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Who doesn’t love a discount? You know I do.
I’ve just recently discovered Joss & Main, an online shop that offers some pretty amazing daily deals and just had to share it with you all.
Joss & Main is a member’s only site that embraces fine design in a variety of forms and styles. “We understand that decorating and completing your home is a process which involves refinement over time. Whether you are making significant purchases or adding finishing touches, Joss & Main brings you an exciting collection from which to choose each day.” (Joss & Main)
From pillows to lighting to furniture, they have beautiful things that are discounted for its members to bargain basement prices! You should really check it out. For an invitation, just click on their logo above.
Every day, you will receive an email with the daily deals. There is a limited quantity on the items, so if you see something you like, you better snatch it up quick.
Make sure you go and join tonight so you can check out fellow blogger, Rhoda at Southern Hospitality‘s Curator’s Collection tomorrow, March 8! I can’t wait to see what great things she has collected for us.
Ok, we are back to our Thrift Shopping Tip Series this week. I’ve got one more for you today.
Tip #5 – Shop with Cash
We are all trying to save money these days and by shopping thrift stores we are able to get what we need by spending less.
When I go thrift shopping I only bring cash in with me so that I will stay on budget. I know exactly how much I can spend that day and I am less tempted to just fill my cart with stuff just because each item was 50 cents rather than only picking items that I know I will use either for myself or for my business. When the cash is gone, it’s time to go home.
Yep, that’s it. A short and sweet one.
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So, have you gone to a thrift store this week? Well, what are you waiting for??
Tip # 4 – Go Often
I hear all the time, “I went into Goodwill once and all they had was a bunch of junk and I didn’t find anything.” Or, “You always find such cool stuff, why don’t I ever find anything?”
Ok, you went once?? That’s not going to do it. I go to my favorite stores a lot. I mean…A LOT. On my lunch hours, on the way home from work (OK, maybe its out of the way as I live 0.4 miles from my office and there’s not a thrift store in between), and Saturday mornings on my usual yard sale route. And, I go several times a week.
I also don’t find something every time I go in. That’s why you have to go often. There is different stuff every day. Some days may be a bust, but others you will walk out with tons of treasures.
|Do you see anything in this picture you could makeover?|
Granted, I’m on the hunt constantly for furniture to makeover and other projects for my business, so you don’t have to go as often as I do. But, you can’t just go once and give up.
Also, the first of the week is a great time to go because everybody did their cleaning out of closets and donated over the weekend, so they have lots of new stuff.
So, get out there and go shopping!
|Courtesty CT Young|
With our list in hand and open mind, the next thing we need to remember is…
Tip #3 – Think Ahead
Most thrift stores have items for every season year-round and you can pick up some really great stuff if you think ahead. That’s right. As you are walking down the aisles and its a sweltering 103 degrees outside, don’t just walk by that fabulous snowman decoration or that adorable coat for your little one just because its not on your list. It’s not going to be there waiting for you when the temps cool down.
The thrift stores also like to have off-season sales on this kind of stuff, so you can sometimes get it at even better prices.
So, as your mind is open, look out for those off-season items that you are drawn to and buy them now!
A tip within a tip…thrift stores are great places to pick up wreaths. Yes, they may have some ugly crap on top of them, but the grapevine or other wreath material under all that is perfectly fine. You can grab them up for next to nothing.
By the way, don’t you love these great thrift shop signs? Love them.
So, now we have our shopping list of what we are looking for and off to the stores we go.
Tip # 2 – Keep An Open Mind
With your shopping list in mind, you may not find exactly what you are looking for. Here’s where you need to keep an open mind. From your inspiration picture, you are looking for a decorative side chair for your bedroom. You have that finished product in your mind and you most likely won’t find that exact chair. So, in keeping an open mind, look at the lines and sturdiness of a chair instead of the scratches and ugly worn fabric on the seat. As long as the chair is structurally sound and you like the lines of it, you can make it look just like what you have in mind with a little paint and new fabric for the seat. You can easily find a great chair for less than $10 – I usually pick them up for about $5 like these.
Just remember, a little paint can fix almost anything…even lamps.
Come by tomorrow for Tip # 3!
See Tip #1 here.
I get a lot of questions from readers and friends about thrift store and yard sale shopping. So, I thought I would start a little series on some tips for you all.
So, let’s not waste any time and get right to it and you will be loving thrifting just like me!
Tip # 1 – Go with a plan
When we are trying to be frugal, we should always go shopping, of any kind, with a plan of some sort. You bring a grocery list and your coupons to the grocery store, right? So, you should have a list or at least jot down some ideas of what you are looking for when you go out thrift shopping.
I have a running list of things to look for when I’m out such as:
- solid wood furniture
- white iron stone dishes
|Photo courtesy of House of Turquoise|
For example: You are decorating your bedroom and need some accessories to finish it off, but don’t want too spend a fortune. Make a list of what you have in mind or what you have seen in your inspiration pic like above. This would be your list to get this bedside look in your own bedroom:
- small dresser
- decorative chair
- large framed mirror
- assorted small picture frames
- lamp with a thin base
- pedestal pot or bowl for flowers
Now, when you get to the stores and are overwhelmed with all that you see, your shopping will be much easier because you know what you are looking for and you will walk out with what you needed and save a ton of cash!
Tune in tomorrow for the next tip.
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Boy, have I hit the jackpot lately.
Here is just some of my finds in the past 2 weeks of thrifting and yard saling.
I’m in love with this apple basket. I should have gotten all three of them but there were other women looking at them and I was being nice. For only a $1, they were a steal.
I got two white Italian pitchers at a yard sale. The lady said her parents lived in Italy for a while and her mom loved white pitchers. Now these two are mine. Cute little milk glass creamer also and another milk glass lamp from Goodwill.
I also picked up another chandelier at Goodwill. Its got great detail and will look awesome painted. Hmmm, what color should I do? Something fun like turquoise or pink? Or white?
But, I think my absolute favorite thing is the lattice thing there in the back. I have no idea what it is, but I thought it was cool. This little old man was staring at it at the Rescue Mission Thrift Store and I walked up and picked it up. He asked me if I knew what it was, and I said I didn’t know, but its kinda cool. I think he thought I was a little nuts for buying it. I’m debating on whether to put it in my space at Buy the Season or do something with it at home.
This doesn’t even include the 2 drop leaf tables, round end table, coffee table, and dresser that I’ve picked up, and all for $40! I’ll be sharing those pics later this week.
What have you found lately? Anything unusual? What would you do with the lattice thing? (If anybody knows what this, please let me know.)
Linking to Southern Hospitality Thrifty Treasures