While at Alt, I got to know a whole new set of ladies when we went on a thrift store tour. They are extremely creative and talented women and we became instant friends.
We spent the afternoon shopping some of Salt Lake's best thrift/vintage stores, including Abode and Decades (oldies but goodies) and eating an amazing lunch at Les Madeleines, (new to me). I love food that is intended to be sweet, but twisted to be savory. I fell in love with the lavender lemonade and rosemary shortbread cookies. I'm putting those on my summer recipe list.
My best and favorite finds:
A pair of vintage curtains for $2. I picked them up and put them back. Then I tried to get the girls from Modern Kiddos to buy them. They said no, so I put them back. I walked away, then I walked back. The end of that story is obvious, but the next chapter is yet to be determined--what am I going to do with them? Any ideas? I cannot (meaning I'm not capable of) walk by amazing vintage fabric without buying, or at least touching it. There, I said it.
A black pitcher (also $2) to add to my white pottery collection. I do have a few other black sheep in the mix, but I usually gravitate to white. I adore how the clean lines pop against any backdrop. Right now they're lined up on my kitchen windowsill.
Finally, a metal box to hold doodads in the little-little's room. I love the way strong materials (like metal, rich fabrics or great wood) look in a kids room next to their plastic toys. I think it's pretty. Thrift stores and garage sales are excellent places to buy metal baskets or boxes. They're the same ones sold in the vintage shops, only cost a lot less. I don't usually know what I'm going to do with them when I get them, but they have great functionality and work in any space (any room, most styles) and work their way through my home happily.