I don’t find a gem every time I go thrift shopping or scour Craigslist. But, I do a lot of the time. I wouldn’t say I’m extra lucky; I’d just say I’m pretty open minded. In fact, my number one tip to shopping for secondhand furniture and accessories is to trust your instincts and consider everything—even if it’s not necessarily your thing.
There’s a reason so many people shop secondhand now. One—it’s fun to hunt (or at least I think it is!). Two—there’s freedom in finding a deal on something that you can pull apart, repaint or experiment with in your home. And, three—you can find things you’ll never come across in the aisles of Target or TJMaxx. (It could be the piece that makes your entire room.)
When I’m shopping secondhand, the thrill is going in with no plan whatsoever. I’m almost never shopping with a specific thing in mind or even a particular style. I just like to wander the aisles (or browse online) to see what jumps out at me. Then, I mentally weigh the asking price against the work involved to revamp it (if needed) or if I can resell it later—should I get it home and it’s all wrong. . .
I’m sharing more tips for finding the best stuff when you’re secondhand shopping over on Better Homes & Gardens.
What’s your shopping strategy?