Thrifting for Home Decor, Check Out My Haul and See How I Styled my New Finds

I have a confession, I’m not a big thrifter. I am more the person donating instead of purchasing. There, I said it.

Why? Good question. I wasn’t raised going to thrift stores. Sure, we went to a random yard sale here or there, but thrifting just wasn’t a big thing when I was growing up. If I had to assign a percentage, I would say 95% of the time, we purchased new. I do remember Dad buying french antiques as often as he could, but most of our furniture and clothes were bought brand new.

I have purchased many vintage china patterns from thrift stores and love them all. Check out Styling a Glass Cabinet with Vintage Dishes to see several beautiful sets.

As I get older, and my style continues to change, I seem to be drawn to older pieces of furniture. So much of what I see in stores today do nothing for me, and I can pass on things that I was previously drawn to. Not sure if losing my parents has changed my style, and now I long for things that remind me of my childhood?

It seems to be a thing with our youth today to want to go thrifting for clothing. My daughter often asks to go to thrift shops in search of vintage clothes. This new generation is very concerned with our environment and saving the planet and thrifting is becoming a big part of their lives.

I was happy to go with her to our local thrift store. She didn’t find what she was looking for but I walked out with a haul!

Check out My Thrift Shop Haul

This oil painting was a bargain at $22. It’s quite large and I’m drawn to the colors. I love blues and the pop of red. It reminds me of a european landscape maybe off the coast of France somewhere? I love it and had to have it.

We have large walls and it will look great in our living room. It’s still on the floor now, but I’ll be sure to post when we get it hung up.

I was also immediately drawn to this lamp shade. Sitting close by was a black base which looked perfect with the shade. I’m going to set it up in the foyer and will show you the finished area when done.

But, my real find…was these two beautiful baby blue silk wing chairs.

They appear to be in great condition and were cleaned and sanitized by the thrift store and the fabric is still in very good condition. Comfortable as well, and love the color! Handy tip, a great way to move thrifted furniture is by hiring local removalists that can move your bigger items with ease.

I’m very drawn to subtle hues of blues and pinks and have been wanting to introduce more blue into our home.These chairs have started me on a new trend, watch out! I think I have to add blue to all our rooms now!

How Did I Style the Wing Chairs?

They are sitting front and center in the foyer.

They give the space more of a lived in look and feel.

I made a few small changes to the area to accommodate the chair color, but very subtle, like moving a couple things around. After all, I should be thinking about Fall, and I can’t wait to style the table for the cooler months. Be on the look out for an upcoming post!

You know I love pinks and adding pale blues to the space makes it feel romantic and soft. The candles help too 🙂

What do you think about my new finds? Drop me a comment below!

I am already having visions of a blue and white Christmas tree with these chairs on either side!! I’m getting giddy just thinking about it!

I think Bentley loves them…new smells in the house too! Haha…

If you’d like to see more of the thrift store and my recent visit, I take you inside in my video HERE.

Links below for our entryway for your shopping convenience –

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12 thoughts on “Thrifting for Home Decor, Check Out My Haul and See How I Styled my New Finds

  1. Very nice! I like thrifting! It is like a treasure hunt through the ages! And as you said, it helps with the environment too! Every little bit adds up!

  2. Those are beautiful chairs Denise – what a fabulous find!! I actually got goosebumps when you mentioned your Christmas decor! I can’t wait! I’m with Bentley – I love them too!

    1. Hi! I was so happy when I saw them too, and such a great price for being in such good condition. It made my day. thanks for visiting.

  3. Oh my, Denise, you did good! What lovely finds. I only thrift for blue and white dishes for me and jigsaw puzzles for my mother as she does so many of them, although I did score a couple of Paris Flea Market themed wall decor signs recently that match my existing one, a bargain at $9 each. Someone must have tired of their Paris theme. I don’t get the whole thrifting for clothes thing either – we didn’t have much money growing up but my mother did not dress us in second hand clothes – she bought new – not even handy me downs. Even today there is something about all those crammed racks of used clothing that just turns me off, but I have a friend who only shops for clothing that way?? Maybe it’s the thrill of the hunt. Even more upscale Labels for Less type stores turn me off. Vintage stores I can handle though as that’s another era. To each his own I guess. I have seen some really nice home decor items, usually the remnants of an estate, but nothing like those beautiful blue chairs!

    1. Hi Joni! I get it, I was the same way. Up until this haul, I only purchased china from thrift stores, this is my first furniture buy. I bet your wall signs are just perfect, I love them too. I haven’t ventured into clothes either…not sure I ever will but time will tell. I agree the thrill of the hunt may be the draw, as with new items as well I guess. Even jam packed rooms with clothes stuffed together that are new are a huge turn off for me. I don’t know, as I continue to change my tastes, new ideas open up but they may be fleeting…who knows!! 😜Thanks for checking in Joni!!

  4. I never went thrifting in earlier years because I thought it’s only junk in those stores. We bought brand new furniture for our 1st new home when got married. Met a friend in real estate where I worked and seen her house with antiques and I started getting rid of new stuff. That started my thrifting and antique mall thrill of the hunt. I have found so many beautiful old things and antique furniture at such cheap prices. I love the chairs on each side of your table. Foyer looks complete now.

    1. It does seem that thrifting has come a long way over the years. Glad you have found so many nice items, that’s fantastic. Thank you for the nice compliment Nancy, I really do like the chairs in the foyer too!

  5. The chairs are gorgeous and that fact they were cleaned by the store is a huge bonus. They make your foyer become a destination. Great find. I am also more interested these days in the better quality of pieces from the past, especially American made, in part because I have severe allergies to the cheap fillers and chemicals used now. When there are perfumes or smoke smells I use cheap vodka in a spray bottle and spritz the item before placing it in the sun to air dry. Works like a charm.

    1. Hi Pam, so glad you like the chairs. I was thrilled to find them and in such good condition for a great price! I was surprised too with the cleaning, an added bonus that sealed the deal. Great tip about vodka, never heard of that! I’ll keep that in mind, thank you for sharing.

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