A Complete Guide to Thrifting - Two Gals Way

Let’s be honest thrifting can be overwhelming and frustrating, especially if you’re staring out and scoping the trend. In this post we want to share some tips and tricks, the things we actually look for, and getting the best bang for your buck.

For us, thrifting is retail therapy! Our first tip - setting a whole day aside for thrifting. This is important because you want to allow yourself enough time to really dig through all the stuff and travel to several stores. We try to aim for 3-4 stores depending the distance and area. With that in mind, create a map of the area you want to be in. We use trusty google maps to search for “thrift stores” or “Goodwill” in Phoenix. Once we map out where we want to start and end we set a budget for the day.

Amazing thrifting and styling - Selene L @houseofsaaj

Amazing thrifting and styling - Selene L @houseofsaaj

Our second tip - set a budget for the day, this is extremely important. Sometimes there are items that aren’t worth the few bucks. Try to limit yourself and be mindful of where this new piece will be displayed, used or placed. We try to consider the resale value of the item, if it’s a trend or a staple piece and if it’s something we can up-cycle too!

Selene L - @houseofsaaj

Selene L - @houseofsaaj

As Instagram has created a huge influence, some of the trends we are seeing is lots of baskets, wicker, texture and sandy color pallets! The list goes on, most of these items (if not all) can easily be found at your thrift store. Some of the things we look for - vases, they can be crucial to any “layering” created in any space. From bookcases, kitchen counters, coffee tables and dining rooms! Art pieces - That vintage vibe is SO good, especially if you’re mixing vintage and new. You want your space to be instagram worthy lol! We always look at the furniture, we have scored a few badass chairs in the past that can be awesome accent chairs in any space. Need new coffee table books? The thrift store has you covered. Look for big chunky books, remove the sleeve to get a feel for the cover. Stacking them without the covers to look at or the colors and sizes can help make a decision.

Another amazing thrifter - Jes Lewis @jeshaus

Another amazing thrifter - Jes Lewis @jeshaus

Scan every aisle, we love looking at the throw pillows, don’t be discouraged if you don’t see something you love. Consider the feather pillow inserts that can easily be used inside another pillow - in our case we have our own pillow shop, you can check it out here. We reuse these pillow inserts and make the pillows we want! Also always check the curtain/placemats/bedding section, we have found some awesome velvets, textures that we easily turned into throw pillows!

Before we leave we browse the clothing as well, mens oversized band tees and vintage Levi’s are our jam!

Jes Lewis - @jeshaus

Jes Lewis - @jeshaus

Jes lewis - @jeshaus

Jes lewis - @jeshaus

Please follow these amazing ladies on Instagram, their homes are literally thrifting goals and we aspire to find awesome pieces like they do! We hope this has been helpful!

Love,

Em & Rora