Monday, October 26, 2009

{thrifting tips}


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!


15 comments:

Amy! said...

Well I LOVE YOU!!!! You rocked it today girl.. I was watching and was so proud of you :) Every time I go thrifting or start a project I think of you!

Kristina P. said...

Shannon, I recorded the show yesterday and watched last night! You did a great job. Such cute things you found and refurbished.

Jill said...

Thanks Shannon! I think I'm going to attempt to start "thrifting." Oh dear...wish me luck!

katiepaisley said...

I was wondering what your favorite DI is. I usually go to the one in sugarhouse because its right by my house, but its not super huge...

Camilla said...

Love your blog. I'm a huge DI customer too :), and I love all the great ideas you have. The things you had on Studio 5 were awesome. DI really is the best!

The Morreys said...

I loved your Studio 5 segment and your sense of style! Do you have any recommendations for where to get great decorator fabrics at good prices?

Brandon and Michelle Day said...

You did great! I remembered to TIVO it!!!And I don't get how to thrift...can you take me? lol I just want one on one time with Shan! Guilty!!

Brandon and Michelle Day said...

You did great! I remembered to TIVO it!!!And I don't get how to thrift...can you take me? lol I just want one on one time with Shan! Guilty!!

.jimaie.marie. said...

i LOVE this post!
I SO wish I knew how to reupholster like you b/c I am in love with the chairs you have made beautiful <3

Tiff said...

So, I loved seeing your piece on Studio 5! You are a woman after my own heart...being thrifty DOES NOT mean sacrificing beauty. That said, I was wondering if you have ever refinished wood laminate. If so, any tips on making it work? I have some nightstands I've been wanting to repurpose and I am looking for some pointers. Thanks!

Denise said...

Those are great thrifting tips! What it comes down to though is the thrill of the hunt! Too many people do not have what it takes! I, like you, love it! Enjoyed the visit to your blog and plan to stop by again.

Average Joe the Expert said...

How do you reupholster??

Valerie said...

I saw you on Studio 5 and came over here for a visit. I am so glad I did. I only had time to read a few of your posts, but they're great. I'll be back to read more when I have more time for sure!

Fluff Your said...

Awesome tips and I love the sense of humor that comes thru in your writing. I think we'd be friends if we lived closer. :-) I posted the link to this entry on our Facebook Page.

Thanks!
Lorrie Williams, President
Fluff Your Stuff Interior ReDesign
www.fluffyourstuff.com
www.facebook.com/fluffyourstuff

Maria Carriger, Oklahoma City, OK said...

What great tips, could have used them sooner.

I love thrifting, now it will be a little easier and definitely more productive.

Thanks,