Courtney Warren is a Texas-based interior designer whose work has been featured in Real Simple, Better Homes & Gardens, Good Housekeeping, Apartment Therapy, and Today.com. She is a frequent consultant on Fox 4 TV’s Good Day program in Dallas, was ranked in the top 3 percent of interior designers in the US by Houzz.com, and starred in the Dallas episode of TLC’sFour Houses. She delights in helping overwhelmed clients create beautiful spaces—and will never turn down a warm chocolate chip cookie or Diet Dr Pepper.
You made it to the thrift store, flea market or antique shop. Now what? Well, keep reading because what I have to share will guarantee your gas and time will not have been wasted.
My TOP TEN Thrift Store Finds:
1. Crates and baskets
Books can be clustered on your mantel or bookshelf. They can also be be part of your coffee table decor. Use them as a base for flowers or candles. Older books add character and charm to any space.
3. White Dishes
White dishes can be mixed and matched easily. Since white is neutral, they will look great in any kitchen. So use them for eating, set them out to add to your tablescape, or put them on shelves for decor. You can’t go wrong with white dishes!
4. Paned Windows
Old windows can add farmhouse charm instantly. Add a wreath, mirrors or both and the vintage window will be the focal point of your room.
5. Signs and Letters
Signs are fun and unique. If you find one, grab it and use it in your home. Laundry, general store, and kitchen signs are great finds! Individual letters can be used to spell out words or to make a sign.
6. Vintage Tins
Tins can be used in nearly any room for storage or simply for decor. I use these in my home in my son’s bathroom for his toiletries and they give a vintage vibe. Use them as planters or vases.
7. Quirky Items
Old Skates, typewriters, clocks, vintage luggage, school pennants and trophies, fans and globes are some examples of things I think you should purchase while on your hunt. These items tell a story and can easily be styled.
8. Vintage Game Pieces
I like to use these in clear jars or containers to add color to my shelves. They also look great in a bowl or basket.
Benches of any size are great items to find for a few dollars. Why not add some extra seating or a footstool to your space? Paint your bench to match your current decor or use it as-is (faded, stained, or chippy paint) to add character.
10. Tablecloths and vintage linens
Vintage tablecloths will add character to your tablescape. You can also use the material to make pillows or curtains. Or simply cut some strands of old textiles and tie them to a basket. There are so many possibilities, so get creative!
The next time you head to the thrift store or flea market, keep these items in mind and you will be sure to find inexpensive, unique decor to add to your home.
Need some inspiration? Let’s talk!