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How To Transform Your Thrift Store Finds 

When it comes to thrifting, the possibilities are endless! Whether you’re on the hunt for some art to spice up your home or the perfect summer dress for that backyard barbecue, there’s always something to find. Department store shopping can get expensive and extremely time consuming, so thrifting is a great alternative. What better way to be budget-friendly as well as environmentally friendly than to stop by your local thrift store? We’re sharing our favorite #ThriftTips so that you can get the most out of your 2nd Avenue Thrift Superstore finds! 


Upcycling is one of many ways to up your thrift game. Upcycling is essentially turning an item into something new. So, if you see something you don’t absolutely love, you can always create something fresh and new with it. We always suggest upcycling clothing, whether you turn an old pair of jeans into a unique dress or trendy fabric into a T-shirt. There are so many ways to completely change a piece. 

Another great way you can upcycle your thrift store finds is with furniture. You can easily repaint and polish an old TV stand into a rustic end table that can revive your entire space. The great thing about upcycling is that everything you create is one of a kind! 


Let’s talk DIYing! There’s quite a large number of items you can DIY, including clothes, home decor, tables, and much more! Whether you’re seeking farmhouse or modern touches to add to your home, 2nd Avenue has something to match everybody’s vibe. Looking for a stylish decor basket for your living room but don’t want to break the bank? It’s possible! All you need is a trip to 2nd Avenue to find the perfect basket; then, you can spray-paint it whatever color you wish. As you’ll quickly learn, spray paint will become your best friend when it comes to DIYing secondhand items.  

Another great DIY option is transforming thrift store canisters into pottery or pots for plants. This hack is perfect for a summertime yard spruce-up. DIYing thrifted items is always affordable AND fun! 


Did you know you can repurpose preloved clothing into baby clothes and even reusable bags? Who would’ve thought! Repurposing is simply reusing an item for a different purpose. There are endless possibilities when it comes to repurposing, especially because you can do it with just about anything! If you have something lying around the house that you’re thinking of getting rid of, the majority of the time, you can find a new purpose for it. Some great ways to repurpose include turning picture frames into wall art or even turning an old cutting board into a decorative tray for your kitchen or living room. Have an old ladder lying around? Turn it into wall decor to put frames, plants, or signs on. This trick is great for smaller spaces. All these items need are a bit of love and effort—they can make the biggest difference!  

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