Thrifty Thursday

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Welcome to Thrifty Thursday, our weekly feature for tips and ideas on how you can save a little extra for your household needs. Today’s focus – thrift store shopping!

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Whether tackling a complete redecorating project or just a simple room update, it’s good to keep in mind one of the best resources for items to individualize your space is the local thrift shop. We all know the prices can’t be beat, but it does sometimes require a little TLC on our part and the patience to do some hunting. But if you’re willing to roll up your sleeves and get dirty, the payoff can make the difference between drab and fab.

Searching around can snag you gems in the rough, like this chest.

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Or gems that are more of an “eye of the beholder” kind of thing, such as below.

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Full disclosure, my husband had this same figurine in his kitchen when we first started dating. He was perched near the sink and always seemed to silently mock my dishwashing skills. He made the move with us to our new kitchen windowsill, but now I keep him conveniently hidden behind the blinds. I also invested in a dishwasher.

Check out these links for more tips:

How to Shop for Furniture at a Thrift Store
How to Get the Best Bargains at Thrift Stores
How to Recognize Vintage Dining Chairs

What’s your favorite thrift store find?

Photo Credits: Orin Zebest, Andy Rob, House of Sims

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