Monica Wants It: A Lifestyle Blog: Tips for Shopping at Thrift & Antique Stores for Home Decor

Friday, July 1, 2016

Tips for Shopping at Thrift & Antique Stores for Home Decor

TGIF, y'all! I hope a lot of you have a long weekend planned with lots of R&R and BBQ. I have to work at a work function tomorrow, but other than that I am going to celebrate Independence Day with skinny margaritas and fajitas grilled up by D. Gotta love long weekends! Yay summer.

I know I told you all my next post would be about my second new rug (you can read about the first here), but I really want to share my thrift and antique store finds with you. But, I try to put some value and tips in every post, so I'll be sharing each item as well as how much it cost, where I bought it, and why I bought it.

Let's do this. Also, some of the items I have no clue about their history or value, so if you're an antiques buff, please leave me some details in the comments.

Cut Glass Pedestal Vase
Cost: $18
Bought At: Upscale Home Consignment (Marble Falls, TX)

Cut glass pedestal vase + Tips for shopping for home decor at antique and thrift stores. | via monicawantsit.com

The Why: I've been on the prowl for a cut glass pedestal vase ever since I spotted this beauty over at Ballard Designs (there's also a similar one at Pottery Barn for $59). However, I wasn't going to pay $99 for a vase...ever. Nope. All the nopes. There's a tiny chip in one of the corners of the base, but other than that it's perfect.

Cut glass pedestal vase + Tips for shopping for home decor at antique and thrift stores. | via monicawantsit.com

Truthfully, I do not think or know if this is true vintage, so this buy was totally about the look for less. I think it looks great with the gladiolus I picked up earlier this week, and it'll look beautiful with a pillar candle, faux florals or filled with ornaments at Christmas.

Asian Bird Print in Gold Bamboo Frame
Cost: $20
Bought At: Upscale Home Consignment (Marble Falls, TX)

Asian bird painting in gold bamboo frame + Tips for shopping for home decor at antique and thrift stores. | via monicawantsit.com

The Why: It took me awhile to decide whether or not to buy this. It was originally marked at $175 as an "Asian cork painting", but was marked down to $20. A quick search on eBay led me to find similar prints in about the $40+ range, so I thought it was a good value for something so unique. The frame is gorgeous, and the colors in the print are vivid.

Asian bird painting in gold bamboo frame + Tips for shopping for home decor at antique and thrift stores. | via monicawantsit.com

All in all, for $20 I figured it would be a nice pop of color in the dining room and a potential conversation starter.

Japanese Satsuma Vase (I think???)
Cost: $5
Bought At: Good Neighbor Thrift Shop (Marble Falls, TX)

Japanese peacock satsuma vase with gold detailing + Tips for shopping for home decor at antique and thrift stores. | via monicawantsit.com

The Why: I am surprised at how much I am drawn to Eastern inspired decor lately, but I am! This small vase caught my eye because of all the bold colors, and the gold metallic touches. I thought it'd look beautiful against all of the black and gold in my house. I found identical vases selling on eBay for $30, and I am pretty stoked at the $5 I paid for this little treasure. I'll likely make a beautiful red rose arrangement with this for the holidays for an end table.

Oneida Gold Electroplated Flatware
Cost: $35
Bought At: Chique, Unique & Antique (Marble Falls, TX)

Gold oneida flatware + Tips for shopping for home decor at antique and thrift stores. | via monicawantsit.com

The Why: I lucked out and popped into Chique, Unique and Antique the last day they were at their former location (they're in their new location as of today, July 1), so sellers had stuff priced to sell in order to avoid packing it all up and moving it. This set cost me only $35 (it was marked at $70, plus 50% off) and it has most of the flatware (all the main fork, spoon, knife stuff) for a service for 8. 

I've scoured the internet for more information on the set, and I've come up totally empty handed. The only marking/brand on anything is the "Oneida" tag on the lower right hand side.

Gold oneida flatware + Tips for shopping for home decor at antique and thrift stores. | via monicawantsit.com

The case is in rough shape, so that will get sanded and restored/painted, but I'd love to know the name of this particular style. Even if I never find out, it's still a beautiful flatware set that is perfect for family dinners and dinner parties. And, you know...it's gold.

Silver & Gold Beaded Vase
Cost: $6
Bought At: Picker's Paradise Flea Market (Burnet, TX)

Silver and gold beaded trophy pedestal vase + Tips for shopping for home decor at antique and thrift stores. | via monicawantsit.com

The Why: I LOVED this little flea market mostly because they had an adorable dog named Amber and the lady working in there was simply delightful. She was so nice and offered me water several times, so I knew I had to find something to buy. I fully believe in buying local, and I found this silver and gold beaded pedestal/trophy bowl-ish vase that reminded me of the derby trophy style arrangements I love.


I plan on trying to clean up the silver a bit and maybe using rub 'n buff on the gold to make it shine again. Either way, the silhouette is gorgeous and centerpiece worthy.

And to finish off this post I'll share some non-thrift/antique store finds.

I got this beautiful fish pitcher on clearance for $6 at Target. Target's upcoming dorm line comes out in a few days (10 or so), and lemme tell y'all...the decor is on point. Some of it is online now, and it's a bargain. I'll be writing about their dorm line next week because it's seriously fab.

The faux hydrangeas are a new purchase from Tuesday Morning in Marble Falls for $12. I love that store, for real.

Blue and white fish pitcher vase with faux white hydrangeas + Tips for shopping for home decor at antique and thrift stores. | via monicawantsit.com

Brazos Avenue Market, a cute boutique store selling housewares, clothes and accessories on the Georgetown Square, was having a 50% off sale, and I went nuts for these highly perfumed candles in the most gorg metallic containers. The pair was $36 total, and they usually retail for $36.95 each. The brand is Capri Blue and they smell ahhhh-mazing!

Gilded muse gold and silver Capri Blue scented candles + Tips for shopping for home decor at antique and thrift stores. | via monicawantsit.com

And finally, I found agate coasters! My poor husband has had to see me look at 200 different sets of agate coasters at home stores that I end up leaving because they're too expensive, small, large, shiny, matte, etc. and these black agate and gilded gold coasters were the winners (and also half off at Brazos Avenue Market costing me $22). 

Black and gold gilded agate coasters + Tips for shopping for home decor at antique and thrift stores. | via monicawantsit.com

If you've made it this far through the post, congrats...I have a treat for you.

Pee Wee + Tips for shopping for home decor at antique and thrift stores. | via monicawantsit.com

Pee Wee says hello and wants you to know he's RTC (ready to cuddle!) He's also ready to get dog hair all over the new rug, but such as life with a dog. I wouldn't trade it for the world. I can't wait to show you all more of the rug. It's bold and pink and LOVELY.


My Top 5 Tips for Shopping for Home Decor at Thrift/Antique Stores:


  • Buy what you love and can fix up easily/inexpensively. (I refuse to do major furniture makeovers anymore, so think about how much effort an item will take to restore.)
  • Before you buy, do a quick Google or eBay search to gauge potential value/selling price.
  • Take your time- really look at the items, squat down to look at the lower shelves in booths, and walk around twice. 
  • Wear comfortable shoes and a crossbody bag to avoid any mishaps (you break, you buy). These types of shops tend to have 99% breakables in a 100 square foot space.
  • Don't forget about consignment stores- they have great prices and tend to have high quality items since they are selective about what they accept. 

What's your favorite thrift/antique store tip? I'm ready to go to a new city to check out more treasures. It's all about the thrill of the hunt, right? 

Have a happy July 4- be safe and see you all next week with a review of the pretty rug you kinda saw in the pics above. xo.
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  1. Oh wow, some really great treasures. I love them all.

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  3. Check the back of the fork and see whether it says "Oneida" in the crease near where the handle joins the fork part. If it doesn't, it may not actually be Oneida - it may be another brand stored in that case. It might give you more guidance in your search.

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  4. So beautiful Monica!! Those are great pieces and excellent scores. I haven't been shopping in weeks!!! I'm going through withdrawal. lol. Great eye!

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  5. You found some excellent finds! It's great when you go away and hit up a few stores and come home with bargains..

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Friday, July 1, 2016

Tips for Shopping at Thrift & Antique Stores for Home Decor

TGIF, y'all! I hope a lot of you have a long weekend planned with lots of R&R and BBQ. I have to work at a work function tomorrow, but other than that I am going to celebrate Independence Day with skinny margaritas and fajitas grilled up by D. Gotta love long weekends! Yay summer.

I know I told you all my next post would be about my second new rug (you can read about the first here), but I really want to share my thrift and antique store finds with you. But, I try to put some value and tips in every post, so I'll be sharing each item as well as how much it cost, where I bought it, and why I bought it.

Let's do this. Also, some of the items I have no clue about their history or value, so if you're an antiques buff, please leave me some details in the comments.

Cut Glass Pedestal Vase
Cost: $18
Bought At: Upscale Home Consignment (Marble Falls, TX)

Cut glass pedestal vase + Tips for shopping for home decor at antique and thrift stores. | via monicawantsit.com

The Why: I've been on the prowl for a cut glass pedestal vase ever since I spotted this beauty over at Ballard Designs (there's also a similar one at Pottery Barn for $59). However, I wasn't going to pay $99 for a vase...ever. Nope. All the nopes. There's a tiny chip in one of the corners of the base, but other than that it's perfect.

Cut glass pedestal vase + Tips for shopping for home decor at antique and thrift stores. | via monicawantsit.com

Truthfully, I do not think or know if this is true vintage, so this buy was totally about the look for less. I think it looks great with the gladiolus I picked up earlier this week, and it'll look beautiful with a pillar candle, faux florals or filled with ornaments at Christmas.

Asian Bird Print in Gold Bamboo Frame
Cost: $20
Bought At: Upscale Home Consignment (Marble Falls, TX)

Asian bird painting in gold bamboo frame + Tips for shopping for home decor at antique and thrift stores. | via monicawantsit.com

The Why: It took me awhile to decide whether or not to buy this. It was originally marked at $175 as an "Asian cork painting", but was marked down to $20. A quick search on eBay led me to find similar prints in about the $40+ range, so I thought it was a good value for something so unique. The frame is gorgeous, and the colors in the print are vivid.

Asian bird painting in gold bamboo frame + Tips for shopping for home decor at antique and thrift stores. | via monicawantsit.com

All in all, for $20 I figured it would be a nice pop of color in the dining room and a potential conversation starter.

Japanese Satsuma Vase (I think???)
Cost: $5
Bought At: Good Neighbor Thrift Shop (Marble Falls, TX)

Japanese peacock satsuma vase with gold detailing + Tips for shopping for home decor at antique and thrift stores. | via monicawantsit.com

The Why: I am surprised at how much I am drawn to Eastern inspired decor lately, but I am! This small vase caught my eye because of all the bold colors, and the gold metallic touches. I thought it'd look beautiful against all of the black and gold in my house. I found identical vases selling on eBay for $30, and I am pretty stoked at the $5 I paid for this little treasure. I'll likely make a beautiful red rose arrangement with this for the holidays for an end table.

Oneida Gold Electroplated Flatware
Cost: $35
Bought At: Chique, Unique & Antique (Marble Falls, TX)

Gold oneida flatware + Tips for shopping for home decor at antique and thrift stores. | via monicawantsit.com

The Why: I lucked out and popped into Chique, Unique and Antique the last day they were at their former location (they're in their new location as of today, July 1), so sellers had stuff priced to sell in order to avoid packing it all up and moving it. This set cost me only $35 (it was marked at $70, plus 50% off) and it has most of the flatware (all the main fork, spoon, knife stuff) for a service for 8. 

I've scoured the internet for more information on the set, and I've come up totally empty handed. The only marking/brand on anything is the "Oneida" tag on the lower right hand side.

Gold oneida flatware + Tips for shopping for home decor at antique and thrift stores. | via monicawantsit.com

The case is in rough shape, so that will get sanded and restored/painted, but I'd love to know the name of this particular style. Even if I never find out, it's still a beautiful flatware set that is perfect for family dinners and dinner parties. And, you know...it's gold.

Silver & Gold Beaded Vase
Cost: $6
Bought At: Picker's Paradise Flea Market (Burnet, TX)

Silver and gold beaded trophy pedestal vase + Tips for shopping for home decor at antique and thrift stores. | via monicawantsit.com

The Why: I LOVED this little flea market mostly because they had an adorable dog named Amber and the lady working in there was simply delightful. She was so nice and offered me water several times, so I knew I had to find something to buy. I fully believe in buying local, and I found this silver and gold beaded pedestal/trophy bowl-ish vase that reminded me of the derby trophy style arrangements I love.


I plan on trying to clean up the silver a bit and maybe using rub 'n buff on the gold to make it shine again. Either way, the silhouette is gorgeous and centerpiece worthy.

And to finish off this post I'll share some non-thrift/antique store finds.

I got this beautiful fish pitcher on clearance for $6 at Target. Target's upcoming dorm line comes out in a few days (10 or so), and lemme tell y'all...the decor is on point. Some of it is online now, and it's a bargain. I'll be writing about their dorm line next week because it's seriously fab.

The faux hydrangeas are a new purchase from Tuesday Morning in Marble Falls for $12. I love that store, for real.

Blue and white fish pitcher vase with faux white hydrangeas + Tips for shopping for home decor at antique and thrift stores. | via monicawantsit.com

Brazos Avenue Market, a cute boutique store selling housewares, clothes and accessories on the Georgetown Square, was having a 50% off sale, and I went nuts for these highly perfumed candles in the most gorg metallic containers. The pair was $36 total, and they usually retail for $36.95 each. The brand is Capri Blue and they smell ahhhh-mazing!

Gilded muse gold and silver Capri Blue scented candles + Tips for shopping for home decor at antique and thrift stores. | via monicawantsit.com

And finally, I found agate coasters! My poor husband has had to see me look at 200 different sets of agate coasters at home stores that I end up leaving because they're too expensive, small, large, shiny, matte, etc. and these black agate and gilded gold coasters were the winners (and also half off at Brazos Avenue Market costing me $22). 

Black and gold gilded agate coasters + Tips for shopping for home decor at antique and thrift stores. | via monicawantsit.com

If you've made it this far through the post, congrats...I have a treat for you.

Pee Wee + Tips for shopping for home decor at antique and thrift stores. | via monicawantsit.com

Pee Wee says hello and wants you to know he's RTC (ready to cuddle!) He's also ready to get dog hair all over the new rug, but such as life with a dog. I wouldn't trade it for the world. I can't wait to show you all more of the rug. It's bold and pink and LOVELY.


My Top 5 Tips for Shopping for Home Decor at Thrift/Antique Stores:


  • Buy what you love and can fix up easily/inexpensively. (I refuse to do major furniture makeovers anymore, so think about how much effort an item will take to restore.)
  • Before you buy, do a quick Google or eBay search to gauge potential value/selling price.
  • Take your time- really look at the items, squat down to look at the lower shelves in booths, and walk around twice. 
  • Wear comfortable shoes and a crossbody bag to avoid any mishaps (you break, you buy). These types of shops tend to have 99% breakables in a 100 square foot space.
  • Don't forget about consignment stores- they have great prices and tend to have high quality items since they are selective about what they accept. 

What's your favorite thrift/antique store tip? I'm ready to go to a new city to check out more treasures. It's all about the thrill of the hunt, right? 

Have a happy July 4- be safe and see you all next week with a review of the pretty rug you kinda saw in the pics above. xo.
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6 comments :

  1. Oh wow, some really great treasures. I love them all.

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  3. Check the back of the fork and see whether it says "Oneida" in the crease near where the handle joins the fork part. If it doesn't, it may not actually be Oneida - it may be another brand stored in that case. It might give you more guidance in your search.

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  4. So beautiful Monica!! Those are great pieces and excellent scores. I haven't been shopping in weeks!!! I'm going through withdrawal. lol. Great eye!

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  5. You found some excellent finds! It's great when you go away and hit up a few stores and come home with bargains..

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