Thrifting 101

May 23rd, 2011

Happy Monday everyone!  We spent the weekend working outdoors on our patio, more to come on that project later this week.   Meanwhile, I thought I’d offer up my very best tips for thrifting, plus a peek at my latest thrift store before and after. 

There are plenty of people who don’t care to shop thrift stores.  Perhaps they dislike or are afraid of used goods, or their local thrift stores carry nothing but useless junk.  I’ve seen my share of thrift stores that carried mostly unusable items, but I’ve also scored a few finds in thrift stores that could be resold for hundreds of dollars.  It all depends on the particular store, they’re all so very different.  I’m asked now and then for my best advice on thrifting, so I thought it time to put them all in one place!

Here are a few of my tips for shopping thrift stores:

Stay Focused.   When you find a great thrift store, it’s like shopping in any second hand forum.  Your visit can quickly turn into ”Hey that’s cute” or “Oooh, I like that too!” and before you know it, your tab has climbed higher than you planned, and you’ve brought home things you don’t really need.  Before you walk through the door, remember what you’re there for.  Stay focused on your needs and your budget.    

Know The Sales Days.  Find out when your local store has sales and show up early.  My local St. Vincent de Paul has furniture sales when they have too much in stock (typically after a big donation weekend) so I’m in the habit of stopping in every Monday or Tuesday to see what’s new.  My mom loves to shop at the Goodwill on Tuesdays when anyone over 55 gets a 25% discount.  She’s found so many designer labels and even items that are brand new and have never been worn, you just never know what you’ll find!  It pays to know when your local store offers discounts. 

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BOTB 5.22.11

May 22nd, 2011

Happy weekend all, Abi and I rounded up some fun links for you in our continuing ‘Best of the Blogosphere’ series.  Here are a few great posts from this past week, we hope you enjoy them all!

Mom of three Jenny of Little Green Notebook shares her favorite product for cleaning upholstery and removing stains from furniture.

flolex remove stains lgnHolly at Decor8 and her friend Tinna created this porch space in a day, how cozy is this spot for weekend lounging?

decor8 porch

Is your little girl growing up too fast?  There’s no stopping that, but you can repurpose her dress into a shirt to reuse it another season, Ashley of Make It and Love It shows us how.

dress into shirt

 

 

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