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Life has been extremely hectic here for quite a while now. They say life stress is harmful to you, and I tend to agree completely. Even happy moments in life can be stressful! I am one of those people who has to have some type of routine in order to thrive. Right now, I’m trying to reign everything in enough to gain routine and order back into my life.
In the past few months, we have done so many renovations on our home it blows my mind.
- It started with me getting an office/classroom for the kids and me to do our work. That took several weeks to finish and finalize. Now, it’s my little haven. The kids seem to love to come in here quite a bit. It’s certainly nice having a bigger school space.
- Then Del got a new Man Cave. Since it seems to be more of a new living room rather than a Man Cave we decided to turn our old living room into a dining room. Del’s Man Cave took a while to get done. Finding the right carpet for that room was more of a challenge than I expected. The search was worth it because we have carpet on that floor that feels like heaven to step and lay on.
- Then our stove and microwave both died due to a power outage issues from a darn storm. We had to go on the hunt for a new stove. Since Del had to change up our kitchen, he decided to renovate it while he was at it too. It’s still not done yet, but Del is only one person, and he can only handle doing so much at a time.
- We also decided to upgrade our kids’ bedrooms too. Jimmy’s room got a total makeover. He is thrilled with the results. Delbert and Zeva are excited about their upgrades too.
Throughout all of this, I have learned quite a few things about finding bargains to improve your home. The adage, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure,” is truly a life saver. This is particularly the case when you’re married to a crafty handyman.
Tips for Gaining the Most from Thrift Store Shopping
Not all thrift stores are the same!
Most thrift stores become known for certain things. My mother-in-law seems to be the queen of knowing which thrift stores to go to for what items. Through the years, I’ve found out which ones are worth going to update my wardrobe and find stylish clothes in my size for little to no money. I have also found out which ones are perfect for getting furniture too.
Don’t stop at one.
The other day we were looking for a dining room table that would hold eight people. I had found one nice one, but that thrift store wanted over $200 for the table and chairs. It was basic in style. Luckily my mother-in-law had the good sense to take me to another thrift store before purchasing that one. We ended up finding a stylish dining room table on sale for $60.00. It didn’t come with chairs, but we found a nice set of chairs at another thrift store for less than the extra money we would have spent on the other set. Sometimes you can find even better deals if you keep looking.
Learn to wager.
Most thrift store owners are not out to earn significant money. They are in it to help folks to upgrade or gain items at a lower price. They are sometimes willing to come down on the price. I wouldn’t recommend low-balling them on things you know are worth the money.
Don’t overlook something that can become friendly again.
It took me a long time to learn the fine art of seeing what something can become with a bit of effort and hard work. Through the years, I’ve learned the prices on the main things at Lowes and Home Depot. I have also become well acquainted with JoAnn’s Fabric Store too. Knowing how much it’s going to cost to fix something can help you determine whether or not it’s worth investing in the item. For example, my dining room table has a leg that needs to be fixed where it screws into the table itself, but it’s a simple fix, and the rest of the table is gorgeous.
These are just some of the things I’ve learned about thrift store shopping. I have found that it is a huge life saver! Also, if you buy from a Salvation Army or a Habitat thrift store, those purchases are tax deductible provided you keep your receipts.