Why do you think the song Thrift Shop by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis was such a huge hit? Besides being a catchy tune, "popping tags" and looking for a "come up" at thrift shops is something most Americans can relate to, especially now, with all the hype of reality antique shows, no less a recession.
From the outrageous finds that come in on Pawn Stars to American Pickers and the Antiques Road Show, everyone wants a piece of the action. It's the hunt for hidden treasures that people really crave.
The truth is, it's foolish not to. Many a masterpiece has been found in a thrift shop, from Andy Warhol's to Davinci's. Even I "came-up" with an American 17th century master painting. Where do you think antique dealers go to shop? I will tell you that it's other antique junk shops, yard and tag sales, consignment shops, auctions, estate sales and yes, thrift shops.
When I spotted my oil on canvas painting hanging on a wall, it immediately spoke to me. I saw it in the distance, and literally sprinted to it, as if the gun fired in the Olympic 100 meter dash. I could see the precision in the brush strokes a mile away, the crackled patina, the age and elaborate detail of the dusty gilded frame. It spoke to me in a way I can't describe. According to the woman who sold it to me, it was found in a Bucks County farmhouse. Jackpot!
I will be writing more about my collections and finds, how to incorporate and display them into your home, and simply to go about finding what you are looking for. I will guide you, how to have an eye an spot a treasure a mile away.
Don't underestimate the savvy skill of your interior decorator or designer either. They too are "Poppin' tags" and marking them up 200% and turning around and selling them to you, that's just what they do. To those of you who turn their noses up to being "thrifty," should note that on a $25 dollar purchase, I made a minimum profit of $15,000. Although this nose knows, never underestimate the skill and reward of being thrifty!