This is an oversimplification, but here goes. Andy's brain in a thrift store: "Can I sell it?" Karen's brain in a thrift store: "Will it fit?" I am way more packratty than Andy is. I love my collections of ceramic animals and paint-by-numbers. Andy would sell anything he has if he thinks he can make some money.
Luckily, even though our favorite home decor styles can be divergent (Him: Brady Bunch. Me: 1940s cozy cabin in the woods), we are usually in agreement when it comes to decorating the house. (It helps that we are both definitely fans of mid-century modern.)
We've found some good stuff lately. Not that we need it. But we sold Andy's Eames lounger earlier this year, so there has been kind of a hole in the living room to fill. Andy brought home this great red lacquer-top folding table from an estate sale. I found the globe and the cute little enamelware Kaj Franck Arabia Finel enamel mushroom bowl while we were thrifting.
The white Eames Herman Miller bucket chair was meant to be sold. But then I saw the photo at the beginning of this How-To in the Etsy Storque blog and decided we should keep it. Andy didn't put up much of a fight--we both love Herman Miller chairs, and we already have orange and yellow bucket and shell chairs in the kitchen.
(The pillow is from Ikea, by the way, and I see it all the time as part of the styling of shoots in magazines and whatnot. It has also turned up on TV. It is a total fame whore, that pillow.)
Sorry the above photo is blurry, but I love the look of the blues of the globe and vase (from KleinReid in Brooklyn, a gift from a wonderful friend when I left NYC 10 years ago) against the red lacquer of the table. I so love this color combination that I'm thinking we should paint the floor of our aqua-walled bathroom red until we get the tiles laid. It could be horrifying, but I'm a risk-taker. (My mom always liked to do our bathrooms in tacky wallpaper. I guess that's the "go wild" room in my family. Hm, that sounds weird.)
When I picked up the mushroom bowl at the thrift, Andy pointed out it was chipped at the edges. But I loved it--all those cute little black-and-white mushrooms--and being a Scandinavian-phile (?), the "Made in Finland" on the base grabbed me. And now I've seen on the internets all the wonder that is Finel Arabia and I want to collect it all.
Not to mention, greatest thing of all--Finel Arabia makes MOOMINTROLL PRODUCTS!!! I now require a set of Little My mugs or highball glasses.