Thrift Store Finds - Ideas To Decorate Your Home

I decided to write a blog post about items to keep an eye out for at the thrift store for you to use to decorate your home with.

I am going to start out saying that I am not by any means knowledgeable about interior decorating, I simply love going to the thrift store and finding bargains on things I think would be great in my home. 

Sometimes I get lucky and find a bunch of neat things, some items that are like new and some things that just need to be cleaned or painted to bring out it's inner awesomness! 

Here are some ideas:

I found this dish at goodwill for $ .99!! It is solid brass and I love the honeycomb design. It was a mess at first, but then I cleaned it with a lemon wedge and backing soda and it cleaned it right up! I am using it to hold my perfumes but something like this could be used as a key, jewelry or candle dish!

This vintage tape dispenser was a unique find! This also was filthy but I loved the saying on the side and the folk art design and for $1.99 it definitely beats the standard cheap plastic dispenser!

Matchbooks in a glass container or vase has a cool old look, this pink glass vase with matchbooks was an estate sale find. At only $7 I couldn't pass this up!

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Old cameras are interesting and beautiful. I always see all sorts of old cameras at the thrift store but they are usually behind the counter or are auction only items. There are lots of ways to decorate with old cameras in addition to setting it on your bookshelf.

I loved the designs and color of this little dish, it moves around my house and serves different purposes. First it held rubber bands and other misc items in my kitchen. Then it held rings and other jewelry and sat on my dresser. Then it held spools of thread for sewing, and right now it holds some old dominoes and serves as a decoration. I wonder what function it will serve next!

I loved the color of the top ceramic bird, he adds a burst of color on my black book shelf. The bottom one had the same design as some of my owl figurines that my mom gave me so I had to buy it. You can find all sorts of figurines in every shape and color. Check them out and if you see something you like take it off the shelf and imagine it in your home. Sometimes its hard to imaging what something will look like in your home when it is surrounded by so many other objects.

Here's an easy one. At some specialty grocery stores you might be able to find milk and cream in a nice glass bottle from a small batch dairy. I bought this one at the grocery store because I needed some cream and wanted the container to keep. This sits on one of our bookshelves and we keep our fortune cookie fortunes in it. Other ideas would be to use it as a vase or fill it with loose change, small rocks or buttons.

Items on our bookshelf. 

This cabinet is more of a storage space than a display and in we store our different items that we have accumulated from thrift stores, antique stores, gifts and from family.

These are our small vases. A small carafe, a Session beer bottle (love the color and shape), an orange marmalade jar, and some other vases we picked up along the way.

You can get cigar boxes at any tobacco shop. They are cheap and sometimes free and are great for storage and they look great stacked up on a shelf. 

Old lighters would be a cool thing to collect and accent your space with. These two were my grandpas and I think they are so neat!

Old clocks always look great. This one was passed down from a grandparent but you can always find old clocks at a thrift store. There are so many different styles so have an idea of what style would fit in with the rest of your decor.

Glass bottles look great when filled with neat little things or if you put a bunch of different colored glass bottles together. I got these at AX Man in ST. Paul, MN. 

Other items to look for can includes pretty decorative plates that can be displayed on the wall, vintage fans, old wood furniture that just need a coat of paint for a fresh new life, decorative frames that can be collaged on your wall, artwork, mirrors, and old books.

Like I said before I am not an interior decorater so I don't really have an design ideas, but here are some helpful links worth checking out! Enjoy! :)
  1. http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/10-vintage-modern-decorating
  2. http://www.thecottagechick.com/2011/02/creative-uses-for-vintage-finds/
  3. http://www.designsponge.com/category/diy-projects?technique=decorating
  4. http://makingitlovely.com/
  5. http://www.casasugar.com/How--10-Ways-Decorate-Thrifted-Goods-3008468?page=0,0,0

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