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Do you know how to shop at a Thrift Store?! For those that are not yet thrifting ninjas it can be super intimidating to walk into a slightly stinky store. Right? Piles of used crap that no one wants everywhere…well, it sounds like heaven to me!
Everyone has their go-to staples in life. When I am out Thrifting I have my go to items that I buy hands down every time I find them. Everyone’s are going to be different. By discovering what you gravitate toward you can determine what inspires your personal style.
These are the things that I will buy even if I have 10 in my garage already (which I probably do…)
1. Ornate Frames.
Really I know that you were SHOCKED that this is my #1…NOT. So why? Why do I feel the need to buy every cool frame that I find? Because they make me happy. I can talk about how they bring back memories of my grandmothers (cause they do) but mostly I love how they can hold their own. How you can group them and even when they are super different they all go together so well. I love how they bring a bit of class to a space that has old wood and bright colors in it. So what are some things that you can do with frames?
Well, like I did in my Master Bedroom you can do a grouping, you don’t even need to put anything inside them!
Its quite inexpensive to have mirror cut to fit inside. I spray painted all of these ones Krylon Gloss White and have them hanging floor to ceiling in my entryway.
And then you can take it a step further and make your own Anthro knock off acid mirror if you are feeling brave (its not that scary!)
2. Random Statues and Such. I love when you see a room design and at first glance you love it but then you see something that throws it off a little and makes it quirky. And then you love it more. Look for things that are strange-ish but still have good lines. Animals are good. And anything that is green glass comes home immediately.
Check out all the random goodness on the Custom Shelves that I built at Hailee’s for less than $30!
These copper circles in my newly updated entryway are spools of some sort. And I totally love the shoe form.
3. Lamps and lighting. Yet again another shocker, unless you have never read my Look What I Found Friday Lamp Hoarder Edition. If I see a great lamp I seriously consider buying it, and if there is a pair I ALWAYS buy them. So what makes a great lamp? Usually brass are the first thing that catches my eye, but when you are out thrifting usually the ones that have the HUGE shades on them are the ones that you want. And any chandelier that has potential and a great price tag is so going home with me. My best score ever was the ginorm chandelier that I painted purple for my entry way that was only $15.00. That was once in a lifetime I think. Bummer.
This one was a Re Store score that we used in Hailee’s. You can see the full tutorial here.
I LOVE this brass beauty that I used in the Epic Room Makeover Giveaway.
4. Chairs, chairs, chairs. Its safe to say a chair or 2 is probably what I will be buried with one day. (Mostly because my hubs will want to get rid of them so bad.) A chair has the ability to bring SO much to a room design. You may not want to upholster your couch with funky fabric but using it on a chair has the same type of impact without all of the commitment. I look for chairs that are in good shape, or can easily be repaired. I look for something that can be made to work in whatever room I want. (Since I don’t usually NEED them at the moment, they have to be flexible in their style.)
You can see more info on the store that I am at here.
Ok now don’t judge me. BUT this is a pic of the chairs that I sold at my Hoard Sale. I saved the very best ones for my garage…since that’s where they still are. But I am going to tell you just like I tell my husband daily, I will be using them…..sometime. Also, can you believe that every single one of these chairs sold in less than 2 hours?! When it gets closer to garage sale season I will have a killer post for you!
5. Anything that speaks to you. Depending on the project that I am working on I am on the look out for different things. Right now I am looking for lots of old doors and door knobs. You want to have an idea of what you are looking for, but don’t be so set in your design idea that there isn’t room to let it evolve. Also if you live in Southern Utah and have any doors let me know!
This anorexic lion coat of arms is probably the most random thing that I HAD to buy.
It took me a few months but I found the perfect spot for it in my Master Bedroom.
So now that you know WHAT to look for make sure you read 10 Secrets From A Thrifting Goddess where I tell you HOW to find them!