thrift tip #1 look for fabric at the thrift store
I thought it would be fun to share some of my thrifting tips every once in a while. And since this one is foremost in my mind right now as I’m in the process of making throw pillow covers I thought it was a good place to start.
Is it just me or are throw pillows excessively expensive these days? Even buying just the pillow cover can give you sticker shock. So I knew that my throw pillows project would most certainly be a diy-er. But fabric isn’t getting any cheaper either, let me tell you! Plus I really wanted an eclectic collection of one-offs for most of my living room pillows. So I started browsing thrift stores for unique fabrics that could round out my collection. I looked through sheets, pillow cases, table cloths, shower curtains, skirts, men’s shirts…anything with enough fabric to do something with. Once I started looking I realized that this was a whole untapped mine of fabric I had been previously ignoring! And have I been hitting the jackpot!
These fabrics are for multiple different rooms they aren’t all going together – dont’ worry!
I love the graphic print of this dark chocolate and white. At first I was balking at the idea of paying $6.99 for a skirt but then I realized…$6.99 for a pillow cover? Are you freakin’ kidding me? So I bought it. And look at this lovely vintage table cloth!
I swear I almost screamed when I snagged this baby off the hanger! Okay, truthfully, I saw it from one aisle over and I literally lunged for it. I know I’m not the only one who does this…c’mon let’s be honest. This is going to make some amazing pillows for our master bedroom. There are a couple of stains but thankfully the sloppy person who deposited them thoughtfully aimed for an area that I can totally work around. Thank you sloppy person!
Another cool thing that I figured out is that if you buy pillowcases, depending on the size of pillow insert you are using, 3 sides are already finished for you! Bam! Fabric for a pillow cover for .99 cents that is already 3/4ths finished for you? Now those are the kind of diy projects I can really get behind.
Again, if you need more fabric than just a single throw pillow, look in the sheets and table cloths. I saw a bunch of awesome fabrics that someone should totally be taking advantage of!
What do you shop for at your thrift stores?