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Thrifted Goodies Volume 9

By Rachel

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Last Updated on November 17, 2023 by Rachel Granholm

Welcome to thrifted goodies volume 9, the Spring edition!

Happy Spring! I’ve been having the best time thrifting lately and finding so many pretty things to help welcome Spring into my home. Spring is such a lovely time of the year, full of hope and renewal. I wanted my Spring decor to be full of cheer and color after a long winter here in the Northland. The thrifted decor that I chose to bring home is the essence of Spring, infusing florals and pretty vintage hues throughout. Join me as we welcome this new season with thrifted goodies volume 9, the Spring edition!

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Who is ready for triple the thrifting today?! I am so happy to have you back again for our monthly thrifting series here on the blog. This month, we’ve invited Lynne from Thrifting Wonderland to join us. 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 thrifting buddy MaryJo from Master’pieces’ of my Life has some super fun thrifted Easter basket decor to share with you!

thrifted Easter decor from Master'pieces' of my Life

Lynne from Thrifting Wonderland is our guest this month. She shares adventures on her blog all about ‘Thrifting the Upstate’. In her post, Lynne is sharing three vintage treasures!

vintage thrifted treasures from Thrifting Wonderland

Thrifted Goodies Volume 9- Spring Edition

Thrifting for home decor is one of my very favorite pastimes. You never know what you are going to find on any given day. I have been lucky enough to find some items on my thrifting bucket list over the past month! I’ll share where I found each item, how much I paid, why I picked it up and how I have it styled. I’m so excited to show you what I’ve found for Spring, so let’s get into it!

Blue Floral Needlework

The first item I’m sharing today is a blue floral needlework that I found at an antique store a few months ago. It was only $4.00! I adore the small scale of this piece.

a vintage floral needlework with blue flowers

I was drawn to the round shape of it as well as the vibrant blue flowers. They are just so pretty! Framed with wood, this find contrasts so well with my milk glass collection. 

For Spring, I have it displayed on the little shelf in my entryway. It is such a cheery piece of decor to see when coming in the door!

an entry with vintage decor for Spring

Ironstone Creamer and Sugar Set

Next on the list is this adorable set of vintage Ironstone creamer and sugar. The green flowers on them are so perfect for Spring!

These were actually found by pure luck. I went to return an item at the thrift store that I had purchased a week prior and this set just happened to be sitting on a shelf as I walked by. So, I returned the other thing and bought these instead! They were $2.99 a piece.

I have the creamer displayed in my new hutch along with some floral stems and other vintage pieces.

a vintage Ironstone creamer with green flowers

The covered sugar dish is displayed on the wall shelf in my living room.

I did have them styled together side by side since they are a set but it felt too crowded. In a way, having the green flower pattern dispersed throughout the house anchors everything together.

a vintage Ironstone sugar dish displayed on a shelf for Spring

Vintage Tulip Plate

How cute is this little plate?!

First of all, the scalloped edges are just amazing. If something has scallops on it, you can be sure it’s coming home with me. Second, look at the stained crazing that is present on it. It’s old! Third, Tulips are one of my favorite flowers so it was just meant to be. Also, the tag color was half off that day so I paid .99 cents for it. You just can’t beat that!

a vintage thrifted Tulip plate for Spring decor

To style it, I stacked three vintage plates. Each plate has similar scalloped edges so I thought they would look lovely together.

I have the plates sitting on the credenza underneath the window for Spring and truly adore them.

a vintage Tulip plate on a stack of other vintage plates

Floral Butter Pat

This next find is an item that has been on my thrifting bucket list for such a long time!

I follow so many other decorators who have an amazing collection of vintage butter pats and style them in such beautiful ways. However, I didn’t own any butter pats up until now!

This lovely little butter pat came from one of my favorite antique stores. I really had to dig to find this but am so happy I spent some extra time looking. It was a mere $3.99!

a vintage floral butter pat in a hutch

Again, notice the scalloped edges. I told you…scallops are my jam!!

With this butter pat, I wanted a layered look so that the butter pat itself didn’t get lost amongst the rest of the decor. So, I styled the floral butter pat into one of my milk glass pedestal bowls along with two vintage wooden bird plaques. The blue flowers on the butter pat really pop against the white, helping to make that the focal piece. I just love it!

a vintage butter pat with other decor displayed in a hutch for Spring

Purple Transferware Plate

Yes, another plate! My weakness for vintage dishes is a thing but I’m not mad about it 🙂

I’ve been fond of purple transferware for a long time but hadn’t come across any in my price range. On the same antiquing excursion as the butter pat, I found this amazing purple transfer plate. The color is so vibrant! Also note the scallops.

a vintage purple transferware plate displayed in a hutch

There were actually 4 of these purple transfer plates all priced individually at $4.99. To me, that price was a little high to buy multiple, hence why I only purchased the one plate. I kind of wish I had gotten a pair of them now but oh well!

My new hutch has the best feature in the form of plate grooves along the back. I have my pretty purple plate styled in the hutch along with other vintage plates. I’m so happy with my very first purple transferware piece. Here’s to many more!

vintage Spring decor displayed in a hutch

Vintage Books

The last item I’m sharing today is this stack of vintage books. I’ve actually had these since winter but just haven’t had time to chat about them yet!

You guys…these were FREE! I was perusing Facebook Marketplace one morning back in January and this listing popped up. The lady that was selling them lived about 10 minutes away from my house. I messaged her right away and told her I would be there to get them! Vintage books in my area are quite expensive so I was thrilled to grab all of these at no cost.

stack of vintage books

I’m always on the hunt for vintage books in any color. Vintage books are helpful for adding height, color and dimension to vignettes or displays throughout your home. Books are such easy holiday decor as well. I love to use themed colors for specific times of the year such as brown and rust colored books for fall and dark red and dark green books for Christmas.

Vintage books also look pretty when you nestle them side by side across a shelf. It’s like a beautiful vintage rainbow!

vintage books lined up on a shelf

Closing Tidbits

I truly hope that you found helpful ideas in these thrifted goodies volume 9! My whole goal with this thrifting series is to encourage you to decorate your home with secondhand finds. This not only takes care of the Earth by keeping unused things out of landfills but also helps you to create a unique and special home. There are such amazing treasures out there that are just waiting to be found and given a new life. Be encouraged to find what makes you happy!

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Don’t forget to go say hello to MaryJo and Lynne and see their fun thrift finds!

Leave me a comment down below! Have you found anything neat thrifting recently? I love to know what others are searching for or collecting!

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  • Rachel, what a great thrifting month you’e had. I was especially drawn to the needlework. the round, dark, wooden frame is perfect for the more delicate floral stitching. I love where you placed it. It’s so nice to find additions to your china collections. The transfer plate is quite striking. It’s a joy to join you here today.

  • MaryJo Materazo
    March 30, 2023 9:25 am

    Great finds Rachel. I love all of them but that ltttle butter pat with the floral design stole my heart. Purple transferware is also extremely rare so that was a great find. I share your pasión for vintage china. Always fun to share with you. XO- MaryJo

    • Rachel Granholm
      March 30, 2023 10:16 am

      Thank you!! I really wish I would have purchased two of those purple plates…I think I’m going to go back there soon and see if they still have some! Vintage dishes are such fun things to find 🙂 Super fun post this month with you!!

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  • Enjoyed seeing your treasures. We share a love for milk glass! I never thought about scalloped edges, but I do like them. I especially collect dishes with pink roses, but love other florals and blue and white, too. The tulip plate reminds me of the Dutch tulipmania when fortunes changed hands for a single newly developed bulb! Any sign of spring is SOOO welcome to me–Maine drags its feet–we had a dusting of snow this a.m. 31 degrees and sunny!

    • Rachel Granholm
      March 30, 2023 12:35 pm

      Thank you!! This was a fun one to write.
      Minnesota is also dragging it’s feet on Spring…it just won’t warm up and we are expecting snow this weekend!!
      Thanks for coming by today! Hope you have a great weekend ahead!

  • I love your enthusiasm and joy in your thrift finds . Your grandma Jean would be so proud of you!

  • Decorative Inspirations
    March 31, 2023 7:56 am

    You found so many great things!!!! My favorites are the needlework, tulip plate and the butter pats. A they all look so perfect in your home for spring too.

  • I’m always excited to see what treasures you can find! Loving that sweet ironstone cream and sugar set! I have not been thrifting since we had Covid in February! This has inspired me to get back out there!! Happy thrifting!!

    • Rachel Granholm
      March 31, 2023 1:16 pm

      Hi Donna!
      thank you!! These were super fun to find and style 🙂 Hope you find some great things!!

  • I get excited every time you post your treasures, Rachel, I swear you find the best stuff for the best price! I love the creamer and sugar set you found and all your scalloped dishes and butter pats too. Every time I see your needlepoint pieces it makes me want to take a class. They’re always so pretty! Hugs, CoCo

    • Rachel Granholm
      March 31, 2023 6:03 pm

      Thanks so much!! I get excited to write about them 🙂 Thanks so much for coming by today, CoCo!

  • Rachel – I love that you still hear your grandmother’s voice when you are singing in church. As always, I am amazed at your finds! I notice this time that you had a blue-green theme among many of the items. There are also some lovely florals included in the mix. Here’s to warmer days and flowers and no more snow! (At least until December)

    • Rachel Granholm
      April 3, 2023 8:18 am

      Thanks so much!! These were all so fun to find 🙂 It’s supposed to warm up a tad this week so crossing my fingers for that!

  • Beth Anderson
    April 4, 2023 2:28 pm

    Well, Rachel, you taught me something on your site today…. I have never heard
    of a butter pat until I read your blog. It is a tiny cute plate… love it. You have so
    much enthusiasm for your decorating, it is inspirational to read!

    Lots of love, Auntie Beth

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