I’ve been sitting on a little nugget of information for a bit now, and I’m so excited it’s finally here! I’ve been blogging for 4 years, and I’ve only had one guest post in that time. Well, I decided to cash in and ask my blog friends to help me out this month. The craziest part? They agreed. Every. single. one of them.
I’ve asked some of the most knowledgeable girls I know to share their “musts” with you! If they’re experts in it, they’re here to talk about it this month. So cool, right? Well, without further adieu…my first guest is Rhoda from Southern Hospitality. She’s definitely a veteran in blogging AND thrifting, so it’s such a treat to have her here!
Today, I’m sharing my “must do” list of thrifting sources with my friend, Chris, at Just A Girl. Since thrifting is one of my favorite topics, Chris asked me to share with you on how I thrift and my favorite resources. That’s an easy topic for me, since I’m all about saving a few bucks by thrifty shopping. I even have a weekly party devoted to all things thrift, Thrifty Treasures. So, let’s get this party started!
Yardsales Yardsales would have to be my very favorite place to find thrifty items, from furniture, to clothes, and accessories, for the home or me. Yardsales are a treasure trove of fun finds and over the years, I’ve found some real treasures. Many things in my home came from yardsales and some of them are still near and dear to my heart. The great thing is, since I didn’t spend a lot of money on them, it’s easy to let them go when something else catches my eye.
Thriftstores Thriftstores are another great resource for finding great items. You can spot some great furniture pieces in thriftstores that might just need a fresh coat of colorful paint to freshen them up. Bring them home and find that perfect spot for a painted chest or dresser. I love Goodwill and Salvation Army and have browsed both of those stores many times. You can find pairs of lamps for a great price too. Many are in super good shape and you can always add a coat of spray paint to change them up for your home.
Hotel Liquidation Recently I found another fun thrifty place to shop, a hotel liquidation center in the Atlanta area. It made me drop my jaw when I walked in the place and saw all the furniture, lamps, prints and accessories that were offered for such a great price. You might check around your area and see if you have one too. With items from the Ritz Carlton hotels and Caesar’s Palace, you can’t go wrong with these cast-offs.
Antique MallsAntique Malls are another fun place to browse. There are hundreds of vendors in these large antique malls and you can be sure you’ll see lots of unique items in this type of shop. Most vendors specialize in something particular, like furniture or dishes and many of them will showcase things that they collect. Some are nice and tidy, resembling a pretty shop and others are a mish-mash of stuff. You never know where you’ll find that next bargain.
Antiques Markets Antiques markets are more upscale than antique malls. We have Scott’s here in Atlanta and it is a treasure trove of great antiques and collectibles. Some are pricey and some are more of a bargain, but you will love browsing a true antiques market like Scott’s. I’ve bought some of my fave furniture here.
So, how about you? Have you caught the thrifting bug yet? It bit me many years ago and I haven’t gotten over it yet. I’d much rather shop at a thrifty place than the mall any day. My home is always much more interesting because of that and you’ll end up with a much more collected over time look to your home, as well as one of a kind pieces that you won’t see in everyone’s home. And that is reason enough for me to shop this way. I don’t like for my house to look just like everyone else’s newest trend. Thrifting is fun and addicting!
Thank you, Rhoda! She knows what she’s talking about, eh? The guest schedule will run on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, so stay tuned! You won’t believe some of the talent that’s lined up. Yeah—I’m pretty excited.