Thrifting, obviously, is a game of luck. Often, usually when looking for something, I strike out. But sometimes, sometimes, I hit gold. And that’s what happened last week. While running around town sourcing the perfect tile for the impending master bathroom remodel, the boys and I stopped in Goodwill. Just as I was about to leave, I saw a folded wooden…thing.
Curious, I opened it. Turns out, it was a funky little table. With all legs hinging at a center point. I’ve never seen a base quite like this.
The table base (no top in sight) was priced at $17.99. I liked the lines and unique design, so I brought it to the check out counter and asked if they could give a discount because it was just the base. The nice gal lowered the price to $9.99 without a return. Sold!
Tip: when thrifting, pointing out the problems of a piece might get you a lowered price.
I’m nearly certain this neat base will live in the family room. On Facebook, a few people suggested a remnant marble top. While I really, really love that idea, I don’t think this base could support that much weight. Boo!
Instead, I think I’ll cut a piece of MDF to size, paint it a poppy color, and call it a day. Light weight, affordable, easy to change.
On Friday, we shopped for a countertop and stopped in another thrift store along the way. And that’s where I found a chrome X base and glass top dining table. For 30 bucks! I had to get it. On my way to pay for it, I saw a sign for 25% off all furniture. Even better, I had a $5 off coupon, so I got this beaut for $17.49.
Eventually I think this will be an outdoor table. Until then, it’s replacing the ugly but functional folding table we had in the dining room. Sure, this is smaller (way too small for the room) but it looks so much better.
After our countertop search, we popped in ReStore where I found a lovely brass and wood light fixture.
This too was marked at $30.00, but is missing a few pieces. Using my ‘point out what’s wrong’ method, I asked about a discount. How ’bout half off? You bet.
I had high hopes for this one, but now I’m not so sure. To use it in the dining room, I’d have to get a 13 inch longer down rod. Which would also require a new, longer wire. Is it worth it? Also, we’re 98% sure the bulbs are halogen, which isn’t ideal for a dining light. So, what do I do with this guy?