It is no secret, I love the thrift store. To some degree, it is an addiction! I love the thrill of the hunt. For a lot of you, this is something you already know how to do well, but some of you have shared with me that you are just getting started and are trying to figure out exactly how to thrift store shop. I thought I would share with you three tips for having success while thrift store shopping. This is what I do.
- Don’t look for anything in particular, instead, look for things that you love or things that you could possibly love after you give it a little love. Did I say love enough for you there?
- Look past decorations and things that can be changed. Look at its potential.
- Check it at least three times, making sure there are no broken pieces that cannot be repaired. I have made this costly mistake before and it is not fun. Run your fingers over the entire thing, including furniture, checking for nicks, chips and repairs.
Exibit A — I was in the thrift store on friday after dropping my 12 year old off at a youth conference. I saw this bird cage sitting on a shelf. Never in a million years would I have bought this in a store. It was sporting some horrible 1980′s fake, mauve, flowers. To top that off, it off had two, one eyed, fake birds on it. Nice right? Even his head is sticking out of the cage! Ugly. Ugly and all it went home with me for two dollars. I couldn’t get that ugly stuff of fast enough.
Now doesn’t it look lovely and sweet? Look at that precious baby face in the photo!
Bird cages are for more than just birds. I love adding vintage photos or even recent ones for an alternative to the standard picture frame. If you have a large enough cage, you can use vintage clothes pins to adorn the outside with photos, memorablia or other paper items. I topped this one off with one of Jaime’s clay lavender tags. I carry these in the store.
If you are a thrift store newbie, you are now armed with the secret. It isn’t rocket science, it just takes a few times of shopping to train your eye for really great pieces to fill your home or your shops on a dime. For all of you seasoned thrifters, do you have anything to add? I would love for you to share your tips in the comments. Happy Thrifting!