When people visit my home or stumble upon my blog, one of the first things they ask is, "Where do you find all of this stuff?" Once I tell them that most of what we own has been found at local thrift stores, they ask me to take them with me the next time I go. Now if you live in the Philadelphia area, you can join me for an afternoon of thrift store exploring. This class will focus on finding refreshing pieces for your home, which you can showcase by mixing them with modern items you already own.
The class will meet at my home in Abington (the train station is literally across the street for Philadelphia-based students) and carpool in groups to several thrift stores in the Bucks and Montgomery County areas, including Habitat for Humanity's ReStore in Chalfont, Impact Thrift Store in Hatboro and the Bryn Athyn Thrift Shop.
I will assist students in being selective about what you bring into your home, since it can become a slippery slope when trying to convince yourself you don't need another poodle knick knack or ironic Cosby sweater to add to the collection. Anyone can go thrifting and fill their home with stuff, but I'll help you develop a trained eye. I piny swear to help you find items for your home that you'll want to make sweet, sweet love to. At the end of the day, if you're not happy with a purchase, you can always donate it and give back. Who knows, maybe your thrifting luck will improve with your generosity.
Once we're done collecting thrift store schwag, we'll meet back up at my house and discuss ways we can renovate or revamp our pieces. If you're not totally tuckered out by then, we can even make a pit stop at Lowe's to collect supplies and then update our old furniture or home accessories in my backyard.
Following this class, I'd love to eventually host a flea market series where we go on Saturday morning adventures together to wheel and deal with the locals.