Cool Hunting: 5 Tips for Thrift Shopping | Janette Ewen
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How To | 5 Tips for Thrift Shopping

In my home I love mixing new décor with collectables I finds on my travels, and some touches of vintage. For my vintage items, I like to scour thrift stores and look for the best deals and coolest finds.

So today I’ve put together my top tips for thrift store shopping. I think Ty would agree with most of these…

Cool Hunting: 5 Tips for Thrift Shopping | Janette Ewen

#1 Know what you’re looking for: There are so many tempting items at a thrift stores, before you go make a list of items you are looking for. If you see something amazing that isn’t on your list think long and hard about where you are going to use it before you by it.

#2 Look for quality brands:  Thrift shopping is like a treasure hunt, try to find quality name brands that you are familiar with. You can also look at the construction. Try to determine whether or not the item you are looking at was made in a solid fashion. Sometimes you might not know a brand, but certain details will tell you how well it’s made (or isn’t). Be sure to also check for marks, holes, ware and tear. Some patina can add character… but if an item looks too broken, take a pass on it.

Cool Hunting: 5 Tips for Thrift Shopping | Janette Ewen

#3 Know the sale days: Many thrift store have 30% and 50% off days… Ask the cashiers, check the websites if the store has one because the sales are normally posted there. Usually thrift stores have sales at least once a month, but sometimes more. Prepare to arrive early as all the bargain hunters will be out.

#4 Bring cash: I like sticking to a budget when I thrift shop. So I always bring the exact amount I am willing to spend. This makes me think long and hard about an item, do I really want it? Can I ask for a better price? By using cash you will end up purchasing items you really love.

Cool Hunting: 5 Tips for Thrift Shopping | Janette Ewen

#5 Check the stores regularly: In thrift stores new stock is put out regularly, so stop by on a regular basis. Make friends with a stock clerk and you might be able to get the inside scoop on when the new items are put on sales floor.

Do you have any thrift shopping tips? Share them in the comments below…

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Janette Ewen

From her early start as a freelance stylist for high profile clients, Janette has always taken an experiential approach to creativity…”one must live it to create it.” It was this rebelliousness that enticed celebrity designer Ty Pennington to ask Janette to co-host his Canadian-based TV show "Inside the Box." Janette can also be seen regularly on national shows in Canada including "Cityline" and "Canada AM," as well as a design expert on "The Decorating Adventures of Ambrose Price" (VH1) and a judge on the series From the Ground Up (starring Debbie Travis). Today Janette is a partner at Parker Barrow creative studio, where she is “over the moon” to be designing and creating spaces and products that would find a happy home in her fast-paced, whimsical life.

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