Thrifting: 5 Favorite Items to Hunt For

I'm continuing our thrifting series today by sharing my favorite things to hunt for when I am out thrifting!

In my last post, 5 Tips to Making the Most of Thrifting, we talked about why I thrift and I gave you 5 tips to consider before starting your thrifting adventure.  Today, I want to share some of my favorite things to hunt for while thrifting and what I can never pass up!

5 Favorite Items to Hunt For While Thrifting

1. Furniture– I have found so many of my wood pieces in my home at a thrift store.  The old saying, they don't make it like they used too could definitely apply to furniture these days!  Many of the older pieces I have found are solid wood.  A little clean up and paint, and you can create a beautiful unique piece of furniture to serve your needs in your home.  The quality is better and the price tag cannot be beat.  I've never bought upholstered pieces at a thrift store.  Mainly because I don't sew but if you are handy and are willing to make a slipcover or recover them, then they may prove to be a good investment.

Here are some of my favorite pieces that I've purchased at a thrift store. 

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Thrift Store Pink Painted Dresser

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Dining Room Hutch Cabinet Gets Green Paint and a Makeover

Farmhouse Stool Makeover by

Vintage Stool Makeover

2. Dishes- I love collecting dishes and I never pass up the aisles filled with china and other dishes.  Mixing and matching dish sets are a an easy way to update your table settings and give them a unique flavor. Some times you will luck out and find a whole set, but even if you don't, buy what you find and keep your eye out for more pieces in the future.  Add it to your running list of items to hunt for and/ or just delight in the beauty of a single piece and use it for display or mixing with other dishes of a similar color palette or pattern.

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Vintage Collections: Come Take a Peek at My Favorite China Collections

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White Cottage Kitchen Reveal

3. Silver and Brass Items- Quality silver and brass items are plentiful at the thrift stores. I love collecting these items to not only display but also to use in my decor and displays.  Both are reminders of a more elegant time and add charm and warmth to your home style. You can see a whole post on my silver collection below and also a table setting post where I used my thrift store brass candlesticks.

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Collections: Silver

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Green and Gold Dining Room

4. Mirrors and Artwork- I found a number of mirrors either brass or wood at thrift stores.  Brass ones I have been able to use just as is and wood ones I have updated with just a few coats of paint.  There is always a big section of art and a lot of it will not be your style, but do consider the frames. Even if the art isn't what you want, sometimes you can repurpose the frame or change out the art for a new piece economically. The below brass mirror I picked up for $10. Paired with thrifted brass and milk glass pieces, it makes a really beautiful mantel.

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Elegant Summer Mantel in the Dining Room

5. Items to Upcycle- I love a good challenge and buying items from a thrift store to repurpose or upcycle can be a great way to personalize your home.  DIY and craft project ideas are plentiful at a thrift store.  

Here are some of my favorite thrift store upcycles!

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Make Your Own Milk Glass With Spray Paint

Wood Bead Tassel Garland

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Book Page Flower

DIY Sisal Rope Vase by

Sisal Rope Vase

I hope that you found today's post inspiring!  There is so much goodness to be had at your local thrift stores if you have the time and the inspiration!  

Many of my finds, are items I've curated for White Cottage Home Store, so be sure to check out the ever-changing selection.


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  1. […] specific information on thrift stores, I did a couple of posts you may want to catch up on.  Thrifting: 5 Favorite Items  to Hunt For (LINK), and Thrifting 5 Tips to Make the Most of Your Experience & Why I like Thrifting […]

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  3. I love buying some stuff in thrift stores! Great finds though!

  4. We all have that one thing we look for in every house we visit. As for me I always check the furniture used, cause I’m a fan of vintage items. Thank you for sharing yours.

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