Love thrifting? Me too! Sometimes you have accessories that you want to match up & you don’t have anything in your closet to match them. I am notorious for keeping a pair of earrings, a bracelet or a necklace set for years until I find an outfit to match. What can I say, when I find something I like, I really commit to it! A friend of mine turned me on to thrifting years ago & I haven’t gone back. Don’t get me wrong, I love my name brand items, but I also have responsibilities. So I found that thrifting for home decor & a few clothing items really helped me spread the wealth around (aka getting some retail therapy in without killing my budget)!
Since I’ve started, I have found some really great items for next to nothing! I recently found 3 name brand, high end pieces & got them for under $10 each! One was a suede zipper vest that was brand spanking new. Paid less than $4 for it!! Not to mention the great home decor you can find. Grab some cool stuff, get a can of gold spray paint & go to town!! Our house gets tons of compliments on items we’ve found while thrifting (only a select few know my secret-otherwise they’d snag all the stuff). My neighbor stays mad at us. Here’s why. I found a Thomasville Furniture entertainment center that retails for over $500. I only paid $25 for it! We also have two coffee tables that cost less than $15 each. They’re solid, old school sturdy construction. So they were some seriously great finds.
However, I don’t always like the aroma that comes with newly found furnishings & fashions. Mothballs & garage smells are not my perfume of choice! So to get the smell out of your cloth goodies, follow this simple tip. Remove odors from vintage or thrift clothing by spritzing them with a mixture of one part vodka, two parts water. Now, I’ve never drank vodka, but hey, what better reason to buy a bottle! If you only buy it for the purpose of cleaning, it should last you forever.
Other things that I’ve tried & worked are washing garments with baking soda (or vinegar-just not both at the same time), then spraying with fabric refresher & tossing into the dryer. Sometimes all it’ll take is a dryer sheet.
Doing an internet search for the type of material is key. You don’t want to shrink your garment or end up locking in an odor you’re trying to remove! With all items, make sure you cleanse them thoroughly before putting them on. Even if you have to spray it with sanitizing spray, make sure it’s clean. Who knows who it was on or where it was before you got it. After it’s fresh & like new, throw on some super chic accessories & own that look!
Oh yeah, before I forget. For your furniture, most times a good 2 or 3 coatings of sanitizing spray followed by furniture cleaner (the basic stuff like Murray’s or even Pledge) will do wonders. Just be sure to allow the sanitizing spray to dry first. Also test in an inconspicuous area before doing the entire piece.
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