Most pieces haven't required refinishing or painting, again, because she seeks items in her colors. But a $50 buffet, purchased at a St. Albans yard sale, was painted green and Rader and her mom stripped it back to its original wood.
She loves red, but her use of it isn't overwhelming.
"What I try to do is bring a little piece of red in whenever I can," she said. A set of red Longaberger bowls lines an angled white shelf in her dining room - they were a trade for dog sitting a friend.
A vintage white china cabinet holds red dishware.
Neutral furniture gets a pop of red with quilts and pillows, most purchased new but at discount retailers such as Stein Mart, TJ Maxx and Marshall's.
Rader has a good eye and credits her mom with helping that along. But she says anyone can furnish a home with thrifty finds. The key is to have an idea of what you need and a cohesive design scheme, even if it is just to focus on color.
"My mom taught me to buy tastefully," she said.
Rader scours the newspapers for estate sales, her first choice for scavenging because they usually offer houses full of items. Yard sales and flea markets are next. Recently, Rader has discovered Facebook yard sales - folks who sell their items through Facebook by "advertising" them with photos.
Rader's SUV is usually big enough to haul what she purchases, and after having trekked things to her second-story apartment, she jokes, "I will never move."
Rader has a soft spot for a couple of items that aren't furniture. She loves cookbooks and points to her $6 purchase for a dozen Southern Living annual cookbooks as one of her better finds. She also looks for Atlas Glass products, mostly drinking glasses, because they are colorful and sturdy.
In the last year Rader has lost a lot of weight and recently discovered exercise equipment is readily available on the used market. She already has a stationery bike and a mini trampoline.
Interestingly, she's not much for talking sellers down on their price.
"I have a hard time doing that in person," she said. If the price is fair, she pays it.
Which leads to her biggest tip.
"Don't be wishy-washy. The biggest mistake people make is deciding to wait (on a purchase) and then they miss out," she said. "If it works, why wait?"
Contact writer Monica Orosz at mon...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4830.