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3 Easy Thrifting Tips


dining room, benjamin moore nocturnal gray, wall candelabra, antique, vintage, thrifted, kathleen vintage persian rug, farmhouse oak table, black windsor chairs, floral arrangement in footed brass bowl

| wall candelabra - $25 | large woven basket - $3 |

| oak table - $25 | footed brass bowl - $4.50 |


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floral arrangement in brass footed bowl

footed brass bowl - $4.50


before, almost hidden by old, outdated silk florals


One of the most sustainable and affordable ways to shop for décor is thrifting! I am obsessed with the thrill of finding the diamond in the rough - or even turning the rough into a diamond! Here are the tricks that have helped me fill my home with gorgeous décor for a fraction of the cost to buy new! Happy hunting!


large willow basket filled with spring potted flowers and moss easter eggs

large willow basket - $4


1. Look at the shape, not the color


before

thrifted white ceramic berry basket with clementines in kitchen with white subway tile

ceramic berry basket - $3


The power of paint can automatically turn trash into treasure! Some of the most beautiful items I have thrifted have been a finish or color that was either plain ugly or just not my style. Vases can be transformed into "handmade" pottery with a few coats of paint mixed with baking soda! Candlesticks can be any metallic finish you like! My favorite products to use are rub and buff and Rustoleum Bright Coat Metallic Finish. Those hand painted 1980's ceramic figurines can become beautiful shelf accents or bookends with a coat of flat black or brass paint.


before

diy white basket planter pot

basket - $2 transformed into DIY Planter


2. shop often


| pleated lamp shades - $4 each | goblet planter - $2 |

| sterling silver bowl - $2.50 | magenta bowl - $0.99 |


Don't get discouraged if you head to the thrift store once and strike out. You gotta stay with it to find the good stuff! I can even go 2 days in a row and discover something new the next day! And try out different neighborhood thrift stores! More affluent neighborhoods are going to have some nice stuff! I recently found this stunning globe for my parents' office makeover for $13!




3. give it a second look


batter bowl - $2



white brick fireplace with thrifted antique vontage decor

| framed Monet print - $2 | brass candlestick - $3 | brass tray - $3 | sterling silver goblet - $2 |


It takes my brain a while to adjust to looking at the shape versus the color or style, so take the time to walk down the isles a second time and see if you missed any special pieces! Often, I will find a treasure I had overlooked!


antique vintage thrifted budget friendly decor

| blue basket - $2 | floral frame - $2 | white frame - $3 | horse bookend - $3 |


If you're an avid thrifter, what's a tip you always use when you head to the shops? Leave a comment and tell me! Make sure to follow along on Instagram for more simple DIYs, home styling tips, and a peek inside our every day life!


xoxo, L



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