Five thrifting tips.

                                                                           Dress + Belt: GW Boutique, total of $12.

1). Do not just window shop.

The diamonds are always in the rough. So dig, dig, dig! Roll up those sleeves and get dirty. And don’t be afraid to throw an elbow or two. (wink, wink)

2). Shop early, shop often.
You have to remember thrift shops don’t have a big room in the back with duplicates of everything. This applies in a huge way to Goodwill and Craig’s List. At Goodwill, the whole store can change overnight. On Craig’s list, the good stuff can go really fast. So if you like it, put it in your cart. Husbands, I apologize ahead of time. :)

3). Persistence is key.
My mom calls it the “1-8” ratio. You will peruse about seven crappy garage sales before you find the one that makes it all worthwhile... Don't give up! 

4). Be aggressive.
As I said before, there isn’t any big back room with extras of everything… Once it is gone, it’s gone. At garage sales and flee markets there is not much time to think. If you like it, grab it. One too many times someone else has scored on my moment of hesitation. 

5). Stay ahead of the trends.
Great example: my mom has had a forever love of old vintage frames. She could go to any junk store and find a plethora of frames that would cost next to nothing… But, this past year Pottery Barn has started selling frames for $130+. So now that PB has drawn attention to their ‘yumminess,’ you can’t find them anywhere… And when you do they are ridiculously overpriced.

Typewriter: Antique Mall, $20.

Note: I originally wrote this post for Jennifer Blair, an awesome new photographer. Go check out her blog, it's great.


Jhen.Stark said...

YES! this makes me want to go thrifting & garage saling as well as write and share this post too! :)

Mrs. T said...

i went thrifting today for like the second time every! thanks for the tips!

Alex said...

I love this. Especially the shop often part. You don't have to buy something just because it's there. Hold out for something that's just right. : ]