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My Five Favorite Thrift Store Scores

March First, what?? How could that possibly be? After a few days of uncharacteristically warm weather I have some serious spring fever so I’m ecstatic this month has arrived! February flew by and here we are back at My Five Favorites, the monthly series I host along with friends Kris of Driven By Decor, Pam of Simple Details and Jennifer of Dimples & Tangles. I’m so happy you’re here.

This month we’re talking about thrift store scores and are thrilled to have Gwen, The Makerista, guest hosting with us! Gwen’s blog is full of really beautiful design inspiration and I love how she incorporates interesting thrifty finds into her drop dead gorgeous home. Check out Gwen’s custom built library, filled to the brim with tons of books scored at thrift stores! Stunning, isn’t it?

Custom library bookcases filled with thrift store books.

While you’re visiting The Makerista, don’t miss Gwen’s kitchen renovation and dining room! Or pretty much any other room!

Thanks for joining us Gwen!!


Do you frequent thrift stores? I started popping into a Habitat Restore a few years ago only because it was close to my son’s school and occasionally I’d have a few minutes to kill before I’d pick him up in the afternoons. Soon I realized some of the furniture and items in thrift stores were better quality than a lot of new products on the market!

Here are a few of my favorite thrift store scores.  Affiliate links included for your convenience. 


This vanity and stool are beyond perfect for my 16 year old baby girl that has a lot of STUFF and extremely messy tendencies! All it needed was a paint touch up, new knobs and new fabric for the stool. The style isn’t something I normally gravitate towards but it’s such a fun piece for a teenage girl, I just COULD NOT leave it behind!

A vanity table with full length mirror and upholstered stool, found at the Habitat Restore

Also, the stool. It’s the cutest!!  Fabric:  Secret Gate in Blossom

Vanity stool recovered in Secret Gate fabric in pink.


This sturdy, heavy old $10 end table first got a coat of black paint and lived in our family room for a while, until it made it’s way up to Hannah’s room.

Thrift store score bedside table painted white with a fun surprise inside the drawer!

 Paint:  General Finishes Snow WhiteBenjamin Moore Springtime Bloom

The inside of this thrifted bedside table is painted a fun hot pink.

 I love that original hardware!


I looked for new or secondhand chairs for our dining table FORever until I found these cane back chairs. The thrift store wouldn’t break them up with the table they came with, so I bought the whole set and then donated the table back to the store right then and there. With paint and fabric they amounted to $36 a chair even with having to buy the table with them.

Salvation Army thrift store chairs are given a makeover with paint and fabric.

Our dining table is a Craigslist find by the way!! Check out it’s dark makeover, and then because I’m insane, how I stripped it again and limed it.

One of the chairs needed to be re-caned and I did it myself. Check out this post about whether I think this is a good DIY to tackle or not.

Paint: Benjamin Moore Black • Fabric: Premier Prints Zippy Denton


Thrift stores are great for accessories if you keep an open mind!!

This wicker tray was a little beat up but I cleaned it up at home.

Wicker tray with handles found at a thrift store corals books on a coffee table.

Thrift store score wicker tray

I donated it to the Bloggers Heart Habitat living room to bring a little warmth and texture to the coffee table (also a thrift store score!).

A coffee table and tray that hail from thrift stores are given a fresh start.

My mom saw me admiring this cute little mirrored tray in a thrift store on the Cape (Cod) and went back to get it and surprise me. It’s perfect for a cup of coffee on the couch.

A mirrored tray found at a thrift store.

It gets moved all over the house!


Thrift stores are a great place to find unique or nice quality lamps for a fraction of what you might pay for them new. A good cleaning and new lamp shades, and they are good to go.

Thrift store lamps refreshed with spray paint and new shades

Moody Masculine Mighty Teen Room

I can still hardly believe I scored these two ginger jar beauties for $11 apiece.

Lamps from a thrift store are paired with new shades. How To Adapt Ikea Lamp Shades & Fix Crooked Shades

 I can’t wait to see the other thrift store score posts! You can find them here:

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Driven By Decor

Simple Details

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cindy hattersley

Friday 3rd of March 2017

Love this post! Thrift store finds are right up my alley! I agree lamps are one of the best junk store finds. Lamps are so expensive and the new ones are awful to boot! I don't have a lamp in my house that had it's first life as a lamp!!


Monday 6th of March 2017

Cindy, thrift stores have become my favorite place to shop for lamps! You'll have to do a post one of these days on your lamps and what they originated as!

Kris {Driven by Decor}

Wednesday 1st of March 2017

You've scored some seriously good stuff! I never knew those lamps were thrift store scores - totally love them! And I'm thinking of stripping and liming my console - we need to talk! :)


Thursday 2nd of March 2017

I'm here to help! I've tried a few different liming methods so I can definitely tell you what I wouldn't do again!!

Pam @ Simple Details

Wednesday 1st of March 2017

Those ginger jar lamps were a crazy good score!! The dining room is gorgeous and worth every second of insanity to lighten your table! ~ it looks so amazing! And, I LOVE your tip to donate the table back to the thrift store brilliant friend!


Thursday 2nd of March 2017

The Salvation Army manager gave me the idea! So glad I didn't take the table!

Gwen, The Makerista

Wednesday 1st of March 2017

Love all of your lamps and those cane chairs! Thank you for having me this month!


Thursday 2nd of March 2017

We're so glad you joined us Gwen. You've given me some new thrifting goals!!

Jennifer Griffin

Wednesday 1st of March 2017

This is SO much fun to see everyone's treasures! Those ginger jar lamps...gah! What a steal! And your whole dining room set, just such a beauty!


Wednesday 1st of March 2017

Thank you! Great topic Jennifer! This was such a fun round. Loved all your finds!