Another week of thrifting tips are here! If you need to read back to Week 1 you can here
This week is a bit shorter, but only because I am already working on the next tip post which will cover how to thrift all of your dining and kitchen items! Get ready, but first, enjoy this blog post with 2 things I always do when thrifting!
ONE. Find it’s friend
I know what you’re saying. “What does this even mean, Leah?” When I am thrifting for home decor, I always try and find something that coordinates with the item. I have found that this makes it easier to style in our home, but also can avoid the look of having a bunch of thrifted items that don’t really go together.
Here are some examples of items that I found together when thrifting. Again, this won’t happen every time, but if you really love something, purchase it, and save a picture on your phone. Next time you’re out thrifting, pull it up when you find something that you think would look great with it.
Below: The left was 1 thrifting trip where I thrifted the vases from the same store. I loved the colors together, and the height difference. On the right, I found the vase, the framed artwork, and the glass at the same store. It’s the perfect vignette to put on a shelf together!
TWO. Put it in your cart!
I always do the home section first, and do a pretty quick lap up and down the aisles. If I see something that catches my eye, it goes right into my cart. Typically my first aisle is the knick-knack aisle. Things I am always looking for here are brass animals for shelf decor, book-ends, hand-made pottery pieces. I then go to the wooden aisle next, then frames/artwork, linens, and then once I’ve done that, I’ll go back up and down and pay a little more attention. Make sure you are checking high and low, and moving things around as you search.
Now, once you have finished it’s time to go through that cart. I like to check over all the items, and make sure they are in good shape. I’m not looking for perfection here, but things that have broken handles, or large chips may end up back on the shelves for me. I also make sure I have a general idea of where the item is going. I don’t want to bring in a lot of pieces that serve no purpose at that moment.
Below: These are my 2 favorite thrifted finds recently, and how I used them for the same thing. I recently thrifted the Mancala game, and needed a spot to hold the extra pieces. I found this gorgeous glass jar with a poppy flower top, and a brass jewelry case. Both worked so perfectly for what I needed. Not sure how I pick which one stays!
The basket aisle gets me every time! I thought this was perfect for when I have flowers in the garden this summer that need cut. Currently, I am using it on my book shelves with my seed packets until it’s time to start those.
Thanks for stopping by this week to read my tips! Happy Thrifting!