Wednesday, December 16, 2009

On the Go Finds!

It's been a very hectic week trying to prepare for the holidays, working and trying to complete online marketing assignments (I take online courses). As I was shopping for groceries for my big holiday party this weekend, I of course had to stop quickly into the local thrift store to see what they had. I did find some great finds to add to my home staging collection. I got all of these items for $5.00. I was so excited. Sometimes you just have one of those days where you are on the go and pass through a thrift store and still find something special.  I love being thrifty!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Tips for Staging a Home During the Holidays

If you are selling a home during the holidays make sure that you keep your decorations to a minimal. Staging with all your thrift store finds is great when living in a home but it isn't going to get you the sale if your trying to sell your home. You want potential buyers to look at your home and space not your thrift store snowmen collection. Do you want buyers to remember your decorations or your beautiful fireplace and hardwood floors? Remember when decorating keep it simple and don't overdo just a few touches here and there does the trick and will result in a quicker sale.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Thrift Store Mantel

I love decorating for Christmas and also with seasonal themes. I found some great Christmas items at my local thrift store to decorate a mantel. I think you have to keep your decorating simple and not overdo. The same is true for home staging and keeping things simple but elegant always attracts attention. Check out my "thrift store mantel" as I call it. I got all the items that you see from my local thrift store except for the stocking holders which I got at a discount store. I created the arrangement but used thrift store greenery and poinsetta flowers.

Using Thrift Store Finds For Home Staging

I had to share some of the great deals I got by shopping at thrift stores. As a home stager supplying your inventory with accessories, furnishings, linens, lamps, etc. can get costly. However, to keep my costs down but still have quality items I shop for things in local thrift stores. I have found some great deals and some beautiful pieces to use in my home staging business.

Not only is this way of shopping being thrifty, but shopping at local thrift stores like the Salvation Army, Goodwill and ACTS, is also a way to help others. Purchases from thrift stores help people in need and help people to get trained so they can get jobs to help support their families.
Finally shopping at thrift stores is being green, and isn't everyone trying to find ways to help our environment? By re purposing used items you keep them out of landfills and give used items a new home. I am always amazed at the things I find at local thrift stores. I have staged some beautiful homes with my finds and people are always asking me where did you get that? Can you believe that all of the items you see cost me a total of $12.00??!!! Seriously!!! Gotta love those bargains!

So next time you pass by a thrift store - check it out! You never know what kinds of treasures you may find. I still can't believe I got all of these items for 12 bucks.