How I Make Quick Purchase Decisions When Thrifting

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If you’re anything like me, you want your house to be DONE the week after you move in (although let’s be real…if you’re actually like me, you believe that the decorating process is never truly over and can always be ongoing, ha!). If you’re anything like a lot of other people I know, you’re much slower putting your home together, thinking carefully about each purchase, deliberating (maybe too much) on what should go where, and feeling no pressure at all to get things in place for several months. This is actually the better approach–you can definitely tell when a home is pieced together quickly and doesn’t look quite right, so it makes sense to wait and pick out the right pieces. Plus, decorating a home is expensive, and it just isn’t really feasible to complete everything at once unless you already own most of the items you need.

However, when thrift shopping, all of these rules (kind of) go out the window. You often have to make a decision quickly, whether you’re browsing on Craigslist or out at a secondhand store or estate sale. The worst thing is going back and forth on an item and then realizing that someone else emailed about it or snagged it in the meantime.

Of course, there are times I’m browsing and know I absolutely love something and then it’s super simple. But even as someone who is eager to snag things the minute I see them, it can be hard to know for sure what function a piece will serve when I bring it home.

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What do I do when I think I like a certain piece of furniture but am pressed for time to make a decision? Pull up Pinterest! This is especially helpful if I’m not home and can’t fully visualize how something will look in my space. I keep the Pinterest app on my phone, and if I’m on the fence about getting something or know I want it but don’t know how to style it, I’ll do a quick search. This was super helpful when I was debating whether or not I wanted to buy my peacock chair (I’m so glad I did! I’ve been talking about it on Instagram Stories but will have to post a picture on here soon). I wasn’t sure how I would style the chair or what area it should go in or even if it would match the rest of my decor, and after looking at a few different examples on Pinterest, I felt much more confident in my purchase!

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I’ve also turned to Pinterest before purchasing my gold trunk off of Craigslist (I’m so glad I realized it would make a great coffee table!) and the little Turkish rug I have beneath it, which was one-of-a-kind on Etsy. I honestly probably would’ve just set the trunk in a corner but felt much more inspired when I realized it could totally be multi-purpose and stylish.

Do you still use Pinterest regularly? I was talking with a few blog friends the other day about whether it’s still relevant, and I think YES! I still find a bunch of new accounts this way and love following my favorite bloggers on there for more of a “behind-the-scences.” You can add me right this way!

Photos by Heather Bien 

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