If you know us, you know there is one thing we both LOVE.
Did you see our latest thrift store makeover? Ya. You need to see it. And then go out and find yourself a $5 bookshelf just like it! Yay!
Today, we’re gonna be big spenders. Like BIG spenders 🙂 We headed to our local Value Village* store last Friday with $50 in cash in our pockets to spend. Our mission was to find a bunch of things that sort of worked together (or that we could ‘make’ work together) that will be part of the next big space we will tackle. (I realize this whole description is shrouded in mystery, but stick with us! ha!)
This post will essentially show you What You Can Get for $50 at The Thrift Store and we’ll give our best tips and tricks along the way.
Also, as bloggers
people who are totally in love with thrifted and rescued furniture we feel it’s our sworn duty to tell you all about National Thrift Store Day that is happening this August 17th at Value Villages across Canada.
Guys – the stores will be 50% off! That’s amazing! I’ll see you there. I’ll bring the lattes, k? 😛
First things first – you have to have an open mind. But also, when you’re thrifting search for things from a matching era or in matching tones.
We also often sift through the books section. I’ve picked up some great coffee table and design books and we both like grabbing the odd novel.
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Clearly Dan isn’t into vampire love stories. Hahahaha!
Moving on, we never leave the thrift store without checking the blankets and textiles. You can often find a gem in there for next to nothing. Check out our post about how to clean thrifted feather down pillows!
I was thrilled to find these pant hangers for 69 cents each! Thrift stores are the perfect place to save money on closet basics like these. Although, I don’t actually intend to use these as hangers 🙂 When you get to the furniture section, your best bet is to take a couple of passes. More times than not *something* will present itself to you. Like this wooden desk did to Dan.
We checked it out for irreparable damage and scoped it out to make sure all the drawers worked. Then we assessed the energy that will be required to fix it up and decided it was a winner! The top is all glossy and kinda weird, but after some investigation, we realized it actually pops off. So the top will be completely replaced. What should we replace it with? Any ideas?
Then – just as we were heading to the cash register, we walked by the wall of art and Dan spotted this original piece. It’s a painting of the CN Tower in my home town of Toronto! I loved the colours and the gold frame… Sold! (Also, I forgot to snap a photo in the store, so clearly this is a shot of it once it was home and in our studio)
All told we brought home:
- a solid wood desk
- a wicked cool magazine rack
- two wooden pant hangers (that will be repurposed)
- an original piece of art
- two cool wooden candle sticks
And our total bill? $46. Holla!
The plan is to now fix up all these pieces and do a future post on how they all work together in our new (still secret) next room we tackle.
Don’t forget it’s 50% off on Monday!! Amazing! For more ‘Thriftspiration’ you can follow Value Village on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram! Remember to use the Hashtag #ThriftShopDay when you post your fabulous pics all over the inter webs 😀
But wait – there’s more! These other three fabulous lady bloggers are ALSO taking part in National Thrift Store Day! Hop over to see
- Virginia from Fynes Designs
- Daniela from Life Over Easy
- Lucy from Craftberry Bush
- Melissa from The Sweet Escape
They ALL also went on thrift store adventures 😀
*This post was sponsored by our friends at Value Village and we have been compensated for our thrifting and blogging today. This in no way, however, changes how much we love thrifting or influenced our purchasing choices 🙂