3 Ways to Make Thrifting Easier

Thrifting is a tricky business. Some days you can find exactly what you're looking for, and then, you go months without finding a single good deal. But those low prices and unique pieces make the whole thing worth it. Here are a few tips and tools that will make the whole process a bit easier.

1. Know what you're looking for. Pin away, my friends. Search all the online home good stores. Figure out what you want. Then go to stores and test drive your top picks. Feel the fabrics, check out the materials and the look. Do your homework and be thorough. You want to make sure that you're 100% sure about what you want because most vintage/thrifted items can't be returned.

2. Know where to look. We've all heard of Craigslist and you can probably name all of the thrift stores within a five mile radius. But do you follow your community Facebook yard sale page? Have you checked out Furnishly? Don't just check one site and give up if you can't find what you're looking for. Check all of the above. And do so on a regular basis.

(P.S. If you're unsure what Furnishly is, you're going to want to check it out. I just recently discovered them and have already spent hours searching it. And let me tell you, it's full of treasures that you do not want to miss out on. Head on over and check it out!)

3. Know exactly what you're getting. Once you've found what you're looking for, don't be afraid to ask questions. What size is it exactly? Is it easy to carry up stairs? Is the color like it looks in the photo? Are there any hidden dents, rips, stains? Why are they getting rid of it? How old is it? Ask away! Again, most of these items can't be returned, so make sure it's perfect before you say yes.

Ok, friends: now it's your turn. What tips and tools have helped you find the right thrifted and vintage pieces for your home?

This post was sponsored by Furnishly. While I was compensated for this post, the opinions expressed are my own.

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  1. Great advice! I love finding thrifted furniture because it's cheap and unique. I have also found that driving around neighborhoods is a good way to find furniture (strange, but it works!). I have found a FREE dresser as well as a vintage couch.

  2. I love thrifting as well. I think the most important thing to keep in mind is how much you're willing to spend to fix it if it needs to be refinished. I found a cute old-fashioned sofa at an antique store for cheap, but it would have cost A LOT to reupholster, so I had to pass. Too bad, though.


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