Confessions of a Thrifter

By now, most of you know that I have a keen appreciation for hidden treasures and diamonds in the rough. My favorite pastime is vintage, antique, and thrift shopping. After my “This to That” series, which I am taking a short break from, and other second-hand inspired posts (HERE, HERE and HERE), I thought a brief summary of my tips and suggestions for a happy thrifting day would be well timed. Besides, with Lent coming to a close and Pascha (Easter) right around the corner, its time to come clean about my dangerous habit!

So, thanks to the suggestion of my endlessly wonderful husband, I am posting a new feature today that I am especially excited about…partly because I think you’ll like it and partly because I love it too!

Photo Credits: David Walker and Hilary Inspired

(and a few tips to scavenge by)

  • Begin with an open eye and creative outlook (treasures can be found in the oddest   shapes and forms.
  • Come prepared…comfy clothes, easy layers, and a few bags to take your                   goodies home in!

 (by the way, all items from today’s ensemble were found from a thrift shop)

  • Skim through everything (quickly)!  You don’t want to miss a rack and your fantastic find just might be around that corner.

  • Look for cool patterns, natural textures, and pretty colors.

  • Pay attention to interesting shapes. 

  • Search for collections. Duos, trios, and entire groups are rare and precious finds!

  • Always check out the art! (This is the best way to find original pieces at an affordable price. I have an entire gallery wall planned from thrift store finds…and if you don’t like the art, you can usually find some pretty awesome frames!) 

(on this particular visit I picked up a beautiful pastel painting framed locally in Fort Worth!)

  • Consider a theme while shopping. Much like the “shop for an outfit idea”, a loose theme can make for an interesting and less overwhelming venture. (it seems to always happen to me by accident!)

  • Last but not least, leave happy! Thrifting requires patience and diligence…if it wasn’t your day, the next may be! The wonderful thing about treasure hunts is that tomorrow holds a whole new batch of surprises!

Just as important as the first part of today’s post, I want to know what your secrets and successes have been. (Best finds, insider tips, local hot spots?) Let’s open this topic up and have a chat!

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17 thoughts on “Confessions of a Thrifter

  1. LOVE thrifting! I read an article that said the best time to hit thrift stores is the beginning of each month, it’s usually when they get new merchandise and lots of it. Also, to go in April and May, because people have done their “spring cleaning”. I have used that advice and found great stuff! Btw when you are out on one of your trips, if you find any old glass bottles (hair color, medicine, etc.), I will pay you (and the shipping, of course). Thanks!

  2. I miss seeing you at DanceQuest, sweet Hillary, so reading your blog is the next-best-thing. Love this “Confessions” series you are starting. Since I have a cozy, eat-in kitchen, I have collected a stash of pretty tablecloths to use on my table. I always carry my table measurements in my billfold (and a tape measure in my favorite treasure-hunting bag) so I can tell if a vintage find will fit – and then I use the card table-sized cloths (about 35″ x 35″) as an accent laid at an angle on top of the full cloth. There are lots of these smaller cloths out there that have wonderful hand-embroidery so layering them is a good way to enjoy their beauty. By the way, I have found some of my favorite linens on Etsy. Any Nashville visits coming up for you two?

    • Marilyn! It is so wonderful to know that you enjoy my blog! I love your suggestion for using second-hand linens on the angle and stacked…that sounds really lovely. I have often seen these sort of linens in my thrifting adventures but now I have an idea for them. (And Etsy is awesome!! I could spend all day on there!) Thanks for commenting and hope to hear from you again soon!

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  4. I am absolutely in love with your outfit! You look like you walked straight out of Mad Men or Leave it to Beaver. The hair, the sweater, the capris, the shoes–it’s all just perfect!

    I have not thrifted since high school, and you really make me want to try it out again. We didn’t have great thrift stores when I lived in Italy (which honestly surprised me, I expected to find lots of gems there), and I haven’t made an effort to find good thrift shops in Fort Worth. Do you have an recommendations?
    I have been to the Montgomery Street Antique Mall but always leave empty-handed! I get overwhelmed by the merchandise and have a hard time envisioning things in my home (plus, some vendors are pretty pricy).

    Okay, I know I am just blowing through all your blog posts. Sorry to pester you! I really enjoy your blog and would love to get to know you!

    • Alyssa, without a doubt I recommend Berry Good Buys as one of the best thrift stores in Fort Worth!! That is the shop I featured in this post. I will actually be attending a “Fashion Show” and charity party at the store tomorrow (June 18th) between 2-3 (the party lasts until 4 but 1 hour is all I can do away from work). You are welcome to join if you would like! I have also been to Montgomery Antique Mall…in fact, we live just seconds away from it! I’m planning a similar post about the mall that you should be seeing in a few weeks. Maybe it will help? (although I am totally an amateur when it comes to antiques.

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