• Kaylee Parsons


It's no secret that I love a good thrift store find. Not only is the thrill of the hunt something that excites me, but it makes those items in my home all the more meaningful! Don't get me wrong- thrifting might not be for everyone. BUT, if you are looking for unique decor & furniture on a budget then I highly recommend giving it a try!

Here are 10 tips & tricks for successfully finding great thrifted items!

  1. CONSISTENCY IS KEY! I often get asked "what thrift store do you go to?" I truly believe that it's not really about "what store you go to" but about how often you go... and by often I mean a couple of times a week. For example, I might go to the Goodwill by my house 5 times in a row and not find a single thing. Don't get discouraged- just be consistent and you will eventually come across something you'd like to bring home!

  2. Only buy items you really love! Just because it's cheap doesn't mean you love it. This was hard for me at first and I ended up with a bunch of cheap junk that I didn't actually have a place for or need. Just because something is in good shape, vintage, and only $2.00 doesn't mean you need to buy it! $2.00 might not seem like a lot in the moment but it can add up quickly!

  3. Remember that you can always try to negotiate a different price at most antique malls, flea markets, or on Facebook Marketplace! I used to feel awkward doing this, but the worst they can say is no? Remember to be respectful of their original price and offer a dollar amount that you think is fair. You'd be surprised how often this works. Most sellers are usually happy to negotiate!

  4. USE FACEBOOK MARKETPLACE! I consider Facebook Marketplace a way to thrift. It's extremely user friendly & makes the hunt that much easier! I have found so many great things on Facebook!

  5. When using Facebook Marketplace be sure to only click on items that you love. Like most social media- it will begin showing you things that it thinks you want to see. For instance, if you search "wicker" it will start showing you a lot of wicker items. If you accidentally click on a listing for a toilet... it will show you toilets for weeks. Be aware of what you are searching for and the listings that you are looking at and it will eventually curate a marketplace tailored to your style!

  6. If you find something you love... buy it right then! Odds are if you wait around or decide to check back in a day or two it will be gone.

  7. Most thrift stores, antique malls, and sellers on Facebook will be happy to hold the item for a few days as long as you pay them! This information should come in handy if you drive a small car and hesitate to buy items because you don't have a way to bring them home. This will give you plenty of time to make arrangements to have someone help you get the item or to borrow a larger vehicle.

  8. Remember that what you see isn't always what you get. Furniture can be painted or sanded down and stained, glass vases can be turned into faux pottery, you can change out lampshades, replace the artwork in frames, turn a basket into a hanging light or a planter... the possibilities are endless! Be creative and open minded!

  9. You would be surprised how many garage sales or estate sales accept Venmo now. However, if you plan on going to something like that I highly recommend making sure that you have cash! As someone who NEVER carries cash- hitting up the ATM is a necessity before hitting the Saturday estate sales.

  10. Remember that it isn't the end of the world if you don't find anything! Like I said earlier, consistency is key and 4 out of 5 times you probably aren't going to find anything worth your while. THAT'S OKAY! Don't give up- it only makes it that much more exciting when you do come across treasures!

Here are some of my favorite thrift store, flea market, and Facebook finds!

(You can also visit my vintage Instagram page @theeclecticgoat for more photos & the occasional vintage piece for sale!)

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