I recently threw you guys a good old fashioned TFD Solid, and shared a handful of great, local Craigslist deals that I had come across (you can catch it here if you missed it). That was in response to the years of, "It's not fair-you always find the best deals." comments that I get. After thinking more about just why it is that I end up with these great bargains, I realized that there was way more to it than the fact that I'm always looking. One of the major reasons I have such success is because of this very simple rule my sweet, southern mother once taught me....
Beggars Can't Be Choosers
What I mean by that, is that you can't expect to strut right into a thrift shop, or discount store, find exactly what you are looking for annnnd get it for a great price. Yes, sometimes the good angels above toss us the absolute perfect item at a steal of a price, but it's just not realistic to expect this to happen every time you go shopping. Sometimes...errr, most times, you have to be able see things differently-look at an item's potential. Maybe a different color, or for a different use. Which is exactly what I did for the vase in the photo above. Only guess what? I totally just tricked you, because that bright yellow container wasn't actually "meant" to be a vase! Nope, it was in the kitchen section of HomeGoods and "supposed" to be a utensil holder. Ha! Now, the bright yellow color totally didn't work for the space that it's going to be used in, but I could see beyond the color. The shape was spot on. I went searching for anything geometric, and found it. If you follow me on Instagram or facebook, then you know that I recently scored some of Krylon's Coral Isle spray paint at our local Wally-World (I've been searching for-ev-er to find this in a store near me). This quickly and easily took my $6.99 former utensil holders to the perfect colored vases for my project.
So to recap, if you want to find a great deal, you sometimes have to be willing, ready, and able to give an item a little extra DIY lovin'. And as always, if you are digging these articles- join our newsletter below, and get the good stuff delivered right to your inbox.