People who come to our home are often surprised to discover that so much of our furniture is second hand and ask me how come I get so lucky when I shop in thrift stores. The truth is that these lucky breaks are definitely few and far between and items that look good in our house did not necessarily look good when we first spotted them. You have to train your eye to see potential in everything. It's amazing what a coat of paint or some varnish can do to an old piece of furniture or accessory. A good example of this is our new kitchen light, which I found at Restore (the Habitat For Humanity renovation surplus store - amazing place btw). I loved the delicate glass globe and the $5 price tag but hated the faux gold fixture. I bought it in hopes that I could hack it a little bit to make it more industrial-looking. Thanks to a coat of black paint and a $15 lightbulb (from Lambert & Fils), the light fixture is now updated and hanging pretty in our kitchen.
I've always been an avid Craisglister and Kijiji poster. I love the idea of re-using and upcycling used goods that are in perfectly good condition. I would estimate that approximately 75% of our furniture was found on either of these websites. Sure, it's great to save some cash but I mostly do this because I love the thrill of the hunt. It's so exciting to spot a great find and to bring it home for pennies. My most recent Kijiji find was a set of 4 dining room chairs for $80. I bought them because we needed a different profile of chair to match the custom dining table we had made (more on that later this week!). I spotted them in the morning and by the afternoon, they were in our house. The following week, I sold our old table (pictured below) and hutch on Kijiji so technically, the chairs were free!
// Do you have any tips for thrift shopping? What's your favorite place to buy used goods?