Debt Free Decorating Part 2:: Thrifting

This is the second post in a series about Debt Free Decorating:: Ideas Credit Cards Wish You Didn’t Know, read the first post here.

Thrifting is currently my favorite way to add beauty to my home for pennies on the dollar.  I like it because thrift stores have lots of hours as opposed to a few hours on a Saturday morning, and the merchandise is different every time you visit a store.  Walking into a thrift store is always and adventure.

One of my favorite finds is that sofa table up there that we use at the end of our bed.  It was $20 and I planned on painting it but, it hasn’t annoyed me enough yet to put forth the effort.  Also, scroll up again~the huge lantern hanging over our bed?  Habitat ReStore I think it was $30.

I still love my chair that I found at the Salvation Army for $35. Remember, I just painted the wood white?

Half the stuff on top of my table was thrifted.

Some of my other favorite finds are my $8 glass lamp bases and my $20 green chair and $10 shutters over the fireplace.

I forgot to tell you that the stitching started coming out of the green chair.  My husband loves that chair so, I took it to a local upholsterer and for $45 got it all fixed.  I’ve never had a piece of furniture that I felt was worth repairing like this but it’s a sturdy little Hickory Chair piece and is super comfy.

Doesn’t it look like our dog has a weird, fat tounge?  It’s really just my little fella’s blurry hand.

Of course who can forget my white slipcovered chair?  I’m a slipcover evangelist here to testify to the life changing effects of white slips.  The original chair is hideous but was only $12. Oh, and right here’s my $15 thrifted coffee table too.

One of my most recent finds~The Copper Twins. They looked like barf upholstered onto darker barf when I bought them.  It took about $2 and 45 minutes to transform them into their current state of glory.  And half the stuff on that table is thrifted too.  Plus that black frame hanging on my shutter on the fireplace: thrifted.

Thrift Stores are a fantastic way to furnish your home.  The two main ingredients needed are patience and persistance.  Thrifting is a state of mind, you have to be open to see things as they could be~and if you are willing to take a risk, the payoff might be fantastic.


This is going to be epic, beast and other trendy words my boys use.  It’s an I heart thrifting everywhere party hosted by our fearless leader and Nate Show thrifting genius guru favorite, Rashon Carraway, Mr. Goodwill Hunting.

Lots and lots of people will be getting together in lots of cities to meet up at a thrift shop and find great deals together. Check out Mr. Goodwill Hunting, Rashon’s blog today to see some of the locations, more are being added and anyone can volunteer to host a meet up.  I’m going to be at a local Habitat ReStore here in Charlotte along with Caroline and Angela and Rashon is going to be there as well .  We will be at 1133 North Wendover Road Habitat for Humanity ReStore. This is a big store with lots of furniture and housewares, I think they even have a little coffee and book shop.  I’ll be there at 10am. We would LOVE for YOU to join us!

If you would like to host an I heart thrifting Day in your area, just contact Rashon.

Plus you will want to get yourself a cute I {internet symbol for} heart thrifting t shirt…

I promised Rashon I would take a photo of myself in my cute shirt and then this morning 6 minutes after I woke up I remembered I hadn’t taken a photo and my camera battery was dead and I shattered the glass on my phone yesterday but instagram came through anyway.  It really does say i heart thrifting.  Not i less than 3 rifting.  I don’t even know what rifting is.

Here’s Rashon in his shirt.  Something tells me he was much more prepared for his closeup.  He looks put together all. the. time.  Hence the bowtie on the shirt, he is nothing if not dapper and style is an art form for him and he doesn’t disappoint.  Plus he’s really talented and a connoisseur of thrift.  If you haven’t met him yet you are in for some fun.

If you are local, leave a comment and let me know if you think you can join us at the Charlotte area location 1133 North Wendover Road Habitat for Humanity ReStore July 9th, 10am.

You can get your cute t shirt here.

Related Thrifting Posts You Might Enjoy:

The Secret to Thrifting

How to Cure Thrift Store Shopping, I Hate to Pass Up a Great Deal-itis Disease Syndrome

The Most Amazing Comments Ever In The World:: YOUR Thoughts on Thrifting~itus

Final Thoughts on Thrifting :: Answering Tough Questions Like Is it wrong to enjoy a pretty house?

How to Paint Furniture

How to Make Your Own Slipcovers



  1. I will be there and bring a friend.

  2. I was thinking about organising similar event in my area, so I am looking forward to hearing how your thing turns out!

  3. O yippee! I think I actually can come to this! Looking forward to it!!!! :)

  4. I will be there!!!

  5. I just have to “squeeeeee” cause I AM LOCAL!!! And I had no clue YOU were local!!! Super Coool!!

  6. I love this! I just found your blog and feel like I know you already :) I just did a post on all my craigslist finds!!

    Great minds think alike

  7. I completely want to burgle your house for that green chair. But the whole chair thing is kind of becoming a major issue in my life at the moment…

  8. I will be there for sure!!

  9. I am thinking of coming along. We are visiting friends in Charlotte this weekend and while the boys are away, the girls need to come out and play!

  10. I found your site thanks to someone pinning a post of yours on pinterest. And I just had to tell you that I wish my house looked like yours :) You have a magazine house and yet people live in it! I love that so much. I know I *can* do it, I just don’ thave the decorating skillz. Beautiful. And thank you for the inspiration.

  11. Elizabeth says

    I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited to live in the Charlotte area! I’ll be there!

  12. You take thrifting to a whole new, inspiring level. I really love that green leather chair AND the two burnt orange velvet ones. I too, am a slip cover disciple and couldn’t agree more with you: white slip covers work wonders.

  13. love the post! trying to learn the art of thrifting! what color are your walls in the bedroom at the top of the post? i’m looking for a pretty gray! thanks!

  14. you always inspire me to be patient and wait for the right thing. i finally found the perfect chairs on craig’s list after months of searching….i would rather have a bare living room than spend money on something i hate or spend money i don’t have. you have encouraged me so much with that. and look at these amazing chairs i found for 75 bucks! thanks nester…i am a fan. ;)

  15. I’m from Charlotte and am definitely excited to come!! Can’t wait to see all the goods and meet some great people and chat away! ;)

  16. I’m so inspired and off to find what treasures are to be had in my area (Hobart, Tasmania). Have I said before or enough how much I love your website? You inspire me daily. Thank you xx nicole

  17. lucke girl says

    Aren’t the Restores in Charlotte closed on Mondays?

  18. I want one of those t shirts but the link doesn’t take me to where i can get one. Is there a website?

  19. I love your site, it’s so cute! I am a thrifter big time. I bring home all kinds of things and transform them from people’s trash to goodwill to the flea markets. Oooolala it is soooooo much fun!!! Question where is your couch from.i really like it and the white….buuuutttt how do you keep clean with the dog. I have four dogs over 115 lbs each. Anyways I just dream of a couch like that!

  20. Love your blog. Thanks for all the info. I’m a big goodwill hunter myself. Can I ask where you purchased the bar stools? Blessings, CC

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