This post is part of a five part series entitled, “Why I Thrift,” beginning with this post, “Why I Thrift, Reason #1: To Save Money.”
Almost everything in my house has come from thrift stores, yard sales, or found on the curb. Of the things bought new, a good portion were clearance, end-of-season, last season or in the scratch-and-dent bin. As a result, whenever people see my home, they ask two questions.
1. Why would you do that?
2. How do find such good stuff?
Of course the most obvious reason to thrift is to save money. Have you heard rumors about killer deals? It’s all true. People chuck out amazing things, sometimes things worth quite a bit of money. And even your find isn’t Antiques Roadshow material, it’s still a thrill you pay $2 for something worth $20.
That’s the key. The thrill. It is a thrill. Finding something good in a stack of junk: a thrill. Getting it for next to nothing: another thrill. Realizing you know the perfect way to use it for a one of a kind project? A total thrill. I live for all of that.
It changes you, too. When I started this adventure, I never shopped secondhand. I just assumed that anything good was new. But when I was first married, we didn’t have enough money to buy what I wanted. And in some cases, I wouldn’t have chosen to spend it if I had (case in point: $5,000 bathtubs).
Now that I could spend a little money, I don’t want to. Doing it for less is too much fun. The only change is that my “bargains” have higher prices, like the hand-carved solid oak panel bed I bought for $750 that was $2500 new. Next to the free china cabinet, that bed was probably my best deal.
What about you? What’s your best deal yet?
This five-part “Why I Thrift” series continues with “Why I Thrift, Reason #2: To Recycle.”