So, if you are interested in stopping at your local Goodwill, thrift store, or estate sale, here are a few pictures to serve as inspiration! My finds are typically pretty easy to incorporate right into your home.
These books I found at the Goodwill this week:
All 14 books of this set of "Little Journey's to the Homes of the Great", circa 1928, happened to be gathering dust in a bin. For some time, I've looked for older books that had time worn pages to them. In my mind, I was going to cover them with linen to get the Restoration Hardware-esq look of the books they have in stores, but this set happens to be perfectly neutral. Still, at $1.79 a book I just wasn't sure I wanted to buy all 14 of them.
I opened the page and the published date read 1928. I still wasn't sure if the value was there. A quick google search helped me find an identical set that sold on EBAY for $125 and one currently listed on ebay for $225. Sold! I quickly added all the books to my basket - lest the five year old little girl staring over my shoulder as I analyzed these books try to beat me to it. I'm embarrassed to say this did actually happen, but I was there first! ;) I could at the very least turn them around quickly for a profit. At the check out, all 14 only rang up for $8! Bonus!
I actually plan on keeping them around for awhile, and I might even read them:
I love the edges of the pages:
I also like the emblem of the man incorporated onto the cover:
Next up, I incorporated several finds into our dining room. These chargers add a little texture to our dining room walls and were a steal at $1 a pieces:
I've also mixed thrifted silver platters, bowls, and milk glass with crystal, china, and family heirlooms into our china cabinet (which I just realized I don't have many good pictures of, I promise you those pink poms aren't always there):
You can read about when I found the glass Dorothy Thorpe punch bowl pictured above and matching low ball glasses here for an awesome deal.
This milk glass bowl I picked up an estate sale for $3 and it is paired with a my grandmothers silver platter:
This huge piece of coral was $10 at a local thrift store. Not sure if that is a deal or not but I really wanted it:
I also like to look for paintings and prints to use around the house because I like to change it all up often. If the frame happens to work well that's a bonus. I used gold rub and buff on the frame of this $3 print - it only looks like a painting - to make it work a little better here:
It's hard to see, but I added the print below to a new frame to make it work in our bedroom. The silver rimmed glass bowl that's holding the shells come a dime a dozen at the Goodwill:
The colors of this Norman Rockwell lithograph worked perfectly for the nursery:
I painted the frame white on this $2 boat painting:
I found this globe the same day I found the Norman Rockwell lithograph and was over the moon excited about it since it worked perfectly in the nursery:
This little tin, um, thing (not sure what it is) works well as a temporary planter:
What do you like to look for at your favorite thrift shops?