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Thrifted Goodies

By Rachel

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Last Updated on November 17, 2023 by Rachel Granholm

I’m excited to show you my thrifted goodies today!

Thrifting for vintage home decor is one of my absolute favorite pastimes. It brings me so much happiness when I can take some time out of my day to go hunting for treasures. About once a month or so, I love to share some of the thrifted pieces that I have found with you. But, it’s difficult to think of creative titles for each of those posts.

So, I am starting a new series here on the blog where you will be able to find all of my thrift store adventures and vintage home decor items that I’ve picked up as well as ideas for styling them in your home. Join me on this fun and encouraging thrifted goodies adventure!

A Thrifting Adventure

If you have been around for awhile, you know my love for thrifting runs deep. I try and go to my favorite thrift store once a week and take a quick spin to see what they have. I’ve gone on every day of the week to see if there is a rhyme or reason for what items get put out on what day, only to figure out that there is none.

Some weeks are incredible with so many donated items and other weeks are a flop where I don’t find a thing. But that’s the nature of thrifting and why it makes it so much fun! You never know what is going to be there on any particular day, making the adventure that much more invigorating.

Thrifted Goodies Volume 1

In today’s post I am going to show you six recent thrift finds. I’ll share what it is, why I bought it, what drew me to it and how I’m using or displaying it in my home! I’m so excited about these pieces…they are some of my favorite finds to date!

Brown and White Transferware Pitcher

Vintage transferware is my newest collection craze and I’m not mad about it. Inspired by many of my blogger friends and their beautiful collections, I’ve been finding many pretty pieces of this old Ironstone without even really looking for it! I’m drawn to these old dishes for many reasons, the main reason being the simplistic nature of them.

The pieces that are decorated with simple floral motifs in browns, blues, and greens are my favorites. The beauty of antique and vintage transferware is that it can be used and displayed throughout the year.

You can decorate with it accordingly by adding in seasonal elements. I currently have a fall vignette brewing in my head using my transferware!

an antique transferware pitcher that displayed with faux greens on a stack of vintage books

The brown and white pitcher you see above is one of my newest additions to my collection. It was donated to my local thrift store about a month ago and was initially listed for $19.99, which, in my opinion, is way too high for a thrift store. The tag that was on it said it was from the year 1824! Who knows if that’s correct or not but it’s old.

I waited on it to see if the tag color would be in the 50% off rotation in the coming weeks. A week later, I checked the tag color sale on their website and it happened to be green that week. I made a beeline for the store in an instant, hoping that the pitcher was still there, and it was!

I scooped it up and made my purchase for $9.99. It’s currently displayed with some simple faux Eucalyptus stems in it on a stack of vintage books. I adore this pitcher, especially the curved detail on the handle. This is one of my very favorite thrift store finds that I’ve ever found!

Blue Glass Jug

I have been trying to get away from using so much teal in my decorating but this blue glass jug dazzled me when I saw it sitting on the shelf. The shape of the jug itself combined with the color just blew me away! I’ve never seen anything quite like this jug and I immediately pictured it either on my mantel or on the hearth with a tall stem of faux florals in it.

When I can picture it being used in many ways right away, that’s a sure sign that it’s coming home with me. For $4.99, this jug can be used in a variety of ways throughout the spring and summer months. I’m currently working on a coastal vintage vignette with seashells and I’m pretty sure this jug will make an appearance in that display!

a vintage blue glass jug filled with faux florals on a mantel

Embroidered Table Linen

The next find I actually picked up a few months ago but realized I never showed it to you! My deep affection for vintage linens continues. This lovely table linen was only $2.99 and it’s just gorgeous. I like to purchase vintage linens that are fairly neutral in color because then I can use them as a base for many different things.

This one is a pretty linen color with light beige florals embroidered into it. I can use this on my dining table now and into the fall. It can also be used as a base for a vignette or it can be folded and placed under a lamp. You could also use it draped over a dresser or side table.

Vintage linens are just marvelous and practical decor items!

a vintage table linen displayed with an enamel pitcher

Copper Pot

Vintage copper is one of my favorite things. I purchased a vintage copper teapot years ago at a thrift store and have been collecting copper pieces ever since. The patina of old copper combined with the beautiful and weathered coloring lends such rich character to any space.

a vintage copper pot found at a thrift store

Recently, I was introduced to a consignment shop in my area that sells mainly vintage items. Intrigued, I took some time on a Saturday morning to drive over and check it out. It was wonderfully curated and the pricing was amazing. There were many pieces that I loved but you better believe this copper pot came home with me!

I can’t remember the initial price on it but it was on sale that day so I ended up paying around $11 for it. For a vintage copper pot, that is a steal! I’ve used it once so far to make nectar for my hummingbird friends and it was a breeze to use. It happily hangs in my kitchen now for all to see.

Pair of Longaberger Coffee Mugs

My affection for these vintage mugs all started when I found one at the thrift store months ago for .50 cents. The one I purchased then was all cream, in what’s called the ‘heritage woven traditions’ collection. It looks just like the ones below but without any green on it.

Well, my husband came to love that .50 cent mug. I’ve been looking and looking for months at thrift shops and antique stores trying to find more of these mugs but have not been successful.

vintage Longaberger coffee mugs on a peg rack

So, I started looking online for them. Facebook marketplace didn’t really yield any results. Knowing I wanted the mugs with the green pattern on them, I turned to Mercari.

The instant I typed it into the search bar, so many results popped up! My trick to using this app is to save some of the searches and then wait a few days for the seller to either drop the price or send a discounted price to me.

a vintage longaberger coffee mug with a jadeite saucer

My waiting paid off and I ended up paying $20 total for the pair with tax and shipping! They look adorable hanging on the peg rack in my kitchen. The green color on them is almost an exact match to the green on the backsplash.

So, my advice to you is to keep trying! Eventually your persistence will pay off and you will find what you are looking for.

Floral Transferware Pitcher

I’ve saved the best for last today, you guys. This antique pitcher has got to be my find of the year. Last week, I stopped to take a quick spin at my favorite thrift store. I always head to the back of the store first where all of the art is located.

I was looking through a bin of pictures and frames and then I spun around to see if there was anything else that I might have missed. There, sitting randomly on a donated coffee table, was this masterpiece.

I literally almost shrieked out loud and I muttered something like “wait…what?!” an antique transferware pitcher displayed on a vintage book

I’ve seen pitchers very similar to these at antique stores and I can never afford them because they are usually upwards of $65. Eagerly picking it up, I searched for the price tag, hoping and praying it was not unreasonable.

The price? $7.99. I had no words. Gripping it for dear life, I meandered my way to the front of the store with my amazing treasure.

a late summer vignette displayed with vintage and thrifted decor

If I don’t find anything else for the rest of the year, I’m happy. This piece will be displayed in my home forever. I can decorate with it for each season and holiday by switching out the florals in it or pairing it with seasonal decor.

The flowers on the vase are actually dark green even though they look blue, making it even more versatile. Green is such an easy color to decorate with all year long. I’m excited to use this pitcher in vignettes, as a centerpiece, or for beautiful shelf decor.

Closing Tidbits

I hope you found joy and uplifting ideas in these thrifted goodies today! The amount of happiness I get from finding these unique and one-of-a-kind pieces for my home is priceless to me. I hope you enjoy these posts as much as I do because thrifting is something I’ll never grow tired of. Your home is meant to be special and full of life. Be encouraged to seek out what makes your home feel alive.

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an antique ironstone pitcher displayed on a vintage book with faux florals

For more thrifting and vintage inspiration, go say hello to my friend Aliya at Open Doors Open Hearts. She has amazing and beautiful ideas for creating a special home!

Other Thrifty Posts To Enjoy

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21 Comments. Leave new

  • You know that thrifting has my heart. I love all of your finds. I’m going thrifting tomorrow to look for supplies for my next tablescape. Wish me luck!

    • Rachel Granholm
      July 21, 2022 10:23 am

      Yay!! Have so much fun..may the thrifting god’s be upon you 🙂 Thanks for stopping by, Jen!!

  • debra@commonground
    July 21, 2022 4:29 pm

    You have some great finds Rachel. It’s been awhile since I’ve hit the thrift stores but several years ago the prices started soaring. It was crazy! I expect antique and vintage markets to sometimes be steeper, but thrift stores were usually reasonable. I love your transferware, but that green glass bottle is pretty a.maz.ing!! Love seeing all your finds!

    • Rachel Granholm
      July 21, 2022 4:31 pm

      Hi! Thank you!! Yea…they have been fairly high here too but are slowly starting to come down, thank goodness! Thanks so much for reading and for stopping by today! Hope you have a lovely weekend!

  • Love all the thrifted pieces you found, Rachel, and I can’t get over the prices either. They are insane! It’s always fun to see how your collection has grown these past few months. Thanks so much for the tips on the discounts too. They’re super helpful! Hugs, CoCo

    • Rachel Granholm
      July 22, 2022 1:29 pm

      Thank you!! Prices have been high the past year or so but they are FINALLY starting to come down. I appreciate your lovely comment today, CoCo! Thanks so much for stopping by today! Hope you have a beautiful weekend!

  • Hi Rachel! This is such a great post! I love all the things you found while thrifting. My favorite items are the transferware pitchers. Gorgeous!

    • Rachel Granholm
      July 23, 2022 8:35 am

      Thank you! I love them too…it’s funny how when you aren’t looking for something specific, it kind of just shows up 🙂 But when you are looking for it, it’s no where to be found! Thanks for reading today, friend!

  • Rachel!! I absolutely love this post and I’m so excited for your series!! The copper pot stole my heart, but I also love that vintage table cloth got picked up too!!! Can’t wait to see more!!

    • Rachel Granholm
      July 23, 2022 8:36 am

      Thank you!! I’m excited about it too! Thanks for reading today…I appreciate it!!

  • Love all your thrifted finds. You just never know what your are gonna find. BTW, I still love my Longaberger mugs, although I paid full price for mine back in the 1990’s when Longaberger was in it’s hay day. I don’t regret it though cause I have gotten my money’s worth. 🙂

    • Rachel Granholm
      July 26, 2022 9:24 am

      Hi Lynda!!
      Thanks so much!! Which pattern on Longaberger do you have? I appreciate you stopping by today!

  • I really enjoy the vintage look of these finds!

    • Rachel Granholm
      July 28, 2022 9:27 am

      Hi Michele!
      Thank you!! I appreciate your comment and for stopping by the blog today! Hope you have a wonderful day and come back again!

  • […] and playing around with the placement until it looked pleasing to me. On the left, I placed my thrifted blue jug that looks stunning with this display. Can you see the faint bubbles in the glass?! It […]

  • Lora Bloomquist
    July 28, 2022 6:10 pm

    Love your transferware pitchers; you will use them often. Always love to see what others find & how much they paid. I’m more of a winter thrifter:)

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