Gettin' Thrifty

I'm not sure if it was my latest obsession with Macklemore's hit or my dwindling interior design budget, but when Teri Clar suggested we hit up Goodwill to fill the bookshelves in my office, I had no objection.  $100 and two full bookshelves later, I couldn't be more thrilled with the result.  I decorated an entire wall, stayed on budget, and learned a few valuable lessons from Teri on how to thrift store shop.  Let's break it down...

Lesson 1: Look at every aisle 5 times.  A lot of stuff looks like junk until you see it a few times.  I passed over some great pieces because they were hidden behind plastic minnie mouse plates (no judgement...just didn't match the decor). 

Lesson 2: Books can be beautiful.  I am a bad reader.  I'm too antsy and never finish books, so I sadly only had the Twilight series and Harry Potter with which to decorate.  Teri quickly solved that by pulling over a dozen hard-cover classics for $2 each that had bright, beautiful spines.

Lesson 3: Edit.  Just because everything is $2 doesn't mean you have to buy it all (trust me, I tried).  Teri made me lay out everything and put back each item that I could live without.  According to her, you shouldn't love a piece any less just because it is inexpensive.  

Check out our results below and be sure to tap Teri for help on your next project!

- Steph & The Fortique Team

Forgive my poor photography, but how awesome is that owl?  Plus those books make me look smart...

Forgive my poor photography, but how awesome is that owl?  Plus those books make me look smart...

Antique mirror we found hidden behind a bunch of frames - not sure where to hang yet, but I love it! $18

Antique mirror we found hidden behind a bunch of frames - not sure where to hang yet, but I love it! $18

Books, pottery, and gold piece from Goodwill ~$40 total

Books, pottery, and gold piece from Goodwill ~$40 total

Love the colors she pulled in with these books

Love the colors she pulled in with these books