Written by Arianne Segerman, Editor of Simple Design
Hi there Simple Mom readers! We’ve been having lots of fun over at Simple Design, have you visited us yet? Lately we’ve had a whole series on strategies for designing your life, fab summer music recommendations by our resident music guru, tips on how to find your personal style and a beauty roundup of awesome braid tutorials, just to name a few. It’s been quite the summer!
One of my favorite things we do at Simple Design is a weekly link-up of what I call a Thrift Haul. It’s a day for everyone to link up whatever thrifty/re-sale/second-hand/yard sale finds they’ve scored recently. It’s fun, it’s inspiring and it helps me with my goal to encourage everyone to visit thrift stores more often.
Maybe you’re already passionate about thrifting, or maybe you still need to be convinced, but either way I’d love to share some of the street smarts I’ve learned over the years in the art of thrifting.
5 Must know tips on thrifting
1. Have a list and go often
This might seem like no biggy, but if you walk into a thrift shop with no plan at all, you’re much more likely to go home with too much, most of which you probably shouldn’t have purchased. I have my “always look for” list and then my list of specific items I’m on the hunt for. My “always look for” items are cross-stitched decor, pyrex, floral vintage fabric/bedding and vintage tablecloths. I will pretty much always grab these if I find some pretty, good quality and well-priced things. I also look for certain prints/patterns like stripes and southwest/geometric in linens.
Anything else, be it baby clothes, kitchen items, shoes, bags, etc. I only look at if I’m specifically there to look for those items. In addition, you need to go often so you can spot the new things and not have to always dig through what no one is buying. All of this helps you not be too overwhelmed with all the STUFF. Which brings me to the next point…
2. Get digging
Most likely everything that is in the shop has been picked over unless you arrive on a day when a big stash was put out (Side note: find out when your local shops get their biggest amount of items out onto the racks, as this is the time to see stuff before it’s picked over. My go-to day is Wednesdays).
What this means is that you’ll need to dig down into a few layers to find the gems no one else saw. I promise you if you get over the fear of digging you’ll really start to find the best items.
3. Buy only what you love
The more you thrift the more likely you’ll start to see lots of things you REALLY LIKE but maybe just a few things you LOVE. Your discernment in this area is the difference between you having cute things at home and you becoming a hoarder!
It’s really ok to leave a shop empty-handed. See it as you saving money and space in your home for a better find you’re passionate about!
4. Think outside the box
Many times you need to see the potential in items to realize if something will fit your needs or if it’s just another DIY that you’ll never get to.
If something needs minor alterations, a coat of paint, to be cleaned up a bit, or is an amazing off-season item, it might just be worth the extra work (or storage) it will be to snag that item.
5. Find new shops
If you’re in an area with plenty of thrifting type people (college students, hipsters, you get the idea…) and you never seem to find any good vintage or thrifting it might be because you need to venture out. Find shops near senior communities, in small towns, or places that might seem like it’s not the place to shop. Because that will be the exact place to shop!
We have a mantra about thrifting: The point isn’t to bring tons of stuff into our homes. The point is to surround ourselves with things we love, to spend less, and to reuse what is already out in the “system”.
If you’re already a thrifter or I’ve inspired you to give it a try, we’d love for you to link up (blog post, Instagram, whatever way you’d like!) with us on Monday’s for the Thrift Haul. Head on over today to see my finds and visit others’ links too!
Do you have any thrifting tips to share?