I’d rather be thrifting

So, it’s that time of the month again my friends! The Rose Bowl Flea Market is just around the corner and I’m making my wish list of pretty little vintage treasures I’m hoping to find there!

Now I’ll be lucky if I even find one of these things, since I tend to get super overwhelmed when I get there, and sometimes end up leaving with nothing. Not because there was nothing there… but because I just could. not. decide. Famous last words, “hmmm, I don’t know”, “hmmm, I’m not 100 percent in love with it”… then by the time the thing closes I run back over to get what I looked at an hour ago and someone else bought it!  Oh well, half the fun is the shopping anyway… if I found everything I wanted I wouldn’t have any excuse to go back!

Anyway, on to the wish list!

My friend Cara introduced me to milk glass when I was down visiting her in San Diego. It was love at first sight! I have been looking for some simple dishes with a vintage feel about them. These are sweet without being fussy, and the bright white will go with just about anything!

More vintage dish obsession… jadeite! I am loving the color jade in general… it’s so fresh and summery. I was so intrigued by these little light green gems that I had to know their history. Turns out, jadeite first became popular in the 30’s because it was durable and cheap to produce. (Really? That’s it? I thought it had something to do with their fabulous sea green color!) Apparently, they even gave it away as a special prize in boxes of oatmeal! Since it was mass produced until 1972, it’s fairly easy to find at flea markets and thrift stores.

Vintage frames have so much character! When your frame is this attractive by itself, who even needs a picture to put inside it?

Since I’m running out of space in my apartment, I’ve had to resort to a new form of decorating! I’m replacing all the ugly 80’s cabinet pulls and knobs with some cute vintage hardware. I’m loving the crystal and floral knobs. Anthropologie also has some great knock offs of these, but like I said before, it’s more fun to hunt for them at the rose bowl!

And of course, this post wouldn’t be complete without my chairs! I seriously don’t have ANY more room for them, but they’re like a drug. I can’t quit you, chairs!! I have this desire (need) to own one of every type of chair that I’m obsessed with. That’s a lot of chairs… that don’t match. And I don’t care! I love them like they’re my own babies. And since I don’t have any babies, I’m allowed to have my chairs :)

*On a side note, mismatched chairs are a big trend right now! (At least that’s my excuse!) Check it out here.

12 thoughts on “I’d rather be thrifting

  1. No wonder I adore your designs so much! I was trying to find you on Facebook to see if you had an artist page…then happened upon your blog. You LOVE the same sort of things I do! I have a collection of jadeite and picked out a palette for my kitchen based around the color. I also love milk glass and depression glass , and I am completely hooked on anything vintage! You have a wonderful talent for decorating and design! So glad I found your blog!

    • Hey Holly! I’m so glad you like the blog! I am kind of obsessed with interior decorating in addition to fabric haha. I can’t believe you are a fabric hoarder too! There is just something about a good print, you can never have too many! :) Do you have a blog or anything I can check out?

      • Hi Sara…yes I do have a love of fabric and pattern! I started working for Ingleman Designs about a year after I graduated high school. I always loved to draw, but fell in love with designing fabric and wallpaper after working at Inglemans. I was there almost 3yrs. After getting married I went back to school for Graphic Design. I was also doing some freelance stuff for Target.

      • I worked as a graphic designer for almost 8yrs. After starting a family I took a break to stay home with my kiddos for awhile. I never did stop designing and am now ready to dive back in. I started a blog about a year ago. http://www.hollyhelgeson.blogspot.com. I also have a small Etsy shop under the name PaintedRuby. Thank you for the compliment you gave me on my design. You are so sweet! Your job sounds like so much fun! They are lucky to have such a talentef designer!

  2. It’s perfect!The litsngehs of the metal against that heavy rustic table.. Also really love the green twigs spilling out of its vase and those two cabinets.Christina you are on fire with your posts right now. Loving it!!xx Charlotta

  3. I am sitting on a Tolix chair right now. BTW, I got a set of six on sale from Sundance… they aren’t cheap but you can watch the sales there and get an aditidonal discount for buying six. Love em.mb from Dallas

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