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Vintage and Thrifted Decor Ideas for Summer

By Rachel

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Find budget-friendly tips with these vintage and thrifted decor ideas for Summer!

Who doesn’t love the warm breeze of Summer, the vibrant colors of nature, and the fun, carefree spirit that the season brings? As we shed our layers and embrace the sunshine, it’s the perfect time to give our homes a makeover and infuse a touch of personality into our living spaces. Join me today for vintage and thrifted decor ideas for Summer!

Summer Decorating with Thrifty Finds

What better way to welcome Summer into your home than by incorporating vintage and thrifted decor? According to a survey by the National Association of Resale and Thrift Shops, the resale industry has experienced a 7% growth in the past two years, indicating a growing interest in secondhand items. That’s SO amazing!

Whether you’re a seasoned thrifter or a newbie looking to add some character to your home, this article will provide you with a guide to all things vintage and thrifted for the Summer season.

I’m sharing my top tips on how to incorporate these found pieces into your home with a roundup of seven Summer posts that are written by yours truly.

Get ready to be inspired by these unique and budget-friendly decor ideas!

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Questions about Vintage Summer Decor

Where to Look for Vintage Finds for Summer Decorating?

My top answer, and personal favorite place to look, is thrift stores! Secondhand shops yield a plethora of options for Summer decor finds. Think outside the box when thrifting for Summer decor, especially at thrift shops. Ask yourself how you could use something in a different way!

Other places to look include antique stores, garage sales, and estate sales.

vintage milk glass styled for Summer

How to Incorporate Vintage Finds Into a Home for Summer?

Honestly, there isn’t a straightforward answer for this. I just go by what I love (ie. milk glass, vintage jars, enamelware, etc…) and tweak it to fit the Summer season.

If you have a collection of something, such as pottery or copper, here are a few ideas you can try to make those pieces feel more Summer-ish:

  • add faux floral stems or greenery
  • choose a color scheme to help tie your finds together (like yellow, green, white, blue, red, or a combination of them)
  • use gingham ribbon to tie around handles or jars
  • if your decor is more neutral, try incorporating pops of color such as blue or yellow

a Summer mantel display with milk glass and yellow flowers

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Vintage and Thrifted Decor Ideas for Summer

I’m not quite ready to share my brand new Summer home tour…I need a few more days! So, until then, I wanted to share some other Summer decor ideas with you.

If you would like to read more about each post, simply click the teal colored link under each tip!

7 Vintage Summer Decor Tips

The Summer posts featured below are older articles that I have written here on the blog. Hopefully they will get your creative and decorating brain going as we dive into a new season!

1. Thrifted Decor for Summer

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, thrifted decor for Summer, we’ll explore some creative and unique ways to update your home 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

2. Simple Summer Decorating

Decorating your home for Summer is carefree and breezy!

It’s not stuffy or overly decorated but rather paired down with a simple theme and a few key colors that are light and airy. Join me as I share tips and ideas for simple Summer decorating!

a vintage linen napkin with yellow flowers in a summer vignette

3. Summer Decorating with Vintage Milk Glass

If you have been around here for any length of time, you probably know my deep affection for vintage milk glass. I’ve been collecting it for many years and use it all year round to decorate for each season or holiday.

I can’t quite describe what it is about this old glass that is so intriguing. It just speaks to me in a way that many things don’t, you know??

I’m excited to show you some easy ways of styling milk glass in your home for Summer. There is something for everyone here so let’s get into it!

a vintage milk glass banana stand with faux yellow stems on a Summer mantel

4. Patriotic Bunting Banner DIY

As I was perusing my favorite thrift store, I came across piles and piles of large fabric scraps that someone had donated. It must have been hundreds of dollars worth of fabric!

Browsing through various fabrics inspires me and usually puts me in a very creative head space. All of the different patterns evoke distinct moods and feelings, which plays into the overall aesthetic of a space. That speaks to me, you know??

I took my time sorting through it all and came out with two rolls of fabric that I thought I could do something with. Come along as I show you how to create this easy, no-sew patriotic bunting banner DIY for Summer!

a DIY patriotic bunting banner on a shelf

5. Patriotic Decorating with Vintage Enamelware

The red, white and blue colors that you see so often this time of year, along with the patriotic holidays, evoke a special kind of summer nostalgia. Picnics, barbecues, fireworks, and time at the lake are all things that come to mind when thinking about using enamelware during the Summer season.

Vintage enamelware evokes the feeling of lazy Summer days in the sun, feeling happy and free. I’m sharing simple patriotic decorating with vintage enamelware!

a vintage marshmallow tin filled with faux greens displayed for the 4th of July

6. Vintage Patriotic Hutch Decor Ideas

Summer is not just a season. It’s a way of living and a mindful practice of embracing joy. Let’s bring that Summer nostalgia into your home with these vintage patriotic hutch decor ideas!

This easygoing and unworried time of year is the perfect avenue for decorating with nostalgic Summer items such as galvanized metal, flower frogs, milk glass, vintage enamelware and rusty tins. Join me as I transform my hutch from Spring to Summer and find simple ways of using these old pieces in beautiful Summer vignettes!

vintage patriotic decor in a hutch

7. Thrifted Home Decor for Summer

This time of the year, I like to keep my decor minimal, simple, and airy. It’s refreshing to lighten up the interior spaces of my home for the warmer months ahead. An easy way to achieve this is by using thrifted decor!

I’ve been thrifting for pieces that I can incorporate into my Summer decor and have had amazing success. Come see the thrifted home decor for Summer that I’ve picked up, the budget-friendly prices I paid and how I have styled them in my home!

vintage milk glass styled in a Summer vignette

Closing Tidbits on Vintage and Thrifted Decor Ideas for Summer

That wraps up this roundup of vintage and thrifted decor ideas for Summer! It’s my hope that the tips I shared with you today are tangible and that you can see the benefit of using thrifted items for seasonal decorating.

Take and use these ideas as a jumping off point for decorating your own home and don’t forget to get creative! There is no right or wrong way to style your house, especially for Summer.

Be encouraged to let your own unique, one-of-a-kind aesthetic shine, finding slow living along the way.

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

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vintage yellow enamelware teapot on a mantel for Summer

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My new book, ‘An Introduction to: Antique and Vintage Home Decor’, is a piece of work that has been two years in the making.

This 32 page, downloadable e-book is full of valuable information such as tips for sourcing, finding, and styling vintage decor. I touch on many different types of decor including milk glass, copper, and linens.

You can find it below!

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  • […] week, on Thursday, I shared a round up list of 7 decorating ideas for Summer. It’s a compilation of posts that I’ve written in the past and delivers easy and […]

  • MaryJo Materazo
    June 10, 2024 7:48 am

    I love all your summer ideas Rachel. Your thrifty vintage pieces are always fabulous. Thanks for the inspiration friend. XO- MaryJo

  • So many great ideas for Summer decorating with thrifted finds! I have been on the lookout for a Campfire Marshmallow tin for years and have never seen one. Maybe this will be the year!!! They’re so perfect for adding a touch of patriotic flair!

    • Rachel Granholm
      June 10, 2024 10:21 am

      Thank you! They are VERY popular and an actual vintage one is super hard to come by…I know Etsy has some listed but they are WAY too expensive 🙂 Hopefully you will be able to come across one! Enjoy the week!


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