The vote for the next project is neck in neck… so we’re just going to go for both! More on that in the coming weeks, after I get a game plan together. Thanks for taking the time to vote and/or comment!!
Dealbreakers. Everyone has them. Most of mine (USED TO) deal with the following:
- Must not live at home.
- Must recognize that sweatpants are not acceptable to wear in public.
- Must never even hint at chewing with his mouth open. And/or slurping.
- Must purchase my coffee when on a coffee date.
- Must not have his name written on the side of his car.
This time, though, we’re talking about what I look for (and don’t look for) when I go thrifting. A deal-thrift-breaker, if you will. We talked about Estate Sales and how to come out victorious with those, but today, we’re going to dig a little deeper.
- Bring a friend! My friend Jessica and I set off for a day of adventure. That’s your first rule of thumb. Go with a friend. And get lattes. And/or treats. Because, duh. (She’s cute, isn’t she? OFF LIMITS, GUYS. SHE’S MARRIED. #4lyf)
- Take a lap. We first tackled a flea market of sorts that she had heard about from a friend of hers. So our first step was to take a lap around. Of course, there were things that caught our eye, but we also wanted to get a feel for the whole deal. After our first round (and saying hello to her friend), we decided to jump in.
- Know your wallet. I found some wicked-awesome brass deer that were originally $5 each. The key to bargaining is to know exactly how much cash you have in your wallet, and in what denominations. If you only have $20s, you probably won’t have as much bargaining power. For me, I had a $5 bill and two $1 bills. Ergo, I offered $7 for the both of them. And SOLD. I purchased two unnecessary deer that I wanted to hug. What isn’t worth it (but is still pretty stinking awesome?)… a used fancy couch for $1200.
- Pay attention to similar items. Throughout the morning, I saw numerous galvanized watering cans, which I wanted to use as a planter. I picked the one with the widest opening for flowers to gloriously spill forth from, and snatched it up for $5.
- Bring a tape measure! I was also on the lookout for a mirror for the [semi-recently completed] master bathroom. Here’s a tip: know precisely you’re looking for– I wanted something with fancy scrollwork or filigree, but it needed to fit in a specific area. Entonces, we took a tape measure with us. If the mirror didn’t fit, it was out of the running. *Adios, reflectors. (Spoiler: I found one. Just not either of these!)*
- See the potential! Another item on our list was a table and chairs for our bachelor friend. While I see the potential with these fantastic chairs (imagine the colors!!), this isn’t going to work out for a dudebro. Also, it was like $250. Nope.
- Some things are fun, but they’re just too much work. Or they’re junk. Either way. Fun chairs! Paint! Fabric! One for pots, one for heineys! Both just too much work.
- Sometimes you will get suckered. In all reality, you don’t actually need brass deer. But they’re cool. And they fit in your house. So you buy them.
- These things are fun! I have a tendency for tunnel-vision and only pay attention to what I need. I forget that this is a perfect chance to interact with people and have fun!! Some of the people selling things at flea markets are bored out of their minds. It’s okay to laugh with strangers.
- Sometimes you end up with weird things. Like a pair of boots. But they were $5, and I don’t have winter boots, but I’m a little bit creeped out by wearing someone else’s shoes, but I do it at the bowling alley, so this should be fine. Phew.