Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Blog Love and How I Learned To Dress Cheap But Chic

In the last year or so I have started reading a lot of blogs. I absolutely love the time I spend looking at, reading , and admiring the blogs that have become my favorites. I am new to the world of writing on this blog, so I tell myself that the time I spend reading other blogs is research. And I try to research as much as I can in a day!

One of my very favorite blogs is called The Gardener's Cottage. The lovely and amazing Janet writes about her life in an old house in California that was once the gardener's cottage on a large estate. Janet's house and down to earth style are utterly charming.
One of the great things about Janet is her ability to find the cheap but chic in everything from Ralph Lauren clothing to cowboy boots to housewares. This lady takes the art of thrift shop and yard sale buying to a new level. She has inspired me to visit my local thrift shops and Goodwill on a regular basis. I love it!
Janet also has a flair for decorating, cooking, and gardening. Check out her blog and I'm sure you'll be charmed, too.

Here are a few of my own favorite things that I have bought at thrift stores, yard sales, or the Goodwill.

I found this lovely vintage shelf at a neighborhood shop. I really love it and am thinking of painting it black or maybe yellow. At $20 it really was a great buy and can be used in any room in the house.

A few years ago my neighbor was selling a bunch of these old chairs for $3 apiece. They are very similar to the vintage, French inspired cafe chairs that cost a lot more. They were an ugly grey when I bought them and I bought four. Now I wish I had bought more. They are all getting a new color and a paint job this summer.

I love this book I found on Vintage Cottages for only $2. It's in excellent condition and I'll add it to my collection of interior design books. After a quick coat of white spray paint, I put this sweet little stature on my dresser. It makes me happy every time I look at her. For a dollar, how could I resist?

I bought all of these tops for a $1.29 each at the Goodwill. Almost every day they have a different colored tag that costs a certain amount of money. Blue tags were $1.29 that day so I only shopped for blue tagged items. The pink shirt was new and still had it's $20 price tag on it.


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