Do you enjoy thrifting for vintage furniture and other finds? We are hunting for more storage pieces for the foyer. Wait until you see what I found this week at the thrift store nearby.

I love to hunt for garden treasures at the local thrift stores. But lately, Chris and I have been trying to furnish our home on a budget after the big move last year.

Because you can find the best deals shopping at thrift stores and flea markets.

And we’ve found some great pieces for a song!

We are still filling empty spaces here after moving in a year ago and decided to go piece by piece with vintage market decor and thrift shop finds.

I’m specifically looking for storage pieces for my table decor that I can keep in the foyer.

Some wall space opened up as we moved our antique chess table to the library.

With the start of a new year, I figured people would be cleaning out their closets, updating large scale furniture items, and holiday decor.

And I was not wrong!

We found lots of antiques, pretty decor, and a special something I think we might have to go back for.

Of course it has nothing to do with the front entry hall, but you find what you find when you find it, am I right?

Wait until you see the vintage furniture and other cool things we found at the thrift store nearby this week!

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My Vintage Furniture in the Foyer

Before we head to the thrift store nearby, we’ve got to remind ourselves of the aesthetic we are building upon.

That way, we continue to build the space piece by piece with finds that will fit the space and style.

There’s more of a vintage vibe to this room with the wood floor inlays and brass accents.

So when we find pieces for this space, I want to keep that vintage home aesthetic in mind.

Eventually, I want to add some wall decor heading up the stairs, but I haven’t decided how I’m going to do it yet.

Any ideas?

vintage furniture and home decor found at the thrift store nearby for the foyer with loloi area rug, snake plant in vintage farmhouse

I haven’t taken too many photos of this space since Christmas, but I am really loving this piece that we found at the Restore several months ago.

It stores quite a bit and sits just outside the dining room. I don’t think I realized how much I loved this piece until I saw it in photos for the holidays.

There are a lot of beautiful details on it and I am not going to touch this piece in terms of refinishing it because I love it as it is!

close up of vintage painting and frames that I refinished in rub and buff antique gold with vintage plate holder on buffet

I found both these frames at the same thrift store nearby last year and they were a dark dingy brown.

To update each piece, I used some Rub and Buff in Antique Gold to give it a quick update and love how they look!

If you’ve never used it before, you can see how easy it is to update decor with it here.

Vintage home decor and flea market finds in the foyer

I recently bought this beautiful vintage plate holder online because I thought it would look really pretty on the buffet with the frames. What do you think?

And if you can believe this, that vintage crock was $7 at an antique store in Vermont because there’s a small chip on it.

Ummmmm…I’ll take it!

the front entry hall with vintage market decor and french doors with a view of the dining room in 1850 farmhouse
two black labs in front entry hall with vintage furniture finds from the thrift store nearby in 1850 farmhouse

Vintage Furniture Finds at the Thrift Store Nearby

With the foyer’s aesthetic in mind, Chris and I ventured to the Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity Restore in Manville, New Jersey.

They get lots of great stuff in and this week was no exception!

So here’s what I found!

Click here to shop my vintage farmhouse with close up of the front porch with flowers

Antique Settees

If you were on the hunt for antique settees, this was the week to find them!

I found two gorgeous ones that I almost bought.

They need a little makeover, but the details and the lines are so pretty!

antique settee found at the thrift store nearby

I was considering adding this one to one end of the library. The rolled arms, lines, and wood details are really striking on this piece.

Not a big fan of the gold fabric, but I could recover it.

Didn’t buy it because 1) it was way more than I wanted to spend right now. And 2) I don’t have time to work on it anytime soon.

Should I go back for it???

And then I happened upon this little beauty that reminds me of some pieces that my grandmother used to have in her home.

It’s so pretty right?

Looks so different from the other one I found above. Not sure where I’d put this one…maybe the front entry hall?

This piece needs a little makeover too. The wood is kind of damaged and I don’t love the fabric. But it would make a lovely addition to the front entry hall.

It’s really the perfect size.

antique settee found at the thrift store nearby

Vintage Vanity for a Powder Room

But then we found this beautiful vintage vanity for a powder room.

And I wish we had room for it somewhere!

We want to renovate the powder room on the main floor but this piece is too large for the space.

Isn’t it beautiful?

We could find a home for it in one of the other upstairs bathrooms. But those spaces won’t get renovated for a while so not sure we should store it for that long.

What do you think?

vintage vanity for a powder room found at the thrift store nearby while looking for vintage furniture

Vintage Desk

Isn’t this one a beauty?

We have more desks and vanities than we need, but how pretty is it!

It’s in really good shape. And that top is leather.

If you bought this, would you refinish it or leave it as is?

Vintage desk with lots of beautiful details found at the thrift store near me

China Cabinet and Hutch

You can always find really nice cabinets at this particular thrift store.

This one caught my eye because it has a rounded shape.

It’s a little large for where I could put it so I couldn’t buy it. But the storage is deep and I love the china cabinet display in the hutch.

It needed a serious makeover as the wood is badly damaged. But I think it would look so pretty stripped down and sealed with a clear coat.

china cabinet and hutch with a lot of storage at the thrift store

Antique Buffet

I’m always looking for more table decor storage, so I love hunting for buffets.

They don’t seem to have as many as they do china cabinets.

This one caught my eye. It’s large and really deep so I could store a lot in it.

I’d want to put it in my front entry hall and there’s just no room for something this large.

While it has some pretty details, I didn’t love it enough to figure out where to put it.

Would you have bought it?

antique buffet at the thrift store near me

A Fun Surprise!

Well you don’t see this too often at the thrift store, but look who we found!

It’s Jack Skellington from the Nightmare before Christmas.

And it’s huge!!!!

Chris wanted it. He thinks we should put it on one of our trees.

I mean how fun would that be?

After we left he thought we should have gone back for it.

Think it’s still there???

Jack skellington in the thrift store nearby
Jack skellington in the thrift store nearby for outdoor decor for the holidays

Vintage Furniture and Home Decor Finds

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Let’s See What My Friends Found Thrifting This Month!

My good friends Kim and Jennifer also went thrifting this month to decorate their home and garden spaces.

Wait until you see what they found!

My good friend Kim from Shiplap and Shells shares her timeless style while decorating with vintage and antique decor in her pretty cottage by the sea.

In case you aren’t familiar with Kim, she has a lovely cottage garden in the Pacific Northwest with a greenhouse and a beautiful home that is sure to inspire.

She found some really pretty finds while she was out thrifting this month! Wait until you see!

timeless vintage and antiques with cottage style

My good friend Jennifer from Cottage on Bunker Hill shared 15 different ways to use thrift shop decor that are easy to find.

In case you aren’t familiar with Jennifer, she has a real knack for updating pieces she finds and making budget-friendly dupes from Pottery Barn and McGee and Co.

I can’t wait to see what she does with her finds this month!

Thrift store decor ideas on a bookshelf

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Fresh cut flowers from the cut flower garden on a thift store find end table with vintage shutters

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Close up of my thrift store finds - vintage furntiure, indoor plants and a loloi area rug

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  1. You should go see if the skeleton is still there, it actually would look so cool in your yard!! I love the wreaths on the French doors, such a pretty touch.

    1. Right???? We were just talking about this last night – I bet it’s gone but I think we’re going back tomorrow when we head down to see my mother. How would we even bring it home? We have so many trees here we can put him on. LOL!

  2. Run, don’t walk back to buy the carved settee! It is gorgeous and fabric can always be changed. If you love it, you will find a spot for it. The desk is beautiful as is. Your foyer is lovely and you have some fabulous finds.

    1. Isn’t it amazing???? The details on it are incredible and while I don’t love the fabric on it, it’s in really good shape!

  3. Wow! So many gorgeous finds. Your foyer cabinet is so beautiful. I’m going on a three day vintage shopping trip with my cousin next week. I can’t wait! Hugs to you.

  4. Oh wow, great finds! That vanity is stunning, and I’m a sucker for carved wood details, so if you thought you would eventually use it in a bathroom reno and the price is right, I think it would be worth storing. That desk is amazing as well, I would leave it as is! I agree that you don’t see near as many buffets anymore compared to hutches. My first “big” second hand furniture piece over twenty years ago was a rustic oak Welsh cabinet that appeared handmade. It has an open hutch top and the bottom has three drawers and is open below (the only part I’m not crazy about), but I made curtains for it to hide not so pretty things. I think it was $400. When we made a trip to Laurel, MI several years ago I saw a gorgeous one I liked even better for a great prices, but we would have had to have it delivered a long ways (we live in OK) or made the trip back, and then I would have needed to get rid of the current one which is like an old friend! I sometimes have to tell myself to be content with what I have and not buy something just because it’s pretty if I don’t need it, and that there will always be something available if and when I do need it. But my vintage loving heart struggles with that! I think I need a job decorating where I can shop for others people, lol! Thanks for sharing your finds!

    1. That’s exactly it! Sometimes its so pretty you want to have it but then where do you put it? We were just talking about that settee again last night. It’s so gorgeous but where would we put it? Thank you Vicki! Have a wonderful weekend! xoxo

  5. Beautiful new foyer chest! I like the direction you are taking in that room. In keeping with the old worldly, vintage vibe perhaps consider Silhouettes or black and white etchings/photographs up the staircase wall. It would tie in the black inset tiles from the dining room also. This post makes me want to go thrifting.

  6. You always find the best vintage pieces, Stacy! I love what you’ve done with your foyer. One day we’re going to go thrifting together!

  7. Love that buffet in your front hall, Stacy! And I agree — don’t touch it! It is beautiful as is! I say yes to the huge Halloween figure! You are never going to see another one like it! And your property is big enough to hang him somewhere!