DIY - The Thrifty DIYer

  • DIYer - The Thrifty DIYer


    People are DIYer’s for different reasons. Some enjoy being able to say that they did it themselves, while others like saving money. Either way, being a Thrifty DIYer can help make your project more unique and save you money.


    How to be a Thrifty DIYer ?


    Thrift Stores…..


    Thrift stores are a great place for The DIYer…

    There are treasures that you never thought of.



    1- If your looking to recover a chair, an old set of curtains can cost a lot less than buying fabric elsewhere, you can also find unique patterns that will make your project stand out.


    2- Used clothes provide an excellent source of fabric for smaller projects and for the price, you can get a variety of patterns and materials.


    3- Furniture from the thrift stores are a good source for refinishing projects.

    If you're going to refinish it, buying something with a little damage can cost a let less. Best of all the Thrift Stores usually have older style furniture with more character that makes for a better DIYer project.



    4- Don’t forget the little trinkets..

    Trinkets like an old vase, mirror and picture frames to name a few make for great starting points for DIYer projects.




    Yard sales ..


    You heard the old saying, “one man's trash is another man's treasure”.

    That couldn’t be more true than when applied to a DIYer.


    Yard sales are known for the cheap prices and their (I will call it) different variety of items. Items that have a little damage sell for even less and are great for cutting up for crafts, refinishing or most anything.


    As an added bonus, on a weekend when the weather is nice and you have nothing to do, it’s a great way to get out of the house for the day.



    Estate Sales..


    Estate sales are not as cheap as most yard sales or thrift stores, but they often offer a variety of vintage items that make for great supplies (material, furniture for refinishing, etc).



    So there you have it…


    3 ways to start off your DIYer project for less and find unique item to work with for less $$$.




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    With over 30 years experience in the home improvement field, Artie Wallace (owner of Rockaways Handyman) can help you with most of your DIY questions. For more information about Artie Wallace or Rockaways Handyman, visit his website at,  like him on Facebook at, or email your questions to


    If you found this article helpful, please take a moment and let me know in the comment area below.



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