Friday, February 4, 2022

How to repurpose dated thrift store paintings?


Ever go to a thrift store and find an amazing art that you like off the bat. Then, you find some pieces that you feel need Improvement. You brainstorm how to improve on the art or in some cases, you just want the canvas. In these rare cases, where you purchase the art just to reuse the canvas, you can repaint over it and create new art.

 Another Trend that Millennials are doing is upcycling the art. They will take an old Seascape or landscape and paint animals on it. In some cases, they will paint dinosaurs on it and make it a unique piece of art. Personalized to their Taste and to their decor.

 Or they will take an old canvas and cover it with a fabric. For example a flag or Souvenir cloth from Italy. That's what I did to my vintage canvases.

 Another way to update old art is to take an old poster print and use large scrapbook lettering and glue it to the poster after creating a message on it. I created a poster message that read dream big.


In summary, you can create all types of art with vintage art. Or is that is personal to you and creative in messaging. Are that is unique and one-of-a-kind instead of a dated piece of art. Art is what you make of it. 

Writing about the thrift niche


When writing about a niche, the blogger or writer will give you very generic information. For example, write what you like to write about or pick a topic of great interest to you. The writers never give you specific subjects to write about.

 I write about thrift store finds and going to thrift stores in general. But, I have to admit that the subject is sometimes limiting. Other bloggers insist that the reader must have a problem that has to be resolved and that there is no other reason for reading blogs. I tend to think otherwise, I think that if you write fun engaging content that the readers will stay and read the blog post. You don't necessarily have to have an issue or problem you want solve to read a blog.


I decided to write about the thrift Niche not only to brainstorm my own topic, but to help others who want to write about the thrift topics. Here are some actual ideas to write about the thrift niche. Divide thrift store items into subcategories, for example: clothing, you can write the following:


1. how to purchase thrift store clothing.

 2. how to create one-of-a-kind outfits at the thrift.

 3. how to sustain and maintain thrift clothing.

 4. what are the do's and don'ts of thrift fashion

 5. should thrift clothing be sustainable for the future.


Here are just a few topics one could write about in the thrift Niche. For home decor items you could ask these questions in the thrift niche;

 1. what brand should one look for in Thrift for home decor?

 2. what are popular items to buy in Thrift for home decor?

 3. should you buy used pots and pans from the thrift?

 4. what are some creative uses for home decor Thrift items?

 5. how would thrifted home decor items fit in design in one's house?


These are just some ideas on two categories in the thrift. You could write about toys, collectibles, books, art, unusual things to Thrift, linen and many other thrift store items in the thrift niche.


If you love to thrift, you will find a lot of topics to write about in the thrift niche. There are so many topics and solutions to write about in the thrift niche that you will have endless content for your blog.

What are the rules of thrift store shopping etiquette


This is a good question, what is thrift store etiquette? Thrift store etiquette is the rules that make interaction with others less inoffensive and comfortable at a thrift store. Thrift store etiquette involves learning proper behavior socially and professionally, in casual or formal circumstances, here and abroad in the thrift stores.

 Some rules of thrift etiquette is to; 

1.  Be aware of Shoppers around you as you move down the aisles. If you have a cart be mindful not to block aisles. keep cart close to the side of the aisle, you are viewing. It’s good etiquette to be mindful of people around you so you can avoid bumping into anyone.

 2. When looking through thrift items, leave them in the spot you found them, don't unfold clothing and leave it like that. Refold clothing. Leave the items where you found it instead of moving items around.  The employees have grouped certain items together like glassware for example.  

 3.  Don't pull price tags off the items and change prices on items. Looks Shady when you do that.It makes it harder for people that are actually buying piece to know the price and the thrift would have to reprice items.

 4.  Don't buy unpriced donations there are still on cart wait until the items are placed on shelves. This is bad etiquette when you purchase items off the cart that the employees are about to price the items on, unless you ask the employee first.  If it's okay to take off the cart before pricing item.  

5.   Don't try to haggle over price, the prices are set at the thrift, it's not a bazaar or swap meet. At checkout, there is always someone trying to haggle over the price at the thrift.  These prices have been set by the thrift and usually the employees don’t have the authority to unilaterally change the prices.  So be mindful of others waiting on line when you try to haggle over thrift store items.

 6.  Watch your children, if you bring kids into the thrift. Children could innocently damage items at thrift if playing around. 

7.  Only take what you use currently and leave the rest for others.If you see a lot of ites up for sale that you like but there are many of the same goods.  Then leave it for someone else to get, if you have gotten a lot of the items already. 

8.  Don't take too much time in dressing rooms, allow time for others to use dressing rooms to. If the fitting rooms are crowded then good decorum would be to try your item and get out of the fitting room as soon as possible so that others could use it. 

 9. If shopping at Goodwill bins or Outlets doesn't run to grab items. Don't act like a Walmart shopper during a Christmas rush. It’s important to be civilized and not run to grab items out of bins.  It makes the experience more pleasant for everyone.

10.  Don't touch items from another person's cart. This is common sense, if you see something you like in someone’s cart then its too late to get it because its in someone else’s cart.

 11. Do not donate items after hours, try to donate them when staff is available to put away items. It’s bad form to leave items after donation hours because if the donation area is open air, you will leave the donated items out to the elements until the following day when the staff can process the donations.

 12. Do not ask staff to check if items you're looking for is in the back. They must wait to price items before putting on the floor. Even, if they had the item in the back they normally wait for until they have priced the item to bring it out to the shelves.  

 13. Don't take don't talk too loudly or be disruptive. Thrift stores are normally quiet and pensive places. There is usually music being played at thrift stores but if you go to a thrift that is relatively quiet then you should not speak too loudly or be disruptive.

 14. Scan the thrift before actually shopping to get used to the lay of the land. It is good to scan the shop first then look around the store twice to make sure you have not left anything behind.

 15. Don't be upset if you don't find anything at the thrift store.  Sometimes, you may not find anything at the thrift because you may not find anything that attracts you that day.  But, the key is to keep returning to the thrift to find your special item.

 in summary, if you do these fifteen things. Your life in thrift stores will be much easier. Thrift store etiquette is important to make everyone's experience at the thrift enjoyable..

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