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Discover Thrifting Secrets: Budget Home Design Tips and More

If you are looking for thrift store design ideas and ways to decorate with thrift store finds, you are in the right place. Shopping at a thrift store has never been more on-trend. These savvy shopping tips and decorating ideas will help you to create a stylish, budget-friendly home design.

Today’s Thrifting with the Gals series is the best tips and ideas for shopping at a thrift store, thrift store repurposing, upcycling ideas and spotting great deals for thrift store crafts.

You’ll be inspired to check out secondhand shops for decor ideas for easily found items.

So join me and all the thrifting enthusiasts as we share our favorite tips from 2023.

Collecting milk glass to decorate for shopping at a thrift store and decorating with thrift store finds.

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The main reason thrift store shopping is so popular is your items are a fraction of the cost in retail stores, so you save money. The second reason is that it’s sustainable shopping because you reduce waste by purchasing secondhand goods. Finally, it’s fun! If you are in for the Thrill of the Hunt, you’ll be amazed at deals you can pick up at thrift stores and secondhand shops.

How Is Thrifting More Affordable?

Some believe that thrift store goods are junk that no one wants. However, you will be amazed at the new items being donated to charity shops.

Everyone has made the mistake of purchasing something they never use. Instead of throwing it away, you feel better donating it to a good cause, and someone will get a great deal on your donated items.

Household goods are another great example. Dishes, serving pieces, silverware, and more can be purchased for a dime, and most are in excellent condition.

You can learn more about thrifting tips and tricks at 10 Tips for Successful Thrift Store Shopping and 17 Reasons for Shopping Secondhand Charity Shops.

Repurposed furniture in modern farmhouse

30 Mind-Blowing Upcycled Thrift Store Transformations

By: The Ponds Farmhouse

I’ll begin with my most popular post for Thrifting with the Gals. I love to find the tattered, the discarded, or the unloved items at thrift stores and turn them into amazing treasures with unique thrift store design ideas.

If you are looking for ways to save money while decorating the home of your dreams, check out these 30 Inexpensive Thrift Store Finds and learn how to transform them into mind-blowing stylish home decor.


Repurposed thrift store design ideas with amazing thrift store upcycled and transformation ideas.

How To Decorate With Vintage Demijohns

By: Kelly at The Tattered Pew

If you’d like some tips for decorating with vintage demijohns and where to find them, check out all of Kelly’s creative thrift store design ideas.

Keep your eyes open for these unique treasures when shopping at a thrift store.


Collecting and using vintage demijohns.

How To Decorate With Old Musical Instruments

Decorating with Thrift Store finds such as an old drum, trumpet, violin, and vintage high school band photo creates a Christmas and winter theme in Ann’s home. She was lucky to find all the items at a secondhand shop.


Shopping at a thrift store for old music instruments to decorate for Christmas.

How To Decorate With Yard Sale Finds

If you are looking for high-impact but low-budget thrift store design ideas, check out Robyn’s favorite finds and how she styles them in their South Florida home. Check out these easy ways to decorate with yard sale finds for budget-friendly pretty decor!


Yard sale deals and how to decorate with them for thrift store design ideas.

Collecting and Decorating with Vintage Thermos

By: Kristin at White Arrows Home

Thermos is a fun collection to begin or keep adding to, using in all seasons and styles of homes. Playing along with #thermosthursday on Instagram is a great way to connect with other collectors, find inspiration, and share your finds.


Collecting And decorating with vintage thermos are fun for shopping at a thrift store.

15 Ways To Style Apothecary Jars In The Kitchen

By: Wendy at WM Design House

Discover how apothecary jars can elevate your kitchen space with timeless elegance and practical functionality. Wendy shares how these classic vessels go beyond their traditional use and shares various ideas—from organizing essentials to becoming decorative accents.


Decorating with apothecary jar in a farmhouse kitchen.

How To Decorate Your Home With Thrifted and Handmade Pieces

By: Joanna Anastasia

You will love Joanna’s colorful home tour if you love eclectic thrift store design ideas. Look for these collectibles while shopping at a thrift store to add a colorful touch to your design style in the coming year.


Color ideas for decorating with unique finds for the holidays.

How To Style Candles In Interesting Vintage Ways

By: Cindy at County Road 407

If you are looking for unique ways to use candles to decorate your home, check out Cindy’s creative ideas. See how you can use your vintage and thrift store finds in unexpected ways.


decorate with candles in unqiue ways.

How To Add Vintage Charm To Your Dining Room

By: Renae at Peacock Ridge Farm

When shopping at a thrift store, look for vintage dishes, silverware, and serving pieces to add vintage charm to your dining room. Check out all of Renae’s creative vintage ideas.


Add vintage charm to your dining room.

Thrift Store Repurposed, Upcycled Crafts

Another fun way to decorate with thrift store finds is to use them for crafts, upcycling, and repurposing ideas.

Here are some fun thrift store craft ideas that will have you shopping at a thrift store for these easy-to-find secondhand decor items.

How To Make DIY Refrigerator Magnets From Vintage Plates

By: Eleanor Rose Home

If you love collecting vintage plates and want more ways to display them, you will love Heidi’s creative idea.

Here’s a step-by-step tutorial on easily adding style, personality, and functionality to your kitchen decor with these creative DIY fridge magnets using vintage plates.


Shopping at a thrift store for vintage transferware dishes and thrift store design Ideas for DIY refrigerator magnetics.

DIY Antique Inspired Packing Tape Transfers

By: Cindy at DIY Beautify

If you like the look of vintage advertising pots, you can create your own with Cindy’s antique-inspired advertising pots and crocks with packing tape transfers. You can grab a free printable sheet of antique food labels by checking out this easy tutorial.


thrift store craft ideas using antique inspired packing tape transfers.

Some More Favorite Thrifting Ideas

Check out these posts if you’d like to see more of my favorite thrifting ideas from last year.

I hope you enjoyed this look back at Thrifting With The Gals 2023. We look forward to sharing our thrifting adventures with you in 2024.

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Thursday 14th of December 2023

So many great finds Rachel, I always love seeing what you find. I think the large copper caldron you found was my favorite this year.


Friday 15th of December 2023

Wendy, It was an amazing find. Thanks for stopping by.


Thursday 14th of December 2023

Another great year of "Thrifting with the Gals," Rachel! Here's to 2024. Happy Holidays!


Friday 15th of December 2023

Thanks Ann.