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Thrifting with the Gals – How to Display Thrift Store Collections

Do you love the thrill of the hunt? The ladies from Thrifting with the Gals are all sharing some tips about how to use your thrift store finds today. In addition, Brooke from The Junk Parlor is joining us with her fabulous thrifting tips. If you are joining me from Kim at Shiplap and Shells, I’m so glad you stopped by. Be sure to check the end of this post for all the links.

Today I’m sharing How to Display Your Thrift Store Collections. There are so many options for displaying your collectibles and I’ll share those with you as well as some great visual inspiration.

I get a lot of questions about what I do with my thrift store finds and I honestly display most everything I find. Maybe not all at the same time but most everything is something I use in my home decor.

I love to collect but I don’t have collections like some of the ladies that inspire me.. So today I’ll be sharing some pro collectors with you, as well as some of my meager collections.

What is a Thrift Store Collection?

First, everything doesn’t have to come from thrift stores. You may find many items at yard sales, flea markets, estate sales and antique shops. So I’m referring to anything that you have collected more than 3 of.

I have many collections and I don’t style every thing together but the smaller the item, the better they look displayed together.

Displaying Collections on a Wall

Last week, I shared 5 Easy Bedroom Ideas for Spring and I pulled all my blue & white pitches, platters & plates together to display. I realized what an impact having all the pieces together made on the whole room. I placed many items on the old mantel and hung the platters and plates on the wall. In addition, I placed several of my vintage blue books on the mantel to complete the vignette.

Here are more wall displays for inspiration.

One of my favorite wall collections belongs to Jenn at Down Shiloh Road. I love how she displays her collection of vintage shifters. Check out the ironstone in the corner cabinet as well.
My favorite plate display belongs to Jenny at Farmhouse Luv.

How to Display Smaller Thrift Store Collections

One of my favorite collections is vintage rolling pins. This is an example of a collectible that completely looses it value when not grouped together. By placing them in a vintage tool box, they create one of my favorite vignettes.

I’ve only recently started collecting copper pieces and most of the collection is grouped around this DIY plate rack and hutch.

Amy at My Rustic House has beautifully displayed several smaller collections on her vintage hoosier cabinet. Notice the vintage spoons, smashers, scales, butter pats & ironstone collections.

Tablescape Vintage Collections

Sitting a pretty table is another of my favorite ways to display collections. It gives me an outlet for my obsession with dishes and vintage tableware. When you use collected pieces, the table is so much more unique and interesting.

Emily at The Thrifted Table is an avid tableware collector and it shows in her beautiful tables.
For our Galentine’s Brunch, I used vintage table linens and a collection of old milk glass vases for the centerpiece.
My friend Michele at Vintage Home Design used her collection of clocks to ring in the New Year with this fun New Years Eve Tablescape Centerpiece.

Cabinets & Hutches

Another perfect way to display your collectibles is gathering them all together in a great vintage hutch or cabinet. Here are some stunning displays that will take your breath away and make you want to join us for Thrifting With the Gals every Wednesday on Instragram Stories. I hope you’ll check it out.

Just look at this stunning collection of Jadiete from Katie at Baker’s Nest.
Debra at Vintage Crushin introduced me to Ironstone and how to know if it’s the real deal. Look at this small amount of her collection, so beautifully displayed.
Lindy at Lindy’s Blue Rabbit Cottage has been collecting Blue & White Dishes since she was 5 years old, with her first tea set and it’s proudly displayed here.
What’s more beautiful than a primitive cabinet filled with vintage canning jars? Shelby at Exceeding Joy displays her collection perfectly and notice the old crock collection as well.

The one thing you will notice is that the collections are grouped together for more impact. I hope these tips inspire you to pull your collections out of the closet and display them proudly.

I hope you enjoyed seeing some of the collections and collectors who inspire me when I’m out Thrifting with the Gals. Now it’s time to see what tips and tricks my friends are sharing with you this week. Next up is Ann at Dabbling & Decorating from Maine. Click on the highlighted names to link to each post.

Stacy Ling at Bricks N Blooms / Kim at Shiplap & Shells / Rachel – The Ponds Farmhouse / Ann – Dabbling & Decorating / Kristin – White arrows Home / Brooke – The Junk Parlor

If you enjoy learning more about decorating with thrift store finds, check out 9 Unique Vintage Bedroom Ideas or Where to Shop


Monday 24th of May 2021

I love how you placed each of your fines in your home. You gave me ideas for placing my own fines and family heirlooms. I have to get moving. Thanks for sharing

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Tuesday 25th of May 2021

Ivory, Thank you for your encouragement. I appreciate your compliments.

Ana Ochoa

Saturday 24th of April 2021

Oh my! So many stunning collections!

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Monday 26th of April 2021

Ana, I really appreciate this.


Thursday 22nd of April 2021

You have such beautiful collections Rachel! This was such a fun post to read.

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Monday 26th of April 2021

Shawna, I really appreciate your comments.


Tuesday 20th of April 2021

Wow! So many beautiful ideas for displaying collections. I especially love all of the gorgeous dishes and stoneware!

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Tuesday 20th of April 2021

Jen, I really appreciate your comments.


Friday 16th of April 2021

Oh my gosh! I'm ready to go thrifting again right now!!! This is all so beautiful. There is so much inspiration in your photos and those of friends!

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Monday 19th of April 2021

Kristin, That was my thought exactly. These collections make me want to go on the hunt right now.