I love thrifting — the act of shopping for items for less at tag sales, in thrift stores, or at flea markets. It has become a way of life for me, and it’s so much fun.
In this post I’ll give you five reasons why you should try it as well to decorate your home, buy items and gifts for your children, and more.
You’ve never been to a flea market? You don’t stop for yard sales? Oh, you don’t know what you are missing!
Years ago, after moving to one of the most expensive areas in America — Westchester, NY — and wanting to stay home with my little son instead of putting him into daycare, I had to come up with a plan.
I had to find a way to make one income stretch for three people in an area where Richard Gere and Martha Stewart live in mansions.
Since then, I’ve become an expert at cutting coupons and finding healthy food for less. And “thrifting” at tag sales and thrift stores is part of my weekly ritual.
My son sometimes tags along, often coming home with the biggest score of the day.
I’ve managed to purchase so many interesting items for way less than I would’ve normally paid for in stores.
I even hosted a weekly “Thrifty & Vintage Finds” link party on this blog for years where I showed off my latest scores.
5 Reasons Why I Love Thrifting
1. The Love of the Hunt
There’s nothing better than finding something unexpected and getting it for just a few dollars.
Last week I went to a local flea market after seeing a sign for it the day before and came home with a beautiful 20-pound cast iron farmhouse.
I spotted it among a whole bunch of other items, and I’m so glad I asked the vendor for the price. I ended up paying $3 for it!
2. It’s a Creative and Unique Way to Decorate Your Home