Thrifting has become a favorite past-time for me and David the past couple of months. We are amazed at how fun and easy it is to style a living space with thrifted finds! I have been crushing on all things vintage lately, so we are always on the hunt for cool items that fit that bill when we shop at our local thrift stores. After moving into a house literally double the size of our last place, we started thrifting to fill bare walls and empty space quickly without breaking the bank. We moved from a 2 bed 2 bath (in our case, master bedroom and office) condo to a 3 bed 3 bath house… which means we actually have a guest room now!
Looking to update your living space without spending a fortune? There are a plethora of things you can find at your local thrift stores to decorate with, while staying within your budget. If you don’t know where to start, below are some things David & I have been looking out for to create a homely space with plenty of character. I have to admit that at first, I felt rushed to buy everything quickly because I wanted to furnish the bedroom right away. It worked out in my favor that we happened to find a lot of things that worked in such a short amount of time. But, the key to successful thrifting is to take your time, be selective, and simply enjoy the process! When we first started out, we’d go thrifting nearly everyday to check out literally every single thrift store in the valley. Eventually, we narrowed down to the few that we felt best suited our tastes and would frequent those more regularly. Now, we thrift maybe 3-4 times a month just to make sure we’re seeing the new things that roll in weekly.
Ever since staying at a very memorable Airbnb in NYC back in April, we were inspired to create a mirror wall in our guest bedroom. The cost of mirrors can add up quickly if you’re shopping at places like West Elm, Target, and Home Goods, to name a few. We were able to find some really awesome ones at thrift stores for anywhere from a couple bucks to around $35. Usually, the smaller ones are super affordable, and the larger ones are a bit pricier. But, imagine how much the big mirrors would be at a regular furniture store! Another thing I love about finding mirrors at thrift stores is that there are uniquely shaped ones that you wouldn’t normally be able to find elsewhere. It took us several trips to gather a solid collection of mirrors before we started hanging them up.
Part of what makes thrifting so exciting is that it allows you to get creative with wall art. Just about anything goes! I found some inspiration on Pinterest of a basket wall that peaked my interest, and since I was able to score pretty baskets at the thrift stores, we started a little corner by the desk. I don’t think we’re going to fill an entire wall with baskets, but every time I find a nice basket for a reasonable price, I add it to our collection! If you’re not into that type of decor, there’s also traditional wall art: paintings, posters, and the like. We managed to grab a few framed Parisian-style paintings that go beautifully in our bathrooms for around $3-7 each.
This is David’s favorite section at the thrift stores. He loooooves shopping for books, because our local ones have incredible classics for dirt cheap. By dirt cheap, I’m talking anywhere from 25 cents to a dollar most of the time! The quality of the books are often in good condition, if not like new. Needless to say, we’ve hoarded lots of books but haven’t gotten the chance to read even half of what we grabbed. Here’s to hoping our visitors love to read and will read for us. Just kidding… haha. We’re working on it! In the mean time though, the books have been nice props throughout the home, making us look scholarly. Ha!
I am a sucker for pretty accent pillows, and literally have a bunch from World Market and Home Goods sitting on our couch. I eventually learned that I can get accent pillows for a fraction of their retail prices at… you guessed it – thrift stores! As far as styles and selection though, it’s pretty hit or miss. If you’re looking for a very particular type of pillow, you may have to hold out longer until the time is right. Otherwise, there can be some neat ones out there. We got a majority of our accent pillows on the guest bed from Goodwill and a local chain thrift store called Angelview here in Palm Springs!
In addition to the above items we regularly look for, we also keep an eye out for other things that we either need or want, but don’t want to spend a ton of money on. For example, I recently developed a terrible neck pain, and we found a Kneading Fingers device in perfect condition for only $17 (over $200 on Amazon)! It’s pretty random and specific, but a lucky find that I put to use every night to alleviate my discomfort. We’ve also bought other things we like but not for full price, such as a retro Coca-Cola cookie jar which we now use as a treat jar for the dogs. It adds a beautiful pop of color in our kitchen. On our latest trip, we scored a vintage nightstand for $20 and an Indian Mandella in perfect condition for only $3.50 – I’m in LOVE! These are just some examples of what you can find at thrift stores that are either practical or can be home decor too. You never know what you’ll find!
I know some people who love to thrift clothing and accessories, but this is one category that I haven’t really dabbled in yet. We’ve mostly focused our efforts on home furnishings, but I have heard that you can get super lucky with designer finds at thrift stores, too! It’s my dream to come across an authentic vintage Chanel bag or something along those lines one day.
Are you a thrifter? What are some of your favorite things to look for when shopping at a thrift store?