top of page
  • Writer's pictureShelby

Top 10 Thrift Finds

Updated: Sep 27, 2018

Today, I'm gonna share with your my top 10 favorite thrifted items from around my home.

Let's countdown in order of favorites, shall we?

10. Plant stands

As a plant lady, I love to thrift things I can use as plant stands. This little wooden folding stool was $2 at a yard sale and the brass stool was a $1 thrift store find.

 9. Kids Decor

Almost everything I buy to decorate my boys' spaces is second hand.

I love to get unique things that can be used for play, like this vintage rotary phone (scored for $5 at a second hand shop).

Globes are another decor item I love to find that I think make fun decor in kid spaces. I have several globes that I've thrifted over the years.

8. Vintage Books

My eyes light up at the sight of pretty book spines - the colors, the cool fonts, all of it.

If you're wanting to start somewhere small and don't know what to look for, vintage books are a good place to start. I can usually get a whole box a yard sale for $1

7. Vintage Glassware

It might seem silly to some but some of my favorite items I've ever found are just pretty glasses.

They elevate the everyday for me.  I love collecting this particular floral pattern. I've never paid more than $1 for a glass.

6. Vintage Map of Lynchburg, Virginia

This is definitely one of my favorite decor pieces I own because this place is so special to me.

I remember the day I found it. Josh and I had stopped at an estate sale and were walking around a dank basement when I saw a large book that caught my eye. It was an old atlas but it was stuffed with vintage Lynchburg prints as the former owner had been a city planner. The whole book cost me $1.

I found the large frame at Goodwill for $6.

5. Card Catalog

So this wasn't actually thrifted, but it was free so it's better than thrifted, right?

One of my former co-workers was a retired teacher and had these in his office.

When he was getting ready to move offices, I asked if he wanted to part with this and 

was floored when his answer was yes! It is crammed full of all those odds and ends you normally put in a junk drawer - batteries, pens, glue, candles, flashlights, etc. 

But hey, at least they're pretty organized in here!

4. Old School Chalkboard

Scored for $4 at a thrift shop and it wouldn't fit in my car so I had to have Josh go get it for me later.

It's moved all around our house and I love how big it is. Complete with chalk rail.

3. Brass Animals

I love these things so much. I don't even know why. They're just so easy to decorate and add that fun/quirky factor I like to have in my decor.  My all time favorite brass piece is probably that big brass orange in this picture. I bought it when I was in California visiting my mother-in-law for $5.

I always check the thrift shops if I can when I'm traveling.

 2. CB2 Avec Sofa

Yes, this is thrifted, but it's currently still selling at CB2 for $1300.

My most epic Craigslist score for $175! A couple was moving and getting rid of everything to start fresh in their new house. The couch was less than a year old and they just said they wanted to get rid of stuff quick. 

If you're looking for furniture, I recommend using the Craigslist app to save searches of what you're looking for. That's how I got this bad boy for so cheap - I was the first to claim it because of the search alerts!

1. Antique Laurel Mirror

Forever my favorite thrift find. I'm still pinching myself that I ever found this.

It was late on a Saturday morning, like 10 am, and I was out yard saling but I had Griffin with me and he was like 10 months old so it was slow going. And if you know anything about going to yard sales, everything good is gone by like 8 am. So picture me walking up to this yard sale at 10 a.m. with a baby on my hip. I see this mirror right away and I can assume one of two things a) no one has been to this yard sale b) it's super overpriced. I go over to it and I see no price tag. I quickly count how much I have in my purse and pick it up in one had, balancing Griffin in the other and I walk up to the woman running the sale and say, "I'll give you everything I have left in my purse for this - I have $12.30 left." She hesitates and starts to hem and haw a bit. Meanwhile Griff starts flirting with her - batting his eyes, giggling, the whole nine. She eats it up and concedes to my $12 offer. As I'm walking away beaming she calls after me to look at the antique store price tag of what she paid for it on the back. Let's just say it was three digits. 

I love having a collected home with stories to tell. 

It's also the thrill of the hunt for me, let's be honest. 

If you're looking for unique things but don't have the time to thrift, let me do it for you!

My shop is full of great home decor pieces!


bottom of page