Thrifted and Vintage Decorating Ideas

If you love thrifting and decorating with vintage finds, you'll love these budget-friendly ideas for your home!
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I've always decorated on a budget and enjoy seeing how little I can spend on home decor. Many of my friends around the country are turning to thrift stores to decorate their homes and save money. Thrifting and the love of vintage decor have become a hot new trend!

What about you? Do you love decorating with thrifted and vintage or vintage inspired items? You're in luck because I'm sharing several fabulous ideas with you! Let's get right to them. Click on any colored links below for more details.

Ideas to decorate with thrifted and vintage items

I joined my Thrifting with the Gals friends to share some of our very best thrifted finds, vintage decor and vintage inspired ideas from this past year with you! It's always so fun to see what vintage treasures other people are finding and upcycling! Enjoy these ideas below.

Vintage Inspired Advertising Labels

Sometimes you have the inspiration and idea, but you just can't find the vintage items in real life (or, because they're trending, they are outrageously expensive!). That's what happened to me, so I took matters into my own hands and made vintage inspired advertising labels that I could apply to my existing whiteware and ironstone pieces!

If you've struggled to find vintage items too, you'll love this tutorial for decorating your existing pieces with packing tape transfers! I found this white milk glass mason jar at the thrift store for just $3.99 and added one of my packing tape transfers to really elevate the vintage look! You can grab my printable sheet of antique advertising reproduction labels, free for subscribers. 

I used the same process to transform some other pieces in my home, including these rabbit transfers on vintage door knobs.

You might also enjoy these vintage inspired projects that I made this year.

Decorate with Instruments

Have you ever thought of decorating with that old violin you used to play?  Ann from Dabbling and Decorating has some great ideas for decorating with old musical instruments. This is such a great way to use even broken instruments in your decor, especially if you're a musical family! Ann used an old drum, trumpet, violin and vintage high school band photo, all found at a second hand shop, to create a whole musical Christmas and winter theme in her home!

Upcycled Thrift Finds

Rachel from The Ponds Farmhouse is no stranger to thrifted treasures! She is sharing 30 ways to save money while decorating the home of your dreams, with her ideas for transforming thrift store finds into mind-blowing stylish home decor.

Yard Sale Finds

Who looks forward to yard sale season? Robyn of Robyn's French Nest is sharing some of her favorite finds and how she styles them in their South Florida home. Check out these easy ways to decorate with yard sale finds for budget friendly pretty decor!

Start a Thermos Collection

Kristin of White Arrows Home is passionate about vintage decor. Her thermos collection is certainly one to envy! Thermoses are a fun collection to begin or keep adding to, using in all seasons and styles of homes. Playing along with #thermosthursday on Instagram is a great way to connect with other collectors, find inspiration and share your finds.

Decorate with Candles

Cindy of County Road 407 loves to decorate with candles. She admits to buying the inexpensive, basic ones, but then styles them in unexpected and interesting ways using vintage vessels and items to express her fun personality!

New Idea for Vintage Plates

Heidi of Eleanor Rose Home has a beautiful neutral style, with a mix of new and vintage items. She's sharing how to turn vintage plates into the cutest fridge magnets.

Apothecary Jar Decor

Wendy of Wm Design House has several unique ideas for decorating with apothecary jars. Discover how apothecary jars can elevate your kitchen space with timeless elegance and practical functionality. These classic vessels go beyond their traditional use, offering various opportunities—from organizing essentials to becoming decorative accents.

Wicker Demijohns

Kelly of The Tattered Pew has a wonderful collection of true vintage wicker demijohns, and is sharing ideas for decorating with them, as well as where to find them!

Cozy Eclectic Christmas

Joanna of Joanna Anastasia is sharing a colorful holiday home tour, filled with vintage finds and her cozy eclectic style.

Vintage Charm

Renae of Peacock Ridge Farm has ideas for adding vintage charm to your dining room. I love her French farmhouse style!

I hope you found these ideas informative and maybe you'll have some new items to be on the hunt for while out thrifting and yard sale-ing in 2024!

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  1. Thank you so much for joining us for "Thrifting with the Gals" this year, love this fun post! Happy Holidays!


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