Do you love the look of vintage home decor but don’t want to spend a fortune? If so, you’re in luck! There are plenty of ways to decorate your home with thrift store finds and vintage treasure collections without breaking the bank.
Here are some tips on how to begin collecting vintage treasures and how to style them in a way that looks stylish and cohesive.
So whether you’re a thrift store pro or a beginner, read for some great tips on decorating your home with thrift stores and vintage treasures!
Table of contents
- How To Style With Vintage Treasures Collectibles
- What is a Thrift Store Find Collection?
- Displaying Vintage Treasures on the Wall
- How to Display Smaller Thrift Store Finds Collections
- Tablescapes With Vintage Treasures And Collections
- Cabinets and Hutches Perfect For Thrift Store Finds
How To Style With Vintage Treasures Collectibles
There are so many options for displaying your collectibles; I’ll share those with you and some great visual inspiration.
I get many questions about what I do with my thrift store finds, and I honestly display almost everything I find. Maybe not all at the same time, but almost 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 and some of my meager collections.
Thrifting with the Gals
Do you love the thrill of the hunt? The ladies from Thrifting with the Gals are all sharing tips about using your thrift store finds today. In addition, Brooke from The Junk Parlor is joining us with her fabulous budget-friendly thrifting tips. I’m so glad you stopped by if you are joining me from Kim at Shiplap and Shells. Be sure to check the end of this post for all the links.
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What is a Thrift Store Find 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 you have collected over 3 of.
I have many collections, and I don’t style everything together, but the smaller the item, the better they look displayed together.
Displaying Vintage Treasures on the Wall
A favorite way to display vintage treasure collections is on the wall. You can see beautiful collections of plates, platters, copper, breadboard, and more hanging on a wall for a lovely display.
Plates and Platters – Thrift Store Finds
Last week, I shared 5 Easy Bedroom Ideas for Spring.
For this update, I pulled all my thrifted blue & white transferware pitches, platters & plates to display together. You can see the impact of the entire collection on the room.
Several dishes and platters are displayed on the wall above the bed. To complete the vignette, several transferware pitchers are nestled on the mantel among vintage books used as risers.
If your collection is small, consider framing the collection of plates with a vintage picture frame.
The frame allows you to display smaller pieces until your collection grows.
If you want to see more ways to use vintage frames, read 19 Ways To Up-cycle Vintage Frames.
My favorite plate display belongs to Jenny at Farmhouse Luv. The various blue and white transferware patterns are perfectly mixed and matched for a timeless style.
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Insider Tip – How To Hang Plates On A Wall
When displaying plates and platters on a wall, it’s important to choose hangers that are safe and will support the vintage treasures.
Here are some suggested plate hangers
- 10-14 inch heavy-duty brass plate hanger – Works well for heavy plates and platters.
- Package of Smaller Plate Hangers – Use these for smaller and lightweight plates.
- Adhesive Plate Hangers – Great lightweight display hangers with no visible hangers.
- Metal Plate Hanger -Perfect for rustic display with the hanger visible.
- Decorative Plate Hanger – Great for one plate display or several grouped together.
More Vintage Treasures and Collections Wall Display
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 vintage treasure of ironstone in the corner cabinet as well.
Another great thrift store find is vintage copper pots.
We recently added a DIY Copper Pot Hanger to allow the copper pot collection to be displayed above the kitchen window.
The pot hanging rack was an easy and budget-friendly option for displaying a curated collection of copper.
You can create a gallery wall of vintage photos and old picture frames.
How to Display Smaller Thrift Store Finds Collections
One of my favorite thrift store finds is kitchen vintage kitchen utensils. There are several ways to display smaller items, and here are some great tips.
One of my favorite collections is vintage rolling pins. Many are thrift store finds.
This is an example of a collectible that completely loses its value when not grouped together.
By placing them in a vintage toolbox, they create one of my favorite vignettes.
A favorite way to decorate with vintage treasure collections is to display them on a plate rack.
This DIY plate rack is perfect for displaying the budget-friendly breadboard, copper, and ironstone.
Amy at My Rustic House has beautifully displayed several smaller thrift store finds collectibles on her vintage Hoosier cabinet.
Notice the vintage spoons, smashers, scales, butter pats & ironstone collections that she has thrifted for years.
Tablescapes With Vintage Treasures And Collections
Creating a pretty table setting 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. Her St. Paddy’s Day tablescape is stunning with her jadeite collection.
Milk Glass Budget Vintage Treasure
Check out this Milk Glass collection for a Galentine’s Brunch.
I used vintage table linens and a collection of old milk glass vases for the centerpiece.
The budget-friendly table is almost exclusively thrifted.
Vintage Clock Collection
My friend Michele at Vintage Home Design used her collection of clocks to ring in the New Year with this fun New Year’s Eve Tablescape Centerpiece.
Cabinets and Hutches Perfect For Thrift Store Finds
Another perfect way to display your collectibles is to gather 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 month.
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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.
She loves budget-friendly thrift store shopping.
Look at her many vintage treasures, so beautifully displayed.
What’s more beautiful than a primitive cabinet filled with vintage canning jars? Shelby at Exceeding Joy perfectly displays her vintage treasure collection.
Also, check out the old crock collection.
The antique honey pine hutch creates a warm display area for this hodge-podge collection of ironstone dishes and pitchers.
Most of my finds are budget pieces, and some are stained and well-used.
Check out Decorating with Antique Furniture in A Modern Farmhouse for a full view of the hutch.
Insider Tip – Group Collectibles
The one thing you will notice is that the vintage treasure collections are grouped together and, therefore, have more visual impact.
Display groups of three or more items to create stylish and timeless vignettes within your home.
I hope these tips inspire you to pull your collections out of the closet and display them proudly.
More Thrift Store & Vintage Treasures Inspiration
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
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