Why Thrift, Reason #3: Unique & Personal
This post is part of a five part series entitled, "Why I Thrift," beginning with Why I Thrift, Reason #1: To Save Money. One of the things I love most about decorating and gardening is creating a space that deeply reflects my unique personality. I don't want "cookie-cutter" spaces with suites of furniture bought en masse or plants dropped in by the local builder. Even if I wanted to pay for that (which I don't), and felt good about that kind of consumption (which I don't), I still wouldn't want to do it. I don't want a space that looks like a catalog, or the neighbors' house. I want a place that's uniquely mine.
One of the best ways to do this is to thrift. You can find one-of-a-kind items that few people will have, like this large, ecru-colored handmade pitcher or the vintage hand embroidery in the photo above.
Sometimes pieces have been altered or personalized before they get to the thrift store, like this picture frame, which was painted lavender and gilded by the previous owner.
Once you bring it home, you might personalize it further, like I'm doing with this china hutch (that I got, yes, for free) by sanding most of the paint off.
Sure, it takes longer to do a room when you're hunting and gathering your pieces, but it's so worth it to have a space that's completely unique and completely you. What about you? What pieces have you found that are one-of-a-kind or just so you? This five-part "Why I Thrift" series continues with "Why I Thrift, Reason #4: More Creative."