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Y’all. THRIFTING! It used to overwhelm me. I would see gorgeous spaces on Instagram and Pinterest with a ton of thrifted finds and elements and would just think, “I would NEVER be able to put something that cute together with stuff from my local thrift store!” For a long time, places like Target and Home Goods were my go-to spots. But these days, I am CHEAP! I believe the more professional term is “frugal”, but I have no problem admitting the raw truth. I am cheap, cheap, cheap. Unless it’s a furniture piece or just something I am absolutely in love with, you won’t typically find me spending any more than $20 on home accents and decor….Told y’all – CHEAP.
Thrifting can be a little overwhelming if you don’t know what you’re looking for. You have to be determined to dig a little, and sometimes be willing to try two or three different stores before you find what you want. Today I’m going to be sharing just a few ways you can dip your toes into The World of Thrifting and add some decorative flair to your home. Most of these photos are not mine, so I’ve linked all the sources.
1. WICKER BASKETS FOR DAYS!
Wicker has officially made a comeback, my friends. It’s not just for your grandma’s sunroom anymore 😉 Wicker baskets are a super affordable and easy way to add texture and warmth to your home. They’re also super practical, since you know, THEY HOLD ALL OF THE THINGS! Cute storage for the win! Make a B-line for the back of your local thrift store (I don’t know why, but almost every thrift store I’ve been in keeps their wicker baskets at the back of the store on some shelves against the wall), and get you some baskets! I don’t think I’ve ever seen one priced for more than $3! Score! You can put a big, deep basket by your fireplace or under a table to hold your throw blankets. You can get a large, shallow one to put above your mantle or in your entryway way with a wreath on it. You can even get a variety of shallow ones and put together a collage of them on your wall. Also, keep in mind that you can spray paint them if you don’t like the color. I love seeing ones that have been painted white or with a tribal pattern of some sort. Wicker is so versatile. Whether your decorating style leans more bohemian, farmhouse, traditional, etc., you can add wicker to your space.
2. RUGS… They’re not just for the floor.
Traditionally speaking, rugs are for the floor, but if you’ve never thought about hanging one on your wall, you should 😉 Rugs can be very expensive, but your local thrift store may have some gems! If not, places like Ross and the 99cent Store always have very affordable ones. Stick one in your bathroom or hallway to make it more inviting and cozy, or hang one on the wall to make a statement!
3. BOOKS, BOOKS, & MORE BOOKS!
This might be the easiest and cheapest way to fill in a space that just needs “a little something”. You can, without a doubt, find plenty of books at your local thrift store. If you’ve ever seen Portlandia, I like to think of books as the “Put a bird on it!” rule of interior design. Empty coffee table? Stack of books. Bare shelves? Stack of books. A gap on your mantle? Stack of books. Nightstand decor? Stack of books. Are you tracking with me now? You can leave the books as they are, stack ones of similar color or aesthetic, rip off the binding and paint them, or whatever your little heart desires. When in doubt, put a stack of books on it 😉
This post hardly even scratches the surface of possibilities with thrifting, but I hope it encourages you to think outside the box and understand that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to make your space truly feel like home. Leave a comment below if you want to see more posts about thrifting for home decor!
Thanks for reading!