3 No-No’s When Thrift Store Shopping

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Thrift store shopping is not only a cost effective way to design your home, it also gives you the opportunity to add character and one of a kind pieces to your space. Long gone are the days of thrift store items having a negative stigma. However, there is a method to “treasure hunting” effectively.  Avoid these 3 No-No’s and you will be thrifting like a champ in no time.

1.  NOT KNOWING EXACTLY WHERE THE ITEM WILL GO– trust me I have made the mistake, more times than I’d care to admit of buying an item without a clear plan or vision of where it will go. The item always ends up sitting in my garage until I eventually donate it, asinine to say the least. Although an item might be cheap, you still don’t want to waste your money. It can be very enticing to grab an item and shelf it until some divine inspiration comes to you on how to use it. I’m here to tell you that it never does. SAVE YOUR COINS PEOPLE. I recently got the items below from the thrift store and knew immediately that the frames would be placed in the gallery wall in my girls room and the pillow would go in my bedroom. Boom!

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2. NOT BEING PREPARED TO REHAB- I would say 90% of the time I get an item from the thrift store I know that I will have to revamp it. It is very rare that I will simply place an item as is. This is especially true with bigger furniture pieces. If you are not prepared to revamp and rehab leave it behind.

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3. LACKING IMAGINATION – When thrifting, It’s not always about what it is but what it could be. You might be in need of a plant stand. Find a plant stand might be hard to come across, however, you will probably come across a stool that would work beautifully. You almost never find a mobile island at the thrift store but a dresser with some wheels and a fresh coat of paint could be a really unique and cool piece. GET CREATIVE!

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Trust me, these steps have not only saved me money but also time and garage space lol. I love putting thrift items in my own home as well as clients no matter the budget.What are some of your No-No’s when it comes to thrift store shopping? Let me know in the comments!


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