What I’m thrifting for….
What to look for in Thrift Stores this year is a look at what’s trending in Farmhouse and Country Chic style, as well as items that, in my opinion, you should be looking for at all times.
Y’all I’m obsessed with thrifted finds because you can get some great deals.
But what’s a good deal and what’s just someone else’s trash?
What’s always trending and what’s new on the scene this year?
Are you on trend and do you really care?
There is a lot of talk about farmhouse style no longer being on trend. In my opinion, if you are choosing authentic farmhouse decor for a curated look, it never goes out of style. The mass produced farmhouse pieces may fade away with time, but farmhouse style has been around long before I was born and it will always be a classic.
My final word – If you love it and it makes you happy, then go for it. What’s on trend is what (you feel) makes a house a home. I saw this quote that Jenn from Down Shiloh Road shared and I think it sums it up perfectly!
“JUDGMENT! NOTHING’S OUT! IF YOU LOVE IT, THEN ENJOY IT. IT ALWAYS COMES BACK AROUND ANYWAY!”
~ Leanne Ford @leannefordinteriors
Thrifting with the Gals
I am so excited to share our first Thrifting with the Gals blog hop of the year.
We are a group of vintage loving friends who love to share our ideas and tips for decorating with thrifted and vintage finds.
Ann from Dabbling and Decorating lives in Vermont but thrifts between there and her coastal Maine home.
Kristin from White Arrows Home lives in the NorthWoods of Wisconsin and has a local shop in her town.
Robyn from Robyn’s French Nest lives in Florida and in addition to teaching loves to thrift and decorates with beautiful vintage decor.
Each month we have a guest blogger and I’m so excited to welcome back Lora from Lora Bloomquist Create and Ponder. Lora loves a trash to treasure project almost as much as I do.
If you are joining me from Lora’s post, didn’t you love her 10 Way to Decorate with Milk Glass.
Be sure to check out all of the other creative ideas at the end of this post.
What to look for in Thrift Stores – Vintage and Antique Decor
My number 1 most exciting find in a thrift store is always something vintage or antique. Whether it’s a piece of furniture or tableware, getting a great deal is always fun.
This chippy vintage cabinet was by far my best deal from last year. Finding a piece like this for only $35.00 is very rare and I was thrilled. Even though I didn’t know what I was going to do with it, I quickly loaded it into my vehicle.
Don’t you love to stumble across a great deal? When shopping at thrift stores you need to be open minded to the possibilities. You may need to look beyond the paint color, dirt or even damage, to see a diamond in the ruff.
To read more about successful thrift store shopping, see this post.
When looking for specific items, you may spend more but will have better luck at Antique Shops, Barn Sales, and other authentic vintage shopping venues.
What is the difference in Thrift Store shopping and Antique Shopping
Simply put, if I find a deal at a thrift store and it’s on my list of “I’m always looking for”, I’ll buy it even if I don’t have a clue where I’ll use it right now.
However, when shopping at Antique Malls, Barn Sales, etc. I only purchase items that I’m in love with and can’t resist. Usually, the shop owners know the value of their items and the price will not be a steal.
With that being said, I have so many wonderful pieces that, although they were not a steal, I’m so happy to have found them.
In the photo above, you can see at least 4 purchases that I have no regrets about.
If you love decorating with thrifted finds, you might like “How to Display Thrift Store Items” on this post.
Solid Wood at Thrift Stores
I love the mix of woods and whites in both furniture and small items. I’m always looking for these wood items.
- Wood Candlesticks
- Dough Bowls
- Bread Boards
- Butter Molds
- Rolling Pins
- Wooden Smashers and wooden spoons.
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A great way to add texture to your decor is using baskets and woven pieces.
I’m also looking for unique baskets, handwoven baskets and trays.
Larger baskets are also great for additional storage.
This great basket from The French Farmer’s Wife and would be great for storing decor or blankets when space is limited.
Y’all know I love to set a pretty table and having unique dishes to mix and match makes my heart beat a little faster.
Items to look for:
- Unique and vintage dishes
- Ironstone dishes, pitchers, serving pieces, platters, etc.
- Butter pats
- Old Silverware
- Table Runners
- Old Quilts
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You don’t have to look for perfection in your table choices if you like to mix and match.
A vintage tablecloth may not be in perfect condition but creative tableware placement may allow you to still use it.
I prefer to mix and match my tableware, so finding a complete set of the same dishes isn’t always necessary.
You can see how I used thrifted finds on this Galentines Brunch Table here.
When I find individual plates or bowl that are a pattern I like and can be mixed easily, I will purchase them.
I’m currently looking for quilts to use on my table. I love using a quilt for a tablecloth, especially for outdoor events.
In addition, here is another blog post you might like – Best Thrift Store Decor Ideas
I believe copper and brass never go out of style. You may see more focus on these metals at different times, however you can always make them work in your decor.
- Copper Pots
- Unique Copper Pieces
- Brass Candlesticks
- Brass Containers for florals, etc.
I recently saw these brass candlesticks and was tempted to purchase them on a recent antique mall shopping trip.
They also reminded me of my thrifting friend, Robyn and I may need to go back and see if they are still there. What do you think?
Here are a few furniture pieces that I’m looking for this year. Anything solid pine is very popular right now.
- Vintage Farm Style Dining Table
- Benches and Pews
- Upholstered Dining Chairs
- Card Catalog or Apothecary Cabinets
One of my favorite authentic antique shopping experiences is when The French Farmer’s Wife has their barn sale.
I’m in search of a farm table right now but finding what you need can be difficult, so the search continues.
The French Farmer’s Wife has this great chippy farm table and it caught my eye but the size is all wrong for my space.
I’ve had this chippy church pew for over 25 years and it never goes out of style, in my opinion.
In addition, old primitive benches and stools are items that will always make their way into my car.
Solid pine pieces are classic and work well with farmhouse and country chic styles.
Don’t you just love little drawers? This card catalog is now a wine bar and the small drawers are the perfect size for individual wine bottles.
This authentic card catalog was a great find from Vintage Cottage.
I love to make simple pieces look like apothecary cabinets so I’m always looking for good quality solid wood pieces that can be transformed. You can see these transformations below.
- My #1 Industrial Farmhouse Transformation
- Amazing Furniture Transformation Before and After
- DIY FauxApothecary Cabinet
Bits and Pieces
Here are few more items that I’m looking for and hope to find on my thrift store adventures.
- Old Clocks
- Old Books
- Old Needlepoint and Cross Stitch Framed Art
What did I forget?
What are you thrifting for this year?
I’d love to hear from you.
Don’t leave yet, because us next is Ann from Dabbling and Decorating sharing 4 Top Thrifting Goals for 2022.
Be sure to follow along on the hop by clicking on each of the links below.
Dabbling and Decorating – 4 Top Thrifting Goals 2022 / White Arrows Home – Top Thrifting Finds This Month
Robyn’s French Nest – 5 Trending Vintage Items to Decorate with Now / Lora Bloomquist – Ways to Decorate with Milk Glass
Thanks much for stopping by and I look forward to sharing my next adventure with you.
Wednesday 25th of May 2022
I don't go thrifting with a preset mindset--but I ALWAYS keep my eyes open for my beloved milk glass, ceramic birds, and old dishes with pink roses. And anything reasonable that I can turn around for my vintage/antique/craft booth. Of course, I look for the sale items or fill a bag stuff, too! I try to stay out of the clothing section as I already had a 2 closets full of nothing to wear!!!
Thursday 26th of May 2022
Kathy, It's always good to go with certain items in mind. Thanks so much for sharing.
Sunday 30th of January 2022
Wow, amazingly beautiful items. I would be in “hog heaven “ in that antique store. I love the items you posted. Please take me antique shopping with you. Thanks for sharing
Tuesday 1st of February 2022
Ivory, I'd love that. Thanks for stopping by.
Kim | Shiplap and Shells
Wednesday 26th of January 2022
I just love the thrifting ideas you have and all of the special things you have found. I'm looking forward to seeing what you find this coming year.
Thursday 27th of January 2022
Kim, I really appreciate this.
Thursday 20th of January 2022
You have collected so many amazing finds, Rachel. I haven't been thrifting in what feels like forever! I need to get back out there!
Friday 21st of January 2022
Jen, Yes, it's so fun. Thanks for stopping by.
Kristin | White Arrows Home
Thursday 20th of January 2022
I'm so ready to go back out thrifting again right now Rachel after reading your post!! So many great ideas for this coming year!
Friday 21st of January 2022
Kristin, I really appreciate your encouragement.