I've had a lot of requests for interior design & thrifting tips recently, so I thought I'd share a few of the tricks I have up my sleeve!
1. Eagle Eyes: The trick to snagging a good find is to keep your eyes open! Sometimes the best finds aren't in the areas you think they'll be. For example, I found a really cute, ornate, wood mirror in the toy section of a thrift store. Normally, I wouldn't have even looked there, but luckily I strolled down that isle and BAM, there was the mirror I had been searching for all of my life. (Not really, but it was a neat mirror!)
2. Hit or Miss: Don't expect to find something every time you go thrifting. Thrifting to me is almost like the lottery. Sometimes you win the jackpot, other times you don't, but don't let that discourage you!
3. Play the field: Every store is different. I always have people ask me which thrift store I found a particular item, and I tell them that every store has good stuff at different times. People are donating items every day, so one day Store A might have a great desk and the next they might not have anything. I don't think there is one store in particular that has better items than the next! Visit them all!
4. If you like it then you should've put a ring on it: If you see it and like it, do not hesitate to buy it! There is one carcass and a store full of vultures my friends. If you walk away from a great find, it will get snatched up! 9 times out of 10 it won't be there the next day, so this is the one time I won't say "go ahead and sleep on it".
5. Shake, rattle, and roll: Try it out before you buy it! Remember, foam & padding can easily be replaced, but fixing splintered or wobbly legs isn't worth the time! Make sure there is no water damage, large cracks, or broken springs.
6. Be inspired: If you see something in a catalog you like (i.e. Pottery Barn, Urban Outfitters, etc) take the catalog with you for inspiration! Sometimes you'll find things that you wouldn't have noticed before, had it not been for seeing a picture from a catalog!
7. From trash to treasure: Remember, a little paint goes a long way! It might be hard to visualise at first, but after putting in a little elbow grease, it will look fabulous! Remember to keep an open mind!