Common Thrift Store Finds That Work Great for DIY Projects

If you are one of those people who like to get creative and immerse themselves in DIY projects then old pawn shops and thrift stores can be literal gold mines for you. Truth be told, there are a lot of awesome finds waiting for you and your next thrift store DIY project, however, in order to really get the most out of your next thrift store shopping spree, you need to keep on open mind. 

What are we talking about? There are a lot of common items at a thrift store and sometimes, it’s difficult to see its potential as your next ornament, piece of furniture, or whatever else you had in mind for your thrift store DIY. At Habitat for Humanity Broward Restore, you can find new or gently used furniture and home appliances for a fraction of their retail price!

Sometimes, all these thrift store finds need is a new coat of paint, a good clean, or just an entirely new context.

And to give you that context, we’ve compiled a list of a few great thrift shop finds that you can use for your next DIY project. 

Artwork

Pieces of art are hard to beat when we’re talking about thrift store DIYs. With the right creative approach, clustered artwork can make for a fine design or even for an entire collection. By going one step further and adding a few subtle changes to these cheap pieces of art, you can create a totally unique collection of sometimes bizarre, but eye-catching creations. 

Trunks

These items are easy to find and some of the vintage ones are pretty cool by themselves and can work perfectly in your home design. On the other hand, they can make for great occasional tables in some circumstances.  

Dining Chairs and Table

Dining Chairs and Table

Whether you need a single chair or a whole set, chances are, you’ll find them at thrifts stores, even though you might need to repaint, stain, and reupholster them. Tables can also make fine additions for your kitchen, dining room, or if you already have one, they can be repurposed as desks. 

Lamps

Older, vintage lamps can make a fine addition to your furniture by themselves, though sometimes, you’ll need to change the shade and clean them thoroughly. Broken lamps can be rewired simply and if you buy more, you can get really creative with them and use them for your next art project. 

There you have it. These items will make for a great DIY project and some of them may be ready for use out of the box (out of the store, in this case). If you feel inspired for DIY fun, be sure to visit our ReStore to find great deals on new and gently used items. You won’t be disappointed. 

5 Health Benefits of Spring Cleaning Your Home

Some of us love, while others dread cleaning. Especially spring cleaning. And as it’s that time of the year again, there are a lot of people who can’t wait to start while others try everything in their might to avoid grabbing a broom and start cleaning.

However, those who like to clean are on to something. While it may sound a little awkward, there are benefits to cleaning and benefits of a clean house, and in this article, we’re going to cover every benefit you can gain from a clean home and tidying your living space.

Before we start, let’s answer these particular questions: What is spring cleaning, and what is the meaning of spring cleaning? 

By just looking at it, you can tell that it’s a seasonal thing. Basically, it’s the act of cleaning out the house after the long winter months. In most places, it’s cold during the winter, and getting certain household chores done can become a hassle in the cold.

On the other hand, spring, in general, signalizes a “new start” a “fresh beginning” and as such, it’s only logical to await it with a clean slate. 

So, without further ado, here are the benefits of spring cleaning 

It Increases Productivity 

The effort you put into cleaning and organizing your living space can save you literally hours of trying to find things unnecessarily, or replacing your lost things. By organizing your belongings, you can be more productive, and the act of cleaning can help you increase energy levels. 

So, learn to let go of things you don’t use anymore, to free up space. The less you have to organize, the less time it consumes, and the more effective you will become at finding your stuff in the house.   

It Boosts Health 

A good cleaning session can help you avoid allergies – says a study from ACAAI, by removing allergens from the living space. This can clearly help boost not just your health, but the health of your entire family, especially if a family member is prone to allergies. 

Be thorough, make sure to clean even those hard-to-reach spots, and don’t be shy to ask for help. 

It Boosts Happiness

Putting the time and effort into tidying your house makes you happier and there are several studies to prove it. The sense of satisfaction you get from cleaning can help you improve your mood and can help promote a better self-image in general. 

You can even make cleaning more appealing and satisfactory by putting on your favorite songs. Who says you can’t make the best out of it? 

It Boosts Happiness

It Helps Fight Stress

Tidying your home and organizing your things and spaces help people enjoy a cleaner home which can help relieve stress. Professionals also say that stress can be reduced during cleaning itself as it is considered to be a therapeutic process.

Just make sure not to overdo it. Take breaks when you feel it’s becoming too much since it will just only cause more stress. 

It Improves Your Focus 

Some studies say that those people who regularly clean their homes can become better at decision-making. As they suggest, it helps clear the mind of the things that need to be taken care of around the house and leaves more space to focus on things that are more important. 

The Takeaway

Who would think that cleaning the house can have so many positive effects on us? Spring cleaning can help you focus, reduce stress, be happier, boost your health, and productivity, so even if you are a bit reluctant to the idea of cleaning, these facts should help you get started. 

Be sure to visit ReStore near you before or after you’ve finished your spring cleaning. Whether you’re looking for tools to work with, or to replace a household item, we can accommodate.