Thrift stores are a second home for DIY enthusiasts—they’re the best place to find great materials at an affordable price. Finding great, cheap items at a thrift store is easier said than done, but you can do it by avoiding these common mistakes.
No Clear Purpose
You’ll stumble upon many cool trinkets during your thrift shopping adventures, but not all of them can be used in your DIY projects. If you don’t have a clear idea for upcycling certain items and can’t use them as they are, your money would be better spent on something else.
Spending Too Much
Speaking of money, the main purpose of thrift shopping for DIY projects is to stay on budget. Make sure that the second-hand items you’re buying aren’t as expensive as the new ones because this pretty much defies the purpose of thrift shopping.
Thrift shopping requires patience, whether you’re searching for potential DIY materials or not. Unless you’re looking for something specific, take your time to carefully go through each shelf and take time to come up with new ways to utilize items you found before buying them.