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6 Home Decor Items To Always Thrift

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Last Updated on June 5, 2024 by Rachel Granholm

Live sustainably with these 6 home decor items to always thrift!

One of the specific areas I’ve honed in on, when it comes to thrifting, is the ability to see what kinds of things that make sense to buy secondhand versus brand new. Purchasing used items is not only sustainable for the environment but it also creates a very curated and character-rich home. Come along as I share 6 home decor items to always thrift!

How to Thrift for Home Decor

Thrifting gives me life! Shopping at thrift stores brings me so much joy and is one of my very favorite pastimes to partake in on a weekly basis. Over the years, I’ve learned many things about thrifting for decor and wanted to pass along some of that knowledge to you!

Join me today for some thrifty tips and tricks on what home items you can purchase secondhand to help you save money, stay on budget, AND create a unique, one-of-a-kind home.

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6 Home Decor Items to Always Thrift

Many of you love to thrift and hunt for unique home decor pieces just as much as I do. You have no idea how happy that makes me! So, let’s chat about more thrifty things!

The items below are pieces that I use and love in my own home. Each curated decor item provides warmth and adds layers of coziness. Because these are bought secondhand, they each come with a story that now gets to be added to yours. Come along and explore how to find and decorate with these 6 pieces of thrifted home decor!

Thrifted Decor #1: Linens

Old textiles are, in my opinion, some of the most special pieces to find secondhand. They tell a story ages old that cannot be replicated with newly made linens.

In many cases, old linens have been hand-embroidered and stitched, who knows how long ago! I always take a spin through what I call the ‘linen closet’ area of the thrift store. This includes items such as throw pillows, blankets, towels, and such.

I’ve found many vintage napkins and beautiful table linens in that manner!

a vintage eyelet table runner on a dining table with fresh flowers

Examples of thrifted linens can include:

Using and decorating with linens creates such a softness in your home.

Simple decor is my favorite. Try draping a delicate lace-edged handkerchief over a vintage book on a shelf or fold a small tea towel and place it in a vintage bowl.

Linens help to achieve a minimal yet elegant aesthetic that elevates even the most ordinary of spaces.

vintage linens used on a shelf with milk glass

Thrifted Decor #2: Art

Vintage art is, hands down, my most favorite decor to look for while out thrifting. You just can’t beat the worn and timeless look that old pieces of art exude!

If you are wanting to infuse more texture and depth into a space, art will be your best friend.

a thrifted barn painting displayed in a hutch

I have found canvas art, framed art, unframed art, watercolors, oil paintings and the like for under $10 per one. The barn above and the floral scene below are two of my favorite thrifted pieces of art!

The best part about styling old art prints in your home is that they don’t have to match. Decorating, especially with art, is not linear and everyone sees it differently.

Feel free to mix and match art pieces together to create a small vignette or gallery wall. You will be amazed at the results!

a vintage and thrifted floral oil painting

Thrifted Decor #3: Mirrors

You guys. I have found the prettiest mirrors by shopping secondhand. They are heavy, made of pure wood, and contain the most amazing curved detailing.

If you have an area in your home that feels dark, hang a mirror on the wall. It will bounce light around and cast the most beautiful shadows.

an antique wooden mirror on a mantel

Favorite places to use thrifted mirrors in my home include:

  • the entryway
  • on a mantel
  • in a dark hallway or corner

When shopping at a thrift store for mirrors, keep an open mind. If you see one that you like but it’s not exactly your style, could you paint it? Sand it? Use rub n’ buff on it?

Even if you need to make some minor adjustments to it, it will still be cheaper than purchasing a brand new mirror from a retail store!

a vintage wooden mirror

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Thrifted Decor #4: Dishes

Hi, I’m Rachel and I have a minor obsession with vintage dishes. 🙂

I don’t know of anything that makes me more giddy than finding a vintage piece of transferware, milk glass, ironstone or jadeite at a thrift store. I mean…that’s like winning the lottery in my book!

a vintage ironstone platter displayed on a mantel

Thrifted dishes, specifically platters, plates, creamers and cups, are items that I use all year round and in every room of my house.

Who says you can’t style a vintage creamer in a bathroom?! There aren’t any rules when it comes to decorating your house. If you love it and it makes you happy, do it!

vintage dishes styled on a shelf

Thrifted Decor #5: Seasonal Decor

You guys. Thrift stores are gold mines when it comes to seasonal decor, specifically Fall and Christmas. I honestly can’t remember the last time I purchased a piece of seasonal decor at a retail store because there is just no need!

The Fall vignette below is made up of mainly thrifted finds, including the old tobacco basket which came from an estate sale!

fall decor vignette with vintage finds

You will save yourself so much money on seasonal decor for your home by shopping for it secondhand.

Depending on the store you shop at, they may have an e-mail newsletter that you can sign up for. This will which notify you on when they will be putting out certain decor, such as around the holiday season.

I challenge you to not buy any ‘new’ items for Fall this year! Are you in?!

vintage Christmas decor

Thrifted Decor #6: Lamps

Did you know that I only have one lamp in my entire house that’s from a retail store?? The rest of them are all vintage, either coming from thrift stores or antique shops and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

The lighting you choose to use in a space is important. It can make a room feel warm and cozy or harsh and loud. I prefer the warm and cozy option, which is why I thrift vintage lamps.

Ideas of where to use thrifted lamps:

  • living room credenza
  • bedroom night stands
  • a dresser
  • on a desk
  • entryway or console table
  • bathroom or kitchen counter

a vintage brass lamp on a nightstand

If old lamps are not your cup of tea, no fear! There are plenty of new and modern lamps to behold at thrift shops. The best part is that you will pay half the price from the store that they originally came from!

A lamp can change the whole look and feel of a room. Secondhand stores and vintage shops will gift you with plenty of options to choose from, enabling you to infuse elegant lighting into your home without breaking the bank!

a thrifted hobnail milk glass lamp on a credenza

Closing Tidbits on 6 Home Decor Items to Always Thrift

I truly hope that these 6 home decor items to always thrift helps you to live and shop in a more sustainable way!

By choosing to decorate and style your home with thrifted pieces, you are able to create a space that is special and one-of-a-kind.

Be encouraged to give new life to well-loved things of the past, finding meaning and purpose along the way.

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a vintage milk glass banana stand on a mantel

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