Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The Find: Simple Thrift Shopping Tips

I always appreciate being reminded of thrift shopping tips, and here are a few that I offer in my book The Find: The Housing Works Book of Decorating With Thrift Shop Treasures, Flea Market Objects and Vintage Details:

• 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.

Always Frugal, Always Fabulous!

The Elegant Thrifter


  1. These tips are timeless and right on time .

    Mr. Goodwill Hunting

  2. Those are great tips! It's always good to have a few reminders floating around in my brain while shopping!!!

  3. Thank you for the great tips! Also, I'll be sure to check out your book next time I get to Barnes and Noble!

  4. Nice tips for the thrift! I have to second the one about making sure there's a plan on how to get the larger purchases home. I know most thrifts will hold it for pickup, but they often leave it on the floor with a "sold" tag on it, so anyone is free to mess with it. Surprising how many people ignore a sold sign!

  5. Great tips--my #1 tip for thrifting is to visit often. Know what you are looking for, head straight to that section of the store and do walk through. I usually visit my best haunts once a week.

  6. Hi Stan...Reminder "Go Purple" Wednesday, October 20th....Read More on my blog,

    kitsch n Stuff



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