On Saturdays I like to unplug and have as much fun as humanly possible. I don’t know if many of you know this, but I live in Logan Utah which is about an hour from Salt Lake where most of my friends and family live. So about once a week, we head down and pack our schedule with as much as we can and see the people we love most.
This week, one of my visits cancelled and so I decided it would be fun to thrift! I invited my sister Kate and our blogging friend Laurel. Luckily, we were all free at the same time and met up for some thrifting! Side note, I like to wear a mask and social distance as much as possible while shopping. We headed to the Murray Deseret Industries which is super big! Want to see my thrift haul?!
p.s. if you’re wondering where I normally thrift in Logan, click here.
If you’d like to see the best thrift shops across the UT, click here.
MINI DECORATIVE DOLLHOUSES
My sister found me a few mini decorative dollhouses. The doors don’t open, all sides are finished, and the bottom is solid. So it’s not possible to play with the inside, but they’re so adorable! And quite the find at $0.75 each. Those scalloped roofs are my favorite parts!
The little blue house was absolute perfection to go on my rainbow shelf and tuck right in with the blue books. When Don saw it, he was so excited! I think he loves little houses as much as I do! That little touch of whimsey makes me super happy. I don’t exactly know what these are for besides decor, but they so cute- who cares?!
For the red barn, I love the structure! Especially because I’m redoing a room for a little girl named Nora next week. Stay tuned for more details! She loves horses so I’ve been keeping my eye for cute decorations that will work in a kids room.
The barn was red and brown so I didn’t think it’d go in a pink and yellow room. I pulled out some paints and took forever to carefully paint it a soft yellow. It was a tedious project, but the red didn’t look great and now I love the color!
I put it on top of a few vintage books (the bottom two). I like to keep my eyes out for old hardcover kids books to stack on a nightstand. One of my number one things I like to do in a child’s room is have decorations that are cute AND that can be played with. The little barn will work great for that as will pretty books!
My friend Laurel found me the CUTEST wood bow shelf. I loved the price- $0.50! It’s girly and on trend, but I didn’t like that wood. So I painted the whole thing pink. There was one wall in my bathroom that I didn’t quite love, so I thought I could put this new bow shelf there.
And now I love it! I do know that the bow and scallop are probably still too much for most people, but that’s ok! I’m on a quest to make my house a place that feels like me! And I love bows right now, so why not?!
I’ve been putting the last of the finishing touches on this room, like the decorative molding over the dog art. Each new update feels more special than the last. I’m seriously so obsessed with this room!
the rest of my haul!
Although everything isn’t styled and redone yet, I thought it’d still be fun to show you the before! Like this nightstand, I got it for $10 and will redo it. I made sure the pulls work and the inside is a great- super high quality. Dovetail drawers and from Thomsville (which is a medium to high end furniture maker). This will live in the guest room. Watch out for the redo soon!
Last, I graved this $1 wood box. I love these because they can be painted any color and are great anywhere in your house! I have one that is white that I keep my screwdriver and a hammer in for any DIYing emergencies! These would work for batteries or post it notes. Anything you want!
My blog was started because I was on a crazy budget, but I still wanted to update my house. I believe that ANYONE can have the house of their dreams, no matter how much money they have. Of course, sometimes you have to get creative! And a great way to do that is by thrifting. You can spend $10 and have multiple items to decorate your house with.
I spend $20 and got a night stand and lots of decor! You just can’t beat that. So if you’re feeling like you need a special item that no one else will have. Or if you want a Big Bang for your buck, go thrifting. And maybe invite me, I’d totally love that!
One tip I wanted to give you about thrifting is to take your time! Go through the aisle and slowly look at the items (especially on your favorite aisles). Then go down the aisle once more. It’s amazing how it takes you a few times sifting through things to find a treasure! Also, sometimes your mind needs time to think through all the things too and be like “oh yeah, that’ll work!”
Another tip is one my sister taught me on this trip- don’t be afraid to ask if a price doesn’t make sense. We found two pieces of art- one was a framed piece that was $8 and one was unframed for $10 but were the same size and subject (they were probably a set because they were super similar). So she brought them up the the cash register and asked why the one without the frame was more expensive.
The cash register person can always say the price is what the price is, but she gave it to her for $6! It never hurts to ask if you do it in a kind way. Especially if the price clearly seems off.
The third tip I wanted to share for thrifting is that if you’re considering an item, throw it in your cart. I know I’ve made the mistake of leaving something behind and kept thinking about it so I’d go back and then it’d be gone. Then, before you check out, go through your cart and put back what you changed your mind on.
What is your favorite item from this weekend’s thrift haul? Mine is a tie between the bow shelf and blue mini dollhouse! Also, do you have any thrifting tips? I’m always wanting to learn more tricks!