Spotted: Open Doors

There’s no non-awkward way to jump back into superficial, almost-meaningless blogging after my last post so I’m just going to go right in, head-first with…


another round of Spotted – things I’ve seen at local thrift stores!

This time I pranced the secondhand corridors of quite possibly my favorite thrift store here, Open Doors Ministries Resale and Thrift Store.  Their prices are awesome (at least half that of Goodwill!) and they always have something good when I go in.  Always.

This time was no different.  I went in looking for a light fixture for the kids’ bathroom and after looking where I had seen light fixtures in this store in the past, came up short.  But, BUT, when I went up to the checkout desk to ask if they had any more light fixtures anywhere, the lady behind told me “Did you check the room in the back?”  WHAT?!  What room in the back?!  Y’all, there is a WHOLE ROOM/AREA FILLED WITH LIGHT FIXTURES in the back of the store that I had never known about!  Mind you, I’ve been scouring this thrift store for over a year now.  Crazy!!  Behold:IMG_3693I know it’s hard to make out from this angle what exactly is in there but to the right there are shelves of lights and light parts.  It was nuts.  I still didn’t find what I was looking for (I needed a two-light fixture and lucky found this one later on sale on Amazon) but you bet I will be back to hunt down something to replace the boob light in our master bathroom.

Anyway, besides all the cool chandeliers I saw that I didn’t need, I spied all of this stuff:

You know I have a soft spot for all things rattan/bamboo so it shouldn’t surprise you that my heart skipped a few beats over this sofa:
IMG_3683It was only $10 (I know, right?!) because it didn’t have any cushions.  It also needed a little fixing on one arm where some bamboo had broken and a good cleaning/oiling but it was a beauty – I loved the pattern of the bamboo back.  If we didn’t already have a bamboo sofa of our own, I would’ve walked out with it.

This thrift store always has the best frames.  I liked this long, narrow one:

And the mat on this one was super cool:IMG_3688I almost bought it but then remembered I have loads of empty frames stuffed under our dresser waiting for the perfect home.  :(  I would have painted the mat white and maybe filled it with a couple of my favorite Instagram photos.  If it’s still there next time I’m in the neighborhood, I think I’ll pounce.

We don’t have any need or space for a cart right now but if we did, I might’ve rolled this one away:
IMG_3686It obviously needed a top shelf but it would make a cute bar cart, craft cart, printer cart, you-name-it cart.

With a new upholstery job (which can get pricey, I know), this sectional could be the swanky elephant in any room:IMG_3687Or I know people have gotten away with painting fabric so maybe you could go that route.  I didn’t write down any prices and my memory only held onto a few, not including this one, but I don’t remember thinking it was super expensive.

This chair reminded me a little of the one I thrifted a few months ago:IMG_3689I’m not a huge fan of the contrasting piping but the shape and legs might help me jump that line.

These wooden embroidery hoops were in excellent condition and there were so many scattered around:IMG_3690There are so many things you can do with them!  I made the round orb on top of our hutch out of one…

and I’ve seen countless bloggers make orb chandeliers with them!

These citron velvet chairs were cool and it’s always a win to find pairs of chairs when you can:
IMG_3691They were in pretty good condition and $65 for the pair.

And go figure, the walker I tried to hunt down second-hand and even in retail stores around here for Gianna last month (I liked how slim and non-bulky it is compared to others) turned up at this store when I had already settled for something else.IMG_3692

I’m having buyer’s remorse over not buying these artichoke candle holders:IMG_3694I couldn’t think of a place to put them at that moment but man, they were cool and now of course, once I’m home, there are a million places I can think of that they’d be perfectly perched.  Maybe I’d spray paint them?  Maybe I wouldn’t?

These bowls were a pretty color:IMG_3695I have no idea what the purpose of the notches in them was…maybe to hold a spoon?  Anybody?

If you’re a tea pot collector, the green lady in back was pretty:IMG_3696

And last but never least, this guy was pretty cute:
IMG_3697I’d add some painted polka dots to his slippers and write a catchy title on the front of his book.  Boom.  Conversation piece. 

Ok, kidding on that last one.  ;)

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We are thisclose to finishing the kids’ bathroom (minus the concrete countertops) and I can’t wait to show you it!  I’m aiming for a “reveal” next week but don’t hold your breath.  The last time I set a deadline, we ended up with a kid in the hospital.  :(

TGIT…and almost F!


  1. Ahhh- that sectional and those velvet chairs!😍

  2. The notches on the bowl are for chopsticks

  3. The notches on the bowl are for chopsticks