Shopping & Thrifting

Window Shopping: Beachy Shops & Thrift Stores

Last week I promised a post about all the window shopping slash actual shopping that we did during our week at the beach with the fam. And that includes the two items we actually purchased: the whale sign for Clara’s room (made from wood, a five year anniversary material)…

… and the thrift store basket that I’d love to turn into a hanging pendant somewhere in our house (more on those items here).

But I owe you guys the rest of the eye candy that we perused, so here we go. As we mentioned, we stopped at the Ole Sale Barn in Maryland where we found the L-turned-7 in our office last Labor Day. And that’s where I picked up my little basket-soon-to-be-turned-light.

Here’s what it looks like inside. Chaos. But the fun kind of chaos that you can’t wait to root through.

I also spotted this giant metal grate outside that I thought would be an awesome “top” for an outdoor table. Picture it on top of a big ceramic planter. That would be a killer side table, right? Just use some heavy duty adhesive to glue it in place along the top lip of the planter.

Of course this is also the home of Beyoncé the chicken (and her subsequent children). More on that here.

There were other questionable discoveries there, like this little blast from the past. Yes, I totally had about 25 of them standing on all of the windowsills in my bedroom growing up (for so long that the back of their hair got bleached white from the sun). Guilty as charged.

There were these fun guys too. I love the idea of using things like this for towel bars in a bathroom…

… like we did a while back in our hall bath with a $7 thrift store horse we picked up:

There were also amazingly gorgeous architectural items. Like these awesomely ornate wood panels, screens, windows, etc. Super cool.

I also loved these little two dollar gold plates because I kept picturing them hung on the wall in a big grouping. There were about 7 of them and I just kept picturing a swarm of them hung with plate holders on the wall in an asymmetrical collection. Could be cute, right?

Then we made our way over to Beach Plum Antiques in Bethany, which is always a favorite stop (we’ve mentioned it a bunch of times here and here).

This time my favorite find was this $85 bench. In case it’s not obvious, it was super long. As in, twice as long as a normal solid wood bench that might cost around $199 at a big box store. I totally pictured it up on our porch painted a dark matte black color. But alas, it didn’t fit in the Altima. Haha. Here’s hoping someone else took him home…

I also was in love with this chunky wood based floor lamp. The stitched rectangular shade felt so “authentic” – like it was right out of Dwell magazine. It was already sold, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t stand there and stroke it for a while.

These old suitcases were also pretty darn charming. Especially the pairing of the reddish leather one with the nubby linen-ish brown striped one in front. I like that he looked like he was wearing suspenders.

This giant metal pig also could have been fun as random art (picture his entire body painted bright yellow to cheer up an office, or even coated with chalkboard paint and hung in a kitchen as a place to write notes and lists and stuff).

Then there was this house. We biked by it and I thought it was so sweet I had to snap a photo. I love the bright white trim and the navy door (this picture doesn’t do it justice).

We also made it to Mod Cottage in Rehoboth, which is where we got Clara’s wood whale sign for the frame wall in her room. It should also be known as the place Sherry tried to convince John that our kitchen needed at least eight colorful gurgle pots on the floating shelves. John didn’t go for it. Total fun hater.

But in his defense we do have one small yellow one already. So I’m not completely gurgle-pot-less.

These pretty vases were so sculptural and geometric. We were hypnotized by their beauty.

And this giant beachy print was, in the words of Justin Bieber: swag, swag, swag. I wanted it bad but it was out of our budget. Maybe someday it can serve as inspiration for a little DIY watercolor painting though.

This is just a picture of John holding a pillow with a chihuahua on it…

… which is funny because the last time we were in this store (over two years ago when I was still prego with Clara), we snapped this picture of John holding a pillow with a chihuahua on it (more on that excursion here):

That, my friends, is called Full Circle Chihuahua Pillow Blogging.

Oh and I also loved these cool woven plates that were hung on the wall. I totally felt inspired to dig up some cheap woven platters at a place like HomeGoods and paint them matte white with a pop of color in the middle. So pretty, right?

These lights hung over the cash register and while John said they “weren’t his thing” I thought they were playful and charming. A nice little splash of quirk for the sliding-your-credit-card experience.

We also stopped at a shop in Rehoboth called Bella Luna (which we stopped at over a year ago as well), which is where I fell in love with these pretty scarves (wouldn’t they be sweet table runners, pillows, or even fun cafe curtains for a kitchen? so breezy!).

They also had these fun faux animal heads that had a lot of personality. Especially when they were hung together. We voted the deer one as our favorite since he has “a Burger face” as we like to call it.

They also had this gorgeous mirror. It was around $300, so it wasn’t cheap, but it was mesmerizing. And see the ceiling? I liked that. It was soft wide plank wood with big white chunky beams breaking it up. It was very beachy but not as common as something like beadboard might have been up there, so I liked that it was a little more unexpected.

There was also this really pretty bird art. We loved the green one in the top left (he had a long skinny beak like some sort of sandpiper). Looking back at this shot I’m sad that we left without him. Oh well, next time…

This is also where we instagrammed a shot of the scrabble mugs. So much fun (and such a great, easy personalized gift- especially if you fill them with the person’s favorite candy, makeup, gift cards, etc). I totally should have grabbed one for a friend of mine and filled it with her favorite thing ever (bold and inexpensive bottles of nail polish).

On the way home we also stopped at this random thrift store about 45 minutes out of Bethany off of Rt 113 (yes, I randomly scream “stop the car!” and John dramatically pulls into the parking lot and I hop out to explore).

It was pretty small, but had some fun things hidden among the piles. Isn’t that chair and ottoman combo totally Emily Henderson-ish. She would reupholster those bad boys in charcoal or emerald or navy and they would be to. die. for.

I also liked this pretty green glass container (might be sweet on a kitchen counter full of flour or sugar).

And these trays. Can’t you picture them hung in a grouping on the wall? The black owl one (with the owl in the same tone as the other two frames) sealed the deal that someone should totally buy all three of these and use them together somehow. Hope they’ve already been adopted en masse (let’s just say I put them back on the shelves in a group in the hopes that someone else would snatch them up that way).

And so ends our latest window shopping slash thrift store spree. Part of me is sad that we only returned home with Clara’s wooden whale and the basket-to-be-turned-light, but most of me is relieved since it means we didn’t spend too much (leaving the chance that more thrift store goodies could come home with me in the coming months…). What have you guys been loving lately while window shopping? When you go on vacation do you try to stop at a few places on the way in, during your stay, and on the way out? Have you found any cute things?



Window Shopping: PB Outlet & Mary Jo’s

Woot, I finally got through the 200+ photos I took at two of my favorite on-the-road-to-Atlanta-and-back shopping stops: The Pottery Barn Outlet (in Gaffney, SC) and Mary Jo’s Cloth Shop (right outside of Charlotte, NC). So here are all the things I loved the most (and yes, I actually got something, which I’ll call out at the end of this post). So fasten your window shopping seat belts, we have a lot of ground to cover.

First let’s start at the PB Outlet. Does the building beckon you in too, or is it just me?

Since we had Clara and Burger with us for the Haven trip, John very selflessly offered to stay outside and entertain the bean and the burgs. Aka: he didn’t want to shop. Go figure. Haha.

I was happy to poke around inside with me, myself, and I (and my camera) which is where I came across these two fun metal chairs (the adult-sized white one on the right was $245 marked down to $123 and the red kids chair was $119 marked down to $59 (I felt a pang leaving the cute red kids chair there since I knew Clara would love it but we already have two kids chairs at home – that we got for $5 from a yard sale up the street – so it just wasn’t meant to be).

I was also kind of in love with this red stool with a cool slatted top (marked down from $150 to $75). The price is still a little steep if you need a bunch of them, but I think it’s a nice inspirational DIY idea too (you could spray whatever wood stool you have red on the bottom and keep the wood top au naturale).

Sticking with the I’m-on-a-red-kick theme, this awesome giant light (this picture does the size no justice, but it was probably 24″ wide) was marked down from $160 to $70. I almost got it. Almost. Just didn’t have a spot for it and knew John would kill me make me return it if I walked outside to greet him holding this behemoth. I hope somebody adopted him though. Please tell me someone did.

My favorite area of the whole store is the giant rack of on-sale rugs in the back. There are tons of them (both from PB and West Elm, which are my favorite). This nubby silvery blue one and this bright orange Morrocan one were among my favorites. I forget the prices, but they’re always marked down a ton – sometimes over $500 off!

Here’s a light that I think was so delicate and pretty. Wouldn’t it be awesome in a little girl’s room? I love the antique bronze color but could also see it sprayed glossy white or even matte gray or something fun like lemon yellow. It almost has a bird’s nest quality to it.

Dude, this lamp = my dream. It was about three feet (!!!!) wide. And get this, it was more than 50% off (it was $550, and was marked down to $200). Still kinda steep, but in a room with a lofted ceiling over a giant dining table- yeah it would be the You can’t really see it well in this photo because it was giant and I was trying to hold it up while taking this picture all by my lonesome, but it was basically a hammered silver finish on the outside and the inside was super silvery and metallic. I could just tell it would toss around so much light and add so much sparkle in a modern and industrial way. Delish.

This pretty mercury glass lamp was marked down from $100 to $50 (which seemed comparable to most of the bigger lights at HomeGoods) and the globe light was marked down from $125 to $60 I think (still thought that was a little pricey, but here’s hoping they get marked down more over time).

Oh and as for kids stuff, in the Pottery Barn Kids section, they had these cute colorful lanterns (in blue, green, and pink) for something like $19. And this red desk lamp (you know I’m on a red kick…) was so cute since it was a little retro looking airplane. Didn’t catch the price for you guys though – so sorry!

Then there was one of my favorite things in the store. This math art. Why? My dad is a mathematician. My hubby went to a math & science magnet high school. And I am terrible at math. See how it ties into so many people I love while reminding me of my math deficiency? Gotta love that.

Each giant frame (we’re talking at least four feet tall) was marked down from $99 to $69 (which honestly isn’t a bad price for a frame that giant) but I also thought it could be a fun DIY art idea for anyone at home who wants to decorate with numbers. The item on the right is a chalkboard/corkboard that was marked down to $60, which I thought could be so functional in a kitchen/pantry. It would be a great place to pin up homework assignments and art and fliers from school along with writing lists and notes, etc. Or you could make one yourself with some cork from Target or Office Max with some chalkboard paint on the other side.

I loved both of these sheet sets since they’d each add a little je ne sais quoi. The ones on the left were marked down from $140 to $50 for the set and I forgot to check the price on the cute kids ones (called Penelope) but I think they were reduced at least $40 from the regular price.

And now for this hunk of gorgeousness. Yes, it was giant. Yes it would never fit in our car. Yes, it was still $1330 (marked down from $1900) but I totally pined for him. He was handsome with a capital H. I hope someone else snagged him for some posh and amazing bathroom remodel that they’re doing. If so, send us pics so we can house crash you (I need one last chance to tell him how much I love him).

They also had some fun more industrial pieces that looked like they were full of history (like the episode on Friends where Rachael convinces Pheobe that her coffee table is from a flea market when it’s really from Pottery Barn). This printer’s armoire on the left was originally $1400 (!!) but was marked down to $800, which is still steep but it was a pretty amazing piece. The metal shelves on the right were marked down a lot too but I didn’t catch the price. I loved the giant castors on the bottom and thought it could be awesome in a bathroom (picture it full of towels and soaps and stuff) or even in a kitchen (loaded up with dish cloths, cook books, and some glass containers full of flour and sugar).

This chair. Oh this chair. I was more into this chair than Game Of Thrones (and I’m really into Game of Thrones right now). It was marked down from $600 to $420, which still put it well out of our price range, but I thought it would look so cute in our sunroom. So yes, I totally whispered “I’ll never let go” after snapping this picture. It looks kinda bland here, but picture it with some amazing pillow on it next to a fun colorful side table (maybe a bright yellow ceramic garden stool) in a room full of windows overlooking the great green outdoors. It could be epic.

Speaking of the great outdoors, these wooden lounge chairs were marked down from $709 to $355 (around 50% off) which still make them kinda spendy, but they looked really well made. I’m sure they’re gone now. They were total charmers in person. And if I was a lady who lunches I would totally want to lunch on those (Housewives style with butlers and such).

These giant glass hurricanes were around $39 I think (down from $80). I loved how big they were (a cluster of three would look awesome on a giant 14′ long patio table or something – you know, if you’re handy enough to make one like my girl Katie B, or if you’re a housewife and can buy one to match your diamond studded sunglasses). Or if you’re like me, one would be awesome on a front porch, on one side of the door for asymmetrical charm. Now I’m sad I didn’t get one to do just that…

These were also around $39 (marked down from $80) and they were also pretty large (maybe about 18″ tall?). I bet one would look so pretty in the middle of a patio table with a candle gleaming inside (and shining light out of all those lace-like holes).

Pretty glassware. And lots of it. I loved the cups on the top shelf. I think they were $3 each. So cute for anything from juice to wine (my Italian momma taught me that anything can be a wine cup, even an old jelly jar). Wait, that makes her sound like a lush, and I promise she’s not. Just a lady who doesn’t want to be restricted to stemware only when it comes to her wine.

I was very very very tempted when I saw a pile of delicate lettered candle sconces. And of all the remaining letters, they still had Clara’s initials – C. P. (what are the odds?). Then I looked at the price tag and realized they were selling the whole stack of five letters as a set for $50. Boo! What if I just wanted two? Then I realized that they spelled out the word Peace. Made a lot more sense after that realization. I do get a kick out of the fact that Clara’s initials are in the word Peace (although she can definitely disturb the peace like the best of them!).

I snapped this picture because I thought these pillows were an awesome example of how someone who isn’t into decorating with Santa or reindeer could still gussy up their house for the holidays. Wouldn’t that red berry pillow with the long green lumbar be so nice on a sofa during the holidays? Plus they were pillow covers, so you could store them easily in a closet or something for the rest of the year (and just put your regular pillow covers back out once Christmas is over).

So that was my latest PB run. I can’t believe I didn’t leave with anything, but in the back of my mind I knew our car space was limited (traveling with a kid and a dog means bringing the dog crate and the pack & play along with all of our suitcases and other stuff). And I was kinda saving my money for Mary Jo’s since we all know I have a fabric problem. Haha. So without further ado, let’s traipse through there…

First I saw the bleached version of our dining room curtain fabric (Kanjhali Peacock by Robert Allen) and I loved it! So icy and soft.

Next I was won over by these fun imperfect polka dot fabrics in a bunch of colors (so sorry, I didn’t get the name of these fabrics, so your best bet is just to search a site like or Mary Jo’s online shop (or check out Mary Jo’s in person if you can).

I was completely in love with this velvet-y rainbow fabric. How perfect would that be in a nursery or kids room? Heck, I want it in my room.

And then there were the “cabinet of curiosities” fabrics as I’m calling them. They were so cool that all I could think about is how awesome a yard or two could be stapled to a giant canvas and framed and hung as art. Again, I wish I knew the maker of all of these, but your best bet is just to see what you can find in an online fabric store or head over to Mary Jo’s if you can.

Here’s the snake fabric up close and personal. How bad-arse is that yellow snake with the big pink spots? I love her.

This cool “pixelated” looking fabric was fun too. I loved the more grellow one down below.

And then there were these fun ginko fabrics in a bunch of colors. I thought yellow or navy would be awesome for some pillows.

And then there’s this guy. Orange, pink, yellow and blue ikat? Yes please! I got two yards. Strike up the fabric-purchasing band! Yup, I gleefully ran back to the car with two yards of this (marked down from $25 to $16 a yard). For anyone wondering, I do have the name of this guy since I took it home and it’s printed on the side of it. It’s called Ubud by Iman Home/Waverly and it can sell for up to $27 in other places! No idea what the heck I’ll use it for. Maybe a bunch of things (table runner, hall bathroom roman shade, upholstering a chair, who knows!). Will keep ya posted.

So there was the whirlwind that was window shopping when we were on the road to and from Haven! Next time I hope we have more time to stop at a few more places (some locals gave us some awesome recommendations that we’d love to check out someday). Where have you guys been window shopping? Any new fabric or houseware purchases lately? Or have you see anything at a store that inspired you to DIY your own take on it?