I have been shopping goodwill long before it was a trendy thing to do. I learned stops and trick along the way that makes my experience fast an efficient! When I was in high school my girl friends and I used to buy all of our t-shirts from thrift shops with our Abercrombie jeans. Ha! Now I am always on the hunt for client finds and unfounded treasures. If you didn’t know already, this “finders keepers designs” business was started flipping furniture I found at thrift shops around AZ!
First, before you even leave the car, know what you are looking for. There may be something specific you are on the hunt for so make a mental list. If you are just browsing for things you never knew you needed that is great too!
Start with the small goods section. The vases, wicker baskets and small collectibles. Baskets and small pottery or vases are one of my favorite things to thrift because they are so in expensive and can be used on book shelves, night stands or dressers around your home to add character. They give your home that warm eclectic feel with out breaking the bank. Stick beautiful stems in a small collection of vases and it will make you VERY HAPPY, trust me! Smaller wicker baskets are great on open shelving or vanities to collect keys and small accessories. I also LOVE using wicker baskets to put greenery in around my house. They warm up a space and more then you might imagine with there woven earthy texture.
Next, I make my way to the leaning wall of large frames. With my finders keepers floral prints line that I have with Brittney Gurr (shop here), I am always looking for large frames that don’t break the bank. Almost every art price you see on that back wall can be changed out for new art that you love. The skinny gold frames are a favorite of mine right now and fun to hunt for. I even love when I do my gallery walls or skinny art ledges to keep some original painting that I found at goodwill on them just the way they are. Beautiful ocean scene paintings or old farm art can be found in this section and styled on your bookshelves at home.
I then make my way passed lamps, ALWAYS LOOK AT THE LAMPS! Every lamp in my home is thrifted. From brass bases the crystal bases, pop on a new lampshade and you have beautiful ambient lighting in your home for under $10!
Now on to the furniture section! The crown jewel but also the biggest long shot in this process. I have had incredible luck finding my poetry barn slip covered couch and my two buffalo check (now slip covered) chairs at the goodwill. This however takes time and hunting. Visiting lots of different thrift shops and hoping the universe brings you what you want! I believe this to be my super power, whenever I REALLY want something from a thrift store I ALWAYS FIND IT! Law of attraction??? Good karma??? I don’t know but it is pretty lucky and I am grateful for it. In this section is upholstered goods, wood pieces and chairs. Upholstered goods can be “scary” to thrift so I use the utmost scrutiny when I am choosing a fabric piece. I look for the cleanest best maintained piece and only get those one that fit the criteria. When I get home I steam clean what can’t be take off and thrown in the washing machine. I have also found some of the most beautiful hutches and dressers that I have refinished through out the years. It still amazes me what a fresh coat of white paint can do to an old piece. (Fave whites here).
Last but not least I make my way past the books. I love old books. Whether i am needing to add a pop of color to a space or want and all white collection, old books just make a home happy. In my sons room I did an ombré collection of children’s books that put a smile on my face every time I see them! They are functional and beautiful. Pro tip* don’t judge a book by its cover, peel of the book cover to reveal the true binding and see if that is a color you need or can work with. Also don’t be afraid to flip some books the opposite direction, pages forward, when styling shelves. This gives you more neutral options and more texture.
YOU DID IT! You thrifted like a designer and no doubt left with a cart full of goodies. Add these pieces with other higher end pieces to create a home that uniquely reflects who you are and who you want to be. Never under estimate a thrift store my friends!
WEDNESDAY is the best day to shop!!!