Mary-Laure's current post about the treasures she brought back from a weekend trip to London inspired me. I have been on a thrift/antique/juntique store tear as of late and I've found tons of stuff that fit my poor man's Parish-Hadley style. You really don't ever know what you will find.
The horse sculpture on the mantle is from Target. (I know, I know... I TOTALLY despise the floor-to-ceiling brick also. It doesn't fit at all with my style, but it's so expensive to replace.) I love that celadon crackly look. They just priced all of their Global Bazaar stuff 50% off and I got that for $10 yesterday. The ikat pillow next to the pale blue needlepoint pillow came from Target, too. It wasn't on sale, but it was only $15.
The snail was just so cute. It was $2 and it reminded me of Jonathan Adler's animals. The round mirrored frame was also Global Bazaar. Sale price? $5. The finger vase was $10 at a thrift store a couple of weeks ago.
The photo of my coffee table has a Tiffany rock crystal votive I bought at another thrift store recently. In the background you will see my two Henredon club chairs I scored for a song recently. I actually bought the pair of votives... the other one is with the horse. The two together were $20 and this brings me to a question for you:
When you see something really underpriced at a thrift store or garage sale, do you tell the person or do you just figure it's their problem for not checking their stuff out? I actually pointed it out to a teenage girl who was working at this thrift store - they still had the Tiffany blue sticker on the bottom - and asked her if they meant to sell them at that price. I even suggested that they could sell online for at least $50 for the pair and she just shrugged and said she guessed so. At that point, I dropped it.
What do you think? Would you have said anything at all? Pushed to bring it to the attention of a manager? Does the value of the item affect your decision? Does it matter if you are buying from an antique dealer vs. a thrift store benefitting a charity? I really want to hear from some of you.