Thrifting in my Home State: Collective Thrift Haul for Affordable and Unique Home Decor

I am so excited to share a home decor thrift haul with you gals today! These are some of the little gems I’ve slowly collected over several months.

Since I’m a military spouse I generally thrift in my home state when we go back to visit, and where we are currently stationed. It’s so interesting to me to see how different thrifting in both states is.

If you know me you know that I love thrifting, and I love home decor. So naturally, I combine the two very often. My overall goal with this blog is to share with everyone all the cool things you can find on a budget. Shopping secondhand is the key to finding affordable and unique home decor. (And it’s so fun too!)

Don’t get me wrong, I definitely shop at “regular” stores too which means I definitely have pieces in my home that so many others do. But what I think is so magical is adding these small little touches to my space, that likely aren’t as available to the masses. To me adding these little details just gives the space a unique personality. It’s how I make my house a home.

As I mentioned this is definitely a collective haul. Sometimes I walk out of a thrift store empty-handed, and other times I score big time and end up with a couple big bags of things. Opting to shop secondhand can definitely take a little longer to achieve a completed look. However, I know that I will eventually have a really curated eclectic space.

I’m in it for the long haul and know that the end result is going to be so cool! I look forward to sharing my thrift store scores with you as I continue my journey of decorating my home on a budget.

Over five different thrift stores and under 15 dollars later, without further ado let’s all embrace this thrift magic!

 

Thrift Store Finds:

 

Thrifting in my Home State: Collective Thrift Haul for Affordable and Unique Home Decor

The first piece is this mirrored candle holder that I got for 3 dollars at a place called The Village. I’m actually not entirely sure what it was created for, but I was drawn to the different textures and colors. It isn’t metal, so I probably won’t leave a candle in this for long periods of time because I don’t want it to melt. I’m okay with that though cause I usually don’t burn candles for hours at a time anyway.

I also think it would look really cute styled as an exposed terrarium. Both of these ideas are a perfect example of one of my favorite things to do with thrift store items. Which is looking beyond the items original purpose and focusing on the way you can use it in your space. I love finding versatile pieces that I can use different ways, so I can keep my space fresh.

 

 

Thrifting in my Home State: Collective Thrift Haul for Affordable and Unique Home Decor

From the Goodwill, I found this small wooden frame for only 99 cents. The print reminded me of an illustration you would see in an old children’s book. Even though it almost looks like the little animal is missing part of its ear, I’ve decided to keep the print original for now. I may later mod podge another print in the frame.

Frames are one of my favorite things to find at thrift stores. Sometimes it takes looking beyond what the piece currently is and focusing on what it can become.

 

 

Thrifting in my Home State: Collective Thrift Haul for Affordable and Unique Home Decor

Next are these three embroidery hoops that I thrifted for just a dollar each. What I love about these are the different textures and sizes.

Craft stores usually only sell the “cheap” or “basic” wooden embroidery hoops, so I loved the vintage and unique feel these have. I’ve been lightly dabbling in embroidery and think these will make a great home for a future stitch.

 

 

Thrifting in my Home State: Collective Thrift Haul for Affordable and Unique Home Decor

Hammond Salvage has been one of my favorite thrift stores in Indiana for many years. I found this really cool trio of embroidered sunflowers in one of their back rooms. Again, embroidery has been catching my eye lately. I love that this piece is probably handmade.

The colors totally give me a 70s vibe, and I think it will mesh well with my bohemian eclectic vibe I’m aiming for. Oh! And I’m going back in forth on sprucing up the frame, and I would love your input on if I should update the frame or leave it original.

 

 

Thrifting in my Home State: Collective Thrift Haul for Affordable and Unique Home Decor

These are another score from the Village. I found a pack of 8 hangers (including 4 wooden pant hangers) shoved at the bottom of a pile of stuff that was literally toppling over. It just goes to show you have to look high and low while thrifting. I love the hunt for a treasure in a pile of “junk”, sometimes it’s where you will find the best stuff.

I was actually looking for wooden pant hangers for a while. I know what you’re thinking, “These are just wooden hangers, what is so special about these?” Let me explain my vision to you so you can understand the magic. Lately, I’ve been so inspired by Pinterest wall decor, and I kept seeing posts where people had actually used wooden hangers to hang up prints on the wall.

Granted you could just put it in a regular frame, but I think using these just adds a little more interest to the overall look. It’s seriously such a genius idea that I’m a little upset I didn’t come up with it first.

 

 

Thrifting in my Home State: Collective Thrift Haul for Affordable and Unique Home Decor

This next find was from my first visit to one of my new favorite shops. I don’t think you’re ready for this. When my mom told me about it I couldn’t even imagine what it had in store. The place is aptly named Treasure Mart and is quite literally a 4 story thrift warehouse. As you can imagine, pulling up to this massive brick building my heart about palpated right out of my chest.

There were so many things to look through, but I will say as a fair warning that this place does not have AC. It was one of the hottest days of the year, and I was struggling a bit. We spent a decent time but ended up giving in to the heat (and our hunger), and I just walked out with this cute little book on cacti.

I’ve been really into growing plants lately. Not only do I love having this book as a resource, but I also think this will look really beautiful with the cover off. You can kind of peep in the photo that under the shiny book jacket (what are those actually called anyways?) there is a really gorgeous pale yellow hardcover that I’m positive is going to look amazing styled on a shelf.

 

 

Thrifting in my Home State: Collective Thrift Haul for Affordable and Unique Home Decor

My next “finds” my mom actually gifted to me. Hopefully, you guys don’t consider this cheating, but she found them at a thrift store and knew I was looking for them. They are both Reader’s Digest books that I plan on either DIY’ing or using to create a rainbow book display to spice up a shelf.

 

Thrifting in my Home State: Collective Thrift Haul for Affordable and Unique Home Decor

This last piece I’m going to share with you actually came from my aunt’s thrift store. While I was in town she very generously offered to let me come over and pick out some things to take home with me.

When I first saw this piece I thought it was just a fancy etched pencil sharpener, but upon further research, I actually discovered that this is actually a Turkish brass spice grinder often used to grind coffee. Something I don’t often talk about here is that I’ve actually worked at coffee shops for several years, so I think this is a really interesting piece to add into our space.

 

 

If you guys enjoyed checking out my thrift haul, please let me know in the comments below. What is something you’ve been dying to find at the thrift store?

 

Check out some of my other thrift store posts here:

My Last Thrift Haul

How I Became A Thrifter