Aaron and I also picked up a dresser at Room Service, so now we can actually put our clothes away (true confession: they’ve been in ‘dirty’ and ‘clean’ piles since we moved in). We’re kind of hooked on the furniture hunt high now, too. We began our journey to these two items by looking out broadly over local Goodwills, and then narrowing in on our treasure-- at increasingly targeted establishments-- from there.
The Goodwills, as expected, featured endless junk: George Foreman grills circa 1999? No thanks… But then, sparkling across an expanse of raincoats and worn tennis shoes on a plastic cupcake holder strung with mismatched earrings, sat the two amazing vintage Pyrex coffee mugs shown at the top of this page... who evidently have relatives sprinkled across America. $2 for both? Yes, please.
No noteworthy furniture, though.
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Thus we landed at Room Service (and also Hog Wild across the way), on a little cul-de-sac of cool on Austin’s North Loop Strip. These stores muster up the MadMen-worthy finds without the musty smell, damaged edges and sketchy stains of the next tier down (both stores boasted excellent customer service, as well). Their prices were also, surprisingly, comparable to the stores that didn’t impress us nearly as much. We eyed an Eames chair at $300, and then talked our dresser dresser down by twenty before stopping dead in our tracks at my desk. I’d initially, months ago, fallen for this one from World Market, but thought I might be able to do better—i.e. find something truly unique and equally classy-- used (plus, new furniture is usually made with freshly dried formaldehyde, which is not welcome in our home). And what do you know? My desk appeared. At twice the gorgeous, and half the price, of the other one. Mission accomplished.
Stay tuned for my Before and After: Home Office Edition! And tell me: what kind of furniture love have you found lately?