I absolutely love waking up early in the morning and heading out to my favorite flea market in the summer. I also spend more time then I should admit on craigslist and facebook market place. I wanted to put together a series of things I try to keep an eye out for while I’m out thrifting, starting with small decor items. These things can really add up when your paying full price. Thrifting gives you the chance to actually be able to style your home without breaking the bank and it also gives off a more collected feel. Here are some things I tend to look for while out thrifting. Of course the most important things to look for are things your naturally drawn to because you will love those ones forever!
1. Wicker and Rattan
Wicker and rattan are having a big moment right now and for good reason! They add a beautiful textured element. The wicker basket above was a free side of the road find!
2. Blue and white pottery
Blue and white vases are such a classic! They’re great to collect and group together or style alone.
Books add a layered and collected element. A stack of books with a decorative item placed on top can bring style to any place. I look for neutral covers or you can always place them page side out ( like pictured above) or cover them with a nice paper. Picking these up while thrifting can really save a lot of money.
4. Milk Glass
Im always on the look out for milk glass. The bright glossy white is so beautiful especially if you have a lot of chalk painted items in your home. The pure white gloss really adds some interest against distressed pieces.
5. Kids decor items
Kids decor can be expensive so why not try to save some money on the things they are probably going to grow out of anyways. Plus older and vintage items can be better quality and can potentially be passed on. Wooden toys, vintage trucks, old block sets, vintage books etc. all make great inexpensive non-cheesy decor items. Vintage kids books are great for finding prints to hang (as shown in this tutorial here.) An old wooden truck placed on top of a stack of books or wooden train on top of a dresser, the options are endless and I’ve had really good luck finding these types of items on the cheap. The airplane and train were both under 5 dollars. The truck below was found in a mans barn when I was 9 months pregnant. He gave me it and a few others for free which I will always remember.
6. Candle sticks
Great to have on hand for dressing up a table and they look great styled and stored on a shelf in the meantime. I find theres an abundance of them at flea markets, thrift stores and garage sales. The ones above were free yard sale left overs. Alot of times you will find brass ones which i personally love but if you dont they can always be painted!
Trays are so great for creating a layered pulled together look! Sometimes it can be hard to find the right color but they can be easily painted also.
8. Cutting boards
Another great decorative item for adding a layered styled look in the kitchen.
9. Ginger Jars
Love the look of ginger jars! They are so classic. I found the one above on a 50 cents table at a flea market.
10. Wicker Baskets
Ok I know I already mentioned wicker and rattan but I felt like wicker baskets deserved their own space. They are so great for storing kids toys! And anything else you need out but dont want seen. They also make great inexpensive planters.
I really hope this post gives you a little bit of inspiration for your next trip thrifting. Part two will be for outdoor decor! What are some of your favorite flea market finds? Tell me in the comments below!