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Thrifted Decor for Mid-Summer

By Rachel

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Last Updated on September 28, 2023 by Rachel Granholm

Come see how to easily find and style thrifted decor for mid-Summer!

Here in the Midwest, the dog days of Summer are in full swing. It’s hot, buggy and sunny, with no mention of rain, though we sure could use it! My mindset is still in Summer mode, fully embracing these bright blue sky’s and enjoying the hummingbird’s at the feeder. In my home, I’m removing the red color from the patriotic theme and bringing in more green and yellow accents.

The thrifted finds I’m sharing with you today are items that can be used throughout the year but work especially well for this time of year. Join me for thrifted goodies volume 13, thrifted decor for mid-Summer!

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I am so happy to have you back again for our monthly Thrifted Goodies series here on the blog. You are in for a treat today because, once again, we are bringing you triple the thrifting!

This month, we’ve invited Cecilia from My Thrift Store Addiction to join in the fun. Together, the three of us are bringing you three different thrift posts and ways to use thrifted decor in your home. Below, you will find links to both of their posts. Head over to their blogs as well and say hello! You may find just the thing you were looking for.

My friend and partner in this series, MaryJo from Master’pieces’ of my Life, is sharing some of her vintage milk glass collection! You know how I feel about milk glass:) Go see how she styles it in such a lovely way!

vintage hobnail milk glass from Master'pieces' of my Life

Cecilia from My Thrift Store Addiction is sharing some beautiful dishes and pitchers for Summer! Head over to see her pretty Summer styling.

thrifted vase from My Thrift Store Addiction

Thrifted Decor for Mid-Summer

You guys. I’ve been going thrifting so much this Summer! It’s been absolutely amazing. I have found so many new-to-me thrift stores in my area and have been taking turns at each one on a weekly basis. The prices have been crazy good, as well!

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen this thrift haul from a few weeks ago. Some of the finds in this photo I am sharing in the haul today. As you can see, my theme for this time of the Summer season is whites and greens mixed with bright blues and yellow. Come see how I have my home styled for mid-Summer with these thrifted goodies!

a vintage style thrift haul photo

Small Striped Creamer

First up is this cutie little creamer! I mean…come on. How adorable! It’s so small that I almost missed it sitting on the shelf but scooped it right up as soon as I spotted it!

I justified the (high) $3.00 price by the fact that I’ve never seen a vintage creamer with a handle like this one has. It’s totally okay though. I love it so much and will use it all year round!

a vintage ironstone creamer with green stripes

Currently, this creamer is tucked into a little Summer basket vignette on the credenza.

Mixed with some ferns, a vintage book and milk glass, it lends a cool and breezy Summer feeling to the living room.

a handled vintage ironstone creamer

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Hobnail Milk Glass Jar

Next on the list is this small hobnail jar. First of all, the feet on this little thing are just so lovely. Second, it’s hobnail, which is my very favorite type of milk glass to collect. Third, it was only $1.00!

As you can see, the most amazing trifecta fell into place for this piece to fall into my cart 🙂

a white hobnail footed milk glass jar

Do you know what this type of jar was used for? It obviously had a screw on lid at some point in it’s life. My best guess is that it might have been a salt or sugar holder. If you have any ideas, comment below!

Anyways, I added it to the shelf with all of my other milk glass pieces. The juxtaposition between the vivid blue, bright green and white is just stunning. It makes me happy and I am a huge believer in doing what makes you happy 🙂

vintage thrifted milk glass for mid-summer decor

White Ironstone Plate

Old plates are always nice to have on hand to use for a filler. When I’m in need of another small piece for a certain display, I usually reach for a plate!

This ironstone plate is small but mighty. The thrift store that I found this at has just piles and piles of dishes. You really have to (carefully) dig through the stacks to see what’s on the bottom.

Well, after a few minutes of digging, I spotted this plate! It is marked on the bottom and it was priced at only .59 cents! That’s basically free!

two vintage and thrifted plates for mid-Summer decor

Ironstone, due to the neutral color of it, can be used all year round. I use ironstone plates in basket vignettes, in stacks and as a calming background in hutch displays, just to name a few.

Currently, I have this plate underneath a blue glass jar for some variation. You can do so many things with old plates!

a vintage ironstone plate displayed with a blue glass jar

Lace Hanky

This .99 cent, old lace-edged linen is one of my new favorites. You guys, it’s so pretty. It’s hard to capture in a photo how detailed the lace is on this handkerchief.

It was just thrown in a box at the thrift store and I was like…how rude! I saved it from being ripped and it’s being well taken care of now 🙂

a vintage hanky on a vintage book with milk glass

Vintage hanky’s are so beautiful to use for ushering in softness. I like to line the bottom of a shelf with them when many hard elements are used so that the display feels balanced.

My favorite way to use old hanky’s is to drape them over vintage books, such as this Summer display on my mantel.

Tip: Keep it simple when decorating with vintage handkerchiefs. You don’t need to play them up because they already speak for themselves!

a vintage and thrifted lace hanky displayed on a mantel

Green and White Platter

I’ve never come across anything quite like this. Is it a plate or a platter? It has little handles on each side which makes me think it’s a platter but it’s round, not oval shaped. Either way, I needed to bring this home with me.

Guess how much it was? Oh, just a mere .89 cents!

vintage and thrifted handled plate with green edges

Thrifted finds such as this plate are extremely versatile. I already know that I will be using this plate during Christmas time to hold cookies and such on the table.

a vintage green and white handled plate

For decor purposes, it can be used in the back of a hutch vignette or as a base for a stack of vintage plates.

I just used it as a decorative tray to create this coastal vignette with seashells!

Plates and platters enable you to have plenty of variety when styling your home. You can find them for such inexpensive prices, too!

a coastal style tray with vintage decor

Tall Glass Flower Frog

The last thrifty find for today is this super neat flower frog! Now, I don’t really know if this is actually old or just made to look old. The metal ‘frog’ part on top is pretty bent and rusty but it’s still hard to say.

Even though it might not be vintage, I thought it was still worth bringing home for only $2.00.

a thrifted glass flower frog jar in a Summer hutch

The honeycomb pattern on the glass itself is so cool! It’s texture, though subtle, really adds dimension to this middle shelf of my hutch.

The tall height of this flower frog actually ended up filling this open space perfectly.

the top of a thrifted flower frog vase

I don’t know how you like to fill flower frogs but personally I just use just one or two stems. The ‘frog part’ is a statement decor item on it’s own so I don’t like to cover it up.

Tip: Always take a spin down the glass aisle at the thrift store. This jar was almost missed because I don’t typically pick up clear glass pieces. You never know what will be sitting on the shelf waiting for you!

a thrifted glass flower frog with a yellow faux stem

Closing Tidbits

May this thrifted decor for mid-Summer inspire you to re-imagine spaces in your home. Through the use of secondhand decor that no one else has, you can create a home that feels unique and special to you. It feels empowering to be able to take care of the environment while, at the same time, curating each area of your abode with pretty finds from the past. Be encouraged to find joy in the imperfections, living in peaceful wabi-sabi.

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Leave me a comment! How do you switch your decor around this time of the year? Have you found any fun thrift finds recently? I love hearing from you!

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vintage hobnail milk glass and a blue glass jar on a shelf for mid-Summer decor

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18 Comments. Leave new

  • MaryJo Materazo
    July 27, 2023 8:31 am

    Omgosh Rachel. You have the thrifting Karma. Always score the best stuff & you style it all beautifully! XO- MaryJo

  • Hi Rachel! I am loving your little creamer and that pretty .89 plate–what a deal! Your summer styling is lovely and we seem to be drawn to the same vintage goodies! It’s a pleasure to join y’all today. Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

  • Tanya Derrey Bingham
    July 27, 2023 9:47 am

    Rachel your vintage finds are fabulous! I love the little hobnail jar it is so cute and could be used so many ways 🙂 Hugs! Tanya @https://twelveoeightblog.com/

  • You always find the most amazing things, Rachel! I swear I could shop with you any day of the week. I love the creamer you found and the little hankie is fabulous too. It definitely makes me want to go shopping every time I see these posts. They’re so much fun! Hugs, CoCo

    • Rachel Granholm
      July 27, 2023 11:43 am

      Thank you!! I would love to go shopping with you! Thanks for the lovely comment and for coming by today, CoCo!! Stay cool!!

  • You are definitely having good luck thrifting this Summer! I can’t believe you got that plate/platter for only 89 cents, it’s beautiful! The hanky is gorgeous too!

    • Rachel Granholm
      July 28, 2023 11:22 am

      Thank you, Donna! It’s been so much fun finding these one-of-a-kind pieces for such amazing prices! Hope you have a lovely weekend!

  • Hey Rachel! Great finds. Those little vintage restaurant-ware pitchers/creamers routinely sell here in NY for $6-7. So, you definitely got it for a great price. I love how you styled everything.

    • Rachel Granholm
      August 7, 2023 8:44 am

      Thanks so much!! That’s crazy! I thought $3 was a lot for how small it is but that’s super good to know!

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  • Cara ~ Vintage Style Gal
    August 10, 2023 1:55 pm

    Hi Rachel, the small footed milk glass is a salt or pepper shaker. I have the same set in our kitchen. I love them too! I live in the Mid West as well, but we do not seem to have the thrift stores you do, amazing buys! Love the handkerchief, I recently purchased a lot online, and after playing with them, I think I have figured out what I am going to do with them. 🙂

    • Rachel Granholm
      August 10, 2023 2:53 pm

      Oh yay…thanks for clarifying!! Prices have steadily been increasing at thrift stores here so it’s pretty sad but hopefully they will go back down again. Thanks for stopping by today, Cara!

  • Wendy McMonigle
    August 20, 2023 10:37 pm

    I love to go thrifting! and white iron stone and milk glass are two of my favorites. I am sad tht I broke one of my favorite plates today. UGH. Oh well, I have to go thrifting again.

    • Rachel Granholm
      August 21, 2023 8:44 am

      Hi Wendy!
      Aren’t they so much fun to hunt for?!
      That’s sad about your plate but maybe you will find an even better one! Hope you have a great week ahead!


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