I absolutely love to thrift home decor! So often people purge their homes and donate things that are in great condition and thrift stores sell them at a fraction of the cost. This, my friends, makes thrift store decorating one of the cheapest ways to get a stylish home.
I know for alot of people walking into a thrift store can be overwhelming… There’s stuff everywhere, the shelves are packed, and if you don’t have a game plan, it can seem like too much.
That’s why I’m sharing with you what aisles I focus on and what items I always search for. That way, next time you’re doing your thrift store home decor shopping, you’ll know where to go and just what to look for at stores.
Why shop for home decor at thrift stores?
-Buying second hand saves money.
-Used decor can easily be made to match your style.
-Thrift stores often have vintage or unique items.
Yes, it’s true, I’m one of those thrift store decorating blogs. I’ll always be sharing with you fun ways to decorate your home with designer style on a thrifters budget and thrifting home decor is a great way to do that.
8 Best thrift store home decor items.
The basket selection at thrift stores is huge. Be picky about the ones you get. Only get ones that have a purpose in your home- whether that’s simply as decor or as an organizational tool.
My preference is to find ones that have a larger weave and are made of sea grass, but there are definitely some wood ones that catch my eye too.
Also, as a general rule, shy away from things with color or patterns. Natural colors are more versatile.
- Flat, tray like baskets that can be used as a tray, propped up on a shelf, or hung in a wall gallery.
- Round, two handled baskets that can be placed on the floor or shelf to corral groups of things like shoes, towels, or books.
- Baskets with a single large handle (unless you’re making Easter baskets!)
- Colored baskets.
There are always tons of lamps available, but be sure the ones you get are in good condition. Damages to watch for are scratches on the base, missing parts around the bulb insert, and dents and tears in the shade.
- Stylish full lamps.
- Fun bases.
- Individual lamp shades in the size you need.
- Lamps that are broken or missing pieces.
- Lamps that are the wrong style or size for your space.
I always persue the dishes aisle, but the place I typically find what I want is on the end caps. The thrift store staff sets up the end caps to display their “nicest” stock, so be sure to scour each of them.
Even if they’re grouped by color, you maybe surprised to find a great piece of white decor on the purple themed end cap.
- Small plates that can be used as trays or propped on shelves as decor.
- Groups of small colored dishes that can be displayed on an open shelf or in a hutch.
- Unique dish items that match your current dishes style.
- Generic dish sets – mugs
Be sure the greenery you purchase looks realistic. You don’t want to fill your home with greenery that’s obviously fake, rather invest in quality faux items.
Also, thrift stores tend to place larger greenery items (like faux trees) with the large furniture, so don’t forget to there too.
- Realistic looking floral stems.
- Stylish faux potted plants.
- Twig or stick arrangements.
- unrealistic looking stems.
- Gaudy floral arrangements.
A lot of times stores will donate their stock that doesn’t sell to local thrift stores.
Our goodwill actually gets old stock from target, so there are frequently new and unopened curtains, throw blankets, sheet sets, and pillows for sale at thrift store prices.
As with all things, check for damage, and don’t forget to make sure the curtains are the right length for your windows or the sheets are the right size for your bed!
- Unopened sheet sets.
- Unopened throw blankets.
- New throw pillows with original store tags.
- Unopened table cloths or cloth napkins.
- Used or damaged linnens.
- Anything with an unpleasant odor.
The frame aisle generally contains a lot more than just basic picture frames.
You can find excellent art (both framed and even on canvas) and mirrors (that can easily be spruced up with a coat of paint) mixed in with the frames.
- Picture frames.
- Wall art
- Cheap or damaged frames.
- Frames or art that doesn’t match the style of your space.
While there are lots of aisles filled with all sorts of decor at thrift stores, I definitely take my time searching the section of wood decor. I typically get 1-2 items from this aisle every time I shop at a thrift store. There’s always great stuff!
You’ll also find that other types of decor might be placed here. So still be on the look out for greenery, baskets and other items while your looking through the wood decor too.
- Decor signs
- wood bowls or trays.
- Decor that doesn’t match the style of your space.
- Items that you don’t have a place for in your home.
The crafting aisle definitely one that can seem overwhelming. There is a ton of stuff packed onto those shelves. Don’t be intimidated by that, but rather go this aisle with a purpose. Knowing what kind of crafting supplies you use and are planning projects for and focus in on these things.
- yarn supplies
- stamp supplies
- paper crafting supplies
- thank you cards
- embroidery wreaths
- party supplies (get those at Free Shipping to your Local Store Dollar tree)
- unneeded craft supplies
- open or broken items
Ok friends, lets review.
Must have thrift shop home decor items.
- dish ware
- wood decor
- craft supplies.
I really hope this post helps you feel more confident in what to look for so you can do some great decorating with thrift store finds.
I mean seriously, after all of that information, how can you tell me you don’t feel like you could walk into a thrift store with purpose now?
Many of the most common (and frequently most expensive) home decor items are just waiting to be discovered at your local thrift store for a fraction of the cost – so go get em!