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How to Use Damaged Thrift Store Finds For Cheap Home Decor

If you are a thrift store junky like me, you’ve probably seen your fair share of damaged thrift store finds. You can turn those cheap thrift store items into stylish cheap home decor. Look at these thrifty ideas; you’ll never leave those great deals behind again.

Have you ever found the cutest bowl only to discover the lid is missing, or a great old basket but then discover the bottom is broken? Or maybe, it’s just one plate but with a great pattern! What do you do? Should you still buy it?

I’ve found my fair share of items that are damaged or have missing pieces. The good news is they are usually cheap. This means you get a deal, and guess what???? They can still be used and look great in your decor.

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Thrifting With The Gals

Welcome to Thrifting with the Gals. We are a group of friends from different areas of the country, and we love taking you along on all our adventures. Today we are sharing tips for using your thrifted items and where to find them.

Thanks for stopping by if you are joining me from Stacy Ling at Bricks N Blooms. Stacy loves finding great thrifted items for her garden and thrifts in New Jersey and Vermont. Be sure to link to all the other tips & finds at the end of this post.

Thrift Store Finds Don’t Have To Be Perfect.

It’s best to go thrift store shopping with the attitude that most finds will not be perfect.

You may find a complete set of dishes in excellent condition, but most purchases are one piece at a time.

If that happens to you as well, don’t despair!! Because these amazing treasures can still be used and will add a touch of elegance to your home as decor items.

Why Should You Look For Damaged Thrift Store Finds?

If you like me and love finding cheap home decor, we must be friends.

Searching for damaged items at thrift stores can be a cost-effective option as they are often sold at a lower price. However, even items that are missing a part or have some damage can still be functional.

Look at these items which I picked up at thrift stores and that are less than perfect.

The two soup tureens were missing lids and ladles.

I was thrilled to find these cute cream pitchers but there was no sugar bowl in sight. And both of these bowls were missing their covers, but they were such a great deal.

In addition to these unique pieces, I’ve purchased ironstone with hairline cracks, dishes with chipped edges, and baskets with bottoms missing.

These items can readily be displayed without anyone realizing they are damaged.

Just turn the hairline crack to the back of your cabinet or shelf and sit your bottomless basket on top of a high cupboard. No one will ever know.

Oops, now you know my secret. LOL

Best Thrift Store Deals – Soup Tureens

Don’t you love a soup tureen? I especially love ironstone, and when I find a great deal, home with me, it comes. Here are a few ways to use a damaged or missing lid.

With the holidays right around the corner, you can use them to hold greenery, Christmas ornaments, and more.

Even the mismatched coffee cup holds a tiny Christmas tree.

Damaged Thrift Store Finds make great cheap home decor.

Soup tureens are perfect for holding Christmas ornaments and bath soaps or towels.

The tureens are perfect for decorating in any season. One of my favorite cheap home decor is this large tureen that has moved from the bathroom to the bedroom to the dining room table.

Vintage Ironstone Tureen makes a great centerpiece with forced paperwhites for holiday centerpiece.

Adirondack Girl at Heart filled a topless tureen with bottle brush trees for a great holiday display. I add several moss balls to the thrifted tureen for a garden-themed summer display.

Thrifted Bowls Without Lids For Cheap Home Decor

A good thrifting strategy is to look for decorative bowls and serving bowls with missing lids. There are many beautiful china patterns with serving pieces that make lovely and chic cheap home decor.

I have recently been obsessed with decorative bowls for holding my plants. For a stylish decorative touch, you can fill them with natural and faux greenery.

This cute bowl was only $2.00 and looks fantastic beside our bed.

Decorative bowl with missing lid is filled with greenery

You can use these bowls to plant and force bulbs, add a decorative touch to a candle ring, or fill them with seasonal items like these pinecones.

Check out How to Force Blooms for Winter Flowers.

Missing Pairs Thrift Store Finds

Have you ever seen a cream pitcher without the sugar bowl? I don’t hesitate to pick up the pieces and add them to my decor.

Both of these two creamers look great alone.

mismatched pieces of china are still great for cheap home decor.

The delicate pink and gold creamer is perfect for brightening the dark corner of the bedroom cupboard.

A vintage Homer Laughlin creamer works great with fresh sage, adding a sweet smell to the windowsill.

With the green and black detail on the creamer, I can see a cute bottle brush tree for the holidays.

A Vintage creamer filled with fresh herbs was a cheap home decor thrift store find

See how cute this topless silver sugar bowl looks for the holidays.

Silver sugar bowl with missing top holds a bottle brush tree. Cheap Home Decor finds.
Photo credit: Rhonda at Hallstrom Home

Old Thrifted Baskets

I’ve been amazed at the prices of vintage baskets. An antique store will have them priced from $50 or more.

However, I find that thrift stores will sell them for cheap if they have imperfections.

I like to look for wobbly handles or some broken reed, and you most likely will find a great deal.

Vintage Thrift Store basket filled with pink flowers on antique pine hutch was a cheap home decor thrift store find.

Can you believe this basket isn’t perfect? Its bottom is damaged, and it leans to one side. I paid $5.00 for it and wouldn’t sell it for $100. It’s one of my favorite thrift store finds.

What do you like best about this vintage basket? Is it the worn appearance or the slight tilt to one side? What caught my attention was its beautiful patina and the $5.00 price tag.

It has been perfect for holding real and faux stems all summer.

Cheap Thrift Store Find Basket on Wooden Stool

Thrifted Wooden Bowls & Breadboards

In addition to baskets, I’ve lucked up with breadboards and wooden bowls that have been well-used.

I much prefer wood that shows some wear and use.

I find bowls with tiny cracks or breadboards with stains and knife marks charming. It’s even better when stores price them based on their condition. It makes my heart race a little.

Wooden bowls, breadboards and cutting boards are great thrift store finds. Cheap Home Decor Options

Mismatched and Damaged Thrift Store Dishes

Mismatched plates look great displayed on the wall or a shelf.

Incorporating mismatched dishes is a surefire way to take your table setting to the next level because it can greatly enhance the overall aesthetic.

Don’t over a piece with a chip on the edge of a plate; it can easily be disguised with the plate hanger or stand. Can you tell which one has the chip? See what I mean!

Mismatched and chipped plates are still great for inexpensive and budget-friendly decorating.

Final Cheap Home Decor Thoughts

Final thoughts on purchasing damaged and mismatched thrift store finds.

I don’t look for perfection in my home decor. If it’s not perfect, that means it was well-used.

I am convinced that every object, no matter how mundane it may seem, can be transformed into something extraordinary.

Additional Cheap and Upcycled Thrift Store Finds

Follow Along On The Thrifting Blog Hop

Next up is Ann at Dabbling and Decorating. She recently scored a great apothecary cabinet with two missing drawers. You’ll have to check out how she made it work on this post.

Ann spends her time between Vermont and Maine, where she finds many great deals.

Be sure to click the links below to follow along.

Ann, Dabbling & Decorating – Maine & Vermont -/- Kristen, White Arrows Home – Wisconsin -/- Stacy Ling, Bricks N Blooms – New Jersey & Vermont

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Rachel-The Antiqued Journey

Sunday 13th of August 2023

Such amazing ideas for thrifted finds, Rachel!! I love every tip that you shared, especially for the lidless tureens!!


Monday 14th of August 2023

Rachel, I'm so glad you found this helpful. I love a deal and even if something is slightly damaged, I'll find a use for it.


Saturday 12th of August 2023

Some of my favorite things are also one-offs. I have a beautiful biscuit jar missing the lid that I use for my kitchen utensils. I also love vintage kitchy single salt/pepper shakers. I use them in plants for a whimsical surprise. You can add a chopstick to it if you like them high in the pot or take a straw and cut it so that it's the perfect length to hold the shaker at soil level.


Sunday 13th of August 2023

Kyra, What a great idea. It's always fun to find a great deal that is still usable. Thank you for sharing and for stopping by.


Saturday 12th of August 2023

So excited to share this post on my From the Front Porch series, Rachel. It's so good! I would have probably passed over a lot of these pieces but you've made me realize they're worth a second look. Hugs, CoCo PS: I can't believe you scored that basket for $5 - what a steal!


Saturday 12th of August 2023

CoCo, You are so kind. Thank you for sharing.


Friday 11th of August 2023

You always find the best stuff. Love me some thrifting!


Friday 11th of August 2023

Tammy, I love the thrill of the hunt. Thank you for stopping by.


Tuesday 8th of August 2023

Always great ideas and inspiration-THANKS :)


Tuesday 8th of August 2023

Sue, I'm so glad you found this helpful. Thank you!