|Various frames, Goodwill via Target, $2-$4|
|Pottery Barn espresso cups, $.99, Rainbow plate, $2 via Saver's.|
1. Don't go in blind. This is the first and foremost rule of thrifting, and it is one I didn't fully understand until somewhat recently. Saver's is not Target, and the Salvation Army is not laid out by the same people who stock Anthropologie. 19 times out of 20, you are not going to happen upon some treasure ala Antique Roadshow that is beautiful/functional/valuable just because you happened to wander in to a secondhand shop. Oh no, no no. You need to have a vision, a laundry list of needs and wants, and one that is broad enough to leave room for interpretation but not so broad that you end up buying some crap that is probably only 20% marked down from it's original retail value. I call that getting swindled, and so does Joey. So do your research, make a list of what you're looking for, down to color and cost, and don't settle just because you find something that 'might do.' Trust me, once you get it home, it won't.
|I went in looking for a couch, I left with a couch. Tan microfiber couch, Goodwill, $40|
|Espresso wine cabinent, new in box, Target via Goodwill, $30|
(For kid's clothing, my go-to's are Gap, Janie and Jack, Crew Cuts, Children's Place, soooooometimes Old Navy if it's in awesome shape, and Stride Right)
|Espresso folding bookcase, Pier One via Goodwill, $15. Random gold mirror, $3.|
|Pottery Barn kids kitchen via Saver's, $8. Tea kettle and various kitchen tools, $.50-$2, Goodwill.|
|I love you $30 Target chair, and your $2 World Market pillow pal.|
|The beige wasteland that is our current family room: couch, kid's rocker (PB kids, $8), IKEA table set ($8), and lone wall decor, all thrifted.|
|Dave calls this my "mirror mirror." Whatev, I love it. Saver's, $5.|
|Genevieve's nursery, in progress. Nate Berkus for Target curtains, $10 via Goodwill. Anthro pillow, $6 via Goodwill.|
Now get out there and start thrifting. And be sure to take thyself to Jen's on your way out.