It’s only January, I know, but I’m already getting ready for spring here in the Quinlan house.
As soon as the Christmas decor came down a few weeks ago, my apartment felt empty and a bit sad. I don’t decorate heavily for the spring or summer seasons, but I do enjoy hanging a few floral wreaths and placing my bright vintage planters around the house.
This year, I’ve got some really cute new spring-y additions thanks to some recent (and not-so-recent) thrifting trips!
Here are my finds:
I’m in LOVE with these cute vintage coasters. They were such a steal at $3 and they look great on my coffee table year-round.
When I saw this cute three-tiered serving dish, I knew it was coming home with me even though the thrift store had it priced pretty high at $20. The thing is, I don’t mind paying a little more for a piece if it’s really special, and I’d rather my money go towards a charity than a big box store anyways.
For me, thrifting is primarily about shopping sustainably and the whole saving money part is just a great plus.
I love the hand-painted flowers and bright yellow color of this server, and most of all, I love that it reminds me of my trip to New Zealand last fall, where my husband and I attended high tea a few times— such lovely memories!
This vintage green planter is my deal of the year so far! I can’t believe I found it for $2.00 at Goodwill. I’ve paid up to $40.00 for vintage pots this size at antique stores— and this one is just my color. It will fit right in with my collection and I can’t wait to pick out the perfect plant to fill it up! I’m honestly not sure if I’ll be able to beat this find in 2019, but I’m up for the challenge.
This little yellow pot is not vintage, valuable, or fancy. But he is a cutie, isn’t he? I bought an organic basil plant earlier this week and I think it will thrive in this bright little home. It was well worth the $0.77 and I’m always happy to have a new pot.
I actually fished this happy guy out of a bin at the Goodwill outlet center. If you’ve never been to one of Goodwill’s outlets or clearance centers, let me tell you— it’s an experience. Nothing is a better testament to minimalism or a criticism of the consumer lifestyle than visiting one of these giant warehouses. Giant bins of discarded household goods, electronics, and clothes are rolled around and given one last chance at salvation by thrifters like me before being carted off to the landfill. It’s fun to hunt through bins (and sometimes it’s gross, to be honest), but it’s also kinda depressing.
On a happier note, I rescued a bunch of treasures from the outlet center this week, and I’ll be sharing them on some future Thursday post.
My last thrifted finds actually came from a local vintage store, but they were such a good deal that I wanted to share the find with you anyways (and also—they’re still secondhand, so it totally counts!).
Right now I’ve got my colorful vintage rolling pins grouped in a crock on my dining room sideboard, but I’ve got future plans for them in mind.
I’m having a great time using my new finds around the house to brighten things up for the changing season (ok, it’s not changing yet… but when it does I’ll be ready!)
What are some of your latest thrifty finds? Where’s you favorite place to hunt?
Happy thrifting, friends!
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