Searching through secondhand stores means that bargains can be found if you look close enough.
10 THINGS NOT TO PASS UP AT THRIFT STORES
1. CAST IRON COOKWARE
Above all else, cast iron cookware tops the list of items you should always buy. But, as one person explains, they are usually donated for nonsensical reasons.
Countless shoppers confess that they always take advantage of solid oak furniture - after all, sometimes it just needs a fresh coat of varnish to look brand new.
2. SOLID OAK FURNITURE
Candlesticks can be upcycled in many ways, and their relatively cheap price point in thrift stores makes them no-brainer purchases.
Who doesn't love a good mirror? As long as the glass is in good condition, it's easy to refinish the frame and turn it into an authentic statement piece for your home.
The key to savvy secondhand store shopping is to identify items that had no chance of being abused by their former owners. Vases fit the bill nicely.