Am I done with thrift store shopping?

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I’ve noticed a certain trend happening with my home decor shopping behaviors. I’ve seemed to have abandoned thrift stores as a source all together. This came as a shock to me (for awhile, especially last year, I seemed to shop exclusively for home goods at area Goodwills) and I’ve done a lot of thinking as to why this may be the case.

My income hasn’t changed at all (so it’s not like I now have the dough to pay retail price on new items), I still love painting old furniture, I love the hunt for a good deal and I really love the idea of unique pieces big box stores can’t churn out.

So what gives?

I think it may have to do with the contents of my basement “warehouse.” A concurrent project is the organization of that space (because OMG, it’s BAD you guys) and I’ve been slowly surveying the type of inventory I’ve collected over the years. While doing so, I’ve noticed that nearly everything I’ve purchased at a Goodwill (or even Craigslist) has ended up in the basement, not likely to be used again.

Here are some of the thrifted items now taking up space in the basement…

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After (and now wedged between storage bins in the basement)

I loved the modern shape of these stools, so I brought them home and gave them some DIY love. They’ve gone unused ever since. Not because I don’t love them, but I don’t have room for them.

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Emily Snuffer

After (and now living in basement land)

The orange mini trunk was relegated to the basement to make room for party seating and it hasn’t been brought up since.

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Before… putrid frames nearly 40 years old

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And the frame project was based on my desire to cheaply frame these botanical prints I had purchased. I must have been enchanted by the good thrift deal because they’re entirely not my style, even painted black. I’m more of a slim-with-a-straight-edge-frame kind of person (like the birch frame the Smile print is in).

Emily Snuffer


Emily Snuffer

And after….

And this project. One of the more popular projects on the blog – because it’s a campaign-style piece and because I was able to successfully paint laminate (laminate bubbles if you’re not careful). But it’s in my basement. I’ve actually made moves to sell it on Craigslist and to friends, but this is one I can’t part with. I do love it, but alas, it lives in the basement. I should have grabbed its pair but I didn’t have room in the car. Hindsight, right?

This list of things bought could go on and on.

So what’s going on here? Why do all these thrift store items, even beautified, sit unwanted in the basement? I think it’s three main things:

1.) I love a good deal—thrift store or wherever. And when it comes to thrift stores, good deals are a-plenty! It seems the good deal takes priority over me actually really liking what I’m buying. I’m swooned by the cheap-o price tag, not the actual item!

2.) It’s hard not to be enchanted by all the thrift store DIY happening in blog land. Thrift store DIYing is a rite of passage for any home blogger! But for awhile, I jumped on to this trend without intention, buying things to makeover (and bonus! blog feature!) and not buying things I actually needed and could be used in my life. Womp.

3.) Thrift store items sometimes acted as a substitute for the items I really wanted that I couldn’t afford at the time. It seemed like a good idea to makeover something to more closely align with my dream item, but at the end of the day? Yep, still want the dream item.

So, all of this to say, I’ve been avoiding thrift stores and plan to do so for awhile. I’m just too easily swayed by my DIY genes to make over something ANYTHING! Especially something cheap! And guess what happens? It ends up in my basements a few weeks later.

Does this happen to anyone else? Write me in the comments!