UPDATE: Hey, I'm Susie! Thriftables was just a little ol' blog I started in 2012 about thrifting and DIY. When t
he domain thriftables.com got bought up from under me, I decided that I'd let the blog die. It's just a well; I never really updated it anymore anyway.
I will keep the most popular posts up. If you still want to be my buddy, please find me on Pinterest, Instagram, or Etsy. I'll probably start another blog or vintagey project someday soon. When I do, you'll hear about it there.

On a side note, if you find a pin or link that leads you back to thriftables.com, would you mind updating the link to point it back to thriftables.blogspot.com? I would appreciate it, and I'm sure the lost thrifter who stumbles across it will appreciate it, too.

Friday, September 21, 2012


I found this tea set at my favorite thrift store. Can you believe it? Each piece is made by the artist, Peter Saenger. It was featured on several episodes of TNG. The artist still makes them, but they are pretty expensive ($200 for the tea set, $120 for the creamer.) I obviously paid quite a bit less for them, as even my inner nerd could never justify such an expensive purchase. I wonder how many of these are actually floating around, considering the price and relative obscurity of the reference?

Have you ever found anything at the thrifts that really makes you geek out? Do you prefer your tea earl grey and hot? Comment below!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Painting Heywood Wakefield?

I found this set posted on Craigslist while searching for ways to restore my found chairs. I know many will cringe at painting such lovely, iconic furniture. I'm not a fan personally, but is it possible that this set was damaged somehow and the owners decided to try to revive it? I'm unconvinced, but to each their own I suppose. 

How do you feel about it? Is painting something as iconic as Hey-Wake akin to blasphemy? Comment below!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Woo-Hoo! My Tuesday Dumpster Find Just Got Sweeter!

Left: Heywood Wakefield chair on Worthpoint Right: Mine

Left: Heywood Wakefield chair on LiveAuctioneers Right: Mine

A date scrawled on the bottom of the chairs: 11/21/46

Yesterday the soulmate and I came home from a date and happened upon a few chairs next to a dumpster in our apartment complex. Never ones to shy away from free stuff, and in desperate need for dining chairs, we hopped out and inspected the loot. It didn't take me long to peg the chairs as vintage, and not only that, but Heywood-Wakefield. If you're not familiar, Hey-Wake is an iconic furniture brand known for their uniquely mid-century designs. They are still in operation today, and they charge a pretty penny for their wares. Even well-maintained vintage pieces hold their value, costing nearly as much as the new thing. 

Obviously the chairs are in need of a bit of cleanup and refurbishing, but otherwise they are in perfect shape. It just goes to show what a little dumpster diving will get you!

What do you think? Would you ever dumpster dive for furniture? Comment below!