An eye for a bargain

March 22, 2012

It's Mama Tweedle again!

Miss Tweedle has a good eye for a bargain, and I have to take some of the credit for that! She was dragged around to flea markets and thrift stores practically from birth. 

Last spring my husband and I bought a second home in Qualicum Beach on Vancouver Island. We spent a month furnishing the entire house by visiting second-hand stores and garage sales. 

Fellow thrifters, I'm telling you straight up, Vancouver Island is Secondhand Heaven.

I decided to go for the mid-century look because that was the vibe of the house, and that style of furniture is plentiful and much cheaper than antiques.
Here's a photo of my family room. OK, I won't lie, I did buy the couch on sale at Sears.

 Everything else in the room was a steal of a deal.
Floor lamp, $15, garage sale.
Table lamp, $2, garage sale.
Authentic vintage Danish teak coffee table, $40, junk store.
Orange vinyl armchairs, $35 each, junk store.
Teak end table, $10, garage sale.
TV stand, $35, thrift store.
Drapes, half-price at Fabricland and I hemmed them myself.
Cushion, half-price at Fabricland, $5.
Buddha batik on wall, free, my husband brought it home from Thailand in 1972.
The patio furniture was bought used from a second-hand store.

The other rooms are similar. I even found a whole range of orange and brown flowered dishes, and vintage glasses, for my kitchen!


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