10 Essential Items to Thrift for Fall Home Decor
Summer is coming to a close - and fall is right around the corner!
Stores are transitioning from flip flops to cardigans, and from beach balls to pumpkins. As expected, stores such as Target and Michael’s are putting out their decor offerings for the 2023 fall season.
For budget-friendly, timeless fall decor you can display again and again, the thrift store is a treasure trove! Thrifted home decor is an affordable approach to create a home that’s not only beautiful, but unique to you.
Read below for our top 10 essential items to thrift for delightful yet classy fall decor!
Why spend $30+ on a wreath at the craft store when you can purchase one for less than half the price at a thrift store? It’s easy to reassemble a pre-owned wreath and embellish it with ribbons, leaves, and garlands for the fall season!
Spray paint can completely change an item’s aesthetic. You can easily transform a holiday wreath into a fall wreath by using auburn, gold, or other warm toned spray paint. See how I spray painted a GIANT wreath for Halloween here!
You can also shop for vessels to make your own candles - check out this tutorial for the easiest DIY candles. And this tutorial for DIY patterned candles with napkins is a creative way to make your very own bespoke candles!
Don’t abandon ugly art at the thrift store. With a few brush strokes, you can make a painting look like it was meant for the fall season.
For instance, you can add pumpkins and marigolds to a painting of a garden. You can repaint the green leaves on the trees gold and red. And during the Halloween season, you can add ghosts in the background of an old country home.
As mentioned in this artwork tutorial, one of our go-to items to look for at thrift stores is antique ornate frames. Classic frames in deep brown, bronze, or gold are perfect for fall decor.
If the frame contains a photo or art piece that doesn’t suit you, simply remove it and put in your own. It’s still way cheaper than buying a brand new frame. You can also paint the frame and patch it up with wood filler.
5. Little Planters
Little planters are great for adding a touch of fall magic. Whether it sits atop your shelf or on the front porch, a planter can decorate any indoor or outdoor space.
You can even purchase items and turn them into your very own planters, such as small pots, pails, or candle holders.
Planters can work especially well for decorating or setting tables. Check out this post about this thrifted turkey planter that made the perfect Thanksgiving centerpiece!
6. Table Linens
Table linens are super versatile. Think tablecloths and napkins, plus accessories for centerpieces. You can even use thrifted curtains as table runners.
See how we used a planter AND table linens to set the Thanksgiving table with mostly thrifted items here - the elegant result will shock you!
Baskets add a classic organic feel for any home. They aren’t just good for show, but also good for storage around the house. Functional decor is a two for one win!
Elevate elegance by using baskets to display fall florals and natural elements, such as pine cones or bittersweet plants.
Did you know if you don’t like the color of your thrifted basket you can bleach it?! See my simple tutorial for how to bleach wicker and baskets here!
8. Dishes and serveware
From plates to cake stands to canisters and jars, the possibilities for dishes and serveware are endless!
It may be hard to find full dishes and serveware sets, but it’s fun to mix and match! And with a little ceramic paint (which is a food safe paint) you can add your own unique touches.
Additionally, mugs are a must for the fall season, perfect for hot apple cider and autumn tea blends. Plus then you’ll already start building your mug collection for the winter season.
Secondhand books add texture and dimension to trays and tabletops. Take a peek under book jackets, and look for books with rusty, warm hues or pretty artwork on the cover.
For actual reading - cookbooks with fall recipes or classic fall stories are great to add to your seasonal bookshelf. Crochet and knitting books also fit the fall vibe - it’s called sweater weather for a reason!
Have you ever noticed how many little ceramic animals are sitting on the shelves at your local thrift store just begging for a new life? Try spray painting fall themed animals like woodland creatures in a gold tone or flat black for a chic accent for your shelf styling or table.
I have a few new figurines I thrifted for the 2023 fall season I cannot wait to share with you!
General Fall Decor Advice
When decorating your home for fall, think chic or elegant. Moody jewel tones and classic neutral colors will add elegance to your space. Avoid flashy bright colors. In other words, think pumpkin or burnt orange - not neon orange.
Go for a classic feel rather than a trendy one. Trends come and go, but sticking with classic motifs and designs ensure decor you can use every year!
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