In honor of National Thrift Shop Day, I thought it would be fun to share my top 10 thrifted finds of all time. I’ve been a serious thrifter for about seven years, so I’ve had a lot of time to dig up some gems! Before we get started, I want to mention that I have found way more thrifted clothes than what I’m sharing, but I’m not really a fashion blogger, so I’m mostly focusing on furniture and decor pieces today.
1. Mid-Century Modern Glass Front Cabinet, $50
I probably gasped out loud when I saw this beauty in Goodwill three years ago. The thrift stores I frequent rarely have decent furniture, let alone a beautiful MCM piece. The brass-capped feet were not in great shape, and the finish was looking rough, but the sliding glass doors were in amazing condition! I almost left it behind because it was $50, but I’m so glad I didn’t. Here’s how I have had it styled most recently.
(Also thrifted: the frame, small plant stand, pottery vase, and most of the books. I found the lamp shade next to a dumpster!)
2. Copper Kettle, $3
I am a sucker for vintage kitchen items, especially if they are copper. This adorable kettle immediately caught my eye with its aged patina and its blue and white porcelain handle and lid. I cannot wait to put up some open shelves in our new kitchen so I can display this piece!
(Also thrifted: the adorable Starbucks mug!)
3. Farmhouse Dining Table, $10
(Technically, this find is from a yard sale, but I felt like it still fits with the spirit of National Thrift Shop Day.) You’re probably looking at that picture and thinking, “That looks nothing like a farmhouse table.” And you’re totally right. This orange Spanish-style set was even more orange in person, if you can believe it. But, I could see that the table had great bones. There was beautiful ironwork detail on the legs, and I really liked the X pattern on the top.
So, I purchased the set for $40, then sold the chairs on Craigslist for $30 the next week. Kendall helped me sand and stain it, and the end result is great!
4. Lucky Brand Leather Ankle Booties, $4
Ankle booties are a dime a dozen at thrift stores nowadays. The trend has been going strong for around 8 years, so there are plenty available second hand. However, I was holding out for a pair of genuine leather booties with a short heel, and my patience eventually paid off. I scored these for just $4 at Goodwill, and I’m so glad I didn’t cave and pay $40 or more!
5. Mid-Century Modern Credenza, $50
This poor credenza was in a sorry state when I first got my hands on it. The trim had been ripped off the front edge, one of the legs had cracked, and someone had sanded and painted all six of the drawers an assortment of random colors. It was definitely a sad sight! I’m not the handiest person around, and I knew I couldn’t sand it down and refinish it (at the time, I was living in an apartment and had no power tools), but I did think I could save it with a coat of paint. Here’s how it turned out.
Can you believe that’s the same cabinet? The transformation astounds me every time! With some help from my mom, we filled the dents and cracks, painted it, and replaced the trim on the front. We also did our best to repair the broken leg. It’s not perfect, but I don’t mind. I picked up some gold drawer pulls for a few dollars at Lowe’s, and they provided the perfect finishing touch.
(Also thrifted: the seaglass vase, basket, and all the art/frames.)
6. Camel Peacoat, $6
A tan or camel peacoat is another item I had on my radar for a while, but I couldn’t bring myself to spend even $20 since I already had a winter coat that I loved. However, I got really lucky and found one at Goodwill this spring! It was half off $12, so I finally added a camel coat to my wardrobe for just $6. It’s incredibly soft, and it’s big enough to wear over even the thickest of my sweaters. I can’t wait for some cooler weather so I can wear it!
7. Mid-Century Modern Magazine Rack, $4
If you follow me on Instagram, you might remember the funny story associated with this one. I found a MCM Hollywood Regency-style magazine rack at an estate sale for $10, but I passed on it because I wasn’t in the mood to pay that much for something that was a little beat up. After I got home, I began to regret that I hadn’t gotten it, but it was too late. (Thrift regret, anyone?) However, I found one at Goodwill just two weeks later!!! And it was in better condition, too. You’d better believe I snatched it off the shelf and didn’t let it out of my sight until I’d paid for it. It’s supposed to be a magazine rack, but I discovered it’s the perfect size for holding my vinyl collection. I love the glam it adds to our bedroom!
(Fun fact: One week later, I FOUND ANOTHER ONE!!! I don’t know if the thrift gods were messing with me or what, but I’m here for it.)
8. Nate Berkus Bedding, $6
One of my favorite Target brands is Nate Berkus’s eponymous line. His designs are always to modern and simplistic. However, they are also usually pricey, so I generally just admire from afar. I got really excited when I found this comforter + sham set at Goodwill for just $6! It was originally $12, but it was the color of the day and half off. It was in relatively good shape, so it came home with me.
(We aren’t currently using it on our bed, so please pardon the old photo with crooked art and lampshade, haha.) I’m planning to use it in our guest room once we get a full-size bed in there. I love the moody charcoal color!
(Also thrifted: the tan and grey geometric down pillow.)
9. Antique Oil Painting, $20
Hands down, this is my favorite find of all time. I love this painting. I got it at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore for a steal. It had some white marks on it (you can kind of see them on the right), so they had priced it fairly low for how large a piece it is. I almost didn’t get it because it was a lot of money for a college student, but I’m so glad I did. One of my mom’s friends is a painter, and she offered to repair the white marks for me! She did a great job, and you can’t even tell it was repaired.
The painting is signed, and after some intense research, I discovered that the painter was an Italian man who did most of his work in the 1870s. Another of his paintings (which was also of fishing boats) sold for $300 on an art auction site. So, I guess you could say I scored big!
(Fun fact: After I bought it, I posted a photo of it on Instagram and tagged my local ReStore. A few days later, they sent me a DM saying I had won a drawing for a free $25 ReStore gift card! I had inadvertently entered the drawing by posting about my purchase on social media. So, ReStore technically gave me $5 for buying the painting, haha.)
(Also thrifted: Most of the books, blue pottery vase, picture frame, wood sculpture, blue ceramic planter, swan, brass votive, white ceramic planter.)
10. Vintage Leather Purse
I am a simple but somewhat picky woman when it comes to my purses. I have several rules: It must fit my wallet, it must be crossbody, and it must be versatile. This amazing vintage leather purse checked all of those boxes with flying colors. Everyone tells me it looks like vintage Coach because of the adorable hardware details, and I love that! I haven’t worn it much yet because my current black purse still has a little life left and I bought the leather one as a future replacement because it’s so hard for me to find purses that fit my criteria (does anyone else do that? Haha).
Well, that wraps up my top 10 thrift finds of all time! I hope you enjoyed seeing my favorites, and I’d love to hear about yours!
What are some of your favorite thrifted finds? Do you tend to find more clothing finds or home decor finds? Leave a comment below!