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.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

How to Remove Utensil Marks from Vintage Fiestaware


Today the soulmate and I stumbled across a stack of vintage apricot Fiestaware for a mere $1.99 a piece at the thrifts. Though they were covered in grime and gray utensil marks, I quickly snatched them up and ran straight for my thrifting survival kit. I chose to use Bar Keepers Friend as per the FAQs on the Fiesta factory direct. With a little elbow grease and luck, I was able to make them shine like new. 

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

1950s Time Capsule Home for Sale in South St. Louis












I'm a huge fan of mid-century brick homes, and if you haven't picked up on it yet, retro style in general. I love this inexpensive home in south St. Louis! It's the perfect mix of affordability, location, and retro charm. When I'm finally in the market to buy, I will be looking at homes exactly like this.

Please go see the rest of the listing (and more pics) here.


Note: This home is no longer available!

Monday, August 26, 2013

My Thrifted Chicago Apartment Tour
















Though it's not completely finished, my new apartment is starting to come together. Living a thrifty lifestyle has made the process of moving (and decorating) so much easier. Less stuff = less stress. I can't believe I was able to furnish an entire apartment so cheaply. It doesn't hurt that my decorating style is straight up retro/eclectic/junkstore chic. I find that this style, as it become more and more mainstream, isn't as easy to find cheaply out in the "wild" as it once was. It seems that more people are willing to pay a premium for the look, as evidence by the growing number of mainstream retailers adopting the style.

It's a work in progress, and I'm keeping my fingers crossed for a good deal on a more comfortable couch.