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Thrifted Decor For Summer

By Rachel

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Last Updated on May 23, 2024 by Rachel Granholm

Thrifted decor for summer is so refreshing!

Summer is right around the corner and I am so ready for the warm, long days that this season brings. My favorite thrift store has been packed with vintage goodness this month and I’m so excited to share with you the pieces that I’ve picked up. Join me as a I show you my thrifted decor for summer!

Secondhand Summer: Breathe New Life into Your Home with Thrifted Decor

Summer is the season for bright colors, warm weather, and new beginnings. And what better way to bring that summer energy into your living space than by incorporating thrifted decor? Not only is thrifting a budget-friendly option but it also promotes sustainability and reduces waste.

In this blog post, we’ll explore some creative and unique ways to update your home decor for the summer using thrifted items. Get ready to add some personality and charm to your living space without breaking the bank!

a thrifted basket filled with thrifted vintage finds displayed as a vignette

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Thrifted Decor For Summer

Thrifted decor is not only a fun and budget-friendly way to update your living space but it also promotes sustainable and eco-friendly practices. By following these tips while incorporating your own personal style, you can create a unique and charming home for the Summer on a dime.

I’m SO excited to show you my recent thrift finds and how I’ve styled them in my home for the season. Let’s get into it!

1. Vintage Basket

I usually never have luck finding pretty baskets at the thrift store. And actually, now that I think about it, I’ve never found a basket thrifting until now!

This pretty basket with the tall, curved handle caught my eye and I’m thrilled that it did.

a vintage basket found at a thrift store and filled with other thrift store pieces of decor

The wood color of it is so beautiful and the texture is stunning. It reminds me of a vintage picnic basket, making it a perfect summer decor piece!

Baskets are extremely versatile items to pick up. They can be used for decor purposes, for storage, or as wall art, just to name a few examples. Currently, I am using this thrifted basket to hold a summer vignette that I created using vintage decor pieces.

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For only $4.00, this basket will bring me joy for years to come.

a thrifted basket used for a summer vignette

2. Transferware Vase

The subtle prints and soft colors on vintage transferware are so lovely. This vase was just sitting on a shelf, waiting for me to find it. It was $3.99 on the tag but red tags were 50% off that day so I got this one for only $1.99!!

I can’t even believe it. At antique stores, I’m lucky to find any piece of transferware for under $20. I can keep this vase out all year round and insert faux branches to fit the seasons.

a vintage transferware vase styled as part of a vignette in a basket

3. Glass Goblets

You guys. I mean…do you see these?! Look how vintage they look!

They are not vintage but I’m totally okay with that. I gasped when I saw this pair of drinking glasses sitting on the shelf for .99 cents each! What?!

They are, in my opinion, the perfect glasses to use in the summer for a cool glass of lemonade, an iced coffee, or an adult beverage.

two vintage style glass goblets found at the thrift store

4. Pottery Cream and Sugar Set

One of my favorite YouTube channels to watch is Nicole Thorthgarden Thrifter. She takes her camera around and just goes into all kinds of thrift stores, finding all sorts of pretty vintage decor.

A few weeks ago she found some Mikasa pottery, very similar to this pattern, and I LOVED them. The little speckles on them remind me of beach sand. The pattern is Cordon Bleu.

a vintage set of Mikasa cream and sugar displayed on a table

Well, to my surprise, this cream and sugar set was at the thrift store for .99 cents each, but wait! They were red tags so they were only .49 each after the 50% off!! Yay!

I have them displayed in my kitchen on this vintage shelf. They add a simple warmth to that space and I’m loving how they look.

a vintage Mikasa sugar bowl displayed on a peg shelf in the kitchen

5. Round Basket

This beauty was actually found at a local garage sale for only $2!

The second I saw it I knew it could be used for so many different things. It has the original nails and it is stamped. I love the rounded shape of it and the handle is so lovely.

a vintage basket with a handle

My brain is currently imagining this basket hanging on the front door as a beautiful Christmas display, so there’s that.

Anyways, you will surely be seeing this basket in many posts to come in a variety of ways!

a stamped vintage basket sitting on a table

6. Milk Glass Pedestal Bowl

Yes, I have found another piece of milk glass for my collection!

I’ve never seen this style of milk glass before. The wavy edges on top really made me smile and combined with the textured dots and pedestal, this piece is a winner for $7.99!

It sits beautifully on my milk glass shelf, displayed with the others.

a vintage milk glass pedestal displayed on a credenza

7. Copper Strainer

The last item I have to show you today is this amazing copper strainer! Just look at the pretty little feet it has!

You guys know how much I adore vintage copper so I was beyond thrilled to find this stuffed in a box at the thrift store. I can’t remember the exact price on it but it was somewhere around $5. This strainer does seem to be vintage and it is stamped as seen in the photo.

a vintage copper strainer with 3 pedestal feet

There is not a lick of rust on it, basically in perfect condition, so I have taken to using it in the kitchen. It is the PERFECT little thing to use for washing berries!

It’s functional as well as a pretty display piece. It’s a win-win for me!

a vintage copper strainer filled with fresh strawberries

Free Decor for Summer

If you are looking for a completely free way to decorate your home for summer, using fresh cut flowers in a vintage vessel is a beautiful option.

Fresh flowers add color and texture, not to mention an amazing aroma, to any room in your home. Some of my favorite plants to clip include:

  • Lilacs
  • Ferns
  • Hydrangeas
  • any type of wild flower

a vintage blue glass vase filled with freshly cut Lilacs

Closing Tidbits on Thrifted Decor for Summer

I hope you are encouraged by my thrifted decor for summer! I’ve said it so many times and I’ll say it again because it’s how I live when it comes to decorating my home. You do not have to spend hundreds of dollars every season to outfit your house with decor. The items that I’ve shown you can not only be used during the summer but throughout the year as well by making minor seasonal adjustments.

I spent under $15 for all of these pieces and they are timeless. They are, in my opinion, far more beautiful than anything from a retail store. Be inspired to decorate your home using thrifted finds that have meaning and purpose. I promise it will bring you such joy.

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Leave me a comment! How do you like to style thrifted finds for Summer? I love hearing from you!

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