The other day I was visiting my friend and we were laughing and telling each other that we needed to bring stirrup pants back and that Saved By the Bell was the best show in the universe and should we start wearing scrunchies again.
And mid hair accessory conversation, I noticed her table.
It was chippy and distressed and had character and personality and joie de vivre.
I told her it was amazing and that all tables should get in line behind it and asked her where she got it.
She looked down and avoided my gaze.
As if she was sad. As if she didn’t want to talk. As if she was embarrassed to answer the question.
Then timidly, quietly, softly she said, “I got it at a thrift store.”
That beautiful, wonderful, incredible, fifth-avenue looking table came from a thrift store?
And she was embarrassed?
I grinned and laughed and told her I already thought the table was amazing and standing ovation awesome, but when she told me it came from a thrift store….
…it made me love it so much more.
You can read their story here.
You can take my yard sale tour here.
And for everyone who’s ever been a little overwhelmed at the thought of shopping at yard sales or estate sales or thrift stores, here are some of my best shopping tips.
1. Be prepared
Pack a little shopping kit and keep it in your car.
Here’s what I have in mine:
measuring tape (in case you have to measure)
a list of measurements for things you are looking for
plastic bags (in case you need to wrap up delicate items in your car)
screwdriver (in case you need to take something apart)
hand sanitizer (no explanation needed)
2. Don’t look at color
So many times the shape or size or texture of a piece is perfect, but the color throws me off.
As in look away and don’t look back.
I’ve had to train myself to look beyond the color to the actual piece I’m buying.
Color can be changed.
Incredible, carved legs or a planked top can not.
3. Think groupings
So many times you find a zillion of something that you never thought that you needed.
That zillion could look really amazing all grouped together on a wall.
One time I found all these old letterpress stamps for almost nothing.
One letter press stamp? Kind of lame.
A zillion of them stacked in a wooden container and hung on the wall? Amazing.
4. Grab a cart
I don’t know why. I’m not saying this make sense.
But I have so much better luck when I grab a cart at the entrance.
Maybe it opens up my mind a little?
Sometimes I just put things in the cart and drive them around and decide later if I want to buy them.
But I couldn’t do that if I didn’t have a cart.
5. Always ask
If the price looks a little high?
Ask if this is the best price they have.
Most of the time they are pricing things a little higher just in case you ask.
And the dollar that you save when they come down a little?
You’ll need it for the milk glass container at the next stop. 🙂
What about you?
Do you have yard sale tips or thrift shopping tips or an amazing thrift store finds?
Amazing shoppers have to stick together. 🙂
And now here’s some more tips from some of my favorite people on the planet: