how-to thrift home décor from an expert

how-to thrift home décor from an expert

by Meghan Daniel

Shopping second hand has it all for me. You can save a ton of money and still get stylish quality goods. Recently its gained more attention for its sustainability. I change my space frequently so eliminating the guilt I felt about spending money and doing harm to the environment was important. These two reasons are enough to start incorporating thrifting into your home décor, but there’s more! It’s really fun! I love wandering around thrift shops and Goodwill’s. Stumbling across an antique mall while traveling is truly one of my greatest joys. There’s a feeling you get when you find something totally unique. You can’t exactly put your finger on why you’re drawn to it, you just are. Is it love? Maybe. If you’ve been considering working thrifted goods into your home but don’t know where to start, here are some helpful tips.

Go often! Most of these places have new items coming in daily. Check in with your local stores whenever you have a chance.

Look all around when you’re shopping. I’m talking walls, floors, shelves, boxes, everywhere! Most of the time I’ll make a couple passes around the store to make sure I’ve seen everything.

Take your time. This is the hardest part of shopping second hand for me (Aries sun/rising= impatient). Sometimes you just need the instant gratification of walking into a store and finding something cute (hello, Target). Thrifting can take time, especially if you’re looking for something specific. Don’t get discouraged! It’s so satisfying when you finally find that perfect piece.

Expand your search. Local thrift stores are always a great option. Facebook Marketplace and EstateSales.Net are good for shopping in your area. Etsy and eBay are great when you’re looking for something specific or rare.


“How do I know if this will look good with my space?”

Thrifting allows your home to have a story and authenticity that you can’t find from shopping at big box stores. Curating a collection of home goods that you truly love is incredibly satisfying. I suggest picking a color, pattern, or texture that you’re drawn to and work from there. Don’t get hung up on one specific design style or era. I lean towards the simplicity of Mid Century furniture but I’m also a maximalist who loves the drama and elaborate designs from the late 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s. If I see something that doesn’t fit in that box and I’m obsessed with it I’m definitely going to make it work. Vintage home décor books are some of my favorite found treasures. They are filled with inspiration! I hope you feel a little more confident in making the switch to second hand shopping! It is incredibly rewarding. Please remember that thrifting is an absolute necessity for some. Be respectful of others space and needs while you are shopping.

Meghan Daniel (@mdanimal) lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana with her daughter, partner, and too many animals to count. She loves home décor, entertaining, and anything on The CW. Meghan is co-founder of Fly Girl Pop Ups, a sustainable fashion experience. She is the owner and creator of Crybaby Craft.  She and her partner sell vintage home goods through Thrift Score.