I realized that since I made over our coffee table and the knotty pine dresser turned side board, that I haven't really taken the time to style them. My first instinct was to just shop our house and use what I have. When I couldn't really find anything to use I figured I'd have to go out and buy some stuff to decorate with!
I don't know if it's because I've been working on my taxes, or what, but I've been feeling really frugal lately. I decided to try my luck at Goodwill so I can style on the cheap. Here's what I found and I thought I'd also share some of my thrifting tips with you today!
Tip #1...Shop on Thursday or Friday at Goodwill for Target clearance items.
I loved this gold and white box, a Target clearance item, as you can see. Did you know that Target donates its clearance or discontinued items to Goodwill? In Albuquerque, their donation day is Thursday so it's good to hit up the store on a Thursday afternoon or on a Friday. Check with your local Goodwill to see when they get donations from Target.
In the store, I noticed that one of the panels had fallen off. When I opened up the box though it was inside so I'm sure I can just glue it back on.
Tip #2...Always smell the stuff you want to buy.
Case in point, I didn't think I would need to smell this tray that I'm planning on using in my daughter, Olivia's room. I've got a vanity area in mind for her room and I thought this tray would be perfect for it.
After I got it home, I realized that this tray reeked to high heaven! I mean it was so disgusting that it makes me nauseas just thinking about it. This tray was filthy and just reeked of the most awful, indescribable, smell. There was some heavy cardboard covered in velvet on the bottom of it to support the mirror that was the primary smelly culprit. I took it apart and soaked the frame and the mirror to clean them off and get rid of the smell. Then I quickly traced the old cardboard onto a new piece and cut it out so that I could get rid of the old one as quickly as possible. I didn't take any pictures of this because I just wanted to get it done and get the stinky stuff out of the house. If I had taken the time to smell this in the store though, I never would have bought it because it smelled so bad.
Tip #3...Look at the bottoms of things, and inside drawers for logos or insignias.
Tip #4...Buy it if you love it and it speaks to you.
Tip #5...Don't buy it if you can't repair it.
I'm excited to show you where all of these treasures wind up in our house! Oh, in case you are wondering, everything was $2.00 each, except for the Target box that was $3.00.
Thanks so much for following along and reading!