I love the hunt and it’s great when you find something at a thrift or consignment store that are still in their original boxes or with tags on; or on some occasions an item considered pre-owned was worn 3 times just waiting to be taken home.
So, let me break it down …
1) Buy NAME BRANDs & Designer… when possible
2) Some things look great but may have been on a recall list …ask questions, do research and keep your internet near you
3) Check everything, pay attention to seams, stains and buttons for damage or possible replacements, which may not be an option in most cases
4) Jewelry: Vintage and even some costume look amazing for evening
5) Kitchen: Vintage Pyrex, Depression glass, fine china, cast iron, and Corning ware just to name a few
6)Tools: Vintage and thrifting is also a great cheap way to replace old lost or damaged
7) Mirrors and Glassware are the first things I look for … Vintage and the more unusual is sometimes better for great center pieces,trays, coffee table toppers
8) Fabric or reclaimed wood&metal etc. for upcycling projects
9) Bedroom: Look out for novelty items, popular characters or vintage posters, which are all great, but PLEASE do not buy pillows bedding due to bugs etc.
10) Try to negotiate
Summary:For Clothes, Handbags & things: Buy designer, Jewelry: made from Bakelite, buy leather goods and always look for damage ~ some dress designer fabrics can be upcycled …especially if you know how to sew
– Buy Authentic leather only … try to avoid knock offs
Remember … recycle reuse reclaim reduce
waste from going into our landfills