DIY Decorating ideas using thrift store items.
Fridays in blogland can get a little quiet. Everyone is ready for the weekend. Me, included. :-)
Even with my readiness to close up my computer, I always like to share something different with you on Friday. Sometimes it can be a list of my favorite things, a fabulous project done by another blogger, an inspiring read, a round-up, or an Insta-Style. Today I am going to add a new category to this Friday posting list.
Remember back in the early days of DIY Home Decor and Lifestyle blogs when it was popular to post about thrift store hauls and the decorative repurposing plans for the treasures found?
I miss those early days and the inspiration I came away with after reading a thrift store find post. Do you miss and enjoy them, too?
As much as I love new items to decorate my home, the thrill of the hunt to find treasure on the cheap is a past-time I always find enjoyable and very rewarding. I like that I can take a forlorn castaway and give it new life, but best of all I love that I am able to give it my own style. Thrifting allows me to use my creativity and become a designer of merchandise, creating exactly what I want with some DIY skills.
Shopping in general these days is more accessible than ever before. With a swipe and a click on your phone or computer you have a package heading straight to your door. I love this way to shop, but I also miss getting to chat with the people face to face that I meet while out shopping. Thrift stores are one place I find kindred spirits who love to chat about what they found and how they plan to use it.
When I lived in Pennsylvania, I had many large, well stocked and organized thrift stores nearby. I found many gems to decorate my house over the years by keeping my eyes and mind open as I browsed the aisles.
Since moving to South Carolina I have three small thrift stores nearby. I made it my mission this week to find more in nearby towns. Many are only open a few hours a week so I had to plan ahead.
I am glad I did. I went to 2 thrift stores and found what I was looking for and then some… all for a total cost of: $16.50
As a blogger I realize that what I find, you may not be able to find the exact same thing, but what is more important to share is what can be created with an open mind and some creativity and a few DIY skills. You can create your own decor to fit your style with your finds.
So here my thrift store haul I found in one shop. I already started to apply painter’s tape to the wood box.
I found these two items in the second shop I went to.
I have plans for all of the items in my haul today. The only item that I will keep just as is, is the gold acorn and the blue pitcher. I plan to place the acorn on top of a stack of books on my coffee table in the fall.
I will post about all the transformations these items take on as I finish each one.
What do I look for when I go thrift store shopping?
Sometimes I am looking for something in particular, like today I was looking for a piece of round marble. I found it on the cheese board in the first photo of the items I bought. Most of the time I just go in with an open mind looking for classic shapes and items that will stand the test of time. The woven base in the photo above is broken off of something, useless to many, but I know my decorating style and this woven texture fits right in. I know I can use it to create something else. You will see it this Wednesday.
For more tips on how to really shop a thrift store to find the best items, click over to this post.
When was the last time you found a treasure at the thrift store? What did you find and what did you do with it?