Poking through old furniture, stumbling on vintage gems and turning the corner to face a used piece of art that looks like it was made just for your home — the thrills of thrift shopping are plentiful. If you plan on staying away from the crowds chasing sales and want to get your thrift on during this three-day holiday weekend, we've gathered our favorite tips, ideas and inspiration so you have your best, most awesome thrift adventures yet!
A successful thrift trip needs five things:
→ Five Tips for Successful Thrift Store Shopping
Want to DIY? Here's what to look for when you shop:
→ 10 Common Thrift Store Finds That Work Great for DIY Projects
→ 10 Easy-to-Find Secondhand Staples (and How To DIY These Thrift Store Finds)
Want to know where to go?
→ 2013 Flea Market Guide: Coast to Coast
→ 10 US Flea Markets Worth a Trip
How to clean up your thrift store finds:
→ How To Clean Up a Flea Market Find
→ How To Get the Musty Smell Out of Your Thrifted Treasures
Here's how to get the best deal:
→ Bargain Hunting & Deal Making
Don't bring home any unwanted guests:
→ How To Avoid Bringing Bedbugs Home from Hotels, Thrift Stores and More
Don't forget to consider whether you need what you're about to buy:
→ Thinking Before Buying at the Thrift Store
And please, please do this if you thrift any art this weekend:
→ Adding Monsters to Thrift Store Paintings
What thrift shopping tips and ideas would you add to this list? Share your best thrift advice in the comments below!
(Image credits: Bethany Nauert; Amanda Johnson; Oliver Jeffers; Apartment Therapy Classifieds; Brooklyn Flea Profile; Alameda Point Antiques and Collectibles Faire; Laure Joliet; The Art of Doing Stuff; Rebecca Orlov; Shutterstock/Shutterstock; Sarah Rae Smith; Chris McMahon)