How to Avoid Accumulating Junk While Thrifting

How to avoid accumulating junk while thrifting
Lately, I’ve been hitting up some local thrift stores trying to find some “new” old things for our  apartment (click here to see the before photos). I think thrift stores are a great place to find some affordable, budget happy home decor, but sometimes good prices can have you coming home with items you later ask yourself, “so, why did I buy that again?” While I still sometimes succumb to a good deal, I have some rules that have helped me reduce the amount of unwanted, unloved, unneeded junk that I used to bring home from thrift stores.
1. If you don’t love it, don’t buy it!
This is my rule for shopping in general, not just thrifting. I know what you may be thinking, “What if it has potential?” There’s no doubt that the majority of thrift store finds need a little attention, so if you could love it with a simple change, buy it. If it’s something that you’ve been looking for and it’s affordable, buy it. Also, if you really really love something, can’t live without it, and it’s the right price, buy it. If you don’t, you’ll regret it. Your husband will eventually get over it LOL. Can you tell I may have experienced this??
2. Can you get your money back out of it if you decide to sell it?
This is a new rule I have added to my list, but I’m telling you, it has helped me to stop over paying for things. I know it’s super tempting to pay whatever for something that you’ve been searching and searching for, but if you can’t sell it for more than you bought it for, walk away. If it’s meant to be, you will find another one. Trust me.
3. Do you have space and a use for it?
As a blogger/antique junkie, I’m terrible about buying things and saying to myself, “I’ll use it for a blog post someday.” Someday. More like never. If you don’t have a space to put it right now, don’t buy it. If you don’t have a use for it right now, don’t buy it. Sorry, I don’t mean for that to sound so mean. Just trying to help a sister out!
4. Don’t be a repeat offender!
You’re probably like, say what now?? What I mean is if there is an item you frequently buy from thrift stores and don’t use or even give it back to thrift stores by donating it, don’t buy it again. For me, this is lamps. I buy them time and time again thinking they might just be better than whatever I run into at TJ Maxx and time and time again I am wrong. And then Goodwill gets that lamp back that I just bought. Let’s face it, sometimes there are items that are just better new.
5. Don’t buy it just because someone else has it!
As a person that reads home decor blogs frequently, this is one that I really struggle with. I sometimes find that my personal taste is clouded by all of the inspiration I see. I think when we see that someone else has something that we just kinda like or would never think of liking, it makes it okay for us to like it. I hope you understood that, there was a lot of liking, not liking going on in that sentence LOL. If you see something that you’ve seen someone else use and love it, absolutely, buy it. But, if you’re just buying it because you’ve seen someone else use it and you think maybe, just maybe you can make it work, don’t buy it. Bottom line: buy it if you love it, don’t buy it if you don’t! BOOM!
I hope these rules help you too minimize the clutter and save you some money too! They sure have helped me. Your home is your sanctuary, where you spend most of your time, and where you make memories with your loved ones, be careful what you let in there!
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  1. February 9, 2017 / 8:34 pm

    This is such a great post, Kalyn!! So well thought out and informative. Keep up the good work, you finds are so inspiring.

    • February 9, 2017 / 10:21 pm

      Oh my goodness, you don't know how much it means to me for you to say that! Thank you so much! I hope you're well!

  2. February 13, 2017 / 2:49 am

    Great tips, Kalyn! I also love to decorate with thrift store finds. And sometimes it is so tempting to get the thing, but I often have to stop myself (and thank myself later), because some of the reasons you listed. I am glad you pulled them all together 🙂

  3. August 17, 2017 / 7:09 pm

    These are great questions for anyone to ask themselves before they go thrifting. It’s so easy to collect too much stuff.
    Carol (“Mimi”) from Home with Mimi

  4. August 24, 2017 / 6:39 pm

    Yes Yes Yes! As a fellow thrifter, I’m so guilty of all of these things. Sometimes it’s just so hard to resist, especially when you’ve found something someone else has and it works well in their home. Thank you so much for sharing these tips!

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