Thrift Store Treasure, Or Is It Trash?

One of My Favorite Finds

Have you ever been in a thrift shop and had a moment where you see just the thing you know you need but you never knew you needed before? I had such a moment with my orange chair.

I was browsing the bargain tent at a local thrift store and all furniture in the tent was $5. I snagged this vinyl (Or is it leather? Who knows?) chair for five bucks. Before I purchased the chair, I did consult with my teenager who was shopping with me. He gave me a big “no” vote on the chair, but I bought it anyway. He grudgingly helped me load it into the van.

Now that you’ve seen it, you might cast your vote on my son’s side thinking I ought to have left it in the sale tent. But if you note the burnt orange striped curtains in the background, you might have a teensy glimpse into my burnt orange chair logic. I had to have this chair!

Sure, I had to vacuum some kitty hair out of the crevices, and I haven’t yet figured out how to cover the minimal kitty scratches on the front, but I washed it all with disinfectant and it’s a great chair! One person’s trash is my treasure.

As for the rest of the family, I think the chair is starting to grow on them.

What’s your favorite thrift store find? Did the other people in your life think it was as much of a treasure as you did? Leave your story in the comments below and be sure to post a link if you have a picture of it on the web.

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  1. That's actually a really nice looking chair. It is a nice modern shape and could easily be covered if you ever tire of orange. You stole it for $5.

  2. i think it's a GREAT find! especially for $5. can't beat it. and you can always recover or reupholster. i tend to find that my husband is very skeptical of my thrifty finds… but then when i transform them, he becomes slightly more accepting. 🙂 i don't know if i could name a favorite find, i have so many!

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