Hello, and welcome to the March edition from The Thrifty Style Team! This month my friends and I are sharing our favorite thrift store finds! I love thrifting so much that I thought I’d share ten thrifting tips and tricks!
Why do I thrift shop?
- It’s fun! Grab a friend and make a day of it.
- It saves items from going into the landfill.
- Saves Money!
- Often helps support non-profits.
A perfect example of why I love thrifting is the mirror pictured below it cost $35.00 at a neighborhood thrift shop.
Quite the find, wasn’t it?!?! I love it here in our Airbnb. So what is the secret to scoring finds like this?
This mirror was in pretty good shape. The wrap was coming off and missing one of the hangers on the back. Both were minor fixes. This brings me to tip #1.
Don’t skip an item that needs repair.
Minor repairs are easy, so don’t let them deter you. You can purchase hardware for frames and mirror inexpensively. I have this kit and used it to replace the missing parts of this mirror.
Can an item be reimagined?
This is honestly one of my favorite reasons to thrift. My husband calls this my “can you add legs to it?” obsession. I have made several different tables by adding legs to an item. My favorite has got to be my Chicken crate coffee table but I look for trays and old luggage to make end tables and such while I am thrifting. Don’t forget a simple paint job can transform an item. Here is where you can let your creativity run wild.
If you love something, buy it now!
I have always fought against this as I feel I could have hoarding tendencies (hello plant collection, I am looking at you). But over time, I have learned that if an item speaks to me, I will find a home for it eventually. I found two of these gold wire baskets while thrifting (they still had tags on them) and held on to them for a year before I turning them into an end table.
Get to know your local thrift stores.
Thrifting can be a hit-or-miss experience. So you have to go regularly. Learn which day merchandise hits the floor. Talk to the employees and tell them anything you may be looking for. I leave my number and ask them to text me if something amazing comes in. What days do they run sales? Do they have theme days where they may hold merchandise and then put it out all at once?
Plan your route.
This will save you time and overwhelm. Plus, you may want to pick up a Starbucks midway through your day. 🙂
Bring a tape measure.
This is one of my favorite thrifting tips. I carry a lightweight tape measure in my bag at all times. This inexpensive set is my favorite, and I can measure home decor pieces and even clothing. I also make sure I have bungee cords in my car.
Shop in the swanky areas.
I hate even to type this, but it’s true. I find some AMAZING pieces at the thrift stores in upscale neighborhoods. Same with suburbs with older populations, and they tend to have more furniture pieces.
Take a box to donate.
One of my best tricks for reducing clutter is to grab a box of donations when I go thrifting. One person’s trash is another treasure.
Bring hand sanitizer!
You will be touching dozens of items. I always carry baby wipes and hand sanitizer with me but I find them useful while thrifting.
Check for a website.
Some of my local thrift shops have started a Facebook or IG account and show what is coming in. Our local ReStore highlights new items on Wednesdays before they open on Thursdays. Goodwill has an online shopping site!
Let’s take one last look at my newest favorite thrift find!
That is it for my Ten thrifting tips and tricks. Do you have tips to add? I’d love to hear them. Comment below.
Now let’s check in with The Thrifty Style Team and see what Thrifty items they share today!
Until next time,