Hunting for Treasure

One of the things that the world of blogging (at least home related blogging) has seemed to do is underscore the value of your local thrift shop, and not just for "college apartment" furniture. There are a lot of talented, creative folks out there that can create designer rooms and renovations with their great "thrifting" finds and a few gallons of paint or yards of fabric. 

The movement (I guess you can call it that) comes at a time where everyone should be able to see value. Why?

1-It is a "green" way to shop. With just a little work, thrifting or flea market shopping allows you to reuse, recycle and give new life to items that would otherwise be discarded.

2-It is a reasonably priced way to decorate. If you are willing to spend the time, creativity and sometimes the sweat equity there is lots of furniture, decor and kitchen pieces out there to create stylish rooms and tabletops. If nothing else it can be an inexpensive way to keep your home decor fresh.

3-Thrifting helps your local economy and many times a local non-profit. Goodwill and Salvation Army thrift stores and Habitat for Humanity Re-Stores use their sales to support the connected nonprofit organization; many domestic violence programs have second hand clothing shops as a revenue source for their programs.

Here are some of my favorite blogging "thrifters" and their finds or projects:

Anything banished to the store for its "brassiness" can be painted.From Everything LEBWith a little bit of fabric and a staple gun re-upholstery should not be scary.

From The Newlywed Diaries

A small decor item or large furniture piece that you love from a flea market or thrift store can be the start of a collection or add vintage flare to your room.

I have a few things that I am hunting for. I will let you know how it goes.

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