Looking for ways to decorate your home and garden on a dime? Shopping at the local thrift stores, flea markets, and antique malls is a great way to save money and decorate with a unique vintage aesthetic. Wait until you see what I found thrifting this month!
Thrifting is one of the best ways to find unique items for your home and garden.
You may be surprised by cool things you can find at thrift stores.
Whether you thrift for your closet or your garden and home, it’s an excellent way to find cool pieces that fit into your personal style.
Not to mention, it’s a great way to save money!
Our new-to-us 1850 farmhouse has a rustic elegant feel to it that is slightly different from my former home.
There are more spaces to decorate both inside and out.
But now that the outdoor flea market is open again in Vermont?
We are doing a lot of shopping there too.
Because they seriously have the coolest stuff in New England.
Wait until you see what I found for my home and gardens!
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What Does it Mean to Go Thrifting?
In general, going thrifting means shopping for discounts on gently used items at a thrift store, flea market, or garage sale.
Where and how you thrift largely depends on the opportunities available where you live.
Because I have found the pickins are much different in various locations around the country.
We have a home in Vermont, so I thrift in New England often.
What is the Difference Between Antique & Vintage?
Before we head out to the outdoor antique flea market, we should briefly cover the difference between what is antique and what is considered vintage.
In general, items must be at least 100 years old and in original condition to be considered antiques.
Whereas vintage items are at least 20 years old but not more than 100.
Simply put, vintage by definition, means old or of age.
When I’m thrifting around for vintage or antique pieces, I’m not really concerned about the age of a piece per se.
But am looking more at the character and whether or not it would add interest to my home and garden.
And the more budget-friendly the piece, the better!
Thrifting for a Vintage Aesthetic in Vermont and New Jersey
With all the bargain shopping I’m doing lately, I’m finding lots of cool and unique items for my home and garden.
Wait until you see what I found!
Vintage Aesthetic Finds at the Outdoor Antique Flea Market in Vermont
Whenever we visit Vermont, we make it a point to shop the outdoor antique flea market in Wilmington, Vermont.
A wide range of items are sold at the market.
From vintage pieces to jams and tee-shirts, there’s something at the flea market for everyone.
Sometimes they have more vendors than others. And how many show up also depends on the weather.
The holiday weekends are typically much larger than other weekends, but it really just depends.
We found some cool vintage pieces that I bought for the garden.
Cause you know I never pass up pretty vintage garden treasures.
While walking around I found these gorgeous trunks. You can use them for so many different things like storage, coffee tables, and even as a planter.
I considered bringing one home, but wasn’t really feeling it this time, so we kept walking on.
But take a look at these gorgeous vintage galvanized cans!
They make the perfect planter.
But are also beautiful vessels for fresh cut flowers.
I LOVE the really big ones too, don’t you?
They make a great cottage garden accent piece if you plant it up in a garden.
The aged galvanized metal would add visual interest and break up the flowers to create more character.
Since I’m still working on my gardens, I opted for a smaller galvanized bucket instead to hold some cut flowers instead.
At one time someone painted it, but you can see the paint is wearing off.
I love the look and it would be so pretty filled with flowers on my pretty bistro table.
While walking around my husband and I found these gorgeous porcelain pots.
Aren’t they so cool?
The vendor wanted $100 for each, so I said no thanks.
As cool as they are, I didn’t want to spend the money on them today.
But then I found this cool wooden birdcage.
The vendor was trying to sell me on it as a birdcage.
You know what I’m doing with it, don’t you?
I’m going to flip it into a cool planter and maybe bleach that wood because I’m not a fan of the orange glow.
Looking back I should have bought this old china set.
That pattern is beautiful.
But you know when you’re shopping around and not really feeling like buying a lot so you don’t?
The vendor wanted like $130 for it.
I already snagged the birdcage and bucket so I wasn’t spending on the money on this set at the time.
Plus, I already have two sets of china at home. So Chris talked me out of it.
I can’t take him with me. LOL!
Thrifting for a Vintage Aesthetic at the Habitat for Humanity Restore in New Jersey
If you happen to have a Habitat for Humanity Restore but haven’t shopped at it yet, you are missing out!
Not only do they have great deals on lots of antique furniture and other cool household items, but the money you pay is given to a worthy cause.
I’m telling you they have some great stuff!
And I love the one in Manville, New Jersey.
I’m looking for something I can use as a front entry hall table, so I immediately hit the furniture section of the Restore.
They get some really interesting pieces there.
I found this vintage gingerbread mold for $50 and thought it would look great as wall decor.
But I also found this gorgeous green chandelier!!!
Oh my goodness, isn’t it glorious?
I couldn’t justify spending the money on it today when we don’t really need it but now that I’m gone?
I really want it. So if it’s still there when we go back, it is meant to be and I’m totally buying it.
Maybe I could hang it in the sunroom to add a little pop of color?
And how about this pretty old lamp I found.
I love the lines, crystals and pretty floral design on it.
If I was little further along with my decorating inside my home, I would have bought it.
But I’m not totally sure where I’d use it, so I didn’t buy it.
And how gorgeous are these vintage silver tea and coffee pots on the platter?
They caught my eye pretty early during this thrift store trip.
Have a few silver coffee pots already that are similar to these, so I didn’t buy it but gosh are they beautiful.
And they make unique vessels for fresh flowers too!
I also found this gorgeous punch bowl with mugs that I considered using as a centerpiece vessel.
It was $40 and honestly, if it was $20 I would have bought it.
I don’t need the mugs and this piece was not worth the price to me.
As we were heading out, I noticed this old wood bassinet.
Do you see what I see?
Wouldn’t that be so cute all potted up on a porch or corner of a room?
I already have that vintage stroller all potted up, so I don’t want to go overboard on the concept, but it would be so adorable as a planter.
Wait Until You See What My Friend Found Thrifting This Month Too!
My good friend Jennifer from Cottage on Bunker Hill in New Hampshire shared ways to add whimsy to the garden with vintage finds.
Isn’t her garden adorable?
I love the vintage aesthetic she used with kiddie shoes, old shovel and coat to make a scarecrow.
Oh and my good friend Kim from Shiplap and Shells in Washington State shared some vintage finds that she discovered during her travels abroad in Greece and Italy.
I need to make this trip – it looks like she had the best time!
And the color of those vintage doors is so pretty.
Amber has such a beautiful garden too.
Wait until you see how she blends her vintage finds with pretty plants and flowers.
Want to See More Thrifting Adventures
If you enjoy thrifting as much as I do, wait until you come along for some of the adventures.
Come see what I found while thrifting around for the garden!
- Thrifting Near Me With the Gals in Spring
- My Thrift Store Vintage Finds for the Garden
- Thrifty Store Finds in Vermont
- My Thrift Shop Finds and How I Styled Them
- Vintage Market Finds in Vermont for the Garden
Do You Love a Pretty Flower Garden Too?
There is nothing quite like mixing vintage pieces with a pretty flower garden.
They add a lot of character and interest. Not to mention, garden decor gives the eye a place to rest and break up the blooms.
Want to learn ways to grow a gorgeous flower garden that where you can mix your thrift store finds?
Here are more cottage garden tips, tricks, and inspiration.
- 5 Quick Ways to Grow a Cottage Garden
- How My Cottage Garden Grew in 2021
- Cut Flower Gardening for Beginners
- The Complete Guide to Roses Care
- The Basics of Hydrangea Care
- Everblooming Cottage Garden Design Ideas
- The Secret to Growing an Everblooming Cottage Garden
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