Thrift stores are probably the best place to find resources for your DIY projects, but shopping in them can be a double-edged sword. Following these three rules will make all the difference, and transform every trip to a second-hand store into a productive experience.
It’s not unusual to leave thrift store with a bunch of stuff you don’t actually need, so it’s important that you enter the door with a clear head. If you don’t have the list of things you’re looking for, at least think about the way to use the item that piqued your interest before making a purchase.
If you’re a professional crafter, your DIY project should pay off, and if you’re not, you shouldn’t be spending a lot of money on a hobby anyway. Have a certain number in mind every time you shop at thrift stores, and try not to go over the limit.
Never waste your money on items that aren’t in a decent shape. If your thrift store finds need major repairs that require a lot of time and probably aren’t up to your personal abilities, do yourself a favor and let it go.