Collecting Vintage Decor & Accents
Some of the things I look for when roaming yard sales and thrift stores for unique vintage decor to incorporate into my collection.
Decorating with quasi-one of a kind vintage finds gives my space the sense of creative individuality that I strive for when decorating. Not only do I enjoy the experience and process of hunting for decorative treasures, but when I get something at a bargain price to boot, I’m over the moon.
These are some of my favorite thrift stores and yard sale finds. Thrift stores and yard sales are where you will find the best deals and prices. Antique stores and vintage home stores are fun to shop as well but you will expect to pay a little more since the inventory is curated.
Yard Sale Finds
I found this old window several years ago while hitting yard sales one Saturday with my sister. She wanted it too but I saw it first. I paid $20 and use it as a decoration in my plant room.
I love the craftsmanship on the handle of this vintage saw I found at a yard sale for $1. Beautiful.
This is an example of the wonderfully quirky things I find thrifting and just cannot pass up. This rat, made of jute, was $2 and sits atop my bookcase.
Many years ago, I picked up this cutting board at Savers for $3. Always check the “wood” section for vintage cutting boards if, like me, you can’t pass them up.
This antique coffee urn was a Goodwill find for $10. I was going to use it as a vase for fresh flowers but the spout isn’t completely drip-free so I use it to hold metal flowers year-round.
You never have to pay full boat retail for antique silver. Thrift shops are teeming with vintage silver, brass, and copper decor. I got these heavy trays at Red, White, and Blue Thrift with an additional 50% off sticker. Most people don’t want to bother with the upkeep on antique metals thus they are often priced to move in thrift shops.
My obsession with old church relics goes back twenty years. I found this altarpiece at a roadside shop in Connecticut. The owner had just got it in-store and it was sitting on the counter. I asked how much, and was elated when he told me $10.
This gorgeous, hand-embroidered, church wall tapestry is one of my favorite thrift store finds. I bought it from an AMVETS thrift store for only $10.
This church dollhouse is the most expensive thing I’ve ever purchased at a thrift store. Another roadside thrift store in Connecticut had in stock several handcrafted dollhouses donated from an estate to be sold as a fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Club. The man who made this one and the other dollhouses was a genuine artist. I was happy to pay $100 for the craftsmanship and for a good cause. I have a string of battery operated lights inside and use it as a kind of nightlight sometimes.