to outgrow things and your taste will change, but the less you view your house as something that you have to fill with loads of furniture right now, the more that those pieces you place in it will mean to you and those you share your house with.

That’s just my two cents about making the decision to purchase furniture.

Got anything to add? Anything that I left out?

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So Eclectic is a blog dedicated to great ideas for home design. Austin, Texas-based writer Mary Marcum and Savannah, Missouri-based writer Jess Rezac feature affordable decor, decorating solutions, and inspiration. At So Eclectic, we experiment with design together. So Eclectic posts new content every weekday.

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Jess

I live with Kyle, my husband, in Kansas City, Mo. We have a dog, Oats, and a cat, Logan.

I am a development professional who specializes in museums and the performing arts. I write grants, fundraise, and assist with marketing in the form of donor communications. My academic background is in history and museum science, focusing on the presentation and interpretation of Africa in American museums.

As a freelancer, I work with clients in need of websites, Wordpress upgrades, and FileMaker Pro database solutions.

Mary

Hi! I live in a small two bedroom home in Austin, Texas. I believe in vintage, re-purposing, recycling, and making my home comfortable for us and everyone that visits. After grad school, I developed a love for design and giving old furniture a new life. Hope I can take you all along on my journey to rid my house of the "college days" furniture (or at least re-purpose it)! Welcome, and I hope you stay a while!

 
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