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Styling Vintage Thrift Store Finds

By Rachel

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Last Updated on November 6, 2021 by Rachel Granholm

Getting home with all of my new thrifty finds is thrilling to me because now is where the fun begins in putting it all together. Styling vintage thrift store finds is so invigorating!

Thrift stores are big treasure chests…there is something amazing in there just waiting for you to find it! Thrifting is one of my favorite hobbies because you just never know what treasures are going to be found! I usually have a few things that I’m always on the hunt for and it’s exciting when I find those items at the thrift store. It’s also the thrill of being surprised and just roaming the aisles.

Styling your spaces with vintage thrifted decor makes your home feel collected and is uniquely special because no one else has those pieces. Styling vintage thrift store finds is what keeps me going!

For some inspiration, here are some ways on styling vintage thrift store finds.

Vintage Green Vase

This vase is stunning. It’s a little more modern than what I am typically drawn to but when I saw it on the shelf I knew I had to have it. I can tell this vase is old because there is some cool veining on the back of it. The green color ties in perfectly with the green knobs and vintage light fixture in my kitchen. It makes that area of my home feel cohesive since it’s a pretty open concept floor plan.

I styled it on the mantel because the green adds color to that corner and really pops with the black shiplap. Simple white flowers add texture but don’t take away from the vase itself because I wanted that to be the focal point.

Caned Back Chair

I wanted to put this one on the list because it just goes to show that you can find beautiful, vintage furniture through shopping second hand. Though not technically a thrift store find but rather a Marketplace find, it was a steal at only $20. Cane furniture is quite popular in homes right now and I recently wrote a whole blog post about that which you can read here.

I had been on the hunt for an old chair to put at the end of my kitchen table for extra seating. This one was in my budget and has a black leather seat which ties in nicely with the fireplace. Using this vintage chair in my home is the perfect way to blend new with old, making the dining area feel like a beautiful, collected space.

Vintage Copper Lantern

Finding this lantern was so exciting! This was one of those days where I wasn’t really finding much in the thrift store and was just about to leave. At the last minute I noticed some boxes that had random merchandise in them. This lantern was laying in one of those boxes all by itself!
It didn’t have a price on it and I was expecting to pay more than I normally would but I didn’t care because it was mine now. To my surprise the lady at the register gave it to me for $3.99! It’s worth way more than that but I’m thankful for that price.

This lantern has everything that I love in an old piece. It’s copper for one, but it has the original sticker on the front as well as the original glass and wick. I decided to display this lantern in my hall bathroom because that space has many new, more modern looking features in it. The vintage lantern tames down the modern a bit, giving some character to that space. I also have copper displayed throughout my home and the lantern in this room ties into the rest of the house. It is just a stunning piece.

Wooden Pig Cutting Board

This beautiful wooden cutting board was definitely thrifty since it was free! It was actually gifted to me from my mother in law. My father in law’s mother used it in his childhood home. My father in law can remember his mom using it in the kitchen when he was a little boy. I asked him how old this cutting board was and told me it’s at least 70 years old!

I am so thankful to have been gifted this special piece and just love it in my kitchen. The wood adds so much warmth to the white wall and the old cutting marks on it gives my kitchen such character and patina.

Vintage Copper Kettle

The last vintage piece I wanted to share with you is this amazing copper kettle. About a year ago, I found a copper teapot and have been hooked on collecting copper ever since. This kettle has everything right! The long handle is so pretty, the hook on the back is extremely unique, and the color on it is simply stunning.

I love having this kettle displayed in my kitchen, along with all my other antique and vintage kitchen finds. It lends a feeling of being in an old general store, which to me is cozy and nostalgic.

Thrift Finds In Your Home

There you have it…some helpful ways to go about styling vintage thrift store finds! I hope this post encourages you to shop second hand and find vintage treasures to display in your home.

It is so rewarding to discover vintage and antique pieces that no one else has. These special items now get to be a part of your journey and that is a beautiful thing.

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Comment below on which one of these finds is your favorite!

If thrifting is new to you and you need a guide for navigating thrift stores, check out my blog on finding antiques at thrift stores.


Check out my other posts on inspiration for your home.



3 Comments. Leave new

  • I’m curious if you have any decor tips for tarnished silver serving pieces?

    Thanks so much

    • Rachel Granholm
      August 5, 2022 4:52 pm

      I don’t…I don’t collect silver and I can’t speak to how to clean it. BUT. I know that the HGTV website, Taste of Home website, or Good Housekeeping website all offer tips on how to clean it. Thanks so much for stopping by today! Hope you have a lovely weekend!

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