These are my latest thrifting finds. The railroad posters/signs were .99 each, the mini bowling pins were .99 for all 4 (aren't they so cute), the little vase thingy was .99 and the plate was $3.99, I know I splurged on it a little. All of this for $10.85!!
Many of you have left sweet comments about some of my thrifting transformations and many have also said that you don't have much luck at Goodwill. So, I want to offer some Goodwill hunting tips.
1. Broaden Your Horizon
I typed in Goodwill & my city in Google and it pulls up a map of the closest stores. I couldn't believe it, but there were about 11 in a 35 mi. radius of my house! And to think I usually only go to 3, oh what I have been missing!!
2. Go Often & Savings Secrets
Because the inventory is always changing, I go to the store closest to my house almost weekly. Find out when the sales are. I know the last weekend of the month is 1/2 off weekend-1/2 EVERYTHING! My area stores also offer various sales throughout the month and a senior citizens discount day.
3. Make a List
I have a list on my fridge of what I want to do in each room of my house. I have this for 2 reasons; 1-to remind me of what needs to be done and 2-if I happen to have a light bulb moment of something great I want to do in a room, I want to write it down before the bulb blows. This list also helps keep me focused when I go in a thrift store if I am slightly overwhelmed with all of the stuff. It is also a good idea to have measurements of spaces you are trying to fill on this list, just remember to take a tape measure with you to the store.
4. Don't Always Follow the List
Just like rules, lists are sometimes meant to be broken. If you see something you just love, love, love and it's $3 but you don't know what you are going to do with it, get it. If you really like it in the store you will find a place for it at home.
5. Don't Cast Judgment Too Soon
For instance, if you see a piece of furniture that is a horrific color don't walk away too fast. Look at the "bones" of the piece. Is it solid? Could a coat of paint make this beautiful? How much money will I have to spend on the transformation?
6. Be Patient
Ok, I realize this could be the hardest tip yet, but Rome wasn't built in a day and your house wont be either. I have been married 11 1/2 years and have never felt like my house was "finished". I know that's very encouraging (sense the sarcasm). Don't get stuff just to fill up space cause you wont be happy with it even when it's filled. Take your time and enjoy the hunt.
7. Take a Friend or a Camera Phone
It is always nice to have a second opinion or some reassurance about a potential purchase. And it's nice to have someone along to share the thrill of a great find!
I am a southern, Jesus lovin' girl who's blessed with a handsome, hard workin' hubby and 2 red-headed cuties, simply living life more abundantly. Here you will see a glimpse into our home and everyday lives.