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Top 10 Thrifting Posts: Reader Favorites That Inspired Positive Change

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Last Updated on April 19, 2024 by Rachel Granholm

Join me as we round out 2023 with the top 10 thrifting posts: reader favorites that inspired positive change!

Thrifting — the hobby of combing through secondhand stores for quality and hidden treasures — is gaining widespread recognition as a powerful force for forward progress in living sustainably. So today, I thought it would be fun to end 2023 with a bang and share the top 10 thrifting posts: reader favorites that inspired positive change!

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Here at The Antiqued Journey, readers have embraced the idea of shopping secondhand and it makes me incredibly happy. Not only are thrifters helping to reduce items in landfills but they’re also uncovering hidden, vintage gems.

From finding a perfect desk for a home office to locating an heirloom item with a special meaning, these posts show us how thrift shopping can have a meaningful, tangible, and even life-changing impact.

In this article, we’ll dig into you, my reader’s, favorite 10 thrifting posts from the year and look at the inspiring results of what can be uncovered with a bit of digging and thoughtful exploration.

Thrifting: A Catalyst for Environmental Care

Going thrift shopping is my favorite weekly past time. Not only do I consistently find vintage decor to add my growing collections, but I do so for a very affordable price.

And, since shopping secondhand is all about buying used or pre-owned goods, it’s helping to keep un-needed waste out of landfills, which is like a hug for Mother Earth!

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I truly hope that, through these top 10 thrifting posts: reader favorites that inspired positive change posts, you can see the benefits of why buying secondhand is important. Far-reaching change isn’t going to happen overnight. It takes time, patience and thoughtful effort.

But, I feel confident that we can all take the steps needed to help create an Earth that is vibrant, thriving and full of new life.

Top 10 Thrifting Posts: Reader Favorites That Inspired Positive Change

Top 10 Thrifting Posts: Reader Favorites That Inspired Positive Change

Too often, we forget about the power of our own actions. Through thrifting, we can become the agents of positive change we wish to see in the world. So let’s put these top ten thrifting posts into practice and watch our small actions have a big impact.

The ten posts below are, according to my analytics, the most popular thrifting posts from 2023. I am so thankful that these thrifty tips and ideas are encouraging for so many of you. Let’s get into them!

1. 6 Home Decor Items to Always Thrift

Over the years, I’ve learned many things about thrifting for decor and want to pass along some of that knowledge to you! One of the specific areas I’ve honed in on is the ability to see what kinds of things that make sense to buy secondhand versus brand new.

Purchasing used items creates a very curated and character-rich home. Each decor piece provides warmth and adds layers of coziness. Because these are bought secondhand, they each come with a story that now gets to be added to yours!

an antique wooden mirror on a mantel

2. Why Buying Secondhand is Important

I have come to realize that this blog is turning into something far greater than I could have ever imagined. So, I’m using this platform and top 10 thrifting posts: reader favorites that inspired positive change, to speak up for the Earth. It needs us now more than ever.

Thrifting is a way of living sustainably during this time when environmental concern is at it’s peak. By choosing to do one small thing, whether it be using beeswax food wraps over plastic wrap or keeping a re-usable straw in your car to use instead of a plastic one, adds up to big and everlasting change.

a collection of vintage and thrifted hobnail milk glass

3. How to Thrift for Vintage Books

Thrifting for vintage, especially books, is such a thrill!

I used to have a super difficult time navigating stores, trying to find vintage and hardcover books. However, through practice, I’ve been able to successfully find old books in ways that others might not know about.

I’ve done the hard part for you and am sharing my tips and tricks on having success at finding vintage books at thrift stores!

vintage books and vintage milk glass styled on a shelf for Summer

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4. How to Use Vintage Handkerchiefs as Decor

I never knew I needed hanky’s in my life until I did. I’ve found hanky’s in all the pretty colors. Some made in Sweden, some with floral embroidery and others donning lace and scalloped edges.

Like everything else, I believe these old handkerchiefs found me, I didn’t find them. I’ve been busy figuring out what to do with each of them and have found a few simple ways of displaying hanky’s.

a vintage hanky embroidered with blue and yellow flowers

5. Vintage Copper Decor

I love hunting for vintage copper. However, I have found that whenever I’m actually looking for it, I never find it. It usually just happens…a piece of copper just sitting on a shelf at a thrift store or antique mall, just waiting for me. Does that happen to you, too?

I’m super excited to share my thrifted vintage copper collection. I hope that these ideas inspire you to start a collection of your own, add to an existing collection, or give you some decorating ideas for your home!

a vintage copper pint container hanging on a peg rack

6. Thrifted Goodies Volume 7

Sometimes it’s not easy thrift shopping, you guys. There are days when the shelves are extremely empty and, when I do find something, the price seems to be much too high. But, sometimes that’s how it goes!

Many of the items in this post came from one antique store. Though not technically ‘thrifted’, they are still secondhand purchases for affordable prices and neat finds to add to my collections!

an entry way shelf styled for winter

7. Guide to Finding Antiques at Thrift Stores

Many people have houses full of antiques yet don’t know the value of the items they have. They donate them to thrift stores as an easy way to get rid of things. This is the fun part and where you get to swoop in and find all the pretty things on the cheap!

The thrift store is my happy place. It’s where I go to decompress and clear my head when life feels stressful. I’ve been thrifting for many years and, through it all, feel that I have gained enough knowledge to share some of my tips and tricks. I’ll walk you through super simple ways of navigating a thrift store!

a vintage milk glass banana stand decorated with Tulips for Spring

8. Summer Decorating with Thrifted Milk Glass

What do you get when you combine thrifting and milk glass?! Two of my favorite things! Milk glass is one of those versatile pieces that you can use all year round to decorate your home.

For Summer, I was inspired to use my milk glass collection and combine it with greens, yellows and blues to welcome the warmer months. The white color makes each space feel light and airy, like a calm ocean breeze sweeping through the windows.

vintage milk glass styled in a Summer vignette

9. Thrifted Home Decor for Summer

During Summer, I like to keep my decor minimal, simple and airy. It’s refreshing to lighten up the interior spaces of my home for the long, warm days. An easy way to achieve this is by using thrifted decor!

Come see the thrifted home decor for Summer that I picked up, the budget-friendly prices, and how I styled them in my home.

vintage milk glass styled for Summer

10. How to Use Thrifted Art for Fall Decorating

Thrift shopping for old artwork is so much fun! I refuse to purchase art from large retail stores anymore because they just don’t give me that vintage, patina-d look that I adore. There’s nothing better than art that is slightly worn and faded, showing signs of age with it’s chipped paint or wrinkled paper.

You don’t need to break the bank to decorate for the season! With thrifted art, you can infuse your home with unique, on-trend style—while staying savvy with your budget. In this post, I show you how to use thrifted art to create stunning, one-of-a-kind seasonal displays!

a vintage barn painting displayed as part of a mantel vignette for Fall

Closing Tidbits for Top 10 Thrifting Posts: Reader Favorites that Inspired Positive Change

No matter what type of thrifting you do, your contributions can have a positive impact on the world. Thrifting can be an affordable way to develop one’s style, reduce waste, and support the environment. It has also been proven to be an excellent way to make a difference and bring attention to various causes.

My sincere hope is that, through these top 10 thrifting posts: reader favorites that inspired positive change, we can remain hopeful and make a practical steps in the right direction. In this upcoming new year, be encouraged to mindfully choose how you shop, knowing that you can be a catalyst for good.

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vintage decor styled on a mantel

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Thrift Vintage Decor

vintage copper colander    milk glass banana stand   vintage hanky's         vintage barn painting        vintage books
Vintage Copper        Banana Stand     Vintage Hanky’s    Vintage Art    Vintage Books

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