Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Thrift Finds

I found some great things this month at the Long Beach and Pasadena Flea Markets. The first is this awesome wooden lamp.

It's solid wood and naturally I found it right when I got there so I spent the morning hauling the heavy chunk of wood around. It had some scuffs and marks on it but those were easily fixed with my Almond Stick. Here's the before and after:

The other find is this great painting. I spotted it on a table that had just a few things on it. Usually, to me that's a sign that the seller has really high priced items. I really loved the colors but walked away. By the time I finished the aisle I thought I should at least ask what the price was. $8!. The seller told me her sister bought it from a street painter in Paris years ago. 

I got it home, cleaned it with bread, that's right bread, and popped it in a frame.

Have you found anything good lately?

Reblogged from Rearranged Design


  1. What is the logic behind cleaning a painting with bread? I'm curious as to how that works!

  2. The bread is gentle enough not to damage the painting and absorbent enough to get the dirt. Bread also is a great picker-upper for broken glass.

  3. I knew about the broken glass bit but not the cleaning! So do you dab? Pat? Wipe? Scrub?


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