As we learned in the entry, My excuse, I’m not real domestic. Or, I am, but only in fits and starts. Actually, I seem to do most things in fits and starts–taking blogging, for example. I average two entries a month for six months and then suddenly, I flood your inbox with “New entry!” e-mails. Like I said: Oh, to be consistent.
But back to domesticity. I periodically decide that our apartment ought to have some sort of decorative Theme, which it presently does, I suppose, if you count “mismatched” as a theme. Don’t get me wrong, I have no problem with “mismatched” at all–I find it quite cozy, and I know Mitch does too. Books stacked to the ceiling, odd candles all over the place, big orange wing-backed chairs, paintings and posters and a National Geographic world map on the walls–it’s good. I love it. But sometimes I need a trip to Goodwill in order to freshen things up.
I’ve learned this about myself at Goodwill: my very favorite things definately fall in the category of “So ugly they’re almost cool,” and generally possess that strange quality of being simultaneously one of the most hideous things you’ve ever seen, while also being one of the very coolest. This is how I come to have an orange-and-white-striped velvet chair in the living room, and how I came to purchase some dingy old brocade (possibly? I’m not really sure what “brocade” is, but it sounds right) curtains, with a white-on-yellow pattern for the bedroom windows. They are absolutely awesome, and grotesque, while still being awesome.
Also, I found a faux gilt-edged mirror (pick it up and you’ll notice right away that it’s fake), and a faux brass candelabra, all for under $10. Some other finds: a $.50 pearl necklace (fake), two brass picture frames, more curtains (these ones are burgundy satin-esque material), some mismatched silverware, and a chair so far beyond ugly that it made me sad to realize that we couldn’t possibly fit another chair in our wee apartment without breaking some law of physics. I had to pass that last one by, though it grieved me to no end.
The best part? I bought all this, plus a few less interesting items (slotted spoon, salad bowl), for $25.16. Rock on.