Thrifting is in style. Millions of Americans are ditching the high prices of retail stores and choosing to make an adventure out of finding unique and useful goods for a cheaper price. Clothing, furniture and household items are great finds among the other hidden treasures within the walls of thrift shops across the country.
Thanks to donations from the public and the effort of volunteers, thrift shops have been able to keep their business alive throughout the years by offering residents an alternative and more cost-effective method to traditional retail shopping.
Buying vintage goods is not only a great way to save money, it’s also an opportunity to find one-of-a-kind treasures that you can transform to fit your distinct style.
And since August 17 is National Thrift Shop Day, this is the perfect time to pay a visit to your local thrift shop and stock up on used goods that you can revamp into custom household pieces.
New to thrifting and upcycling? Get started with these five easy DIY projects to transform low-priced thrift store goods into expensive-looking home decorations.
Functional and Fashionable Wall Hanging
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Used photo frames may come with a couple of scratches, faded colors and broken glass, but that doesn’t mean they should be thrown into the garbage. With a splash of spray paint and some corkboard or fabric, they can be easily transformed into a chic bulletin board or jewelry organizer. You can even cover the cork board with fabric for a fully custom look.
Clever Remote Control Storage
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Always on the lookout for your remote controls? Well here’s a solution to end your never-ending search. Using school glue, a pencil, an X-Acto knife, a small piece of ribbon and hot glue, Country Living turned an old book into a fashionable and useful storage compartment. Now that stack of coffee table books serves a real purpose other than just looking fabulous.
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Lighting can get expensive. Especially if you want something unique and on trend. Save a good amount of money by recycling an outdated lamp and customizing it to fit your style. Better Homes and Gardens demonstrates how easy it is to give an old lamp a lift in this DIY video and Apartment Therapy offers some nice tips for what to look for when thrifting for a lamp to upcycle with spraypaint. And if you really want to spread your DIY wings, check out Decoist for ten fun ways to upcycle household products into quirky light fixtures. With just a little bit of work you’ll have yourself a brand new looking light in no time – for a fraction of the price.
Unique Upholstered Ottoman
If you happen to stumble upon a coffee table in your thrift goods search, then you have just found your new ottoman. With a little paint, foam and fabric, you can create a much more inexpensive version of the upholstered ottoman, and even incorporate the fabric of your choice. Watch the process here.
Pretty Painted Baskets
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Baskets are usually found in abundance at thrift stores, but they are often mismatched sizes, shapes, colors and weaves. If you’re looking for something that’s more polished than eclectic, gather up a bunch of baskets and try Martha Stewart’s spray-painted straw basket trick. Apartment Therapy put the idea to the test – with excellent results. For a fun spin on the same concept, try this ombré look from HGTV.
What other thrift shop goods will you be incorporating into your home? Let us know in the comments below.