Transforming Thrift Store Finds

Try it with Tess Thrift Store Treasures

Try it with Tess Thrift Store Treasures

Why Thrift Store Finds for Home Decor?

There are so many creative ideas for thrift store finds! Thrift stores are stocked with donated items and attract a wide variety of customers.  You know what they say?  One person’s junk is another person’s treasure. These shops are perfect for folks wanting to decorate on a budget while often supporting local non profits at the same time.   Talk about a win-win situation.
For example, shops like The White Dove in the Phoenix area all directly supports Hospice of the Valley.  Even better, they are run mostly by volunteers so more of the proceeds go back to Hospice of the Valley.  Non profit thrift stores receive some of the highest quality donations in town.  It’s important to a lot of people to have their previously loved home decor help fund programs that are near and dear to their hearts.
Ever revolving inventory is another reason why hunting for diamonds in the rough in a well stocked thrift store is so much fun.  You never know what you’re going to find.   A pint of good paint can make a dated end table fit in perfectly with your home decor!  Sometimes you’ll find things are winners as is, and sometimes you’re going to want to add your own creative touch.

Restyle Junkie at The Thrift Store

This past February, I was on Good Morning Arizona with Tess Rafols.  It was a fun #TryItWithTess segment. Check out the video below to see exactly what we found and what we did with it.  I dry brushed some unique wood pieces for a modern farmhouse look.  Also, I gave a few tips on how to up your front porch decor game.  Try saying that a few times fast! The best part of this morning was learning that almost everything we showed on TV sold within a few hours.

CLICK HERE to watch this video and get some great ideas on Thrift Store Decor from Rachel and Tess on Good Morning Arizona!


What to Search for to Transform at the Thrift Store

New treasures arrive everyday!  The entire look of the store can change daily as the donations are sold. There are so many ideas for what to do with thrift store finds.  In order to get the most out of your trip, there are tips and tricks that will help you look for diamonds in the rough.  With a little bit of creativity you’ll be amazed at how satisfying it is to repurpose and upcycle thrift store gems to decorate your home.
Many donations, like sofa’s and lamps, may be perfect just that way you find them. However, try and keep an open mind while shopping. Throw pillows can be added to good solid couches.  Purchasing a new lamp shade for a great base is another idea.  If you considering anything that has a plug, look for a sign that says it was tested or as to try it.
Serving platters and dishes are other as is favorites. They are great for adding some style to your next party or shower you throw.  Items  like picture frames, baskets and wood furniture can be changed to fit your style.  For example, picture frames can be painted a different color and the current artwork can be replaced with a cork board.
Another simple, but dramatic idea, is to add some dollar store holiday decor to plants or topiaries to brighten your space. Inexpensive artificial plants are usually easy to find.  If you can visualize a little decor, you’ll have a great porch or patio piece that you can switch up seasonally.
Painted Thrift Store Finds

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