I found my love for thrifting when I moved to Missoula for college. Maybe I grew fond of weekly visits to Goodwill because of my modest college student budget. Or perhap it is because Missoula has some pretty good thrift and antique stores. Not to mention, I have always loved spending my summer weekends garage saling, and bargaining with old people. Either way, nothing gives me a bigger thrill than finding something awesome during my thrifting adventures. It is very much a huge part of my design aesthetic (almost all the furniture and decor in my apartment is second hand. Everything else most likely came from Target).
Items that almost always come home with me while I am out thrifting:
Books || I have always collected books. And as you probably know, buying books brand new is hella expensive. Most of the books I own are used, and I never spend more than about $5 when I buy them at my second hand stores. I enjoy buying books for my personal library, funky looking books for my coffee table, and children’s books for my dear god son, Luca.
Kitchen Items || I am obsessed with wooden spoons/utensils. I am also always on the lookout for cast iron skillets, fun dishware, and serving trays.
Art || I have a LOT OF WALL SPACE. So if I see a cool or creepy piece of art I have a difficult time passing it up. I am currently obsessed with my scary smoking witch oil painting that I found on Craigslist last week. My old apartment had a wall of empty wooden picture frames that I found thrifting. I also enjoy framed cross stitches for a comfy grandma feeling.
Plants || I have found a surprising amount of house plants at garage sales. My cat, Gravy, has killed most of them, but it is still a nice thought.
Furniture || I am always on the lookout for neat furniture. I am currently searching for a new kitchen table. I am beyond proud of my four piece coffee table set that I bought at this estate sale last fall. My coffee table is hands down my favorite piece of furniture, and I demand it is buried with me.
Baskets || My dear mother hoards baskets. I hoard baskets now too. They’re nice to put things in. Gravy enjoys them as well. I have a basket filled with wine corks in my living room. A basket for toilet paper in my bathroom. Scottie and Gravy’s toy basket. And, my favorite, a copper wired basket filled with my true crime magazines.
Find items that speak to you. Find practical items. Find one of a kind items that you won’t be able to find anywhere else. BUT stick to a theme. When I first started thrifting I kind of went crazy and bought anything and everything. This resulted in me not having any kind of design flow, and a ton of downgrading when I moved into my new apartment last fall. Plus my life obviously felt cluttered (I am trying to find a balance between thrift shop queen and minimalist queen) . I still buy items that I love, but I make sure they serve a particular purpose, go with my personality, go with my space, and add to the story I am trying to tell.
Finally, introducing my demon cat: Gravy. His hobbies include: swatting at people’s plates while they are trying to eat, keeping me up at night, biting, scratching, unrolling the toilet paper roll, and getting in the way. People have told me he would calm down once he got fixed. He is now fixed. He is not calm. If anything, he is more angry than before.
Hope you enjoyed! Thanks so much for reading!
All my love,