Tuesday, April 14, 2009

The Find: Seven Tips to Decorating With Thrift













Based on The Find: The Housing Works Book of Decorating With Thrift Shop Treasures, Flea Market Objects and Vintage Details, tips to successful thrift shopping:

• Define your shopping budget. Spending more than you have takes all the joy out of thrift shopping.

• Make a thrift shopping kit that includes your thrift wish list, color tiles, fabric swatches, design inspiration from books and magazines, a tape measure and room and door measurements.

• Know how you’ll get your purchase home. Can you call a friend? Rely on a man with a van? Drag it into your car or a taxi? And once you get it home, will it fit into your space? Refer to measurements in your thrift shopping kit.

• Set your peripheral vision to see the beauty in the unexpected. A coat of cruddy paint might be hiding a lovely dresser or a rejected, printed cape might be transformed into a glamorous pillow.

• Buy only what you love. Just because a piece of furniture you spy might have a designer’s name that makes it valuable, if it’s ugly, then leave it alone.

• Check for quality. Drawers should open smoothly, legs and cases be sturdy, and upholstery free of odor and stains.

• Always carry cash. It’s a great negotiator in many places and helps you stay on budget.

Thrifty tips you can shop by from The Elegant Thrifter 

Always Frugal, Always Fabulous!

Reserve your copy of The Find: The Housing Works Book of Decorating With Thrift Shop Treasures, Flea Market Objects, and Vintage Details at Amazon.com



Housing Works photograph by Anna Moller: www.annamoller.net

Book cover photograph by Jim Franco


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