• 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.
• And finally, don't be a Thriftzilla. Create good thrifting karma by being kind to the people who are offering their wares, accepting fair prices and leaving a little something behind for the next person.
Always Frugal, Always Fabulous,
The Elegant Thrifter