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How to decorate your home with thrift store finds

Decorating our new home has been a blast. We didn’t have to do much in terms of updates, but one of my favorite transformations is in our guest bedroom. It’s incredible what a fresh coat of white paint can do for a room. We decided to update the brown paneling with Sherwin Williams white paint in Alabaster and pulled up the carpet to expose the beautiful hardwood floors, which instantly made the room feel larger. Since we don’t use this space that often, it’s the one room I did not want to splurge on, so I pulled out old thrift and flea market finds that I’ve collected over the years. It’s so fun to see these items being used in a fresh new space. Every single thing in this room is either thrifted or DIY!

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After
Thrifted Target brand lamp and vintage alarm clock
DIY painted vintage chair and 1979 Seventeen magazine
Goodwill pillows from the new goods section. DIY headboard.

Moving and decorating can be expensive. However, there are a handful of items you can almost always count on finding at thrift stores. Decorating with these thrifted finds not only add a little character to your home, but leave room in the budget for you to splurge on big ticket items. Here are a few things you can find at the thrift store to upgrade your home:

Decorative Bowls

Key bowls, coffee table bowls, nightstand bowls – you name it. If you need a bowl for any table around your house, head to Goodwill or your favorite thrift store for endless possibilities.

Frames

Thrift stores are bursting at the seams with picture frames in all sizes. Love the size but not the color? Paint it! Even if you DIY a frame, you’re still getting it for a fraction of the retail cost.

Mirrors

Every time I’m tempted to buy a mirror at a regular retail store, I end up putting it back because I always find the most incredible mirrors at thrift stores. My favorite find ever is this large round mirror from Goodwill for $13.

Small Console Tables

These tables are great for entry ways or end tables and despite their small size, they carry large price tags at regular home decor stores. Save a few bucks and search your local thrift store first.

Accent Chairs (aka those chairs you will never actually use)

You can find all sorts of interesting antique chairs at thrift stores. Creating a little decorative nook is always a great way to fill a corner space in a room but why spend hundreds of dollars on a chair you’re rarely going to use? Look for wood, leather, or bamboo chairs at thrift stores. Some of my favorites over the years include a vintage leather chair on wheels, a peacock chair that’s in our sunroom, and two wooden chairs that I spray painted blue and pink that add the perfect amount of color to our guest bedroom.

Lamps

Most people assume the lamps at thrift stores are no longer in working condition anymore. That’s rarely the case because they are usually tested before they are placed on the sales floor. Bring a light bulb with you and plug that sucker in at the thrift store. Consider spray painting a lamp or adding a vintage style to your space.