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A new addition to the family! I found this love-seat at an antique store on Lorain Ave. this weekend. At $100 this was steal, especially because it is in like new condition. Take that hours of searching on Craig’s List! I guess you find the things you need when you stop looking for them.

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Here is an except from the 1958 edition of Good Housekeeping’s Book of Breads & Sandwiches. Not only does it serve as some good party or picnic inspiration, it is an adorable illustration.


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Fiesta, a line of dinnerware made by the Homer Laughlin China Co., has a rich past and a thriving present. This timeless, sturdy dinnerware is a product of Ohio River Pottery. Its appearance has changed little since its 1936 debut in East Liverpool, Ohio. The signature ringed design graces everything from coffee pots to tumblers, pie plates, soup tureens, and sugar bowls in a rainbow array of colors. Not only can you find a piece of Fiesta ware in just about any antique or vintage store in Cleveland, you can view it on display in the Christmas Story House Museum in Tremont. (Think back to that ivory plate Randy Parker uses to demonstrate how a piggy eats.) Though Fiesta is still readily availble in most department stores, I recomend buying vintage peices or visiting the the Homer Laughlin China Retail Outlet located just over the the Ohio River. Purchasing a box of dishes from the JCPenny housewares’ department just doesn’t give the same thrill. 

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Thrift shopping is not only fun, it is also one of the best things you can do to help the planet. When you repurpose things that would otherwise be sent to a landfill you are performing the ultimate act of recycling. Of course let’s not forget the obvious, adding a unique piece to your home through salvage is also easy on the wallet. Our city has numerous antique stores, vintage shops, Thrift stores, and garage sales which contain a plethora of goodies just waiting for a new home. Here is a guide of a few of my favorite places to score a one of a kind find.


Flower Child
11508 Clifton Blvd., Lakewood, 216.939.9933
Furniture & housewares galore, clothes and accessories too.
Chelsea’s
1412 West 116th St., Cleveland, 216.226.9147
Enormous selection of vintage clothing & costumes.
Cleveland Furniture Bank
6700 Biddulph Rd. Cleveland, 216.459.2265
Used furniture, some vintage.
Cosmic Collectibles
14532 Detroit Ave., Lakewood, 216.221.1085
Knickknacks, furniture & housewares.
Suite Lorain
7105 Lorain Ave., Cleveland, 216.281.1959
An awesome mix of all things vintage.
This Way Out

(Beachland Ballroom basement)
15711 Waterloo Road, Cleveland, 216.458.1156
Browse vintage apparel & records in between sets.
Unique Thrift in Ohio City
3333 Lorain Ave., Cleveland, 216.631.0205
Unearth the vintage finds on your own.

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As you know just about anything your heat desires can be found on Etsy, but did you know they have furniture too? These photos are from SpruceHome, a great shop that sells refurbished vintage furniture. Please peruse their shop, I feel sure you will fall in love with their combination of carved wood and ultra-modern graphic prints. Even if you have no room in your home (or wallet) for these pieces, you can choose one as a muse for your next project.

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My $9 Salvation Army Chair gets a facelift with some white lacquer spray-paint & fabric from Ikea.

after chair

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