Friday, December 04, 2009

brand new oldie

This illustration was done for J.McLaughlin, exclusively for Dillard's and every time I look at it, there is something that makes me want to rush out and shop for something new. As a child, I loved riding my bike to a wonderful shop "Bycks" located in St.Matthews in Louisville. I would look at all the pretties. I would feel the fabrics, look at the way things were made and dream of being all grown up and having lots of money to shop for something new. Truth be told, I really love to scout at thrift shops, find bargains and bring home an oldie and make it look brand new.
Are your brave enough to give a gift of old or does it have to be brand spankin new?

15 comments:

Debra said...

I adore getting something that has been well-loved. We have a couple of real cute thrift shops in our town and one especially has all kinds of great treasures. If I see something that really suits someone I know-why not. The old adage- "One mans trash is another mans treasure"- is certainly in place here.

pve design said...

Debra,
Amen, I too love finding something that I think might be a treasure for me or a loved one. I recently found a wonderful "baby spoon" that I am saving for the next newborn. I polished it and it is in a lovely box from France.
pve

Deidra said...

H and I discovered a wonderful "antique" shop in our neighborhood this summer. I love to wander through there on a Sunday afternoon, looking for treasures with stories behind them.

Purple Flowers said...

Many years ago, a very good friend of mine gave me an old cup and saucer that belonged to her Grandmother. I loved it, and enjoyed looking at it everyday. Then, when the day came that her Grandmother passed, I gave it back to Debbie with a note thanking her for sharing it with me. I know it's a treasure for her.

Kwana said...

I have not thought of that. I guess it depends on the friend. If I know he or she will like it then sure. It would be very nice.

Dumbwit Tellher said...

I too love to receive or give something with a history. It somehow makes the gift seem magical. Your words conjured up all these terrific memories of shopping when I was young. I too would dream & plot. I spent my summers in Minnesota & Montana & would walk from my grandparents home(s) to the shopping districts and wander for hours all by myself. I was always so adventurous & not afraid to do things by myself. Can you imagine letting our children do that now? Anyway, sorry for blabbing on. Happy, fun weekend to you & yours x

My Dog-Eared Pages said...

I loved reading about Room with a View at Eddie Ross yesterday! What fun and the project story evolves brilliantly!! Congrats oxo

Rachel said...

Such a beautiful illustration, dear!

I used to feel uncomfortable giving my thrift store finds as gifts, but people have commented on mine so many times that I've started giving thrifted gifts occasionally. And people seem to love them.

pve design said...

Rachel -
I knew you would be brave enough to gift thrifty vintage finds. I know I would love that from you too.
pve

Karena said...

I completely agree that if it something special that you know a friend will appreciate....why not?!

holly goes lightly said...

Vintage or handmade is always my preference!

Dana Cochran said...

I agree with holly goes lightly ~ vintage and handmade are the most special! I love things with sentimental value and given from the heart.

pve design said...

holly and dana-
me too - vintage and hand-made is the way to go.
pve

style chronicle said...

If a gift comes from the heart it doesn't matter whether it is old or new!

So fun to see the "Room with a View" post on Eddie's site. You looked ravishing!!

Summer is a Verb said...

I still dream of being all grown up with lotsa money! Will that day ever arrive...XXOO