I love shopping thrift stores and have found some of the most amazing things through consistent visits. Here are my reasons for searching out thrift treasures:

it’s economical and is reducing, reusing and recycling at its best

you won’t find cookie-cutter goods- unless you’re looking for cookie cutters!

regular shopping can yield some great finds!

How do you find the best thrift store treasures for you?

Become a regular shopper- merchandise turns over fast. I usually stop by my favorite store weekly to hunt for goodies

Have a plan for your space and make a list of what you need/want, just like an interior designer would

Familiarize yourself with prices of items at high-end and mass market stores to have a comparison point when you find something in thrift

Evaluate pieces with an objective eye- could you make minor alterations to have it work for you? this might be a coat of paint, some new trim or other simple changes

Are you willing to do some minor repairs i.e. tighten up a loose leg or do you want to avoid that aspect?

Go in with a more general idea of what you want since the inventory isn’t consistent: an urn-style lamp,  a side table with a drawer, blue dishes, etc. Then open your eyes to the possibilities over frequent trips.

Next: some ways to re-purpose items you might find