We’re scouting consignment and thrift stores to find items to help furnish our house. It’s a bit overwhelming and I’m not sure where to even start. My approach to thrifting is shifting. In college, if I needed a bookshelf, I simply looked for ANY bookshelf and bought it if it was cheap enough. Didn’t matter how ugly it was. It just needed to work.
But now, we want the items to be functional and visually appealing. We want the rooms to have a cohesive look. So we’ll have to be pickier about the items we select.
Unfortunately, I don’t have an eye for home decor. At all. I guess I do know what I like when I see photos online or in magazines or an in-person room, but I don’t know how to translate those ideas to my own house. It’s a learning process!
My husband was shopping Goodwill during his lunch break and he called to tell me about a few items and to get my opinion. There was something he liked and the price seemed good.
I said, “Would you buy it if you saw it for the exact same price at Target?”
He wasn’t sure.
He also couldn’t identify a specific purpose for it. Even if it’s a good price, it may not do us some good to own that item.
I’ve never done this home decor thing before, so if you have ideas I’d gladly appreciate them.
I think it would work well for us to go room by room and make a list of what we’d like to do for it eventually. End tables here, a throw rug there, book shelf, photo collage, whatever. We can make a long-range shopping list and have more specific things to watch for at resale shops.
If I post pics of the inside of my house, would you share ideas for how I can finish it all off?
We’re still buying essential maintenance and safety type items right now. Today at Lowe’s I bought a gate for the stairs and some gutter extensions so water would be diverted further from the house, for example. The fun stuff will need to be purchased a bit more gradually while we save up for things and just generally build up our bank account.