What’s more fun than window shopping? Kevin and I took the day off (for his Birthday) yesterday and paraded around Sarasota. We invaded two fabulous shops yesterday and found some sweet items (DIY projects) to share! Since we have been watching American Pickers on the History Channel, Kevin didn’t mind perusing around these neat places to catch a glimpse of some spectacular finds!
First stop, The Habitat for Humanity Store…
A definite hit or miss. But, don’t think we didn’t notice these terrific finds… such eye candy (for me). Plus, these items can totally be transformed with a few touches of paint, new cushions, new fabric and a new lamp shade!!
So that sums up Habitat…
Next stop, Sarasota Architectural Salvage. So, here’s a round-up of the stuff that we loved so much we just had to share. And the good news is that many of these items can be DIYed pretty inexpensively. Take these pretty iron shutters for instance. Couldn’t you see yourself hanging these up as artwork? I happen to love the turqouise (my house boasts many shades of aqua), but you could always re-paint them a hue to match your place!
I am sensing a trend even back in the day… a turqouise theme going on here? I truly have an obsession with all things aqua!
Shutters are so versatile because you could use them as bed headboards, art work or turn them into table tops… the possibilities are endless!
We also couldn’t tear our eyes away from this amazing letters… so fun!!
Now that the weather is allowing spring to finally arrive, this mermaid would would also look super cute added anywhere from an outdoor bench to a pool patio for a whimsical touch!
So in summary: Thanks for the memories (and the inspiration) Habitat and SAS. I’m sure we’ll be back soon to drool some more. What about you all. Have you spotted anythrift must-haves or items that have you inspired to DIY something of your own? Snagged anything else at your local stores that has you weak in the knees? Do share.
On a quick side note, take a look at this new building north of downtown Sarasota… do you love or hate the color?
And look at the new boutique… so girly and cute!
Note: A Design Story, LLC were not paid or otherwise rewarded by Habitat or Sarasota Architectural Salvage for this fun post. We just happen to love scoping out new stores to catch a glimpse of the interesting items they have!
What a fun day trip! I wish I could have gone with you for real…those upholstered chairs and that mermaid would have come home with me!
It was really fun!! Come on down and join me next time… the more the merrier! Actually, next time technically you can “go with” me… I will be featuring a short video about my next “window shopping” adventure! Stay tuned!!
P.s. I enjoyed browsing through your blog!
Laura @ Sahm I Am says
The aqua stuff is so pretty. I can see why you like it so much! I’m going to have to go check out my Habitat store soon…
I too love the aqua stuff! Such a relaxing, yet bold color! The Habitat Store is really cool, keep in mind you can make offers also! Good luck and Have Fun!!
We to go to Siesta Key every year for vacation. We have wonderful friends that own a few pieces of property there. We are always looking for new places to browse. I love Sarasota and the Ringling museum is so wonderful. I will keep you on my favorites and next winter I will be able to shop a few new places.
Hey Cathy! We too used to vacation on Siesta Key… that is what brought us to move to this beautiful city! We love it here! Next time you visit, let me know and I will give you a list of some other fabulous places to stop in and peruse through! We could also do a co-blog if you would like! Keep me informed!
I would love to do a co-blog the next time I visit. I am going to forward your blog to my friends as they are there alot. And your blog is so lovely they will love it.
Ok! I am looking forward to your next visit! Thank you for following us and sending the link love out! We really appreciate your nice words! Thank you, thank you!!