If you read my last blog, you know I’m big on garage sales, flea markets, thrift stores and about anywhere else I can get a good bargain. Since I love to design, thrift shopping in my younger years was a necessity due to lack of funds. Today, my thrift-store habit—okay, addiction—is based on choice rather than necessity. I’ve learned to love the hunt!

I love digging around and having that aha! moment of finding the perfect thing. I love repurposing something someone else had grown tired of. I love making something pretty again. And I love the way it makes me feel to do my small part to reduce waste in a society that wastes too much. Okay, off my soapbox I must come. People often ask me if I use repurposed items and the answer is yes! All the photos in this blog are of upcycled items currently residing happily in my home. Think about your home, read on, and—if you dare—take the redesign challenge!

The Thrift Store Redesign Challenge

Maybe you already love thrifting and garage sales or maybe it’s new to you. Either way, here’s my challenge to you:

  • Set a monetary limit for yourself (could be just $10, $20—whatever you’re comfortable with the
  • Hit thrift shops or garage sales in your area+
  • Look for something special that speaks to you and consider how you might give it new life (the secret — and you’ll get better at this with experience — it to see not just the item’s current state, but to see its potential!)
  • Take before and after pictures of your new favorite item and share it on our Facebook Page

Our DIY-loving community on Facebook would love to see what you come up with! Your solution might involve spray paint , sanding, stain, new cushions, stencils—no wrong answers here; go wherever your imagination takes you.

If you’re inexperienced, don’t be intimidated. Start small with a lamp or vase. Get in touch with your inner child who loved to draw, paint and put stuff together. If you’re an old hand at this, take the opportunity to push your limits and show off (it’s not showing off, it’s sharing).

Good luck! Let’s do our part to help each other and the planet by re-purposing one piece at a time.

Now, what will you do next to love where you live?


Have design questions for me? Submit them here - or share your project on The Redesign Habit Facebook Page, we would love to hear from you!