The Nifty Thrifty: Leather and Gold

Hey Thrifters!

We only have two weeks to go until our wedding, so we've been focusing on wedding planning and cutting back on our buying, but we did manage to stop at a few thrift stores, an estate sale on Friday, and a few yard sales on Saturday as well.  Neither the yard nor estate sales were very fruitful--besides a dress for Julia, a plant, and a small Danish planter which did not make it into this post.  We did, however, manage to find some good stuff at a Salvation Army in Ventura, CA, which is surprising because we've found that although the thrift stores are plentiful in our new area, they rarely have good finds at prices we're willing to pay.

I did manage to stumble upon this great iron and leather wine rack at the Salvation Army.  When I found it in the store it didn't have a price tag on it, which in some stores means that they will not sell the item to you at all, but they just slapped on a reasonably low price, and we were sold. Unfortunately, this is not the very expensive designer version by Arthur Umanoff, but it has a very similar style and is still very cool.  As soon as we have our feet on the ground, we'll be posting this to Etsy.

Julia picked up this gold belt at the same Salvation Army with the help of my shiny object finding powers, and she quickly discovered that it is awesome but just a little to big for her, so this will also be up on Etsy within the reasonable future.

Besides the little things we picked up at the yard sale the only other thing we ended up taking home this week was some potting soil, plant food, and some orchid bark, which we obvioiusly didn't feel was worth photographing either, but it will come in handy when we need to pot some of the tiny orchids that have been popping off of our mature plant (check out our patio post from last week to see all our lovely estate sale plants).

Thanks for tuning in, and let us know what you've picked up this week!  Do you find thrift stores, estate sales, or yard sales (or something else?) to be the most fruitful for vintage shopping in your area?  And of course, what do you think of our finds this week?

These blogs also host great link-ups that we join, so make sure you check them out, too: Apron Thrift GirlMe and my ShadowSir Thrift-A-Lotand a mid century one at Remnant!

Without further ado, a few easy rules for the Nifty Thrifty Link Up:
1. We would love it if you would follow our blog on Google Friend Connect (check the right sidebar), like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and leave a friendly comment :)
2. Only link up recent blog posts that showcase your thrifty finds from the week, including items from yard sales, estate sales, thrift stores, consignment stores, flea markets, and even the side of the road! Thrifty finds that you have restored or updated are fine, but please no unrelated DIY or craft projects (we like those, too, but lets keep this link-up focused on thrifty vintage!).
3. Remember to LINK BACK to this blog - a living space - so everyone can join in! 
4. Link straight to your individual post, not your whole blog.
5. No links to Etsy shops or other non-blog sites.

Thanks for joining in!


  1. My thrifted finds were made into something fresh. Finds were sea shells, a single shutter, a big clothes pin clip and a mason jar. Used paint and burlap I had on hand and made myself a 'shelf mantel' for summer.

    Two weeks to go - you two must be mega busy. Thanks for hosting and sharing your finds this week.


  2. I love that belt! I typically shop thrifts, as it's easiest for me. But yard sales have my heart!

  3. That wine rack is awesome! I don't think I've ever seen anything like that before.

  4. That wine rack is awesome! Didn't you guys find the super collectible one a few months back? For some reason it's in my head that I've seen something like that here. Good luck with your final wedding details. The one I missed, that surprised me the day of, was to have a family member assigned to help the photographer. I have a huge family and should have known to do that, but I totally spaced it. Having done a few weddings before, I should have remembered that. Don't stress, have fun! It's going to be awesome!

  5. Thanks for hosting. You are going to be very busy in the next two weeks!

  6. Wishing you both a wonderful wedding day x

  7. Have a great wedding and I love that belt!

  8. Love the gold belt, I found one recently at Salvation Army, too.

  9. Wow, it is so nice. I love the gold belt.


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