Exploring Thrift Store Style
While browsing the magazine selection at the grocery store checkout I noticed that quite a few of them were focused on thrifty home decor. This is certainly not a new concept. As a young couple we started out purchasing our home goods at second hand stores or on the clearance aisles of the local chain stores. Hand me down furnishings, art and knick knacks are what we started out with and were thrilled to have them. Then as we got more established in jobs and raised a family we upgraded to discount furniture stores and an occasional splurge on a decorative vase or mirror. Ah, that new home decor smell.
Raising four children in not very many square feet of space taught me the importance of having household items that could pull double or triple duty. A faux leather storage ottoman that hid the extra school supplies. Baskets that held extra blankets and pillows and covered the bare spot in the carpet. Furniture with lots of drawers and closets with lots of shelves. We were still thankful for quality hand me downs and passed on what we couldn’t use to other families starting out.
We are at a more comfortable place now in our lives. The children are mostly grown. We have a home with plenty of space and we can afford to purchase much better quality furnishings and frivolous home decor items. But I still buy second hand. Partly because it hurts my feelings to pay full price for something I know I can get for much less if I am just patient. Partly because I absolutely love the thrill of the hunt. I love digging through thrift stores and flea malls to find that hidden gem.
I took a look around our living room and found that absolutely nothing in the room was purchased new. Everything was a thrifty find so I thought I would share them with you.
Love seat and chaise lounge – $100 for the set – Craigslist
Coffee table – $25 – thrift store
Foot stool – $9 – thrift store
Rug – $20 – Craigslist (Too small for the space and not the right shape for the room but it works for now)
Art over fireplace – $20 – thrift store
All accessories were purchased from thrift stores.
Side chair – $20 – flea market
Side table – $4 – thrift store
Trunk – $25 – Craigslist (hiding extra blankets and pillows)
Small leather top table – $8 – thrift store
Mirrors all came from thrift stores and none cost over $7
I have plans to refinish this chair but everyone likes it as is. We call it the flood chair. It was water stained when I purchased it but not very prettily. We hosed it down with a bit of bleach and this is the result. It has a lovely shape and the nail head trim is great. The foot stool appears to be home made. Raechel found two of these at a thrift store and bought both.
The accessories on the side table were all purchased from thrift stores or flea malls for less than $20. We love black glass and have quite a collection mostly purchased from flea malls, antique malls and thrift stores.
The love seat has really high arms so a regular side table would not be very useful. We found these two leather topped tables at different times for less than $10 each. They are perfect since they are small and can be moved. There if you need them and not if you don’t. The flower art on the wall was purchased by Raechel at a thrift store for $9. The curio cabinet was given to me. The brass tray on the coffee table was purchased at a thrift store for $7. The other accessories are all either gifts or thrift store finds.
The art over the chaise lounge was a gift from my hubby. We found it at a flea mall for $40.
I love finding interesting candle sticks. These were all purchased at thrift stores or antique stores for $12 or less each. Some were only $1.
This lamp was a great find at a local thrift store for $7. The crystal candy dish was a gift. They are sitting on a $4 thrift store side table.
This lamp was purchase at the same time as the one above, also for $7. To make it like a floor lamp, it sits on an old plant stand with a decorative tray on top, both from thrift stores. The plant stand is a tad crooked so the tray is sitting a bit off center to make it level for the lamp.
I plan to eventually replace the floors. These are my second least favorite in the house (the blue carpet being my least favorite). And I am on the lookout for a great light fixture to replace the ceiling fan. The window treatments were here when we purchased the home. I can’t decide what I want there so I have not changed them. Raechel says they look like granny panties hanging up to dry. LOL.
For now this room is very neutral. Lots of browns and tans. That will probably change when we replace the floors and paint the walls. I’m not sure how this room will end up but for now it is a calm, comfy, neutral space.
More of our thrifty finds can be seen here: Thrifty Finds
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