I find so many good things at the thrift store! Not only can you find a great deal, you can find solid pieces that you can use to decorate and customize your home!
This time of year is the perfect time to go thrifting. Everyone has cleaned out their houses and made donations just before the end of the year, so there is an abundance of items looking for a new home. The key is to keep your eyes open for pieces that you can give new life to!
Some of the easiest things can make the biggest impact when looking to revamp a piece to suit your needs or your color palette. The simplest thing is to give pieces a good cleaning. I've gotten several metal pieces that looked tarnished and ugly, but with a good scrubbing of Bar Keepers Friend (my mom's secret cleaner!), the pieces looked brand new and expensive!
Another easy way to change something up is a simple coat of spray paint!
I found this awesome chunky lamp base (pictured above) but hated the neon yellow that someone had painted it previously. By taping up the lamp hardware and taping up the cord, giving it a good coat of spray primer, followed by a few coats of cherry red spray paint, and topping it with a new shade, it's now one of my favorite pieces in my home!
Thrifting is also a great way to find some fun storage pieces (like the basket pictured above) that aren't the same thing everyone else is buying from a big box store. All you need to do with hard or textured surfaces is use a can of air to spray away loose particles and then spray it with Lysol (or similar cleaner). So easy to do, and you have a one-of-a-kind piece that your friends will be jealous of!
So, are you ready to try your hand at thrifting? There are lots of places around Charlotte that I love perusing! Here are just a few:
Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont: There are so many local Goodwill locations in the area, I can't just pick one! I actually try to hit up any location that I'm near, because every one is different and you never know what you'll find! Plus, I've always known that Goodwill is a charitable organization, but never knew their reach. Did you know that "Goodwills meet the needs of all job seekers, including programs for youth, seniors, veterans, and people with disabilities, criminal backgrounds and other specialized needs"? Me either!
Assistance League of Charlotte: Most people I speak to have never heard of the Assistance League in Charlotte, but it's definitely one of my favorite places to shop! Not only do they have amazing finds and great sales (Seriously, sales at a thrift store?!?!), they also do a lot of good in the local community! They are "dedicated to improving the lives of children and families through community-based philanthropic programs - we feed, we clothe, we mentor, we educate."
Salvation Army Family Store: These stores usually have a lot of great furniture pieces, so if you are looking for a larger piece for your home, think about checking out the Salvation Army Family Store. They also run some daily specials, so check with your store to see when you can get extra discounts! The Salvation Army provides local support through adult rehabilitation, Veterans Affairs services, prison ministries, elderly services, combating human trafficking, missing persons, children & families services, hunger relief, housing & homeless services, Christmas assistance, as well as youth camps & recreation.
Carolina Value Village: You'll never know just what you will find at Value Village! With 8 different locations around the Charlotte area, you can always stop in to one near you and check out what new goodies they have waiting for you! Bonus: the last Wednesday of the month is their half price sale! Get there early if you decide to go - this is one popular sale!
Now that I've told you my secrets, get out there and do some shopping! I know you resolved to save money in the New Year, but this way you are saving money AND giving back to your local community at the same time! Don't forget to share your finds with me on social - Twitter/Instagram!