One of my favourite hobbies is thrifting. I love the challenge of trying to find unique pieces that you couldn’t possibly find new in stores. I’ve found some of my favourite pieces in our home in the thrift store, like our wardrobe, our coffee table, quilts, wooden bowls, art, and much more. Today I want to teach you how to thrift like a pro.
How To Thrift Like a Pro
- Be Strategic
I like to have a list of what I’m looking for, or even a space in mind. When you can visualize an item in a space, you will be able to see how you can transform it.
Example: I recently went thrifting for our bathroom. I knew I wanted canisters for our shelves, and I knew I wanted a peg rack and vintage art in the space. So I kept this in mind. I also kept an eye out for anything else that might look good in the space.
If you don’t have a space in mind, thrifting can be overwhelming, and you might purchase items you will never use.
Look at the item and examine the quality, shape and age. Is it worth what they’re asking? More times than not, you can barter down on what you pay for an item.
3. Check Antique Stores
A lot of the time, people stay away from Antique stores because they think they’re expensive. But oftentimes, you can barter down on price, and you can find affordable decor.
Even if you cannot barter down, I always compare the item to what I would spend new.
We recently purchased this gorgeous 4×7′ wardrobe with a ton of character that was over a hundred years old. They were asking 560 for it, which is the most I’ve ever thrifted an item for. I compared it to a similar wardrobe at Crate and Barrel, and I knew I was saving thousands.
If it’s an item you will keep for years to come and will bring you joy – get it.
4. Look Through Old Art
Even if the print in the picture is ugly, you can repurpose the frame. I’ve spray painted the frame and mat to create a completely modern frame.
I’ve also found charming vintage art in a thrift store and put it in a more modern frame.
Always make sure you’re completely analyzing something before deeming it trash.
5. Consider Old Lamps, Pottery and Wooden Bowls
Old lamps are frightful to look at, but you can easily transform an oversized lamp with spray paint! I also love to use old wooden bowls on a shelf.
6. Check Salvage Yards For Old Wood
Are you wanting to build something but cannot find unique wood? Check out salvage yards! You can usually find reclaimed wood with so much character for department store pricing.
We are building a 5′ sofa table and found a ton for reclaimed wood for under seventy dollars.