Treasures On A Budget

I love shopping in thrift stores, second-hand places, and garage sales. You never know what wonderful treasures you will find. At least once a month I go scrounge around the messy shelves of Goodwill, Salvation Army, and CCA in the hopes of finding the next best thing to decorate with. Sometimes I even luck out and find a vintage camera. That’s the best because 9 times out of 10 I can get it working again.

When shopping for hidden treasures at these places I try and keep an open mind. I imagine the objects potential rather than its current state. I’ve been able to salvage otherwise undesirable pieces simply because I took the time to imagine what I wanted out of it, and then made it happen. Of course not all pieces can be saved, and I find it so sad the way people treat their possessions.

Tips for finding that special object:
1. Know where all your local second-hand stores are.
2. Sometimes going without an idea of what you want leaves your mind open to see the potential in something you wouldn’t have thought of.
3. Don’t give up if the first store didn’t produce any finds. There are many places and sometimes you strike out.
4. Weigh if the price of what you want is actually worth its condition. Sometimes paying five or ten dollars is worth it for the end result.
5. You’ll be surprised what a fresh coat of paint can do to revitalize something.
6. Don’t be afraid to move things around. Glancing won’t unearth something truly fantastic.
7. Imperfections can add value to the piece.
8. And finally, never forget to check out the book sections. I always find a treasure or two tucked away on those shelves.

Here are my most recent finds. I’m really into china, glass, and porcelain dishes. I currently have a very¬†eclectic collection that has taken me a couple years to gather. I use them to hold jewelry, start a seedling for a plant, and often times just to decorate a shelf with. I have a couple that hold one of my other favorite things to collect; geodes. In total I paid about 10 dollars for all these pieces.

Another really great place to find unique treasures is the dollar bins in places like Joann’s, Michael’s, and Hobby Lobby. Even the Dollar Store can have a jackpot find. My friend Kat and I are really into owls, an interest that was passed down to us through our mothers’ love for them. Both of us grew up with owls around our houses and, in our adulthood, have adopted a love for them. I got both these pieces from craft store dollar bins.

One thing I have found with trends is that if what interests you doesn’t seem to be found, just wait a moment, it will come around. Cultivating a style helps in finding objects that reflect your personality. It can turn a living space into a home when applied properly.

Here are my recommended Thrifty Buy places:
1. Goodwill
2. CCA Resale
3. Lula B’s
4. Thrift World
5. Michael’s
6. Hobby Lobby
7. Joanna Fabrics
8. Estate Sales
9. And of course: local garage sales

Happy Hunting!!


  1. Kat says:

    Cute owls!!!