Thrifty Finds For My Daughter’s Bedroom

white and brown horse

As some of you may remember,  last year we turned our downstairs family room/husband’s officeinto a bedroom and workroom for our daughter (she’s attending SCAD in Atlanta). I wanted to share a few things that we’ve found in the past couple months for her room.

We found this wonderful horse print with this thick wooden frame at Goodwill.

print of horses in a wooded frame

When she was little she loved horses and was always asking for riding lessons. We almost moved to more acreage so she could have a horse of her own and then suddenly she lost interest and was on to other things.

I was looking for exactly this type of mirror for months and guess where I found it?

chippendale mirror

In my neighbor’s trash!  So it was free! I need to refinish it one of these days.

The last thing I want to show you is a recent find for one of her collections.

Vintage Pity Kitty

This vintage Pity Kitty was found at a local junk shop. She collects these big eyed animal prints call Pity Puppies and Pity Kitties from the 60’s.  I just need to look through my frames to see if I have one that fits.

Decorating with thrift store finds is slow going, as most of you know. Plus my daughter has very different tastes from me so it’s not like I can pick things up when I’m out thrifting by myself. She wants to live in a Tudor castle, I want to live in a cottage in the country.  I think that pretty much sums it up :)


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  1. says

    I remember doing paint by numbers of those kitties and dogs when I was in elem school in the 60’s! On Saturdays my sister and I would get our allowance, walk up the road to Posey’s Drug Store, buy a big sour pop, a paint by number, and a coke to drink while walking back home.

  2. says

    The Pity Kitty reminds me of those big-eyed children from the 60s. Were they Pity Kids? Ha! Love the way you describe the differences between you and your daughter’s decorating style. A castle to a cottage…perhaps you can have a cottage on her estate!

    • Manuela says

      LOL! Well actually she has plans on having a huge live/work compound for her animation studio ala Robert Rodriguez’s Troublemaker Studios where she says we can have a cottage. :)


  3. says

    I loved how you summed up your differences! I can already tell my Sweet Girl’s taste is far different than mine. :)

    I never knew those kitty’s were called Pity Kitty. My daughter would love those too.

  4. says

    I think do it bit by bit, so that you can get what you love, is a great way to decorate!

    The mirror is awesome! And I love the horse painting.

    I wonder how those Pity Kitties and Pity Puppies would look in a Tudor Castle? :)

  5. says

    Hi there! Thanks so much for sharing over at Cap Creations blog. I absolutely love the mirror and free makes it even better. To think they were just gonna toss it out! Thanks again for joining us and have a great weekend.

  6. says

    You found some wonderful things. Don’t you sometimes wonder why people give certain things away? Your mirror, for example, looks so nice and I have to wonder what about it made someone not want it. Lucky you, now it’s in your home!

  7. says

    I love finding things at thrift stores…and even better when they’re free. That mirror is FANTASTIC!!! Have a great weekend. Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather 😉

  8. Hannah says

    I remember the “Pity Kittys” from when I was very little. They always broke my heart and made me cry! Even today I want to scoop them up and bring them home :)

  9. says

    AWEsome finds. LOVE the HORSE print…Saw one at my GW this week too and went to look at it…price? $100!!!! shriek…I almost dropped it I was so surprised! I went and told a worker that there was a valuable print back with all the other odds and ends, and they needed to MOVE it to the case up front…(ok.. did my part!) It actually was a limited edition by a famous artist and had the paperwork attached to the back in an envelope!… I DID find a very large Paul Detlefson vintage work (1966) “Covered Bridge” with the big wood frame…for $ 4.95 at the Salvation Army this week…GASP! yeah – I grabbed it. Another lady stopped me and wanted to look at it…(she said wished she had seen it)…oh well. (My mom had one of his works over our sofa when I was growing up) ~ I love the pity kitty…ya know it reminds me of the Big Eyed current day Japanese animated stuff! :-) The vintage stuff is MUCH better in my opinion…My daughter and I have different taste too. 😉 Have a great weekend Manuela!! and Kudos on all the great finds!!!!! woot!

  10. says

    Love that mirror! I know what you mean about the daughter having different tastes than you do. My daughter has pretty much opposite tastes in everything than I do. We get along great . . . but we know we don’t like the same things! LOL

  11. says

    What great thrifted finds! And you sure can’t beat free. that mirror is wonderful! It looks like you are having fun decorating with specially picked out thrift finds! Thank you so much for joining us at TTF this week! Have a fantastic day!

  12. says

    As you know, I LOVE to find things at Goodwill and thrift shops. That horse picture is gorgeous.

    My daughter and I overlap a little in our tastes. We both like vintage but while I love deep jewel tones as well as yellow with red… she likes lighter greens and grays and such. I love English Country, she is VERY Cottage Style.

    We both share a love for deep red, though. :)

    I learned long ago never to buy anything for her that either costs very much or that I wouldn’t use in my own home if she didn’t like it. Sometimes she has liked what I bought for her, sometimes not so much. She’s been like that since age… eighteen months? 😉

  13. says

    The horse print is darling. My daughter and I have some of the same tastes and then other times she looks at me in horror when I show her something. haha. We are working on her “new” room right now and while it is great fun but she is definitely doing the final deciding on how things should be.

  14. says

    One person’s trash can definitely be another person’s treasure! Great find in that mirror, Manuela. Isn’t it funny how disparate our tastes can be, even within the same family? :-)

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