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American Thrift Store Memorial Day

We are coming up on one of the most important American Holidays, Memorial Day, a touching holiday that marks the day when we remember all of those who passed while serving the country. Even though it is a sad ritual, we still carry on the tradition as a way to honor the lives lost. It is a day of remembrance. A day of respect.

It all started with the first American Civil War, when the Union veterans decided to decorate the graves of the Union soldiers with flowers on Decoration Day. By the 20th century, this practice carried on with Memorial Day. With all due respect, American Thrift Stores is proud of the soldiers who served the United States of America and we want to thank them for their service. To those still serving, we thank you for your continued service without which, the United States would not exist, and we would not even be able to call ourselves “American Thrift Stores.”

Memorial Day also unofficially marks the start of summer vacation. For many families, kids finish school around this time of year and begin their summer. In honor of Memorial Day, and to start the exciting summer season, we are offering a major Memorial Day Sale.

Only this Memorial Day, Monday, May 29th, receive a whopping 20% OFF in our entire furniture department plus three color tickets 50% OFF from 10:00A.M. until 5:00 P.M.

And that’s not all. In our continued mission to satisfy our customers, we have extended our store hours by a half hour every day except Sunday. We are committed to improving our stores as evidenced by our rewards program, new a/c units, carpeted floors in Broward and fitting rooms. Please keep the suggestions coming.

For more information about our new hours click here.

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Recondition Antique Furniture Pieces

Antique Bookcase as a Bar

Find a bookcase you like? Repaint the piece to effectively cover any stains or minor discolorations. Always apply two coats of paint for the best effect. Finish off the job with some wood polish and you have yourself a brand-new bar. That’s right, bar. Check it out above.

Side Tables as Stools

Some of our American Thrift Side Tables have the great makings of a stool. A side table has all the advantages of a chair except you don’t have to pull out the backrest in order to recondition it as a stool. A side table has such a small surface area that it will take less than one gallon of paint to fully cover. This way you can match your furniture set at home- don’t even worry about clashing!

We have a wide variety of round small, tables that are just the perfect size for a makeshift stool!

Antique secretary as a linen closet

An antique secretary can be an excellent touch of elegance for any room, hiding the contents that might not match the décor. Even though typically these were used for books or correspondence, they can be a place of storage for pantry items or even linen and bedding. Essentially, the antique secretary adds class to an otherwise empty hallway or closet and in doing so, retrieving your bedsheets becomes an extravagant experience.

Antique Chest as Coffee Table

Antique chests or suitcases can be easily reconditioned as coffee tables. They are not overly decorated so they really do blend nicely with most furniture pieces. The chest in the image below is very subtle but when gazed upon, it fills guests with intrigue. It invites guests to wonder-what could have been hidden in this chest before? Who owned this suitcase? What mysterious secrets were hidden in this personal storage space of history? And it is a great conversation-starter for any dinner party.

 

 

There’s so much you can do with used furniture piece nowadays thanks to all the DIY trends circulating on the web. If you’re looking to redecorate your home with vintage furnishings and unique pieces at thrift store prices, American Thrift gets new furniture loads daily.

 

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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

It’s that time of the year again, the time to celebrate your mothers unconditional love.   You can show your appreciation by choosing the perfect gift for their special day, something to commemorate motherhood. Only now, it’s less than week away. You might start to panic thinking you really don’t know what to get her this year. Have no fear, American Thrift Stores is here!

Whether your mom is the stay-at-home-type or the outdoorsy kind, we’ve got it all. There’s something for everyone at our stores. You don’t have to get your mother same-day flowers, which she will know were bought on Mother’s Day because she is a mother and mothers know everything.

Every mom is so different and special in her own way, there are several suggestions which might personalize your gift so it shows thoughtfulness and most importantly, appreciation of her on her day.

Flowers wilt away within a week, while fake flowers will remain a decoration in the house forever.

We have a wide selection of in-home decorations. As you can see, we even carry fake fruit bowls.  Each of our stores has different merchandise. Just as no two flowers are the exact same, our stores offer different assortment of gifts and treasures in each one. American Thrift Stores also receives merchandise every morning, including this beautiful piece below:

Is purple your mother’s favorite color? She will love this realistic purple flower bouquet. But she will love it even more once you personalize it! Remember, it’s the personal touch that makes thrift store finds into wonderful presents!

Wrap the basket around with a nice, colorful ribbon. Before you wrap it together, throw in some chocolates and a card. Your real handwriting and all the items combined just became your very own, handmade gift basket!

Another gift you almost never go wrong with is jewelry. There is a piece of jewelry at our stores for every style. Whether your mom prefers classic watches or dangly earrings, we have it all. Just check out these conservative pair of earrings:

And now this stunning, exuberant necklace:

Don’t miss out on our jewelry sales, which at times offer precious jewelry at 30% OFF! Especially for this upcoming Mother’s Day.

A painting is also a personable present, because it is a lovely addition to someone’s home. The paintings at our stores range from tropical beaches to modern art pieces with vibrant colors. Make sure you choose something that reflects your mother’s taste, even if it is just because it has her favorite colors. Or you can choose anything that has to do with her interests because it shows her that you listened. For example, this painting of a little village in Europe is a great idea if she often talks about how much she wants to visit one day. If this painting reminds you of her, then it makes for a thoughtful gift. The frames are also important to the piece, so even if you don’t know exactly which art piece she would love, maybe you know which frame would match her furniture. Typically, you want to choose a painting with a dark frame for dark furniture and lighter frame for the lighter tones of furniture pieces. Otherwise the pieces can easily clash if the colors are too dissimilar.

Shoes are both a practical and fashionable purchase. Everyone can always use one more pair of shoes. Not all shoes match every outfit, and this way you can further personalize your present for your mom. Is she a comfort-lover? Does she wear a new pair of heels every Saturday night? Or maybe gold is her favorite color. If so, the designer heels on your right might be the perfect pair. The thing about thrift stores is, we typically have a few pairs of anything “brand-name” at a time. So, hurry up and drop by to find the hidden treasures on our shelves before they’re gone!

All in all, Mother’s Day is a day to show your mother how much she means to you. Although, we can show her some love every day, we use Mother’s Day to go above and beyond. A day to appreciate what she has done for us. One day a year to surpass her routine expectations so that she knows we would be willing to do that for her if she needed it, when she needed it― any day, any time.