I thought these chairs were really fun and would make perfect end chairs for a large outdoor table. I think they were at least $100 so I just snapped a picture and kept on going.
The chair on the left was 145 and had amazing lines. The one on the right was a steal for 65. It was made of real leather and reclined. Needless to say, Oscar could be found there later.
I LOVED these mirrors. The small ones were only 10 [although I thought that was a lot for their size]. I'm still thinking of them... they would look great in a collage. And the one on the right was 175 but would look perfect in our entry.
Aren't these fun?! I think that screen was only around 100 and was in great condition. Very boho. And I loved this rug but its price tag must have been outrageous because I don't even remember it!
These two were some of my favorites. What amazing coffee tables they would make! The one on the left was a mere $95. Wouldn't it be great at the end of the bed for a teenagers room too? The one on the right still has me thinking about him. $65. Seriously. I love how the legs are so modern and the top is so bohemian and fun. Unfortunately, we already have a coffee table and I know the cats would be constantly jumping on it and turning it over.
Oh and there was this guy.
So the only thing I walked away with that day was my gorgeous capiz lantern for $12 that I turned into a pendant. But in the past my favorite tips for thrifting are bartering. A long time ago, the idea of it really frightened and intimidated me. But there comes a point when you just don't want to fuss around or pay more than you have to. I have found most weekends that our emporium has its owners floating around. Take advantage of it. Come prepared. Be polite.
A sweet hello or "I love your shop" in the beginning goes a long way. Many owners are willing to negotiate. Don't low ball too much but do push them to see how far you can go. Sometimes, especially if you aren't sure, walk away. They may see you in another part of the store later and offer you something better. I've had many times that they will discount a price if I can write a check or pay cash [that way they're avoiding a cut that the building owners take].
When it comes to any goodwill or secondhand store, I've noticed I do better with finding good stuff the more I go. And always check to see if something is on sale. I found 6 wooden chargers this weekend for $5 but when I went to check out they were on sale for $2.50. Sales usually aren't marked in private booths.
What are your tips for thrifting and saving money?