I get a lot of comments, mostly on Instagram, about how and where and when and how often I thrift. So I figured I would write a post with my Top 10 tips to thrift by! So, here goes, in no particular order.
1. Know your style. This is something that took me awhile to figure out. It took me while to realize what decades I am drawn to most, what colors and finishes work best in my house and that I often buy things simply because I find them funny. Several weeks ago I bought a planter that is a white pig wearing red suspenders. I actually laughed out loud when I saw it. I had no reason to buy it, but I did. And now it’s sitting on a shelf in my Dad’s recording studio… and it looks awesome. Before I really knew my style I would have hesitated to buy something so silly.
My style is modern-vintage with a dash of whimsy and mid-century. Brass and anything animal shaped catches my eye. I heavily gravitate towards items from the 50′s, due to their beautiful colors (which always match my kitchen perfectly!!) and items from the 60′s due to the patterns and clean lines in the furniture. I love anything that’s heavily typography based. I have a thing for thin gold frames and Fire King coffee mugs. And like I said above, before I learned these things about myself from shopping at thrift stores for a few months, I would go into every store and feel like it was all junk. I couldn’t see past the ugly items and certainly didn’t know what I was looking for. But it was worth the time to figure out my style!! Keep track of all of the things you buy at first. Be selective with your first handful of purchases. Then, when you get home, Google them. Read about them. Analyze why you bought what you bought. Learn what you like – so when you see that amazing, vintage, in perfect condition chair of your dreams for a high price, you’re not afraid to pull the trigger.
nd again. (Unless it really sucks the first time you go.) One of my favorite places to shop is the little thrift place right down the street from me. I have shopped there probably 50 times in the last year. I know when they get new things. I know their price ranges. I know their sales. It’s just nice to know several of your favorite stores really well. It helps me compare one store to the next.
Here are a few close up photos of my latest finds. A few of the items below will be for sale on my Etsy SHOP soon. In the mean time, be sure to follow me on Instagram for additional updates! ( @tinyanchors @brookecourtney )
Flat Floral Sheet – $3.00
Brass Pineapple Trivet – $1.50
(2) Styrofoam Bunnies – $.75/each
White Ceramic Bunny – $.75
Yellow Typography Juic
e Jar – $1.00
Cherries Mug – $2.50
Candlestick – $.50
Mustard Embroidery Art – $1.50
Measuring Spoons – $.99
Red, Pink Navy Afghan – $2.50
Matching Yellow Brown Pillowcases – $.75/each
Gold Starburst Pitcher/Dispenser – $1.50
Floral Scarf – $1.50
Several weeks ago I decided to do something I'd never done before. I posted an Instagram (see below) that said I was going thrifting the next morning and that I had three open seats in my car. Then I waited to see what happened. It was awesome. I got dozens of emails just from people in my area saying they'd like to tag along and go thrift shopping with me! Amazing! I ended up only being able to take two people due to our schedules, but new friends were certainly made.
I met Hilary. She works at Banana Republic, has an adorable dog, and has a soft spot for vinage math and science books. I met Lindsey. She plays the banjo, is one of six (I think?) siblings and purchased several amazing linens and vintage lace collars to use in crafts. The three of us chatted in my car and shopped at four different places in New Holland, PA. Two of which I'd never even been to before!
I purchased a LOT of things. It was a great day for me. But that almost always happens when I visit places for the very first time. I split my purchases into two seperate #thriftingorganizedneatly posts. Here is the first -
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Love the color palette! Didn't even notice it until I got home and unpacked everything!
My second post was much more colorful and fun -
Love the typography on the vintage linen, the “Hows Your Love Life?” mug and the orange poppy flower sugar dish!
The trip was a ton of fun and I'm very much looking forward to posting another Instagram in the next few weeks asking for new friends to join me on a shopping trip!