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An Eye for a Buy

It's easy to overlook a gem when you arrive unprepared. Get ready for your best hunt ever with these quick tips!

Make a (Vague) List

Keep a running list of ideas, whether it's a specific item you would like to find or more open-ended like "desk organization". Store it in your head, on your phone, or go retro and write it down on a sheet of paper. Brush up on those ideas before you start your next thrift adventure!


Think outside the box when it comes to the utility of items. You can always do a quick search on your phone for ideas. Type in the name of an item along with "DIY" or "ideas" and voila! With some practice you'll start seeing things through a creative eye where bowls are no longer just for serving-- they can be used for condiment storage, entryway catch-alls, drawer organization, home decor, display risers, sorting tiny plastic toys, and all kinds of other crazy stuff.

Consider Your Skillset

You can modify most items pretty easily. Upholstered furniture aside (and even this if you have patience and effort), the majority of items can be mended, altered, painted, etc. There are all kinds of ways to spruce things up without much effort. If you aren't afraid of a needle and thread, paintbrush, or simple tools, so much can be left open to your artistic interpretation so keep that in mind you clever, creative person!

Go Rogue

Some days you just see something that speaks to you. If it's priced right and you have room to store it, go ahead and scoop it up! The fast pace of ever-changing inventory means that you may not have an opportunity to buy it later. You can always take the tax benefit of donating it if you haven't found a use for it within the next few months. So if the cost is low enough to justify an impulse buy and your home has a spot to tuck it away for a while, go for it!

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