Learn how to thrift shop like a pro with this series of thrift store hacks sharing my top practices for finding the best pieces and the best deals.
Learning to thrift shop is more than just stepping into your nearest thrift store or stopping by the first yard sale of the morning and grabbing cheap pieces.
But before you think it’s hard or complicated, let me put that fear to rest – it isn’t.
You just need to have a vision and purpose for what you’re looking for and a few hacks for finding pieces that are not only great deals, but also ideal for the kinds of projects you enjoy making.
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I’ve got a whole “bag of tricks” to share about thrift shopping and today I’m sharing one I use a lot:
Shop for Pieces and Parts
There’s a couple of ways to do this.
One is to look for items that already come in pieces or parts. Here’s some ideas to get you started:
- sets of dishes, cutlery, or glassware
- jewelry with lots of beads (think old chunky necklaces)
- a bag or box of random craft supplies grouped to sell together
- anything in sets – coasters, napkin rings, placemats, sheets, nesting baskets, etc.
- anything you can disassemble – complex lamp bases, chest of drawers, old holiday wreaths
Even if you don’t use the entire collection right away, getting pieces that you will use makes it worth the investment. And, those extra pieces will most likely come in handy later for future projects.
Trust me on this one.
The other is to use separate, even unrelated, items to make something totally unexpected and new. These groupings are great for making some fabulous repurposed projects!
You can use several pieces, or just two.
I found both of these in different sections of a thrift store, but knew right away I wanted to pair them together for a project.
What made it click so quickly was the fact that they both fit my item criteria checklist.
Knowing what I’m looking for helps me quickly browse the store without getting distracted by all of the visual overload that’s common in many thrift stores.
Pairing and Painting
The basket fit nicely on top of the candle holder – almost as if it always belonged there. 🙂
I used a little construction adhesive to bond them together, then let it set for a couple of days.
To be honest, the longest labor of this project was deciding what color to paint it.
I finally decided on sliver glitter. Mostly, because I already liked the silver both pieces sported. It just needed to be pulled together – and a little shimmer never hurts either.
As for use…
At first I thought of using it for some kind of storage piece in my craft room, but pretty won out over functional and I decided to fill it with pink flowers instead.
I made a visit to The Dollar Tree and bought a floral cube and three sprays each of dahlias and peonies.
By the way, I don’t always love flowers at The Dollar Tree (unlike these), but floral foam is…floral foam, right? You absolutely can’t beat $1 for the stuff!
So my thrift shop tip of the day: Buy Pieces and Parts.
Pair or group them together for something new and fabulous!
Next time I’ll share another tried and true thrift shop hack. Sign up below for the newsletter and don’t miss out!
Did you know that August 17 is National Thrift Shop Day in the U.S.? Get your thrifting skills all shined up and ready with a copy of the Thrift Store Shopping Cheat Sheet.
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