I have been married for 4 years to my wonderful husband Casey and I have an adorable little boy named Tyler, he is 18 months old. While I spend most of my time chasing after a now mobile little boy, my mind is always reeling with ways I can fix up my old, but oh so cute, little brick bungalow home. With every square inch of our home needing remodeling, most of our money has been poured into that leaving me pinching my pennies when it comes to decor. That being said, my home away from home is a good old thrift store. I think it’s safe to say that we all love a good bargain. Thrift stores can often hold unique treasures just waiting to be found. Using your minds creativity to visualize the potential of an item can be very exciting and rewarding and you’ll save a few bucks in the process. I have often heard it said to train your eye to see what the item can be rather than what it is. I always try to keep this in mind while shopping and at times I am quite amazed at what can be found when I really put my creativity to use.
Most of the time we find home decorating ideas from the pages of magazines and catalogs. Save those pages, organize them in a folder or binder and refer to them before you go looking for your treasures. I have a three ring binder with dividers for each room in my house and I put all the images I’ve torn from magazines/catalogs in it to help remind me just what I’m looking for. It’s easy to come home with more items than you have need for or have room for. Keeping track of what you are in the market for really helps keep things under control.
It’s no secret that a little paint can work wonders on a lot of things. Just about every piece of furniture in my home has been give to me or I’ve found it at a thrift store. Slowly, but surely, I’m transforming every piece with sandpaper, paint and new hardware. Use your creativity to visualize the potential of the item. How would this table look refinished? What if I painted it a fun new color? What if I cut the legs down? Don’t underestimate even the ugliest piece of furniture. It just may have potential to be amazing.