Welcome to part three of the Furniture Find Friday series at Embracing Change!
First of all, my apologies.
I completely forgot to post about this series last week. It just left my mind. Apparently I have swiss cheese for brains.
I am back this week to talk about part three of this series: thrift stores.
I am preaching to the choir when I say thrift stores are your friend.
You know that.
I have had success shopping in thrift stores for furniture, but you have to know some things first…
Here are some general rules I follow when thrift store shopping:
Look for real solid wood pieces with dovetailed drawers. Avoid pressed board.
Be sure the piece is sturdy and if not, can be secured.
Be sure the piece has doors that work and drawers that open and shut properly.
You need to be sure you know what if any repairs are needed and what cost this may entail to make a good decision about the piece.
And be sure it is reasonably priced.
I also like to check if the hardware is intact. If it is not, I don’t avoid getting it, but I do need to figure this expense into my redo.
I have found some great pieces such as this sweet retro lovebird cabinet…
And a stunning solid wood antique dresser – you can find out more about this piece by clicking HERE.
This gorgeous mahogany chest had quite a bit of damage to the veneer and required a bit of repair, but for $29, it was a price I was willing to pay.
It is important to be able to look at a piece and see the potential. For example, the first piece started a little like this…
I believe any piece can be made to look beautiful.
So all the ugly pieces in the thrift stores don’t put me off a bit.
In addition to this, I always look for pieces that are reasonably priced which is where I run into problems. Our local thrift stores are holey moley expensive. I do find things there, but if it is too pricey, I move on. I have a budget and I don’t compromise on it.
So know what you are willing to spend and stick with it.
If you are lucky, perhaps you can bargain with your local thrift store staff.
When thrift shopping, I advise going regularly.
I pop into the thrift store at least three times a week. I do a quick walk through to see what is there and if there is nothing, I leave.
Last piece of advice…if you see something, snag it.
Most pieces I have tried to go back for are gone.
You snooze, you lose.
This is a rule that always applies to thrift shopping.
Time is of the essence. If you can find out when the store gets deliveries and shop then, all the better.
Stategic shopping is important here.
Your efforts will likely pay off when you find the most awesome of pieces.