12 Months of Thrifting Mirrors

Mirror, mirror on the wall. Who’s the thriftiest one of all?

Welcome back to the 12 Months of Thrifting Challenge. This month we’re challenging you to thrift mirrors. 

Should you thrift mirrors? YES! Here’s why: 

  • They instantly add a little flare to any space: In addition to being functional pieces in your home, mirrors are a great way to brighten and expand a room. 
  • Secondhand mirrors cost a fraction of retail prices: Mirrors retail for hundreds of dollars.  I’ve thrifted large, heavy mirrors for as low as $13 at Goodwill.

  • You can find one-of-a-kind gems: From unique shapes to antique mirrors to funky colors, I’ve found the most beautiful mirrors over the years that reflect my personal style. 

Now that you know why you should thrift mirrors, remember these tips for thrifting the best mirrors at Goodwill:

  1. Go often. Much like wall art and furniture, mirrors are very popular and items move in and out of the store very quickly. I highly recommend going often (about once a week or so) if you’re on the hunt for the perfect piece.

  2. Check the entire store: In addition to checking the furniture section for mirrors, check all corners of the store for smaller mirrors, including the housewares section and picture frames. 
  1. Be prepared. Assess and measure the space in your home where you plan on placing the mirror before you head to Goodwill. This will take all the guesswork out when you’re shopping. It’s always helpful to have measuring tape with you when you’re shopping for mirrors.

  2. Look for interesting shapes and textures. Look beyond traditional mirror shapes and be open to others like round, arched, wicker, brass, sunburst, and even heart shaped!

  3. Check for quality: Sometimes older mirrors can be “foggy” so unless you’re into the distressed look, opt for clear, unchipped mirrors.

  4. Get creative and upcycle: love the mirror but not the frame? Paint or refinish it! Additionally, there are dozens of ideas on Pinterest that will help you creatively decorate with mirrors, including gallery walls and mirror trays as wall mirrors.