BLANKET STATEMENT PIECE: luxe thrifted textiles

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SHOESTRING DIARIES: LUXE FOR LESS

I’ve been wanting to add some rich textures to my home, and have been keeping
my eye out while thrifting. So many design blogs and friends’ homes have these
lovely handmade/high end textiles that are just so very cozy and lovely to look at.
When asking where they got a particular piece I’m always taken aback by the price
when I look it up later. Determined to have my own little corner of cozy on a budget,
I was willing to put in a little TLC on the DIY end of things to get my luxe for less.
And in the last few weeks, I’ve majorly scored.

  
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Here is the handmade blanket I found at Thrift Town, originally marked at $3.99,
but it was a color sale tag so I paid under $3.00 for it. The raw version was
a bit scratchy, had a couple holes in the weaving, and the tassels (pictured) on both
ends were very tangled and matted. I decided to go for it and put a bit of work into it.

  

For price reference, I found this similar    Handmade cream crocheted blanket
on Etsy
  for $125.00. And to be honest, price aside, I still like mine way better.

  

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(Etsy blanket)

  
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The TLC involved a few steps. First, I sat on the couch for a whole afternoon while
my daughter napped and painstakingly untangled and braided the tassels on both
ends of the blanket (pictured). Then I washed it on cold with a BUNCH of fabric
softener. Once washed, I hung it over the shower curtain in the bathroom to dry
overnight. The next morning I spent a good 30 minutes with a pair of sharp scissors
trimming the braided tassels and overall surface of the blanket to get all the fuzz
and little matted bits off.

  
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It was definitely a process, but for under $3 and a day of working on it, I got a
majorly cozy expensive looking handmade blanket that we can enjoy snuggling
in for years. Also my daughter LOVES wrapping up in it.

  
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Just a few days after the handmade blanket find, I cam across another kind of blanket
I’d been wanting for our home, for $7.99 at Thrift Town. This dark grey plush blanket
was the perfect color for our house and under $10!  I washed it on cold with a bunch of
fabric softener and hung it to dry.

  

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I was already feeling like I got a major steal on this big cozy grey blanket for $7.99…
Then the next week we were wine tasting in Napa, and while perusing an expensive
little shop, we came across our very same blanket with THIS price tag.
OH MY GOODNESS.

  

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We’re all loving the snuggles. (Our not-$249.00 snuggles haha)
Pretty much the best part of having cozy blankets.

  

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It’s been fun finding thrifted pillows and pillowcases to mix
and match while keeping things in the same color family.
Gold, cream and grey rule at our house and there is plenty at Thrift Town.

  

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I was so excited for the basket weave texture on this pillow case. It easily zipped over an
existing pillow I had (after a wash and hang-dry) and adds a nice soft touch to our bed.

  

    img_8448AAHHHH. I may have set a record for the number of times I’ve used the word
cozy in one post, but MAN. So much cozy. Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to
disappear into my blankets for a week. 🙂

  

Happy FALL! xo – Kari

  

Are your home goods awesomely thrifted?
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    imageKari Shipman is a personal stylist, image consultant and art director with her company   Juniper James. Thrifty, crafty, and resourceful this passionate momma and business owner has been our featured blogger since we started the blog in 2010, and has a serious passion for helping women in need. Kari lives out her passions in Northern California with her wonderful husband Charles, and their feisty little girl Olive.

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