Over the years I have learned a lot about thrift’ing and how to get the best deal. I feel like a professional thrifter. Not.Even.Kidding. Even if I had a million dollars, I would still thrift. It’s fun, it’s challenging and it keeps my creative brain happy. I understand that it can be intimidating at first, but they only way you’re going to learn, is to jump in!
To make things easier for you, I have complied a list of things to keep in mind when you head to the thrift store. Just keep in mind that this list is geared towards home/staging decor, furniture and accessories!
Browse quickly to see if any amazing items jump out at you and go ahead and put them in your cart before someone else does. After you have quickly walked through and looked at everything, go back through and take your time,
You have to be willing to DIY, think outside the box and get creative. Sometimes item's at thrift stores are in pristine condition, but most of the time they are not. Be prepared to fix or paint something to fit your needs. You can also buy item’s and use the parts for other things, for example, I bought an old pegboard with really cool metal clips on it because I wanted to re-purpose the clips, I didn’t even need the pegboard, but it was cheaper to go this route than buy the metal clips elsewhere.
Keep a measuring tape on hand. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve used the little measuring tape that I keep with me. It’s a lifesaver!
You have to be consistent. If you stop by a thrift store once a year and think you’re going to find all kinds of gems, it’s not likely. You have to stop frequently. I suggest a couple times a week. Sometimes you may find 5 or 6 things, other times you may walk out empty handed. This is totally normal.
You have to be patient. This kind of goes with the consistency I mentioned above. It make take a few stops until you find something worth purchasing, but that’s the thrill of the hunt!
Don’t spend more than the item is worth. For example. prices at the Goodwill have really gone up over the past few years. Sometimes I look at the high price-tag and I’m like, “No way, you have to be kidding me! I’ll go buy a brand new one for that.” So, just make sure you’re actually getting a good deal!
Know your limit. If you’re planning on buying an item for yourself, that’s one thing. If you’re planning on buying it to resell, make sure you think about all of the factors. Can you make money off of it as-is, does it need work, do you need to put more money into it, etc.
Don’t buy something just because it’s there and you “think” you’re getting a good deal. Be smart about your purchase. If you’re feeling it, go for it. If you’re not, don’t get it.
I hope these simple tips helps. Don’t be intimidated when it comes to thrifting, you might actually find that you love it . Just watch out, it can be addicting :-)! Don’t say I didn’t warn ya! Haha.
Thank you so much for reading this blog post today for #ThriftyThursdaysWithFallon. I truly appreciate you stopping by and I hope this information helps! If you do find something, let me know! I want to see your treasures and celebrate with you! Happy furniture shopping!! See you tomorrow for #FridaysWithFallon!