My love for thrift store furniture and decorative accents began years ago when I bought my first home and the thrill of these amazing deals and eclectic style is still very present in my home today. There is something fun and special about decorating with these pieces and I always enjoy telling the story behind each one when it finds a place in our home.
That’s why I am thrilled to announce my partnership with Valley Mission Thrift Store here in Waynesboro! Valley Mission Thrift is my favorite place to shop for used furniture and housewares, and what’s especially wonderful about it, is that the proceeds from the thrift store go to benefit their homeless shelter in Staunton, Virginia. The Valley Mission provides many services for the homeless in our area, from living space, clothing, providing meals, life skills classes, and case management…the list goes on.
As we come together for this partnership, we want to talk about the benefits of thrift store shopping and hope to bring community-based/non-profit thrift stores into the spotlight. We have several great thrift stores in our area but I am always inclined to check out what Valley Mission Thrift has first because it benefits the mission. I hope to encourage you to search for thrift stores in your area that give back to the community like Valley Mission Thrift Store does.
The possibilities with thrift store finds…
Some of you might remember the mid-century gem I refinished a while back? It came from Valley Mission Thrift! I knew it was a great find and I almost let it slip away while I went home that afternoon to “think about it” for a bit. I had so much regret that night, wondering why I didn’t scoop it up right away, and luckily it was still there the next day I went back for it...shew!!
Turns out, this makeover went on to become one of the most popular projects on my blog! Check out the before and after photos…
After stripping the old surface, a few touch-ups with stain markers, and a fresh surface with wipe-on polyurethane…I now have a beautiful TV console!
The Valley Mission Thrift Store has so many things to choose from besides furniture and housewares. They have lots of clothing and accessories as well. If I were a fashion blogger I’m sure I could show you so many fashionable styles for all sorts of occasions…but I don’t have fashion sense, y’all. I’m just a t-shirt and jeans kind of girl covered in paint and sawdust. Maybe a new workshop outfit?? We’ll see. 🙂
Every little bit helps…
I just love looking around at Valley Mission! They have so many interesting things and great sales. I found these cute little square bowls that were priced at 75-cents each…but I happened to buy them the day they had a store-wide 50% off sale! Lucky me! These will make nice little serving dishes for entertaining and I love decorating our kitchen with colorful pieces like this.
So, before you spend money on brand new furniture, consider these points I’m sharing with you about the benefits of shopping at a non-profit thrift store. I have also included photos of some of my furniture makeover with links to the projects. Maybe they will give you some inspiration to shop the thrift stores and take on your own makeover? I sure hope so!
You don’t have to finance it-
Well, you can’t finance it at a thrift store. I know it’s tempting when you see the beautiful brand new sets at the furniture store and think you’re getting a deal, but why pay the lenders all that interest for furniture that will often depreciate in value? I have found plenty of nice, solid wood pieces in the thrift stores that really stand out and have held up to everyday use. Check out this thrift store coffee table project that I simply touched-up with Sharpie Oil Markers!
You can get creative
So the piece you found in the thrift store has some surface damage or it is outdated…sometimes a small can of paint or new hardware can do the trick! I have seen pieces that weren’t so pretty but had good structure and knew it could be beautiful with a few updates…and sometimes a damaged surface or something that isn’t so pretty could mean a lower price! Some projects are more of a challenge than others but you could find a piece that doesn’t need a whole lot of work. New drawer pulls, a few decorative accents, or a good cleaning can do wonders for an older furniture piece.
New paint and hardware completely changed the look of this antique dresser…
Sometimes, you just need something functional-
I’ve had plenty of things that worked- for the time being. Sometimes you just need something that’s going to work for what you need right away and you don’t have time to be picky about the details. Your child needs a bed, your microwave broke, or you don’t have a kitchen table…some things will work just fine until you can afford the things you want. Often times, the thrift stores will have them and if your budget is really tight, they might even move a little on the price. I’ve even named a price before…sometimes they won’t budge, but other times they’ve accepted! It never hurts to ask! And because some of these thrift stores are ministries who are operating to meet the needs of people in the community, they may be able to locate an item if you have a need that can’t wait. If they don’t have it in the store, they might be able to reach out to others in the community to find it.
I didn’t have much money to spend on chairs for our kitchen table. These damaged chairs just needed some wood filler and spray paint to look new again. It took some patience, but again, the price was right…
You are giving back to your community-
I always feel good shopping at a ministry-based thrift store like the Valley Mission because I know the funds are going to support the needs of so many right here in our area. There are many thrift stores and online auctions that support local ministries and charities who assist those in homeless shelters, victims of domestic violence, drug addiction, children’s programs, etc. When thrift store proceeds go to support these needs, it’s a win-win for everyone!
You can give back to the community even after the makeover by donating it back for a good cause. I took this old bathroom cart and turned it into a craft cart for the silent auction to benefit our local middle school.
It’s easy to achieve an eclectic style-
Don’t get me wrong, I love our bedroom furniture my husband and I bought just after we got married, but now that the rest of our house has a mixed style, I wish I had decorated our bedroom the same way. Everything matches…which is cool, just not as cool as our eclectic living room, industrial/modern/farmhouse kitchen, or our kid’s bedrooms that are filled with solid wood furniture and family pieces that have character. Thrift store shopping allows you to have a more eclectic, creative style and I have had more compliments on how I made pieces look good together even though the styles were completely different!
Our daughter’s bedroom is decorated with thrift store finds, roadside rescues, and family pieces. She loves her bedroom and even helped me with some of the projects!
Thrift shopping can teach you patience-
Sometimes I am looking for a furniture piece or accessory for a specific function or space. I have waited for months sometimes just to find the right piece. I could have bought a new piece and had what I wanted right away, but I could still be paying for it, even years later. Living on a budget and thrift store shopping has taught me patience as I am searching for the right piece to come along and it seems even more rewarding when you finally find what you are looking for!
I found this dresser and the old typewriter at a thrift store and along with a few family pieces, it took me over a year to complete the look in this space. Well worth the wait…
I hope this will encourage you to start shopping at your local thrift store! I am excited for this partnership with Valley Mission Thrift Store, as we collaborate on projects and promotions for ways to flip furniture and style your home with thrift store finds. We hope to encourage people to save money by thrift shopping while giving back to the community. Stay tuned here on the blog and on our social media pages as our partnership grows!
To learn more about the Valley Mission, visit: https://valleymission.net/
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