5 Tips for Thrifting Home Decor

October 29, 2020 2 By EngineerMommy

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The thrift store is an amazing destination for home decor pieces.. as long as you know what to look for. I have found quite a few pieces from the thrift store over the years. With a little TLC and some patience, it’s possible to really transform any piece into something truly incredible!

1. Visit often!

Unfortunately, the inventory in thrift stores changes rapidly. People drop off new items and people purchase items. In order to get a good idea of what’s available, plan to visit several times.

2. Don’t pay attention to color!

The color of something is the easiest thing to change. If you see a shelf you love but the color is not ideal, don’t fret. A can of spray paint is all it takes to make it yours!

3. Dig a little deeper!

Sometimes the best items in the thrift stores are hidden on a bottom shelf behind five other pieces. Plan to look around carefully, as it can be all too easy to overlook a great piece if it’s somewhat hidden.

4. Check the frame section!

One of the best finds in a thrift store is a great wooden frame. Frames can get quite pricey at a regular store, but finding a large frame for a few dollars at a thrift store is a common occurrence. Remember, you can always paint it a different color.

5. Shelves are where it’s at!

I’ve found quite a few shelves at thrift stores over the years. A shelf is not only functional (it provides a great spot to organize and display items,) but it’s also decorative. There are so many different styles & colors and it’s a fabulous way to dress up a plain wall!

6. Keep an eye out for trays!

Another favorite piece to pick up at thrift stores is a great tray. They are an easy way to contain the clutter and make any space seem 100X more organized. Think of adding trays to a console table, coffee table, dining table, bedside table, etc. Keeping your nick nacks on a tray makes the table look infinitely more put-together.

7. Pay attention to quality!

While it’s easy to change up the color of any item you find, it can be quite challenging to change its structure in a more profound way. Consider the craftmanship of an item before purchasing it. Something that is falling apart is probably not worth the time & effort required to repair it.

Do you love to source home decor items from the thrift store?

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