Hot Tip: Get The Most From Your Curbside Shopping

Hot Tip: Get The Most From Your Curbside Shopping

Amber Byfield
Sep 25, 2009

A chair found on the street and then reupholstered!

It takes a certain penchant for thrifting —not to mention an eye for design— to pull off curbside "shopping." And it also takes a little luck. Take a look at these tips from folks who've been successful at exactly that...

Curbside treasure hunting can be successful if you keep a few good tools in your belt. This weekend, while perusing sidewalks or garage sales in your city, keep these tips from the Dallas Morning News in mind, including:

Leave things the way you found them. While people can't be surprised that others are checking out their castoffs, be careful not to make them mad by leaving a mess. Pile things back up in stacks after you make decisions about what you'll keep for yourself.

Don't be so quick to judge. Give items a thorough once-over before making a decision. Consider an item's potential with a new coat of paint, a use beyond its traditional purpose or at least a good scrub-down.

Be realistic. Don't haul items home with ambitious rehab plans that you don't have the skills or time to complete.

Don't give it a second thought. If you spy something that looks interesting, stop right then and there. If you drive off to think about it and leave it, chances are it won't be there when you come back. The good stuff always goes quickly.

See the full article for a few more great tips on being successful while treasure hunting. Remember: one person's trash can always become another's treasure. Garage sales and curbsides have plenty to offer the keen home decorator.

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