I am so excited to keep going with the Monthly Thrift Tip. But I've not been the one thrifting this time, it's been Zach. Which is why I don't have too many quality pictures here, they were all taken with his smart phone. I love when he sends me pictures of his finds. I am trying to get him to be a regular poster over here on Five Sixteenths & maybe even to start his own blog! No such luck yet :)
This month's tip is to Make a List. If you poke around the blog here, you may find a page entitled Thrift List. I don't advertise it because I am trying (along with a zillion other things) to revamp it. But Zach has been the one thrifting for me this past week or so since for some reason I haven't made it out.
I've posted before that Zach & I try to keep a look out for things we know each other will like. So it came to be no surprise when he started picking up things that I've had on my thrift list - mainly train cases & a typewriter.
This month I want to share with you how I keep a Thrift List (better than the one on the blog here!). I have 3 categories that I keep:
Always looking for // this category has the things I am always looking for. I rarely add to it but if I find something new that I want, I throw it in here. Luckily, I haven't added anything new lately. This part of the list is perfect for when I am out thrifting but am not looking for anything specific. I make sure to hit these sections first. For the most part these things are common items that I might be in the mood for, like a new pair of shoes. On my list, I am always looking for - plain ol' sheets, floral dresses, shoes, skirts, etc
Specialty Items // These are the items that I like to collect. When I am going to a yard sale, estate sale, or antique mall I am looking for these things. I will scrutinize the heck out of these because they are an important part of my collections! These are items I get excited about finding & will rush too when I see. Things on this list include - luggage, train cases, vintage clothes, vintage bedding. On Zach's list are things like old test equipment, tube radios, vintage electronics.
Needs & Wants // This list is ever rotating. It has all the things I'd like to have & all the things I need. When I was looking for a spice rack for my nail polishes this was on the Need Thrift List. Unfortunately I didn't dig enough to find one! My collection of train cases started off on this list. I just wanted one to say I had one & to organize a few things. Now that I have a few, I want to start collecting more because they are so great for organization. A few other things on my thrift list include - a desk for my soon to be studio (when I move), side tables for the couches, something to make into a bar for my next place, shelves, lamps. This list just contains the things I am on the hunt for on a need by need basis. If it's something that I'd really like to have but am pretty sure I can find it thrifting it goes here. Also, if its not something I need right away & I can hunt for it, it lands here.
I hope this has given you a little bit of an idea of how to sort out the things you are on the hunt for. When I first started thrifting I didn't know it was going to evolve into a crazy past time! Now I am serious about hunting for goodies & so is Zach!
How do you organize your thrifty-ness? Am I the only one that does that?
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