Keeping An Eye Open At Resale Shops

I love resale shops – so I make regular visits to a few of my favorites in my area. Every so often a friend will ask me about my purchases – they like to know why I buy the things I buy. I get the question -“How did you see the beauty in that? I would have walked right passed it!” So, I thought I’d start a new category on my blog called, Resale Shopping Notes – where I will post photos of my latest resale finds and give some insight into the thinking behind the purchase.

I picked up this lamp base for $7.00 at a local thrift store. Because I spent so little on it, I didn't mind splurging on the shade. Luckily, I found this great-looking shade at Anthropologie – on sale for $70.00. I love the combination of modern lines with ethnic handwork.

Why did this lamp catch my eye? I love its dramatic shape and contrasting matte and shine finishes.

It also has a patina that gives it charm – I never like anything to be perfect.

These glasses were marked $0.50 a piece – but there were 5 of one style and 4 of the other. This didn't prevent me from taking them home with me. They are similar enough in style and color (both earth tones) to be used together as a mixed set.

Why these glasses? They have a modern, Italian look to them and the glass is thin at the rim and they feel great in the hand.

I like to serve beer in a footed glass – it's nicer than the more traditional, heavier beer glasses.

They're also great for iced tea, carbonated water or sangria. I really love this set and it only cost me $4.50.

I picked up this bag at a resale shop for $2.00. I love the fact that it's a bit ambiguous in terms of its period. It could be from the 30's , 70's or even the 80's. I checked the interior for condition as well as the exterior. I also checked for a label – there was none – but I could tell from the lining that it wasn't designer. I like it anyway. The velvet and patent leather combo, combined with the fact that it can hold a bit more than the average evening bag, grabbed my interest.

I like this kind of bag with jeans and heels.

I picked up this bag for $2.00 as well. It is vintage and handmade in Portugal and in excellent condition. I was thrilled to find this one.

I like contrasts – so I combined this lighter, feminine-looking bag with a bold, graphic top. This is great for a casual night out to the movies.

I was listening to John Mayer’s Heavier Things while I wrote this post tonight. Have a great weekend!


  1. Kebra  July 26, 2010

    Tell me about the lucite bracelet! Love it.

    • camilla  July 26, 2010

      Hi! Thanks! That bracelet was an Anthropologie purchase – on sale of course. I bought that a few years ago – so they don’t carry it anymore – but I have found cool, larger plastic bangles at Target too- believe it or not! 🙂 Take care, C