Do you love to incorporate seasonal decor but work with a tight budget? Thrift store fall decorating may be your answer and in this post I’m sharing some things that I always look for…and find!
I shop everywhere…from high end retailers such as Nordstrom to Home Goods, Wayfair and yes…thrift stores. By shopping this way I can splurge on some of the pricier things that I want. I’m saving money on a few items that don’t need to be new. Plus I like to use vintage accessories to give my home more character and I find lots at thrifts. Are thrift stores the new antique store? I think so, as we have all evidenced the closing of antique shops over the last several years. Let’s talk fall decorating and what to seek out!
Thrift Store Fall Decorating – 5 Things To Buy
1. Faux Flowers
I have to be honest. There are literally NO thrift stores around where I live! That being said I shop thrift stores when I’m up at our beach home because they are GOOD up there. I usually find some good things and while the assortment in thrift stores changes daily, I know what to look for. Faux flowers are always around and for thrift store fall decorating look for as realistic as you can find. There are often premade arrangements in these stores, and those can be taken apart to use as individual stems.
While the color of these are pale, once placed in copper or gold you have instant fall looks! The blooms here are all fake flowers, but I’ve mixed in some fresh greenery for authenticity.
2. Brass and Copper
There is always power in multiples in decorating your home! One or two of these vintage brass candlesticks may not make a splash, but a gathering sure does. So many possibilities for thrift store fall decorating with these. Use your favorite fall shade of dinner candles and I’m linking a few that I like below. One of the things that I never buy at thrift shops are used candles…for potential safety and it’s just not worthwhile to boot.
I have collected this look for years! Buy them when you see them and before you know it you’ll have a collection too.
In terms of brass, it was in favor with previous generations of homemakers and then out of favor. Now, it’s back en vogue and thrifting for copper is a sport not to be taken lightly! These are thrifted pieces and are perfectly imperfect, but now are clean thanks to THIS POLISH.
3. Bottles and Jars For Thrift Store Fall Decorating
Glass jars are one of the most common objects at thrift stores. Fun note * when I was selling lots online and going to antique shows to buy, there was SO MUCH GLASS! My husband often said that it would all end up in thrift stores some day and he was right. I enjoy purchasing clear glass and painting it to get the colors of the season, and in this post you can see more – COPPER & GOLD MASON JARS DIY.
Don’t diss the colored glass or even bottles because as I mentioned…multiples make for the best displays! For thrift store fall decorating you could fill these bottles with some of those silk flowers that you found.
4. Old Books
Old books are plentiful at thrift stores. While some may buy them to read, don’t overlook vintage or used books for the decorative quality. Go for a group in the same colorway, such as emerald green or burgundy for autumn decorating. The books that I have below are not particularly old, rather outdated. I have a tutorial for aging books in this post that you might enjoy- HOW TO MAKE NEW BOOKS LOOK OLD. Sometimes your local library will have used books sales too that are a great source.
Stack ’em and have fun displaying with the pages facing out. Use them to give your vignettes height.
5. Wicker Baskets For Thrift Store Fall Decorating
Finally…baskets are perfect for every season, but they give such great texture for fall.
For those of you who don’t have any thrift shops in your area, here are some thrifty finds for fall that you’ll find online below!