Recent Thrift Store Find

It happened again.  I found another thrift store treasure without meaning to.  This past weekend my husband, baby and I went to brunch with some friends.  The restaurant was a few blocks from the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, so we swung by after brunch because I hadn’t been there in a few weeks (since finding this amazing dresser).  I just love the thrill of walking into a thrift store.  There is this feeling of possibility and excitement because you never know if you’ll find a great item moments after walking through the door.  I strike out a lot, but sometimes I find treasures!

The vanity was sitting in a long row of furniture.  I was so happy when I stumbled upon it!

This particular trip I found another faux bamboo piece of furniture!  It was a Henry Link Bali Hai vanity that was in great condition.  For those of you who love vintage faux bamboo furniture, you’ve probably heard of the Henry Link Bali Hai collection.  It’s from the late 60’s/early 70’s and has developed quite the cult following.  You can even find it for sale on websites like Chairish and One King’s Lane for well into the triple digits (I’ve seen this exact piece for $999).  I hadn’t run into any Bali Hai pieces before so I’m glad I finally did.  The hardware is really pretty and I love the delicate lines of the faux bamboo detailing!  

This vanity cost $30.  Needless to say I snatch it up quickly.  I don’t need a vanity but I think this piece would serve as a great console table or entryway table.  Once I got it home I did a little shuffling of our furniture, and it is now our bar table.  I’m not crazy about the soft yellow color so I’m going to paint it once we move to Kansas this summer. 

I believe I’ve hit the limit when it comes to faux bamboo and campaign furniture now.  I don’t want my entire home to be from the 60’s and 70’s so I’m going to cut myself off.  I think I’m going to start keeping an eye out for some real hardwood antiques now.  I think it’s important to have a mixture of styles and eras in your home so that it looks collected and eclectic rather than cookie-cutter or stuck in one particular decade, so now it’s time to add some true antiques to our home.  Hopefully I’ll have some good luck in Kansas! 

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  1. April 13, 2016 / 12:47 pm

    Oh my gosh – I absolutely love that vanity and could use a piece like that! I need to take some tips for all of your finds!

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  2. April 15, 2016 / 6:05 pm

    That is an amazing piece! I love how you are using it too. I bet the antiquing will be great in Kansas. My mom loved to scour old stores in upstate NY and had some really cool wooden items from the 20's and 30's that people were basically throwing away. She really liked the shabbier-than-chic farmhouse style stuff and it was plentiful up there.

  3. April 15, 2016 / 11:56 pm

    Thank you Zelle! Thrifting definitely takes work and you strike out a lot, but it's so worth it when you find a piece like this!

  4. April 15, 2016 / 11:57 pm

    Thanks Karen! I really hope Kansas is good. Seems like it should be. I wish I had been into thrifting back when I lived in New York because I've heard good things too. Not that I had anywhere to put anything in my cadet barracks room lol

  5. May 6, 2016 / 11:53 am

    That's a really great find! I find a roll top desk at Habitat for $30 once. Unfortunately the person who owned it before painted it with purple latex paint and I wasn't able to remove it. So sad because the desk itself was in good shape minus the awful color.

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