Thrifting could be considered a shopping science, because it is! There are so many tips and tricks to getting the best deals at the thrift store, and plenty of tips on what to avoid purchasing! However, if you see one of these ten items, there is no way you should pass it up! Remember, you can create something out of nothing, and turn a hideous couch to a gorgeous DIY-ed piece of furniture.
I know what you’re thinking, but I promise this isn’t as horrifying as it seems. While you may be skeptical about buying used shoes for yourself, Maker Mama recommends that you consider buying them for your kids. Let’s face it, children grow quickly and parents usually donate nearly brand new shoes to thrift shops. If you’re lucky, you could get a decent looking pair of kids shoes for a fraction of the cost.
This should be a must-checked section for any book lover out there. Books are a commonly donated item. Make room on your shelves for vintage books that are left at thrift stores. Definitely cheaper than a run to the local bookstore!
Old vinyl records found at thrift stores can be incredible additions to any music lovers collection. Pick one up (regardless of the band) and either keep it, or gift it to someone who would love it. I don’t know about you, but I would gladly take an old The Who record any day!
No one wants to spend money on a completely new wardrobe when pregnant, especially because it is only worn for 9 months! Check out the maternity section of your local thrift store. Chances are, it is high quality clothing that hasn’t been worn that often. This is a way to save money to use it on baby gear rather than maternity clothing!
Don’t let the bad artwork that was framed deter you. Seriously. US News suggests that you look at the frame rather than the painting, as it is likely to be a treasure. Because this is often overlooked, you can find great frames at a fraction of the retail price.
Dig through the household good section. Typically, entire sets of dishes are donated. This is great if you are moving into a new home and need a new set of dishes. Dishes are expensive, so this is a great way to save some money. Imagine finding an entire set of Fiesta wear!
This goes without saying. Any furniture from the thrift store can be flipped into something fabulous. Don’t avoid that green velour chair just because it isn’t your style, buy it anyway and turn it into a great DIY furniture project. Use these tips from Martha Stewart to repurpose your amazing finds.
Leather tends to look better when it’s a bit worn in. Pick up that leather purse you’ve been eyeing on the rack and give it another life. Not only does distressed leather look great, but it looks even better when scooped up at a low price!
Apartment Therapy recommends never passing up an opportunity for some great jewelry. A general rule of thumb for jewelry shopping at a thrift store is to only buy what you love. Refuse to be worried about the item and it’s value. If you love it, buy it.
Anything Cast Iron
Cast iron is a timeless wonder of the home world, it only gets better with age. Cast iron pieces are expensive and durable (try indestructible). Vintage pieces are a great find, and they are worthwhile in the kitchen.