Looking for ways to decorate your home on a budget? Come to the thrift store with me and see what I found (and bought) this month!
Lately, Chris and I have been out thrifting a lot! We need so much for the new house and you can find the best deals at the thrift store.
We’ve been shopping at the Habitat Humanity Restore in Manville, New Jersey.
Have you ever been to one before?
They get great stuff!
Anyway, we found some great pieces this month.
Some things we were looking for.
Others we happened upon.
And I’m sharing some fun stories of things that happened during our thrift store adventures too.
So let’s go thrifting!
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Wait Until You See What I Found (and Bought) This Month at the Thrift Store!
I can’t even begin to describe the cool things we found at the thrift store.
From plant stands to dinnerware, dressers to fireplace surrounds, we found (and bought) a lot!
With owning a new home, the layout is much different than our former home.
So we need a bunch of new pieces to decorate spaces.
And while I love shopping around for new things, I also appreciate a good thrift store deal.
Some things you hunt around for, but others you learn you need it when you see it, am I right?
But that’s the fun part about thrifting.
Dining Room Storage and Garden Ideas
Last month, Chris and I were shopping around for budget-friendly dining room storage pieces.
And although we didn’t find anything we wanted yet, we found a bunch of other cool things for other areas in our new home.
Like this baby changing station.
It is solid wood!
While I wouldn’t use it for that (cause I’m out of that phase in my life) it would make a great potting station in my garage.
Ultimately, we bought other things so we did not buy this piece.
But seriously, wouldn’t that be a cool potting station?
While we were hunting around for dining pieces, we found this gorgeous buffet.
I love those pretty details.
It’s a little big for the space I want to use it in.
So we didn’t get it, but how cool is it?
I really wish I had the space for another china cabinet and hutch somewhere.
Because this one is super cool.
I don’t love the finish on it, but it would look awesome stripped down and lightened up, don’t you think?
Thrift Store End Table or Plant Stand?
Have you ever seen a piece that you walked past several times and didn’t even notice until you started walking out the door?
Yep, that happened with this gorgeous solid wood end table.
It was kind of packed in among a bunch of other tables.
And was a bit low to really notice.
But as we were leaving the thrift store, I said to Chris, “We need this – it would make a great plant stand!”
So we bought it.
I’m going to refinish it too by stripping the finish off it to lighten it up and bring out the details.
Do We Need a Fireplace Surround?
While we were walking around we saw this awesome fireplace surround.
It’s solid wood and has some pretty details.
But it’s a little big for our existing gas fireplaces to use as a mantel.
So we didn’t get it.
And that kind of bothered me..
A few days later, I realized…wait a second!
That fireplace surround would be PERFECT on the blank dining room wall.
It would add a lot of interest, take up little floor space, and I can decorate on top.
Plus it was $90 so it was a good deal to boot.
I probably should have gone back sooner just in case it got snatched up.
But we waited until Saturday, hoping it would still be there.
And guess what?
So we brought it home and put it in the dining room just to see how it looks.
Don’t you love it???
I’m going to refinish this piece too – do you think I should strip it and lighten it up to bring out the details or paint it chippy white?
Let me know what you think in the comments below because right now, I am undecided.
It looks good as it is, but there are a lot of dark wood tones going on in the dining room right now so it needs a makeover for sure.
Here it is styled for an upcoming post I’m working on.
Thrift Store Vintage Picture Frame
We also found this super cool wood frame.
I don’t love the art work, but the frame has lots of pretty details.
And I was debating buying it.
Ultimately we left without purchasing it, but now that I’ve sat on it for a week, think it will still be there?
I could easily antique the print or remove it all together and replace it with a vintage print from Etsy.
I should go back and get it if it’s still there.
Bedroom Storage Dresser
Tori needed a dresser because her room is on the third floor and doesn’t have a good size closet.
So we found this one. It’s nothing fancy, but she didn’t care what we found because she just needs immediate storage and knows we can refinish pieces.
When I first saw this dresser, I walked away to text her and grab Chris.
And wouldn’t you know?
Some thrifters were seriously eyeing it.
So Chris and I lurked close by.
They did not leave this piece for like 10 minutes.
And the moment they stepped away, we snagged the ticket off it and ran to make the purchase.
It’s the thrill of the hunt, am I right???
Thanks so much for thrifting with me today!
Wait Until You See What My Friends Found Thrifting Too!
My good friend Kim from Shiplap and Shells spent a day hunting for thrifted garden decor and spring flower shopping.
We are so close here in New Jersey – I can’t even wait.
But until then, I’ll live vicariously through Kim.
My good friend Jennifer from Cottage on Bunker Hill shared her thrifty decorating tips for the front entry.
I love how she makes thrifted items look so good!
How adorable is that bird? I want one!
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