Modern Take on Thrifty Finds

After much admiration of my friend Julie from We so Thrifty, I decided to try my own hand at re-purposing thrift store finds into modern vintage-y home decor. There are a few reasons why I’ve fallen in love with thrifting:

  1. It’s easily justifiable to the hubby. Before I started perusing thrift stores I often frequented box stores which easily resulted in shopping trips that went a little over the initial estimated budget. Now, I come home with $20 finds that I can quite truthfully claim “would have cost us over $100 new Howie!” In a slick fashion I explain how I actually save us money by purchasing these things. (No need to question whether I needed it at all) Conveniently my purchases never quite add up to what Howie spends on a round of golf a week so all is good!
  2. It’s a thrilling treasure hunt. I can’t deny that the ability to transform thrift store finds brings a measure of excitement to my life. The end result of using your own two hands and creativity to make an ugly, dated piece into a cool, personalized chic piece brings more satisfaction than any box-store purchase ever did. It becomes a sort of personal challenge as to how much better you can make something.
  3. It adds character to your space. People notice these things when they come into your home, they start conversations about these transformed pieces and they are usually very impressed. Quirky, off-beat thrift store finds definitely add something special to your home. I always like to wonder who previously owned these things and what kind of stories they have.

And now, without further ado, here are a couple thrift store finds I’ve recently re-finished!

BEFORE: A dark, old, vanity

AFTER: A country-chic vanity at our front entrance, new shade, new hardware. $40

BEFORE: A creepy, 1982 family portrait

AFTER: A collage of maps and entry tickets from our Mediterranean honeymoon. $3

Have you ever re-finished thrift store finds?

Brave enough to try?




15 thoughts on “Modern Take on Thrifty Finds

  1. Good work, Cheryl! Just don’t be too hard on the 1982 family – I had a beautiful blouse exactly like the red one. You can have respect for vintage clothing and hairstyles as well as furniture!

  2. Great finds! I haven’t gotten into thrift shopping, but I should. I do agree that people find awesome items that add tons of character. I love your justification…I use the same one…doesn’t cost as much as golf! Thanks for sharing your blog today!

  3. I wish I were better at thrifting – mainly because I have some friends who really, really rock when it comes to turning $20 cast offs into amazing furniture. I LOVE what you did with the vanity.

  4. Sometimes you really just have to have an eye for these things… I absolutely LOOOOOVE what you did with that vanity. Also, I think I have the same globe 🙂 I just wish I had more space for something like that. How exactly did you give it that rustic feel? Did you rub over some places to chip off the white paint? Inquisitive minds need to know! 🙂

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