Lately, I've been hitting up some local thrift stores trying to find some "new" old things for our apartment (click here to see the before photos). I think thrift stores are a great place to find some affordable, budget happy home decor, but sometimes good prices can have you coming home with items you later ask yourself, "so, why did I buy that again?" While I still sometimes succumb to a good deal, I have some rules that have helped me reduce the amount of unwanted, unloved, unneeded junk that I used to bring home from thrift stores.
1. If you don't love it, don't buy it!
This is my rule for shopping in general, not just thrifting. I know what you may be thinking, "What if it has potential?" There's no doubt that the majority of thrift store finds need a little attention, so if you could love it with a simple change, buy it. If it's something that you've been looking for and it's affordable, buy it. Also, if you really really love something, can't live without it, and it's the right price, buy it. If you don't, you'll regret it. Your husband will eventually get over it LOL. Can you tell I may have experienced this??
2. Can you get your money back out of it if you decide to sell it?
This is a new rule I have added to my list, but I'm telling you, it has helped me to stop over paying for things. I know it's super tempting to pay whatever for something that you've been searching and searching for, but if you can't sell it for more than you bought it for, walk away. If it's meant to be, you will find another one. Trust me.
3. Do you have space and a use for it?
As a blogger/antique junkie, I'm terrible about buying things and saying to myself, "I'll use it for a blog post someday." Someday. More like never. If you don't have a space to put it right now, don't buy it. If you don't have a use for it right now, don't buy it. Sorry, I don't mean for that to sound so mean. Just trying to help a sister out!
4. Don't be a repeat offender!
You're probably like, say what now?? What I mean is if there is an item you frequently buy from thrift stores and don't use or even give it back to thrift stores by donating it, don't buy it again. For me, this is lamps. I buy them time and time again thinking they might just be better than whatever I run into at TJ Maxx and time and time again I am wrong. And then Goodwill gets that lamp back that I just bought. Let's face it, sometimes there are items that are just better new.
5. Don't buy it just because someone else has it!
As a person that reads home decor blogs frequently, this is one that I really struggle with. I sometimes find that my personal taste is clouded by all of the inspiration I see. I think when we see that someone else has something that we just kinda like or would never think of liking, it makes it okay for us to like it. I hope you understood that, there was a lot of liking, not liking going on in that sentence LOL. If you see something that you've seen someone else use and love it, absolutely, buy it. But, if you're just buying it because you've seen someone else use it and you think maybe, just maybe you can make it work, don't buy it. Bottom line: buy it if you love it, don't buy it if you don't! BOOM!
Now that I've dropped ALL of that on ya, here's some of my recent thrift store finds. All things I love!
Brass Coffee Table $20
This ole girl was a Craigslist
steal find. I had originally planned on using it as a side table in our living room, but we had to move our couch and there was no room to use it next to the couch anymore. I was reluctant to use it as a coffee table at first because of its size and it's slightly taller than I would prefer, but it's been about 4 days since we put it there and I actually kinda love it. It's the perfect size coffee table for our petite living room!
Velvet Upholstered King Louis Chair $15
For years, I searched and searched for one of these chairs and all the ones I found were way too expensive for me. I seriously thought that I would never have one. Well, fast forward to now and I now own two. Remember this girl that I redid for our bedroom? I couldn't believe the price tag on this one. It's well-made and the peach velvet upholstery is in pretty good shape. Unfortunately, the peach fabric doesn't go with anything in our living room, so I plan to use this fabric to recover it.
Gold Ornate Mirror $18
I found this beauty at a local antique store in a booth that was running a 70% off everything sale. I've been looking for a mirror that is large, but skinny enough to fit on this wall in our hallway and this one is the perfect size!
I hope these rules help you too minimize the clutter and save you some money too! They sure have helped me. Your home is your sanctuary, where you spend most of your time, and where you make memories with your loved ones, be careful what you let in there!