Outside of fashion, I have a deep passion for interior design. Understanding how and why certain furniture and fixtures work in the spaces they do brings me a lot of joy. Thrifting has been one of the ways that I have learned more about interior design, which sustainably fed my hunger to learn more. It has also taught me a lot about how to balance and fill a room. Before the pandemic, I felt too busy to really delve into fully decorating my home. However, since I have been able to thrift again, I have begun putting my passion into practice. Below are three things I have learned regarding décor from thrift stores.

1. Décor Does Not Have To Be Expensive To Be Luxurious

When I got into interior design, I often thought that if materials were not expensive, they were subpar. However, I have found through thrifting that décor does not have to be expensive. It is actually the opposite. Through thrifting, I have found some of the most beautiful décor in my home for very cheap. Thrift is such a great mechanism to find décor that will not break your bank. You just have to be patient and critically think about the pieces you want to add to your home.

2. You Can Find Unique Pieces

Many people often want to have unique and special pieces in their homes. When one goes shopping for décor to find unique pieces, it cost an arm and a leg or things feel mass produced. However, thrifting often can lead you to find pieces that are not just mainstream but rather are whimsical. Many of my most special and one of a kind pieces come has come from thrifting.

Thrifting has opened up a world of possibility regarding how detailed and nuanced my home can now be. No longer am I spending a lot of money to make my home as special as I have always dreamed.

3. Decor From Small-, Women-, and BIPOC-Owned Artisans

Finally, when it comes to decor, thrifting has allowed me to find and get to know about many small-, women-, and BIPOC-owned artisans. Mainstream stores do not organically feature the works of artisans of this nature. Yet, thrift stores have no limits when it comes to various types of artisans. As a BIPOC person, this is especially meaningful. Having the ability to bring décor into my home that is made by marginalized persons like me means a great deal. Next time you are in a thrift store, see what artisans you can find!

Thrifting has thoroughly changed my perspective on buying and procuring décor for my home. It has made my home more special. More ethical. And all around so much more fun!

About our fabulous guest blogger:

Xavier (Zay) is a fashion educator who teaches people how to Slay Responsibly when it comes to handbags, fashion, pre-loved items, and brands. He helps people realize they have more power when it comes to handbags and luxury than they think. Zay lives in the Washington, DC area, is a P.h.D student studying strategic communication, identifies as nonbinary, and is self-proclaimed baghead!