Yes, this home I am about to show you was furnished and accessorized with about 95% thrifted home decor! From second hand shops, antiquing, off the side the road, yard sales, tag sales, Facebook pages you name it! I originally met this client, Amy off of a Facebook post I did when we first moved to Connecticut because I was trying to sell a lot of the extra home decor I didn’t need. She came into my house and bought a lot of things, then she said she stalked me on Facebook and found out what I did! She messaged me for a design consultation and I helped pull all of this thrifted decor together with a design plan. Now I consider her a great friend!
Amy is a thrifter and I would call her the BEST thrifter I have personally seen! When I went to her home she had a room in her basement full of amazing accessories she had thrifted and collected over the years. She wanted me to do a design plan for her but she admitted that she would not be purchasing any of the furniture but rather taking my idea and looking for similar THRIFTED items. Which was fine by me, I invoiced her for an hourly rate.
I do enjoy finding unique pieces and buying second hand. But I am not an expert thrifter. So I asked Amy to share her Top 5 Best Tips for Thrifting! Take notes-
Top 5 Best Tips for Thrifting Home Decor-
GO OFTEN- Goodwill, Savers, etc. put items out daily and throughout the day so there are always new items.
BE WILLING TO DIG- There are always hidden gems amongst things you would actually never think to buy & think belong in the garbage rather than being sold.
THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX- A vintage, chippy metal container for $1 or $2 might look like garbage but it can be used as a cute planter or crayon holder.
TAG SALES- Sometimes the junkiest looking tag sales have the best vintage items & cheap prices. Don’t do a drive by! Get out of the car & check it out. I have found so many amazing farmhouse, vintage items that I repurposed or just simply cleaned up that have become statement pieces in my home.
SHOP THRIFT FIRST- Check Craigslist & your local Facebook Tag sale sites FIRST before purchasing big items. I got my big ABC HOME credenza in my living room for $800 from a home in Westport. It was in excellent condition but just didn’t fit in their new home since relocating from NYC. It was originally $3500, SCORE!
*I do want to say that I really appreciated Amy being honest and telling me upfront her plan to thrift pieces. That way I didn’t waste my time hunting down the perfect piece- rather I just gave her an idea of what to look for and I charged her by the hour. Designers either make money by billing clients by the hour and making a commission off of the furniture. Or if no furniture is purchased the designers expertise and suggestions does need to compensated with an hourly rate. I no longer offer design services, only to existing clients. Just wanted to share if anyone was curious how a designer works!
This is the credenza that Amy was referring to in her tips! Let’s take a look at a lot of the rooms on her main floor. I have helped her with her kitchen, master bedroom, daughters room and outdoor living spaces. But this post is already a lot of photos! So let me know at the end if you are interested in seeing the rest!
This is the main family room. I will highlight a few of the thrifted pieces. But literally everything is thrifted. All of her sofa’s are IKEA that she bought off of a Facebook Tag Sale page, both for $300. Coffee table was $30 that I had her paint white. All of the books we accessorized with were about $2 each. The fur stool she snagged at Good Will for $6! The rug is new and can be fond HERE.
Below is a BEFORE photo of this family room. The BEFORE I got my hands on it!
Thrifted Family Room AFTER-
Everything she had originally was sold to pay for her new thrifted pieces. She took her time to sell everything and then to find the right thrifted decor that fit into her budget and matched the design plan I created for her. But I have to say Amy has great taste and recognizes value and style when she sees it, she just needs the help on pulling the look together. She follows my blog and other designers and tries to look for pieces that she is drawn to or that she see’s being used well!
Thrifted lanterns for $15 and glass jugs for $6! Amy is more of a maximalist so with that design style it is important to stick a few colors to avoid looking too busy. Notice in the bookcase I used all of her white, blue and gray accessories and clustered them in sections in the bookcase.
Another large pieces of furniture she bought on a Tag Sale website and had it painted white. Target lamps that she found at Good Will. She went looking for a specific size that I told her and found the perfect set! Also the art was a $1o Tag Sale find!
Thrifted Front Room-
Now onto the Thrifted Front Room. The only new item is THIS rug. Everything else is a thrifted find.
That bookcase was a $35 tag sale find that she had sitting in her garage. I told her to paint white and bring into this room rather than the dark heavy armoire that she had. It did have doors that she took off and sold for $50! Now it can showcase all her favorite collection of thrifted goodies!
She lives about 5 minutes from my house- still very close to the beach. We used some fun little beach items in her decor too that are FREE!
BEFORE photo of Front Room-
AFTER of Thrifted Front Room-
Painting the walls in a bright white really made a difference too. See the fireplace screen? Amy found that FREE on the side of the road!
All of these vintage bottles were thrifted for $1 each! I decided to make a statement with them grouped on the mantle rather than spread out all over the home.
Thrifted Dining Room-
This dining set was thrifted from Good Will for….you ready for this…. $35! Amy did pay $100 to have someone paint it after I suggested going with white. The rug again is the only new piece that is from HERE.
Notice that paddle board chalkboard? Amy thrifted that from me! I had a friend sketch a chair with a chalk marker! I am super happy that it went to someone who didn’t erase it and appreciated it as much as I do.
Thrifted Home Office and Playroom-
This office space doubles as a playroom for her darling three girls. Before I did the gallery wall around the tv I placed the art on the floor and pretended the tv was on the floor too. I play around with the arrangement for a little bit and made sure it is was evenly balanced by size, shape and color.
Again found the IKEA table and chairs on a Facebook Tag Sale page! Amy has the sweetest dog and had that canvas picture made of her @linney.lollipop that she shares on her own Instagram page! You can follow her there for peeks of her creative side and love for animals and her cute daughters HERE.