Thrift Tips || Thrift Stores

January 19, 2018

Welcome to the first installment in my Thrift Tips blog series! I'm really excited about this! I've always enjoyed thrifting. But, since opening my shop seven months ago, thrifting has become a HUGE part of my life. I have spent so much time in thrift stores over the past seven months. Seriously, a ton. I'm constantly out hunting for new stuff for the shop and for myself. I certainly wouldn't say I'm an expert yet, but I'm so happy to get to share some of the tips and tricks I have learned with you all!

This first post is going to specifically focus on thrift stores. But I will also be talking about antique stores, flea markets, estate sales, and several other thrifty places as the series goes on. My hope through this series, is for you to see that it is possible to achieve a beautiful home and the look you want without having to spend a lot of money. Plus, you're helping to save the environment while you shop! It's a win-win.

Thrifted in this photo: Larger pillow, blanket, sconces, bowl, and all planters.

1. Shop often! || This is by far my biggest piece of advice.  I'm a firm believer that you don't have to spend a lot of money to make your house or your wardrobe look good. But if you're wanting to go the thrift store route, (and I highly suggest you do!) you are going to have to shop often. Inventory moves quickly through thrift stores, so you need to shop frequently to find the best stuff.

2. Buy only what you love. || If you're not 100% sure you'll use something, it's probably best to leave it behind. It's tempting to buy things just because they are so cheap. But it'll probably sit unused in your house for a year and then end up back at the thrift store. ( I know this from experience.) Buy only what you love so you don't end up with a bunch of clutter in your house.

3. Find out how their price reduction system works. || In order to keep inventory moving, thrift stores will often reduce prices after inventory has been sitting on the shelves for a while. Goodwill has my favorite system for this. Every item in the store has a different colored tag and one color is half off each week. Most other thrift stores will start reducing after a certain amount of time. For example, they will reduce the price by 20% if the item has been sitting out for three weeks.

Thrifted in this photo: Everything but the A-frame shelf, three wooden boxes, and poinsettia planter.

4. Shop the FIRST day of sales. || I always make sure I go to Goodwill on Sundays, since that is the first day of their tag sale. You want to get in there before everything is picked over! If you go in on a Saturday, there is a good chance all of the colored tags on sale will be gone.

5. Find out when they set out new inventory. || Again, you want to get your hands on the new stuff that hasn't been picked through already! This may be hit or miss, though. Some stores have a schedule for restocking. Others just do it whenever they have a chance.

6. Only buy things that can be thoroughly cleaned. || Occasionally I will find something that I really love, but I'm worried that thoroughly cleaning the item may ruin it. Unfortunately, I leave those things behind. I love buying thrifted pillows, but I only buy the ones that have removable covers. If the cover can't be removed and sent through the washing machine, I'm not buying it. I'm iffy about shoes too. Other people's feet weird me out.

Thrifted in this photo: Everything but the table. My hubby made it from recycled pallet wood!

Be sure to check back for the rest of the series!

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