I’m sorry to say that I don’t have a furniture makeover idea to share with you today. In fact, this will be last Thrifted Thoughts post. But, I would like to leave you with some thoughts on thrifting (ha, get it?).
Here are my top tips for successful thrift shopping…
- Go often. As we all know, thrift stores and vintage shops can be hit or miss. Since the good items go fast, checking back often will ensure that you get first pick of new inventory.
- Don’t get discouraged. If you go looking for something specific, you’ll almost never find what you’re looking for, which will leave you frustrated every time.
- Keep an open mind. Almost anything can be repurposed and restyled to become functional and beautiful again.
- Give items of interest the 30-second test. If you can’t think of somewhere to put it, a new look to give it, or a new purpose that it could serve, walk away. When you bring items home without considering these things, you could end up with a slight hoarding issue.
- Sleep on it. If you see something you like, but it doesn’t pass the 30-second test, leave it at the store and sleep on it. If you’re still thinking about it the next day, go back and get it. If it’s already gone, then it wasn’t meant to be.
I hope my column has inspired you to look at vintage furnishings with a fresh perspective. I always find it amazing what some people will discard, but I’m grateful to them, because without them my business would cease to exist.
Please continue to share your makeover projects with me on my Facebook page. It always inspires me to see what you’re working on!
A big thank you goes out to the Scoutie Girl team for making me feel welcome and appreciated. It’s been lovely working with all of you.
Last, but not least, I’d like to thank all of the Scoutie Girl readers for keeping up with my column. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed reading your comments, so thank you for speaking up and sharing your unique experiences and ideas with me.