Are you like me do you love thrifting? I have made it no secret that I am a huge fan of antiques. It is truly my side hustle. Yard sales, thrift stores, auctions, and free on the side of the road are all my favorite places to hunt.

One of my favorite places to find things is at our local Habitats for Humanities Restores. I can often be found walking up and down the aisle at the Restore for Habitat Dutchess right on Route 9 just south of the Poughkeepsie Galleria next to Aldi's.

Habitat for Humanity of Dutchess County Holds 4th Annual ReStore Redo

Credit: AuctionNinja (Habitat for Humanity of Dutchess County, Inc.)
Credit: AuctionNinja (Habitat for Humanity of Dutchess County, Inc.)
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The thing about thrifting is knowing what to get even if it doesn't seem like something you could use. This is the part where you are asking then why get it? Simple because very often you can take a simple piece of furniture and turn it into something more functional. You can upcycle it to be a piece of furniture someone would use in their home today.

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By now lots of us are familiar with the term upcycle or repurpose. This is when you take an item that had one use and turn it into another. ReStore of Habitat Dutchess calls this ReStore Redos. If you need inspiration there are so many ideas online. Once you look at some you will never look at an old piece of furniture the same way.

Credit: AuctionNinja (Habitat for Humanity of Dutchess County, Inc.)
Credit: AuctionNinja (Habitat for Humanity of Dutchess County, Inc.)
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My favorite upcycle redo is when someone converts an old bed. Beds can be the hardest things to resell. No one seems to want the old-style headboards but then everyone will say they are beautiful. I have no idea who the first person was that turned an old bed into a bench but they were brilliant. I have even seen this process used for old chairs.

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If you don't feel like any of these projects are in your skill set, good news someone has done the work for you. Check out the ReStore of Habitat Dutchess auction that is going on right now where you can bid on items that have already been redone.

Some of the people who participated shared their inspirations.

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Converted Barn Awaits You in High Falls, New York

Completely upgraded to become your home this converted barn is currently an entertainment space. The Barn at Shadow Lawn 2234 Lucas Avenue in High Falls could be your next home address. This 2-plus acre lot comes with complete BOH for a 4-bedroom house. You can literally live in this barn in High Falls, New York.

Gallery Credit: Paty Quyn

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