Last week, Scott and I were both having a sort of ‘off’ day (well, more me than Scott!), and since I was being highly unproductive with work, I asked my boss (aka: me) if I could take the afternoon off. She almost never says yes, so color me surprised when she agreed (ha!). Scott – having caught his second wind, of course – suggested we take this time to run a few errands, be responsible and grab a few supplies for our weekend projects. This brought me down from my high of a whole afternoon of nothingness, so I suggested a much better idea – donuts! And after donuts, how about we stop into the thrift store?
After our sugary treat (we stopped into Stan’s, which was surprisingly delicious), we headed to The Ark – an oldie, but a goodie. Their prices are mostly fair, it’s completely chaotic (our favorite kind of thrift shop), and we went with low expectations; you know, as you do when you hop the second-hand store circuit.
But! We had a lucky day.
ONE. I came across this horribly ugly (quite possibly pretty?) chandelier for $25. (Full disclosure: The price started at $40, but the owner and Scott were in a negotiating mood – hooray!) You can see that one of the arms has completely broken off, the faux finish is less than ideal, and I’m not sure how I feel about the star details. So, new paint job? Bare bulbs? It’s a good hefty size, and I’m thinking it might look good in the studio.
TWO. As we were about to leave, we saw this. The dresser was still wrapped with no price (fresh off the truck!), and with most of their dressers being sold for upwards of $150, we were prepared for at least that, if not much, much more. When we asked the owner how much? He gave it a good look, suggested $60, and – trying to not freak out, people! – Scott asked if he’d take $75 for the dresser and the chandelier, to which he happily agreed.
Right now, the drawers are a bit hard to close (and open, for that matter), but it’s solid wood with dovetail joints and a subtle inlay on the top. Overall, the wood is in near perfect condition, and at that price point – well, it’s a rarity in the city of Chicago! Considering our bedroom currently is a mish-mash of racks, bins and dressers, we cannot wait to fix this right up.
Aah. There’s nothing like a little unexpected thrifting adventure to beat some winter blues, don’t you think? (Yard sale season, get here!) Also, I’m 100% open to any ideas on the chandelier. (White? Gold? Bright red? Pink?!) What would you do?