DESIGN AT HOME BLOG
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When I was a kid growing up, one of my favorite things to do with my mom was browse the local thrift store for hidden treasures. We usually shopped for clothes, but I loved going to the furniture section. I would often imagine how I would reupholster an ottoman because it had great bones. Or give an antique dresser a face-lift with new paint and hardware. Shopping for furniture and decor at thrift shops is a great way to stretch your budget, but also to help create a more curated look for less. The problem some homeowners face when shopping consignment shops (or any store for that matter), is they get the piece home and suddenly, it doesn't have that same charm it had when you saw it in the store! Either it doesn't fit, it's not the right color, or you realize you liked it in the store, but it doesn't jive with your existing decor. These common mistakes can be avoided with a simple tips. Here are 5 Common mistakes people make when buying furniture or decor at thrift shops:
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Never make the mistake of thinking that one thrift shop has everything you need. You could be missing out on the perfect piece at another store. The fun in shopping is the adventure of sourcing. Instead of going to the same local store, try another consignment shop downtown or the local flea market. Great finds are everywhere.
Even designers could often use a second option and going shopping for furniture or decor can be a costly mistake, especially if the space is shared with a partner. A bright red sofa may be "to-die-for" to you, but a total eyesore for them. It's good to have varying opinions and common ground before making large purchases. Even more so for big-ticket items that are not able to easily get rid of.
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