“O ne man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” Well, in this case, “woman’s.” When you have an eye for style like Bethany Carey, co-owner of High Trash Boutique, treasures can be found in the most humble places.
“I love finding things at garage sales and thrift stores over buying things from a store,” Bethany says. From furniture to books, she has a knack for uncovering previously loved items that bring richness and character to a room.
A Montana native, Bethany moved to Bozeman nine years ago to be a self-proclaimed “ski-bum.” After meeting her husband and having their first child, they moved to Livingston and bought their home. When her second child arrived, she wanted a business that would allow more time with her family and lend the opportunity to create and decorate. That’s when she and her sister decided to open their own store in the downtown area.
“High Trash is a collaboration of a women’s clothing boutique and redone furniture or garage sale finds,” she explains. “We also have local artisans selling art, jewelry, pottery and unique barn wood creations.”
The store opened its doors in May 2017 and has been a bright new adventure for the sister duo.
High Trash is casually elegant, showcasing Bethany’s style savvy and understated sophistication. Her love for decorating began at home. She and her husband embrace an eclectic mix of colors, patterns and textures that please the eye and create a warm, inviting atmosphere. Some of her favorite pieces are garage sale scores, refinished and smartly displayed. Bethany shares some of her favorite discoveries and describes their origins.
- Midcentury modern Danish style coffee table with white glass insert: garage sale find.
- Antique polished brass bed frame: purchased from Craigslist.
- Vintage red area rug: garage sale find.
- Midcentury modern accent chair: antique store in Bozeman.
If you would like to cruise your local neighborhoods for that perfect statement piece or the ultimate conversation starter, Bethany offers these garage sale pointers:
- Stay organized with addresses.
- Look for signs. If they don’t use signs, Bethan believes the sale might be less organized and not worth the trip.
- Target older, more well-established neighborhoods first because they have the best potential for antiques.
- May-September is “yard sale” season, with June and August being the busiest.
You can visit High Trash Boutique at 113 S. Main St. in Livingston or follow their story on Facebook at Facebook.com/HighTrash for more fashion and style ideas.