I decided to head to Richmond to the Habitat Store to see if they had a couple of windows to finish off the plan to redo my greenhouse. (That way I could accomplish something useful while I escaped.) When I arrived, I found that the store was closed ... should have check this BEFORE I drove the hour to get there. Since I was already in town, there are LOTS of other places to hunt for junk ... so I set off to see what I could find.
First stop was Diversity Thrift. I love this shop, though I rarely find anything that I can use. Mostly, I see things that would be wonderful and imaginative for folks who are setting up housekeeping. Let's see what caught my eye.
The chairs with this dining set were HEAVY and well made. I loved their lines. The table had two leaves.
This dining set was wonderful ... a table and six chairs with this much style for $120! There was a little bit of damage to one of the chairs (see second photo). Honestly, whoever buys this is going to paint it, so the damage will be a lot less noticeable once it's finished.
This little rattan dinette would be perfect in someone's sunroom or on a large porch. The chairs swivel, and everything was in great condition.
Imagine this buffet with a coat of paint, and perhaps some light distressing. Be still my heart!!
My favorite thing was this set of four Parson's chairs. They would be SO easy to reupholster or slipcover.
What did I buy here, you ask? Nothing eventful, I assure you. I left with a comforter to add to my stash of dog blankets for the car, a retro lamp with flowers that look a bit like roses, and a dog print to donate to the Greyhounds Rock benefit auction in November.
A thrifting trip to Richmond is never complete without a stop at my favorite store, Class and Trash on Route 1 in Glen Allen. I am not exaggerating when I tell you that I have NEVER left this store without buying at least one item ... and I have been shopping here for as long as I can remember ... well before the current ownership. This place is paradise!
Since my original reason for going to Richmond was to look for windows, I checked out the stash of windows in the outdoor area here. These beauties were ALMOST what I was looking for ... not quite the right size, though. RATS!!
Inside the store, I visited for a minute with Lisa, one of the owners, then I set off to see what kind of treasures were to be found. You NEVER know what you will find at Class and Trash. The prices are incredibly reasonable, and stock turns over very quickly. You do NOT leave a piece you love behind to think about it, because you can guarantee that it won't be there when you get back.
I looked at this lamp, and decided not to buy it. (I had already bought a lamp at Diversity Thrift, remember?)
How about this painted bedroom set? It had a headboard, footboard, dresser, chest of drawers, AND a night stand!
These French-style headboards were beautiful. The church pew was a great size ... and you already know that I have a soft spot in my heart for vintage oriental-style rugs.
This sign was great! (It said "Road Under Construction" on the other side.)
For those of you with nautical decor, this lobster trap is a winner.
Tobacco baskets can be used SO many ways!
This vintage mover's dolly has great patina.
I loved these industrial light fixtures ... too bad I don't have a place to put them right now.
Here's one ...
... and there's two more over here.
THIS was the light that I drooled over the most ... but I left it behind.
If someone is renovating a vintage bathroom, like I did in our basement, this medicine cabinet would be perfect.
Things like this vintage industrial cart are all over the 'Web right now.
This Empire-style sofa was in beautiful condition, and ready to be a feature in some lucky person's living room.
There was something about this little retro chair that I found appealing. I love the shape of the side table beside it, but not the yellow paint. Paint is easily changed, though.
How about an old-school locker to add storage to a narrow space?
There was a time when I would have been all over these Luray cups and saucers. I began buying Luray in the early 1980s, and I have managed to collect a huge set of dishes and serving pieces.
With all this treasure to choose from, let me show you what I bought.
This 1960s school desk will be a perfect bedside table. I love the color ... all it needs is a good scrubbing, and it's read to use. (There's even a wad of petrified gum still stuck to the underside.)
I added this chamberpot to my budding collection of ironstone. It's in perfect condition.
If the other one didn't have a flowery decal on it, it would have also come home with me.
When I got home with my treasures, I wasn't quite so crabby anymore.
(For other posts about Class and Trash, click HERE.)