I am so excited to be rolling out this first (of many, I hope) posts about all things thrifted! Welcome to “Thrift Shopping for Home Decor: Curated Treasures and How to Give them New Life”!
Thrifting: It’s What Brings Us Together Today
A fun fact about me- I had a really great little booth at an Antique Mall for a couple of years. I would flip thrifted finds and vintage items and I had a blast doing it! I have loved thrifting for as long as I can remember.
I have mentioned before that my husband and I work as missionaries, serving as houseparents in a residential care setting (basically like foster parenting, but with up to eight kids at a time). What I have not mentioned much is that we currently work with kids ages 18-21 who are in transition to adulthood and independent living.
Believe it or not, thrifting has been such a great outlet for connecting with these kids! We have been able to laugh together over some of the ridiculous things we’ve stumble across. We have even experienced some moments where kids find an item they had in their childhood and that prompts them to share a story with us we might not have heard otherwise. Plus, it is just super fun. And everyone likes to have fun!
Thrifting With a Mission
Today, we only had time to get to one store, but I was determined to make the most of it.
I am always looking for a few staple items when thrifting. Here is my “Thrifting Must-Looks” cheat sheet. Feel free to save it and use on your next thrifting adventure!
These staples are basically every thrifters dream. You can’t go wrong with them. I love that feeling I get when I go in and find exactly what I’m looking for. I get all giddy like a child on Christmas morning!
Today Was a Fairytale
What I Bought
(Sorry, not sorry for the T-Swift reference in the heading there.)
We may have only been able to shop at one store, but I hit the jackpot! I spent less than $30 and got a whole buggy (aka shopping cart for you non-Southern folk) filled with goodies. I couldn’t wait to get them home to style them.
Without further ado, allow me to share with you my finds!
Okay, let me lay out the goods for ya:
- One large woven basket (the perfect depth and in great shape)
- A set of SEVEN flat weave baskets
- One large and very sturdy flat weave basket/tray
- A set of two small maroon serving dishes that say “simply grateful”
- One wood-grain looking, ceramic candle warmer with timer settings (4hr, 8hr, 12hr, and “ON”)
- A set of two brown and black, tribal printed trinket dishes
- A set of two cement planters with succulents
- A small succulent in round cement planter
- A terracotta and cream colored handmade mug
- A black wall shelf with hooks
- A pink stone vase
- A bathtub tray!
ALL OF THESE IN ONE STORE IN UNDER AN HOUR!? I hope you are as excited about this as I am! #miracleshappeny’all
How I Styled It
This woven basket is a perfect addition to our guest bed! We already have a tray with a candle and book on the desk in the guest room, but this allows us to add a little something extra decor wise, and hospitality wise!
This bathtub tray was one of my favorite finds. Less than $5 for this thing and it is in perfect condition! It had dove-tail edging, so it is excellent quality and very sturdy.
Hear me out: those “simply grateful” serving dishes will be so cute to serve cranberry sauce and butter on at Thanksgiving!
The handmade mug (and in fall colors, no less) is ideal. Who doesn’t love art that someone else made? Especially when it holds coffee.
The little trinket dishes were too unique to pass up. No idea what I will do with them yet, but I will figure it out!
I was way too excited about this candle warmer, but how cute is it? It looks like wood, but is actually porcelain and has a timer with various settings. I grabbed the first candle I could find in my kitchen to put on there. Maple & Cream Latte for the win!
The pink stone vase is giving a rose quartz type of vibe and I love a good pinky neutral. I will probably move it to the guest room, but. for now I love it styled on this tray on my kitchen counter!
Finally, this flat weave basket tray. I am in love with this thing. It is so versatile. For now, it is styled as a tray on my kitchen counter, but I could easily use it as a serving tray, a wall hanging basket, and more!
That’s All, Folks!
That is all I have to share with you now, but stay tuned to see how I style the rest of the items! I am thinking:
- The wall shelf with hooks can be used in my kitchen to hold measuring spoons
- The two matching succulent planters would make adorable book ends
- The set of 7 flat woven baskets will be so cute as charger plates when I host!
I would love to see all of your thrifted finds! Tag me on insta or send me an email- [email protected]!
Thanks for reading. Until next time!