I have a little treat for you today and tomorrow. A local artist, stylist and pro thrifter, let me take photos of his apartment and I get to share them with you. Meet Fernando and his amazing studio apartment in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. Today he shares how he has acquired and made so many cool pieces that complete his small but extremely cool pad.
Hi, I’m Fernando and I’m really excited to show you my apartment and all of my favorite thrift finds. First, let me tell you that 95% of the furnishings and decor in my place are either from Goodwill or flea markets. I have also found a couple of things next to the dumpster in my alley . . . people get rid of such cool stuff! Being an artist and stylist, I’ve always loved making my own creations from unique and inexpensive things that I find at Goodwill. For example, I bought fabric that was unused at Deja Blue and I made them into my curtains. I did a similar thing with another fabric that I found at the Goodwill store on Broadway and Archer, I made a fabric covered headboard. These headboards are very popular right now, but I love mine because it is original and I know I won’t have the same one as my neighbor or best friend. Anyone can order something out of a catalog but it gives you a real feeling of accomplishment and pride when you create your own pieces.
Now, I didn’t just decorate my apartment in a day with one trip to Goodwill. I have been going to thrift stores and flea markets for years and I have always bought anything that I think is interesting or fits my style. I’m very particular though, I don’t have a lot of space, so I choose only the things that I really love. By the way, Vincent, not from a thrift store . . . but everything else in the picture is!
You can find frames of all sizes at Goodwill. Use them to make a collage on your wall of family photos or use vintage photos that you can find at flea markets. I used a combination of both.
I didn’t find the butterfly or sea anemone at Goodwill, but the other pieces I did find there. Goodwill always has odds and ends that a lot of people don’t know what to do with but if you use your imagination, you can find cool things to do with ordinary objects.
I found my Pottery Barn coffee table/dining table at Deja Blue. It’s the perfect size for my apartment and displays some of my favorite things that I have found at Goodwill. Coffee tables are a great place to display collections that you may have picked up at your shopping trips to Goodwill.
Have you ever checked Goodwill Denver’s e-commerce website out? If not, I highly recommend it . . . I got this bicycle for $15, and it barely needed any work! You can find shopgoodwill.org here.
I’ll see you tomorrow with more thrift finds that I have decorated my apartment with. I will also show you the bow ties that I make and sell from thrifted fabric. Until then . . . have a great day and go and find some unique things to add to your home at Goodwill!