Are you a bargain shopper? Do you love antiques? Want original furnishings and accessories for your home? Thrift shopping is the way to go! While some people thrive in thrifting and antiquing, others scrunch up their face to purchasing other people’s ‘junk.’ Where do you stand?
If you’d like the get into thrifting, but aren’t sure how to differentiate junk from treasures, let us offer you some advice. As your KW Memorial real estate team, we were impressed by this Thrift Diving blog post, with tons of great advice on what to know before you thrift:
- Know what’s valuable. You can stand in the middle of a shop and Google items that you find, or you could read books or ebooks ahead of time, but it’s wise to do some research. Every now and then, you see a news story about someone who bought a cheap item that is worth over a million! American furniture pieces are one of the most valuable items, especially Stickley furniture from the 1900s.
- Know what’s hiding. Don’t forget to look inside drawers, cushions, etc. before purchasing an item. You might find a treasure, or you might find something that you don’t want to bring inside your home. It’s just never a bad idea to check first! (The Thrift Diving blogger found old insect skins in the screw holes of a dresser… you don’t know how long an item has been stored!)
- Know how to properly inspect something. Before you lug a new thrift item home, inspect it, especially if it’s costing a bit of money at an antique shop. Don’t be afraid to pull out a flashlight and magnifying glass, and really look it over. Remove drawers, turn it over, look for cracks or crevices, check screw holes, and pull back lining on the bottom of upholstered furniture.
- Know your dimensions. If looking for a specific piece of furniture or accessory, be sure to know your home’s dimensions before thrift shopping. It’s also wise to measure your vehicle’s trunk dimensions, to know if you even have a way of getting the item home. Then measure doorways, rooms, nooks, etc.
- Know what type of thrifter you are. Are you an avid DIYer and crafter, or will you have good intentions of improving thrift store finds and then they’ll sit in your garage? Ask these questions and own whatever type of thrifter you are, so when you head out, you know whether you should stick to pristine items that only need a good wash, or if you can branch out to as-is items that need some work.
For more tips on thrifting successfully and smartly, check out this Thrift Diving blog post. Are you a thrifter? Got any tips of your own to share? Leave a comment with them!