Have you ever wondered how to shop in thrift stores? More than likely, you aren’t alone in that thought and question! Don’t let the thrift store term scare you, because I am here to tell you that spending your money wisely in decorating your home can have huge payoffs! I’ve always loved the thrill of the hunt in thrift stores, and in saving money by shopping for certain items I have more cash for other things. High-end things!
How To Shop In Thrift Stores For A Beautiful Home
I’ve been shopping in thrift stores since my dirt poor college days. And between me and you, I have no intention of stopping anytime soon!
Money wasn’t available for me to buy anything new for my little apartment (or clothing). With 3 kids to send to college there just wasn’t a lot of expendable cash for us. But thrifting was something that I have always loved. I have proudly passed this method of shopping on to my daughters:-). Admittedly I don’t go thrifting for clothing any longer but the girls do and have found some incredible name brand deals!
Here is a quick overview of what are the most abundant and best things to shop for in thrift stores for your beautiful home. Tips and tricks for thrift store shopping included! Trust me, you’ll love these tips on how to shop in thrift stores!
DINNERWARE – Flatware – Bottles – Jars
I not only love to create a beautiful home, but I love to design an elegant table setting as well! Head for the dishes when you are shopping and you are sure to find lots of choices. Something that you’ll almost always find in your local thrift store is white dinnerware pieces. Keep in mind that you don’t need an entire set for a tablescape.
Mix and mingle is my mantra when it comes to table setting and that goes for pattern and color as well. I’ve had my eyes on this antique Haviland Limoges in my favorite thrift store for several months, but the price was way more than I was willing to spend for a partial set. I pop in often, so when the thrift shop had 50% off all items this weekend I was thrilled to buy it! Talk about a steal of a deal!
Thrift Store Shopping *TIP*
Most items that are well priced, to begin with at thrifts and sell very quickly, but I have learned over the years that when items are overpriced they generally do not. If you feel that is the case with something that you covet, wait it out and see if it eventually is on sale. Most thrift stores have sales every day, so ask at the front desk when you walk in.
FURNITURE – Sofas – Chairs – Tables
How to Shop in Thrift Stores *TIP*
WALL DECOR – Art – Mirrors
Thrift Store Finds *TIP*
Aren’t these mirrors beautiful?
LIGHTING – Chandeliers – Lamps
Thrift Store Secrets *TIP*
Please check the wiring for safety, especially if you find a vintage piece. I would recommend rewiring anything vintage and if you aren’t comfortable doing that yourself take it to a shop that can do it for you.