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judygilpin
Go to really reputable consignment stores for upholstered goods. They only take things that are sellable and even do steam cleans to assure cleanliness. Much of the furniture they get are from model homes after the development has sold out. Small antique pieces (dining chairs, side chairs, benches) can be reupholstered easily as a DYI project. I would NEVER buy a large upholstered piece (sofa's,etc.) at a cheap thrift shop unless it's something you can have re-upholstered. Best advise I can give is know your source.
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bygeorgi

The antique mailboxes and theater seats would cost a small fortune..... highly unlikely to find such a thing at a thrift store. I thrift almost every weekend, I do find great stuff new and vintage but those pieces would be a stretch.......I find it interesting how many folks "would never" ... you probably don't have to. Some folks need to shop at thrift stores , yard sales and such and by the way , those people are doing their share at being green and at the same time some stores are charity based...... AND keeping your stuff from the landfill. I for one donate and buy from a store that supports American Veterans.


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labincurlers

There is nothing I'd rather do which is why I'm addicted to Hometalk and updating and painting and repurposing. Houzz is such a fun site to be on, whether for ideas you can do yourself or laugh at something that is such a ridiculous price, who'd buy that. The comments are fun to join in on there is truly something for everybody. There is too much "stuff" already in this world and manufacturers are largely to blame because things are made so cheaply you can "buy a new one" or made so sneakily you can't fix it and have to buy new. Half my home is refurbished treasures and we love it.

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