When it comes to treasure hunting, the possibilities are endless. Which is why it can be really helpful to have an idea of what you want. Part of this is just a matter of knowing your style and your budget. You are bound to find things that make your heart jump a little and you may never see them again. The key here is usually to have a heart jump limit-an amount you are willing to spend per item, per room, per day, however you need to break it down-where you can feel good about getting that item.
The other aspect of knowing what you want is having a list of things you want/need so that when you are out and about, you can easily identify or ask specifically for what you are searching. My list (in no particular order) is as follows:
-a buffet-like piece of furniture for my kitchen
-old maps/sheet music/ book pages for the boys' rooms
-frames to hang said pages as well as fun artwork they create
-a larger kitchen table and chairs
-rugs to cover my ever deteriorating carpet we can't yet replace
-novel toys or games for birthdays/Christmas this year
Make sure when you are making your list and out there shopping you remember your personal limitations. You may be able to wield a paint brush like a seasoned pro. Me, not so much. So I know that the things I find on my list need to be in the condition I will be using them in-and that will cost me a little more.
Of course, the list will be growing and shrinking throughout the year, but it is helpful to have a jumping off point. Plus I find that it makes it easier to explain to my husband, who feels no need to beautify our space, that the purchases I made were on my list.
What's on your list?