I like checking out thrift/vintage shops. To me, it is all about the thrill of what possibly lies inside. ‘What will I find?’ I think also it is about the memories that are attached to the items. The sense of looking into and having the sentiment of a bygone era. Vintage finds will give you a sense of what the post-war 50′s, the swinging 60′s and the groovy 70′s may have felt like. I have ‘scored’ some wonderful items in these thrift shops over the years. Recently I purchased a silk Hermes scarf for $6.99 (vs. $200 plus)! I like to wear it (proudly) but if that is not your thing, re-think its purpose and sew it into a fabulous cushion cover. One time I spotted a ‘pink’ Saarinen-style dining table. I stood in front of this table for many minutes not only because the whole pink thing made me smile but because I wondered, “where could I see myself using this? Garden furniture?” I eventually moved on and left the pink classic to the next person. But one of my most interesting finds had to be a purple, full length, 100% mohair coat ($7.99). I purchased this coat and had it dry cleaned. I had no intention of ever wearing this coat but instead it was the mohair fabric that I coveted. I had been looking for months for fabric to re-cover a Louis XVI chair with. Mohair was what I had originally wanted but the cost had kept me at a standstill. With chair and coat in hand I visited my upholsterer. He had a good laugh but did agree that the fabric was a wonderful solution for the chair. One stipulation…I had to take the coat all apart. No problem. If I could save $$$ on the fabric what’s a little effort. I have now enjoyed my purple mohair chair for many years and the fabric has stood the test of time. So next time you visit a thrift/vintage shop, keep your mind open to all the possibilities that lie waiting for you!