Hidden Gems at a Thrift Store

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As a self-proclaimed home nut and bargain shopper extraordinaire, nothing makes me happier than coming across a killer steal-of-a-deal at my local thrift store.

Stumbling upon a hidden gem is thrilling for two main reasons:

  • The “one of a kind” factor: You’ll grin on the inside when your friends realize they can’t pick one up just like it at Target.
  • The price is right: You just can’t beat thrift store price tags.

Sounds great, right? The hard part comes into play when it’s time to sort through the aisles of not-so-stellar items in order to find the diamond in the rough. Any savvy shopper will tell you, thrifting success goes hand in hand with a strategic game plan.

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Think about your space…
Have an empty wall to fill? A lonely corner in need of a decorative friend? A thrift store find may just be the answer! Keeping an open mind about what type of item will work best will serve you well, as thrift store merchandising changes drastically from one day to the next.

Breathe and focus…

One of the most common complaints that thrifters-in-training share with me is that they are quickly overwhelmed by the amount of items they are faced with. Baby steps, my friends. Cut the anxiety by tackling the book section one day, and housewares another.

Grab your shovel…
Rarely do even the most experienced of shoppers glance around a thrift store and locate their next killer find. Get your hands dirty and dig to uncover treasures buried beneath mounds of junk.

Get it while it’s hot…
You know the $5.00 ceramic pitcher would look fabulous on your kitchen island, so don’t hesitate! It won’t be around tomorrow when you regret not claiming it as your own.

Photo Credit: Cara Wilkerson

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