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!
- 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!)
- 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!