design on a dime contest: decorating w/ thrift store finds!

this thursday marks the beginning of housing works‘ sixth annual design on a dime event. every year housing works puts together a beautiful event where all sorts of amazing designers (including my favorite- the housing works in-house design team) create vignettes that are auctioned off piece by piece to provide lifesaving services to homeless and low-income new yorkers living with HIV and AIDS. i visited for the first time last year and was blown away by the creative room displays. so i was thrilled when housing works offered to give 5 d*s readers VIP passes (normally $150 each) to the event. in order to choose the lucky readers, we decided to have a little mini 3-day contest to find some great local readers (or non-locals who are willing to travel to nyc) who’d like to visit this year’s design on a dime. how does the contest work? here are the details:

  • send us 5-10 JPEGs (low res, attached to your email please) of how you’ve used thrift store goods to decorate your home [send all emails to designsponge [at] gmail [dot] com, subject “design on a dime contest”]
  • in your email, please identify which items are thrifted and why you enjoy decorating with pre-owned pieces
  • what qualifies as thrifted? anything you’ve found at thrift stores, flea markets, ebay, craigslist, housingworks’ online shop, etc. (curbside finds are ok)
  • emails are due on wednesday, may 5th by 10pm EST
  • winners will be announced thursday, may 6th and our new VIPs will have their tickets waiting for them at the event in nyc that evening!

thanks so much to housing works for sharing VIP tickets with us, and congrats on their 6th year of great design for a great cause.

*click here and here to read interviews with design on a dime designers nathan thomas and steven sclaroff!

  1. annelise says:

    Fun! I was just thrifting this weekend in Massachusetts. I’ll have to bust out my camera and take some pictures of my place. I’m a total budget shopper, so I’m VERY excited to see what others submit.

  2. Can’t wait to see what the thrifters come up with–and hope to see some Goodwill finds included…

  3. Jackie says:

    What?!! Using the stuff that the rest of the family didn’t want, and therefore shoved into the garage/basement/garden shed/attic, doesn’t count??

  4. Liz says:

    Aleigh: I LOVE Goodwill. I do a ton of my decorating (for my home and my wedding last fall) with Goodwill finds. I love that I can find great things, and feel good about where my money is going. And when I get tired of the rest of my stuff? …to Goodwill it goes!

  5. I agree with Jackie, I think the contest should encompass hand-me-downs as well.

  6. Amanda says:

    Anyone know where I can find that gorgeous peacock wallpaper!?

  7. Tanya says:

    Ah! I am so obsessed with finding stuff on Craigslist and Goodwill right now. Happiness!

  8. Anna Rose says:

    Can’t wait to see the submissions! If I lived in NY, I would totally send in some pics. I love making my house a home with thrifty finds!

  9. I am sending in images! I asked my hubby to take some pictures while I am at work (for the daylight).

    @Liz, I also recycle like that as well. Something comes in, something out.

  10. i’m so looking forward for the submissions. sadly, not many good stuff on Baltimore’s thrift stores

  11. shirlee says:

    wish i was local!

  12. Lindsay Wilson says:

    Amanda, the peacock wallpaper is from Ferm Living, a scandanaian company, btu I am pretty sure they sell through US companies, too. Google it…they have several other gorgeous papers.


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