We have all done it. Stood staring at an item at a thrift store and waged the buy or don’t buy battle in our minds. It can just be SO hard sometimes. So here are 8 simple questions you can ask yourself before you commit.
Is it a game changer?
Does the thought of them in your space make you re-imagine your room in a good way or a bad way? I love game changers, something as simple as this thrifted skirt turned into pillows was a game changer in my Master Bedroom. It gave me to opportunity to use any color I wanted without overwhelming the space.
Is it in your price range?
This can be a hard one. Ask an employee if they can go down on the price (sometimes they will!!) If its just out of the price range are you willing to spend a bit more for them?
Is it in good condition?
There are some things that can be repaired and some things that cant. For example if you are looking for something to glaze and 1/2 the decorative carvings are broken off its not really a great buy because you are probably not going to sit down with your Swiss Army Knife and learn to whittle so you can repair it.
What is it made out of?
You cant go wrong with solid wood. Even if it has laminate on the top you are probably good to go. When we were redoing Hailee’s Living Room we found a great end table, it was a great price and sturdy so we bought it. The problem was that it needed to be stripped and during the stripping process the product we used melted the plastic door fronts. So yea… it was not a good choice.
Just how much work is going to be involved to rehab it?
If the answer is none, you should head to Vegas cause you are one lucky sucker. If it is going to cost you thousands to reupholster a couch you might just want to buy it new.
Do you have somewhere to put it?
I frequently buy things that I don’t have a spot for if it meets most of the above criteria because a) I will find somewhere to use it or b) I know I can resell it at the Hoard Sale
When it comes to lamps or chairs: Is it part of a set?
Do you need 2 of them? If you do and there is only one the chances of it working are slimmer and the chances of finding another one are SUPER slim. I have passed up many a great chair because there was only one and I needed 2. Can you find somewhere to use the solo piece?
And the MOST IMPORTANT question. Do you love it??!
If you want MORE thrifting goodness you will want to check out these other Thrifting 101 posts:
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