This is Why I Thrift!

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I’m a big bargain hunter….I mean REALLY big, as in I am addicted to the hunt. (My fellow thrifters, you all know what I’m talkin about)  You never know what you will find and it is such a fun experience when you go through and spot a diamond in the rough.

I love saving money.  I know you all can relate to that one!  For reals though, thrifting lets you find cool stuff without spending buckets of moolah.  We have SO many pieces I’ve scored either thrifting or at the flea markets.

I love thrifting because you can find some of THE most amazing pieces, I mean things you never expected you would see.  Sometimes you just need a little bit of imagination but after that, you have a jewel.

Here are some of the pieces I’ve found at thrift stores in the last few weeks…

Here’s a perfect example of a diamond in the rough, and not even that rough!  This is how I first saw this chair.

Just ho-hum right?!  It had this lackluster pale pink-ish hue, a big dirty mark on the back and an ugly as all get out skirt.

 But I saw potential.  I saw insanely gorgeous asymmetrical lines and a $12.99 price tag.  I knew if I reupholstered it, it would still be worth the money because I’m a. buying it so cheaply and b. it was just a fab piece.

Here’s how it looked in natural light (those nasty fluorescents make a big difference) after we used some Nature’s Miracle on the dirty spots and ripped off the ridiculous skirt.

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It’s a beautiful blush pink with curves that sing.  I am debating on painting the legs but I’m in no hurry.  She’s gorgeous as is. I’d say that’s a pretty great $12.99!

 My daughter needed a bigger dresser in her room.  But the Jewel Box bedroom needed something special, funny thing was I wasn’t actively looking for one.  Just doing my weekly rounds through the thrifts with 3 of the kids. (I’m making sure I have future thrifters and they actually love to go with me!) When BAM!

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This beauty bout jumped up and slapped me in the face! It’s got all kinds of elaborate filigree work, dovetail solid construction and butterfly handles.  I mean really, whaattt?! The top cabinet has shelves on one side and drawers on the other.  It’s incredibly functional, hello new dresser for the Jewel Box bedroom!  (I even got another 9% off as they were doing a fun spin the wheel to see your discount day!)  Oh and the 2 handles that look like they are missing…they aren’t.  They are both in a drawer and just needed screws which we easily reattached at home.

 And not only the dresser but they had these 2 matching side tables!

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The top is a bit beat up but I’ve got some awesome stuff to fix that. (read all about restor-a-finish here!)

And they are laid out just like the dresser in a mini-version!

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Check out the detail work!  I’m not sure what I’m going to do with these yet but I couldn’t not buy them when I was buying the dresser.  It was a bit steep at $300 for the whole set but I plan on selling her old antique pink set (dresser and side tables) to make up most of the cost.  And I couldn’t be too upset about it, the money goes to support our local Habitat for Humanity.

Then there’s this knockout..

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A 1950’s glass chandelier. In all honesty I scored this at a local flea market, but for $95!  It’s currently at a lighting shop getting all the wiring checked out and getting the one arm a little love to get it into perfect and safe condition.  (And the estimate for the lighting repairs…$35) I’d say that was a major score for the eyeballs and the wallet.

Or how about this insane vintage rattan/bamboo sectional? This is another I-see-potential piece.  I hate the cushion color so I plan to do new covers but the frame is in great shape.  I’m debating painting it but I haven’t made up my mind on that yet.  I just found this bad boy yesterday for a whopping $24.99.

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It’s a really long sofa that is made up of 2 pieces, can we say extra cool?!

And then there’s this brass and glass coffee table!  Here’s the pic from the thrift store.

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The frame was upside down and so was the glass top but dang it was love at first sight.

I put this in my office since I moved the marble tables that were in here to the family room.  Perfect size, visually light, and with serious style.

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This is right side up!  $34.99, go slap your mama!

The key to thrifting is to keep going.  I don’t find something every trip, or even every other trip.  It’s about consistently going and keeping an open mind.  A little love goes a LONG way toward saving you money and getting incredibly awesome pieces you wouldn’t find otherwise.

Here is a post with some tips on navigating and shopping the flea markets/thrifts!

Are you a big thrifter?  What is your best find to date?  If not what is keeping you from heading over to your local thrift store?  Let me know maybe I can answer some of your questions!

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