I often get asked what kinds of things to look for when shopping for home accessories at thrift stores. Items, that contribute to a charming home instead of adding more junque. I search for items that are classic, versatile, plentiful, and useful in just about every room.
I like having a warm, interesting, and cozy home. But, paying the retail or original price for ANYTHING is against my religion. So, Goodwill comes to my rescue almost every time!
Here are some ideas for what to look for that will breathe new life into your home and have you singing thrift stores’ praises.
Ceramic Pitchers :: Not only are they perfect for storing utensils in the kitchen, they make beautiful bouquet holders on a nightstand. On open shelving, they make a simple decorative element.
Old Books :: They add charm, warmth and interest. Oh! And You can learn something from them, too!
Baskets :: They make great hidden storage, make me appear organized when I’m actually messy. What’s not to love?
Throws :: Soft chenille, an old quilt, a crocheted heirloom. They beckon us to come join them, curled up with a book, the laptop, or the cat.
Sentimental Pieces :: Someone else’s unwanted furnishings can become your heirlooms.
Clocks :: I believe each room ought to have a clock in it. Yes, even a small one can go in the bathroom.
Lamps :: I don’t think a home can ever have too much indirect lighting. Buy lamps for their shape and spray paint them.
(This one used to be brass, and an updated shade was added.)
White Dishes :: They are classic. They can be dressed up or casual. They go with any table setting.
Side Chairs :: You can never have too much seating, can you? Well, maybe you can, but it shouldn’t stop you if you find a sturdy, beautiful chair.
(This is a Hickory Chair. Retail $485.00. I paid $5.00 and gave it a makeover.)
Silver :: Silver goes anywhere and it adds some bling to any space.
(A Fall front door wreath I created from a round silver tray.)
Frames :: Remove the art, if it’s not your taste. Paint the frame and make something fun and useful!
Extras :: If you can find these, grab them! Mirrors, rugs, and linens. These are basics that add layers to our homes.
Sometimes it feels like the decorating process is never over. You may suddenly find inspiration or feel the urge for a change, but it may not be in the budget. Fortunately, there are thrift stores to help us out.
What do you look for when you are out thrifting that’s not in this list? What do you collect?