|(Scrappy’s Note: Seriously? That vase? I died.)|
My first tip is to know your local thrift and consignment stores. The more popular thrift stores like Goodwill will have a very steady flow of items coming in, but they get pick over faster. Also, thrift stores and consignment shops in well to do area may have more designer items, but the prices can be much higher. You will probably spend less time, but more money. If you want to spend less money you will need to spend more time looking through every piece of clothing on the racks or moving things around on shelves to find the “lighting bolts”. It is like a treasure hunt each and every time! This brings me to my next tip:
When thrifting, yes it is now a verb, treat each trip like an adventure otherwise you may get burned out by looking piece by piece on the second rack. Friends help keep the energy up, so it’s not a bad idea to bring one along. Also, thrift stores = variety, so try on styles/colors you might normally pass up. Either you will get a laugh out of it or you might fall in love with the dress that is much more flattering on or the style you never thought you could pull off. So look for bold/signature pieces (clothes or decor). If you change your mind you only are down a few dollars so what’s the harm? And ALWAYS TRY IT ON before you buy. Redonating something you just picked up is a sad thing.
Before setting foot in the thrift stores have a thrifting budget in mind. Many small purchases can add up and surprise your pocket book if you are not careful.
If you are looking for something in particular bring measurements or paint samples since you cannot get your money back.
When shopping look at items at different angles, check weight, but also remember these items bring personality into your home not perfection. Also check for broken zippers, snags, stains, ect. You can sometimes get even more discounts by mentioning the tiny rust spots on the stainless stain bowl, or zipper that stops half-way up.
Last tip: Eat something beforehand. You will need the energy and Happy thrifting!
Did you take notes? I know I did. Check back in later today for my Halloween decor (yep, just going up today…I’m slackin’) AND tomorrow for an exciting GIVEAWAY!