Here it is, for your viewing pleasure for one last time, a "sneak peek" at my Thrift Score Thursday submission for today! I've been spreading my excitement all week long on this blog and all over social media. In fact, you can probably feel my excitement through your computer screen (if you don't, check your computer because you should totally be feelin' it!), and although it might not be as exciting to you - or exciting at all - I will tell you about why it means so much to me. I love and get crazy-excited over all my thrift scores and treasures, as many of you already know. And this one? It is second in importance to me only to my vintage Steelcase industrial metal desk for $45 and $5 Steelchairs by Harter score from all the way back in 2006. So just what the heck is it, anyway? Read on...
Behold, in all its rustic, cabin-y, beach house-y, mod, Mid-Century glory a WORKING vintage wall-hanging electric fireplace. Complete with logs, screen and base:
(Yes, this is the picture of it taken in the thrift store because my house is a construction zone right now. And also note that it is not quite assembled correctly here. Almost, but not quite.)
I know, I know. I was making such a fuss over THAT? But Y'ALL! I have been coveting one of these for many years now, and actively looking for about two. I had originally wanted the iconic Malm Preway Cone Fireplace, but, as you'll see if you follow that link, they are quite expensive and many are offered via local pickup only. I found an orange one on Craigslist in my home state for only $400, but couldn't quite bring myself to get it despite it obviously being a FABULOUS deal. Naturally, it didn't last long. I don't know anything about the model or manufacturer of my heater, but it is very similar in style to the vintage Dyna Flame heater, which is also a bit pricey.
But here's the funny thing about thrift stores: you just never know what you will find! I let a good one get away (I really didn't need to spend *that* much money right now anyway, with a probable move coming up), and a few weeks later I walked into A New Leash on Life's Marketplace for the first time, and there this gem was! I nearly (or maybe DID) squeal and do a little happy jig before running off to purchase it IMMEDIATELY since the sign said it worked. I made my happy purchase literally fifteen minutes before closing time. And this is the best part: guess how much I paid for it?
I PAID ONLY $25!!!! for a working, Mid-Century hanging wall fireplace. An item I'd been wanting for years, but could never justify purchasing because of the expense. Even if it hadn't been working (and it probably doesn't put out much heat even at full blast), at that price I'd have taken it anyway and just let it adorn my wall. Or used it as a giant candle holder. You'd actually pay that or more for a large candle holder from some retailers. But I digress.
I really wish I had gotten a photo of it stuffed into the back of my little '02 Beetle. In the rain. That was quite a sight! But it fit, and made the trip home. I heard it rattling over bumps (nothing I could do about that), and my son and I got it out of the car and mostly reassembled in my bedroom, where it will stay until I get my feature wall in my living room done and can hang it. And hopefully I can show it off again this fall :)
And I know I said what I paid for it was the best part, but it's not. The very best part is knowing that my purchase helps support A New Leash on Life, a local group of amazing volunteers who rescue and care for animals, especially those who are out of time at the kill shelters. I've personally met several of their volunteers and seen them working tirelessly at adoption events every weekend, no matter the weather, to get them all fostered and/or adopted. I will definitely be shopping there in the future!
So....what are some of YOUR favorite recent thrift finds?
Fore more Thrift Score Thursday, be sure to head to For My Love Of, The Gathered Home, Primitive and Proper, and Black and White Obsession! And to participate (also this is your chance at the possibility of being featured), check out #ThriftScoreThursday and hashtag your own thrifty finds!
What I'm listening to today...
Led Zeppelin - Black Country Woman