How to | Spruce Up Your Apartment

I'll admit it, I love thrift shopping for home decor items. It's one of my favorite things. I love finding something and sprucing it up to fit what my apartment. Almost everything in my apartment I have found from Goodwill, yard sales, or from this nifty thing called "Free Shelf" near my apartment. The only items I bought brand new were my futon, cubicle divider, bed, mattress, and desk. Otherwise, I've searched through the depths of Goodwill and yard sales for my findings.

Unless you are very particular in what you want for your apartment, I highly suggest going to a thrift store. You can find so many things for cheap! I found a wooden crate that I turned into a shelving unit at Goodwill for $2.99 {{ they really should have charged me a lot more }}, old frames, floating shelving boxes, cork boards, baskets, wine racks, jars, and so much more. I really love to store items in jars. I think it is a classy look - plus I'm able to see what I store in the jars.

Another place that you might want to check is near the community dumpster. I know, you're thinking: Bri, why on earth would I check the dumpster for things for my apartment!? Well, the answer is simple, you're not checking inside the dumpster, but instead what people leave next to it. I've found an awesome end table. I've turned this table into my record table, so now I have a spot where I can play my vinyls instead of dragging out my record player every time. Also, a lot of people will leave things on the curb for free. One person's junk can be another person's treasure.

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