I’m On The Beauty Hunt (Again!)

second handsecond-hand chairs

Over the past few years I’ve been so focused on fixing up a fixer upper and doing my actual work, that I stopped frequenting thrift stores, antique stores, yard sales and second-hand shops.

I didn’t really need to shop–we downsized to a smaller house and when your ceiling is half-finished it’s not as fun to go looking for things for your home.

But I also realized that I wasn’t enjoying my work as much, and I started to feel like I was always sitting behind my computer, where’s the inspiration? Where’s the fun?

thrifting finds

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that recently, I’ve been out and about shopping Beauty Hunting again. And really, that’s exactly what it is! Shopping or browsing seems mindless and pointless. But Beauty Hunting is thrilling, it’s like an act of rescue, I feel like I’m part of a SWAT team to find lovely things in the midst of a bunch of weird stuff.

pink chair

I have had the BEST time and the BEST luck finding all sorts of beautiful things! The chair gods have been smiling down on me this past month–I’ve found five chairs mostly in mint condition–all second-hand!


It’s great because we can always use some extra seating out in The Barn.

But, I’m Beauty Hunting with an even bigger purpose than that, one I think you’ll enjoy. I’ll share more about that in the coming weeks, though.


I can’t believe all the beauty that I’ve collected–all within 20 miles of my own front door. I’ve been so inspired that there are still deals to be found, and beautiful things to be discovered–it’s a part of what spurs my creativity and I feel like I’ve lost that a little in the past few years.

It’s been so FUN and inspiring to reclaim this simple pleasure. I’m not ashamed! Digging through piles of junk, going to 20 yard sales to find one thing for a dollar and walking past the same dirty bike at a thrift store 1000 times all in the name of finding beauty, brings me joy!

And I am SO enjoying it!

Alison’s Thrifted Makeover:: All the Details

alison room

photo: Alison after before I wanted to show a little more of Alison’s lovely house from our $250 thrift store makeover with Lysa. My job for this project wasn’t really to take photos, but to do the work of putting it all together so forgive me for the lack of lots of great finished shots, […]

Turning a House Into a Home on a Thrift Store Budget

house into home

I’m joining the How to Decorate Series 25 bloggers sharing great tips all week. If I were a billionaire, I’d still shop second-hand. Pair of chairs $35 each from Salvation Army, Dresser: $18 yard sale, Lamps: $8 each Thrift Store, Chalkboard: $1 Yard Sale with a $12 sea fan from HomeGoods spray painted white and […]



A few things I’ve purchased while thrifting over the past few weeks… I’m always willing to adopt a large shapely lamp. For now, I’ll just turn it so you can’t see the gash in it, but he’s also a candidate for a future DIY. $4.99. Ever since seeing this frame at Lindsay’s I’ve been on […]

Angela’s House, Your Eyes will be Gluttons

button bird design

I’ve talked about my dear, sweet, kindred spirit friend, Angela often over the years.  She’s my yard sale partner, my thrifting buddy, our craft day teacher, my coffee table painter, my HELP-my-house-is-getting-photographed-and-I-need-someone-to-be-my-slave-and-keep-me-calm-friend, my conference roommate and confidant, my fellow conference speaker at Becoming.  She’s one of my closest friends and one of the most fearless, […]

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What I’m Thrifting For :: Summer ’12

thrift store candles

I love dropping in thrift stores from time to time. After the big hoard clean out and yard sale of 2010 I’ve slowed down my thrift shopping.  Currently I stop in about twice a month to a few stores and the things I’m looking for are always changing.  Some of my most recent finds?

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