Buying things secondhand is one of the best ways to reduce your waste and save a ton of money. The one thing that I think comes to most people’s minds when thrifting is clothing, but there are a ton of other great goodies that you can find at any thrift store if you look long enough and hard enough. Sometimes, you can find the deal of a lifetime hiding away.
I think that there is this huge negative stigma around buying furniture from a thrift store. Our innate instinct is to think that the chair or sofa that we are looking at is dirty and probably has something terribly wrong with it if it ended up in a thrift store, which may be true. But think about all of the people who buy new furniture each year. Their old stuff has to go somewhere. Some people throw it away, other people donate their well-loved armchairs in the hope that somebody else can get good use out of it. One of the big things to keep in mind is that whatever you buy can be cleaned, and even deep-cleaned if you’re willing to put in the effort or pay someone else to do it.
I know for a fact that this summer I’m going to be looking out for some great deals on furniture at my local thrift stores, since my boyfriend and I are planning on moving in together after I graduate. I don’t need new things to be happy, I just need them to do their jobs as furniture.
Somebody somewhere made you think that you had to have a matching set of dishes to be a proper adult, didn’t they? Well I’m telling you that that just simply isn’t true, and you sure as hell don’t need to buy new dishes to be happy either. You would not believe the amount of complete, or close to complete, sets of dishes I see every time I go to the thrift store. Now some might have a cup or a small plate missing (accidents happen people), but that doesn’t make it a bad set of dishes. Also, you would not believe the amount of vintage dish sets you can find if you look in the right places!
To be completely honest, I’m kind of into the idea of picking a color palette for my dish ware to be, and then pick up mixed-matched plates, bowl, and cups as I go. That way, my dishes will go together without being totally identical, and if one breaks, it won’t be totally impossible to replace.
DIY Projects and Fixer Uppers
There are a ton of times that I find stuff that was donated simply because there was just one thing wrong with it, like a broken handle, chipped paint, etc. If you are up for the challenge and have a need for that item, take it home, fix it up, and get some use out of it. There are also a ton of things in thrift stores that can be reused and repurposed to make some cute DIY home decor. Pinterest has tons of examples that can put Hobby Lobby to shame.
You could also turn flipping thrift store goodies into a pretty lucrative business if you want to. All it takes is a little initiative and you could be selling that refinished bookshelf, or reupholstered chair for some good money on a Facebook Swap page.