Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Open Minded Thrifting

When I thrift, I try to keep an open mind about what I might find. If I am looking for something specific, I will miss all of the other cool stuff around me. 

Instead of saying...I am going to look for a pair of Banana Republic jeans at the thrifts today...tell yourself that you are going to search for a dark wash pair of jeans. Otherwise, you might miss that pair of Paige Denim or no-name brand pants in the perfect wash and fit!

Don't get me wrong, I do keep a BOLO (be on the look out) list but I try to search for items in general and not specific terms.

Here is my current BOLO list:

Small round table for kitchen
Yellow long cardigan
Knee boots with no heel

At one time, a cool large rug for our living room was on my BOLO list...

Found it! An 8' x 11' licensed Andy Warhol rug, yard sale, $20. Original cost was in the $800 range.

What is on your BOLO list? Comment here or pop over to the Facebook page to share.


  1. I have that rug! and def. didn't pay just $20...lucky you!

  2. Wow that rug is stunning! I also have a thrusting list of things I keep an eye out for too!

  3. Believe it or not, I'm not looking for anything right now for my home. I actually have a few pieces too many in it right now that I'm trying to make room for. Of course, I'm always on the lookout for things for the store. High on my list are pieces by Tapio Wirkkala, Timo Sarpaneve and Oiva Toikka.

    That rug is great! You hit the jackpot getting it for $20.

  4. I really do know how to spell Sarpaneva. But sometimes my fingers aren't good spellers...LOL

  5. Great advice! I always feel like I am rushing through the thrift store so that I can hurry off to the next one. I need to try and slow down. I'm sure I've missed some great treasures :-)

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the rug!

  6. " The rug really brought the room together man"
    I would fight for that rug...great find.