Updated: Jun 25
I love thrifting. When I first starting thrifting back in Middle School (yes, I was that young when I started), I would hit up the Sunday Flea Market and antique stores in my home town every weekend. It brought me so much joy to wander the aisles and shelves of what other people might deem as junk. Hey, one lady’s trash is another’s treasure.
Old pieces tell a story. I remember finding a candlestick made in 1912, the same year as when the Titanic sank. I would dream of the backstory behind this hundred year old item. Now granted it didn’t come from the Titanic, but it sparked this curiosity in the history of pieces.
This fascination of thrifting grew from trinkets to more substantial items over the years. I’d say that over 3/4 of my pieces are thrifted, found, or off craigslist.com. While my space reflects that of a bohemian gypsy with its mismatched wood furniture, Moroccan rugs, and eclectic wall decor, I boldly believe that thrifted furniture can be anyone’s pursuit.
Not only can thrifting be for any design style, but there are other great benefits and reasons to thrift. So stop shopping box stores, and put on some Macklemore as you walk into a thrift stop.
Today’s insta-trash world has manufacturers cranking out low quality products. Most furniture today is made from MDF, veneers, and plywood. This is cheap material that will ensure that your furniture will be tossed in two years just to repeat the cycle all over.
On the other hand, thrifted pieces typically are pretty well built (as they’ve been able to withstand the test of time). Often times, they are made from solid wood. Solid wood pieces can be stripped, sanded, and retained/painted numerous times for multiple repurposing. MDF, veneers, and plywoods are one time deals.