Thrifting to me is like getting a massage for others. It’s my go-to when I need to de-stress and take time away from the computer. I enjoy the thrill of the hunt with a thrift store, but will never turn down a nice stroll through an antique market. This can often mean trouble and over the past years, I have had to distinguish my feelings for wanting an item for its cuteness versus having an actual use for said item. It’s a fine line between thrifting and becoming a vintage hoarder. There’s nothing wrong with walking out of a shop empty handed!
Antique markets are often sectioned into curated stalls which a potential seller may rent and decorate however they wish with their finds. Items are often priced higher as products have been picked through, carefully selected, well displayed, and you sometimes may find the “insert popular item i.e. aluminum christmas trees” over and over. This is normally the place that I would go to find treasured pieces for my home and booth displays.
Thrift stores are often categorized into clothing, homewares, electronics, etc. It is up to you to roll up your sleeves and dig through to find your own gems especially if you find yourself at “the bins”. It may be a bit more time consuming, but often the place to pick up the best deals as items haven’t been picked through by a seller and marked up for resale. The key with thrift stores is to be a regular and the best scores are from the folks that live / work close to a thrift shop and are able to pop in on a regular basis. We have a map of our favourite shops, know when the sales take place, and try to visit on a monthly basis, if not more frequently!
Here are my top thrift stops in the Lower Mainland:
MCC :: This is my favourite place and have often walked out with boxes of new-to-me goods to a car load full.
Bibles for Missions :: Always worth a stop. Found some cute stuff that didn’t quite fit our home at the time, but would definitely be a find for the right person.
Salvation Army :: As with all thrift stores, this place is hit and miss and you have to keep an eye on prices as they sometimes run high.
Churches / Estate Sales / Schools / Senior Centres :: Various location
Antique markets :: Most of my favourite antique markets are located in the US. Visit my Portland City Guide (scroll to the bottom for additional posts) for my usual spots.
Do you have a favourite thrifting place and / or tip? Share it below!
Bottom picture from Brick & Mortar Living. Stay tuned for a shop tour!