Thrifting 101-Home Decor Version

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It’s been a long while since I’ve posted on the blog. I really missed it but sadly I was lacking inspiration until today! 😀 A few years ago I posted a thrifting 101 post about thrifting second hand clothing. As of late my focus has shifted to home decor after big life change moving to my own place about 4 months ago. My goal has always been to create a space that I enjoy and so that means surrounding myself with things I love.  I spend a lot of time in my home, especially in the winter so it only makes sense to make it cozy.

Because a lot of the pieces I have in my home are thrifted i thought I’d share a few of my tips when thrifting items for home decor.

1. Quality-the first thing I look for are items that are well-made, so this might mean solid wood items such as a cutting board or candlesticks or sturdy wood furniture that can be refreshed with a coat of chalk paint. I find it amazing how many new with tag items I find at the thrift store from stores like Marshalls or Homesense.   When buying linens I look for thick good quality natural fibres.

2. Look for inspiration- my favourite thing to do is walk around my favourite home decor stores like Winners or Crate and Barrel and take note of the items that catch my eye to look for.  I also love searching sites like Pinterest or Instagram for inspiration to items that suit my design taste. I jot down what I like and the next time I’m thrifting I make a point of looking for similar items.

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3. Plan ahead-make sure if you’re shopping for a large piece of furniture that you have a good idea of how much space you have and measure it and keep it as a note on your phone or on a piece of paper in your wallet. Keep a tape measure in your purse so you can figure out if it’ll fit in your space you have in mind.

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4. Buy what you love- if you can envision a use for something that will add to your space then don’t worry what other’s think. It’s your home and everything in it doesn’t have to be cookie cutter perfect. In my opinion vintage pieces with chips, patina or wear add charm to a space like it’s always been there instead of that matchy matchy look.

5. Recycle and edit-When you bring in more items to your home then make sure you also donate and recycle items you’re tired of.  No one wants an overly cluttered house so if you can try to bring donations in the same day you’re shopping you’re not only helping your community and the environment but you’re keeping your space free of things that you don’t love. Some thrift stores may even give you a discount coupon as well. You know what they say “one man’s junk is another man’s treasure”

Thanks for reading 😀❤️

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