Thrifting In Style With Shanika Pichey



Hello, TFAS Readers!

My name is Shanika Pichey and I have a personal lifestyle titled, Life is Pichey, where I talk about books, shows and movies, recipes, plants, thrifting, crafting, and whatever else comes to mind. Today I’m sharing a quick home decor project that cost me less than $10 to complete. *You can find her own line of cute homemade apparel over at Sebastian Harper.

My walls were looking pretty bare, and I wanted to find a way to spruce them up without having to spend too much. I’m going to give you all a few tips on what I did to create my own basket wall.


Work with what you have.

Sometimes moving around furniture and switching pieces from one room to another will create a drastic change in your home decor.

If you don’t have it, don’t break the bank getting it.

I’ve always been a fan of a great deal. If you tell me something cost one price I will search until I can get it for less. I love the thrill of the hunt. I remember when a friend told me when she goes shopping for clothes she prefers for everything to be neatly folded and displayed. BORING!! I want to search and dig to find my prized possessions; which is probably why I love to thrift so much.


But before I head to the store, I ask friends and family.

I have lucked out plenty of times this way. Someone is always looking to get rid of something. The mirror I used was found by a friend on the side of the road in her neighborhood. In fact there was another mirror and she snagged both of them for me! If someone doesn’t have what I need, I start thrifting. I don’t find what I need every time  I go,  but I keep a mental checklist going so I always keep my eyes out.

Tip: You must go often and on different days and times. It also helps to do a second or third loop around the sections. There are so many things cluttered on the shelves (or people can be in the way) you may miss something the first time. The baskets were acquired from several thrift stores over time and each one didn’t cost more than $2. In fact, one was a pair and only 79 cents!

Look for inspiration.

The two places I find the most inspiration is Instagram and Pinterest. I use Pinterest like it’s Google. It’s the first place I go when looking for recipes, decor inspiration, tutorials, and plant care. I typed in “mirror and basket wall” and found this image:


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Before you start putting holes in your wall, play around with the layout to see what you think looks best.

The nails I had on hand were too big and I didn’t want to do any damage to the baskets, so I used some T-Pins and nailed them through the middle of each basket.

Final look:


Are you a thrifting fans? What are some things you’ve used to decorate your home? Also, let’s connect!





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Jai has been helping bring fashion and beauty news to women around the world as the editor of The Fat and Skinny on Fashion for 5 years!