3 Tips for Effective Thrifting

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There are a myriad of perks to thrifting furniture and home decor. Not only will you see a smaller price tag but you will also find unique pieces no one else has. Therefore, get thrifty this fall season and adopt some of these habits on your next visit to the antique store.

Come With a List

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Preparation is key when it comes to thrifting. Therefore, come with a list of items you need. Whether you’re seeking the perfect bench for your entryway or a lamp for your living room, it’s great to keep mental notes so you’re on the lookout for things you truly need. Additionally, bring an inventory of items you already own. For example, when looking at glassware, consider how much space you have or items you are willing to swap out before you invest in a new set.

Bring Photos & Measurements

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Sometimes the uncertainty of how a piece will look in the home has a big impact on the buying decision. Therefore, bring photo references to the shop so you can better imagine how an item will fit into your apartment. With an idea of space, color, and aesthetic, you will be inspired by the space you already have and discover pieces that will complement your setup. Additionally, if you’re looking for specific types of furniture, measure the space where you plan to put it so you don’t run into any unpleasant surprises when you bring it home.

Bring a DIY Mindset

With a cheaper price tag, thrifted items are a great starting point for fun DIY projects. With a coat of paint or new upholstery, shabby items can be reincarnated into your dream statement piece. We are especially loving the latest furniture flip trend of tiling pieces. Simply choose tiles of your choice, buy adhesive and grout, and enjoy the satisfying task of laying tiles on a desk, table, or nightstand. Click here to get started on this fun project.

On your next trip to the thrift store, consider these fall decor trends as you pursue the aisles. Or, if you’re looking for a new apartment to decorate, reach out to the Lincoln team today.