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Friday, January 31, 2014

Thift Store Shopping...

What, what, what, what...
Bada, bada, bada, dada...


You can thank me now for getting that song stuck in your head.....You're welcome.

I do a lot of thrift store shopping.  I am not ashamed or embarrassed to admit that I buy a lot of my kids clothes there as well as other accents for our home.  I usually stop in at least once a week to check things out.  Most times I walk out with nothing, but there are times that I find some real gems.  Besides books, I do draw the line if it's something that can't be washed, refinished or cleaned well.  I am kind of a germaphobe when it comes to thrift stores and public bathrooms.   I love shopping at them, but as soon as I get in the car I whip out the hand sanitizer.  I know a lot of people will buy used shoes, but that is something I just can't bring myself to do.   Since I do a lot of shopping at Goodwill and thrift stores I thought I would share what I look for and a few tips.  I know it can be very overwhelming wondering the isles of the chaotic shelves and sorting through racks of clothes.

..........{BOOKS}..........


My absolute favorite item to hunt for are old Reader's digest books.  They are one of the cheapest ways to add color and interest to a room.  I usually get them half off since they sit on the shelves for awhile and end up getting marked down.  The bindings of these books come in a variety of colors and the covers have  vibrant and unique patterns.  Grouping a few books together instantly adds color and interest to a room.  

 ..........{FURNITURE}..........
There is no better place to look for furniture than thrift stores.  I love painting, so it's no surprise that I love redoing furniture for cheap.  As long as you are handy with a paint brush and have the time, you can easily take an old outdated piece of furniture and turn it into something new.  I don't want offend anyone, but if you are a non smoker it is VERY important to make sure furniture did not come from a home that was smoked in.  The dresser above still smells like stale smoke even after it was painted, sanded and waxed.  I have tried baking soda, vinegar, coffee grinds and dryer sheets and it still has a smell.   Anyone have other suuggestions?

..........{FRAMES}..........


Frames can get expensive, so why not pick up cheap ones and spray paint them?  You can even cover them in Washi tape or mod podge scrapbook paper to them to completely change the look.  

..........{DECORATIVE ACCENTS}..........

I always wonder up and down the isles looking for decorative pieces that can be updated.  The birdhouse was originally light blue and I spray painted it a fun green color.  It now sits on our mantel in the basement next to some more Reader's Digest books.  The little ceramic bowl that I found sits on our buffet in the dinning room.  Candle holder's and vase's are other items that I keep my eye out for.  They are so versatile and easy to update.


..........{CLOTHES}..........

I personally do not look for clothes for myself, but I do buy a ton of clothes for my kids.  Children's clothing is usually only worn for one season, so you can find name brand items cheap and in good shape.  I have even found clothing with the tags still on them.   It takes time to weed through all the junk, but every now and then you can find some awesome deals.  My kids dress in Gymboree, Children's Place, Old Navy, Crazy Eight and Baby Gap for a fraction of the price.


OTHER USEFUL TIPS:

One of the best tips I can give is to shop often.  Most stores will restock their shelves daily, so in order to catch a good deal you will have to stop in at least once a week.  Many Goodwill stores take salvage items from big box stores like Target and Pier 1.   If your not sure if your local store takes salvaged items, call them!  I know one of my local Goodwill stores gets items from Pier 1, so I stop in there frequently.  Another important tip is to keep an open mind.  It's amazing what you can do with a little paint and creativity.

2 comments:

  1. I was looking up tips on how to clean a chest freezer and found someone suggested pouring a bottle of real vanilla extract in a bowl and setting it inside for a couple days - and that other people commented that it worked! So, maybe that?? P.S. Song officially stuck in my head. Thanks. ;)

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    1. I've used baking soda and vinegar, but never thought of vanilla. I'll definitely give it a shot! Thanks so much for the advice and for stopping by!

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