Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Weekend Wrap Up

Okay, so its Tuesday, making this a not-so-timely weekend wrap up. Just go with it.  Its just a convenient way to show you some stuff that otherwise lacks cohesion.

Chicago summer has arrived! This means walking around the neighborhood looking for yard sales, all while getting my yearly "base burn" on. It's never on purpose, and it never turns into a tan, for those of you keeping score.



You may remember this little fella from yesterday's Lazy Sunday post, but I picked him up at a garage sale around the corner for $4 (he was originally $5, but the lady gave me a buck off for bumming her a cigarette. The barter system is alive and well, folks.)


He could still use a little bit of Magic Eraser-ing, and I had to staple gun some hanging pieces of fabric from the bottom, but overall he has great bones, intact springs, and most importantly, he's comfy.



I also hung some shelves in the kitchen as a place to display my ever growing collection of crap (a problem for which yard sales are not the answer, by the way.) As with so many things on this blog, the shelves are just basic ones from Home Depot.


The brackets were on sale, so each shelf cost me $6 total. I think my favorite items on it are the hippo salt & pepper shakers from my little brother, and my new coffee and tea tins from Jezzy Belles Vintage.


I also picked up this bowl from local ceramicist Christina Della Morte. Its pretty perfect in every way and is the perfect anchor to my million-foot-long dining room table. Anything else I tried putting in the middle was just too puny to handle ten feet of wood.


And finally, I got these amazing barrettes special ordered from Building Blocks Toy Store here in Chicago...


How was your weekend? Do anything fun? Find any gems? 

xo,

16 comments:

  1. Where is the large "z" from?

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    1. Family Thrift on Milwaukee in Chicago!

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    2. though a few weeks back they had similar letters at Anthropologie for a (reasonable by Anthro standards) $18!

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    1. thank you! it was surprisingly easy to do, there is a tutorial here! - http://www.radicalpossibility.com/2012/04/i-really-really-really-wanna-zig-zag.html

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  3. Your house is ADORABLE. I wish I had more time/opportunities to thrift shop in NYC but the stores are all ridiculously overpriced and stoop sales make me nervous because there is such a threat of bed bugs. But someday....

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    1. thank you!! it can also be a bit of a shell game in Chicago too, but luckily I live down the block from two thrift stores so I'm able to go fairly often! its definitely not easy though haha

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  4. I want your freaking apartment so bad. It makes me miss the old shitty mouse-infested house that I had in downtown Ames.

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    1. well if you and mark ever visit chicago, we do have a guest room....you can pay your way by decorating it for me, since currently its just storage haha

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  5. Everything looks great! I love the yellow chair :)

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  6. I love your apartment! It has so much personality. I think I need to find where the good thrift stores are around here!

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    1. thank you!! tbh a lot of my thrifting is fruitless, but i get very very excited when something actually comes together haha

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  7. I have so far kept myself way from garage sales and the like this year. There is just no more room in the house! Although there was that estate sale last week...oh man, so much high end stuff for next to nothing. Damn those good deals, stealing all my money. Kudos on the yellow chair by the way! Badass!

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    1. omg that is will power i do not have. garage sales are like the only thing i get out of bed for before noon on weekends haha

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  8. I need those barrettes tbh.

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