The 35 Best Thrifting Finds of 2022: Thrifting with the Gals

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2022 has been a great year for thrifting finds! We are sharing our favorites, along with decorating ideas to use your own thrifting finds too!  Keep reading for 13 different kinds of thrifting finds and how you can shop for and decorate with them too!

Do you love thrifting?  This post is the best of the best from our 2022 year of Thrifting with the Gals!  Each month, I join with these friends to have some fun with our thrifted finds:

Since all of us live in different parts of the country, it’s especially fun to see what everyone finds and then get tips and ideas from one another to inspire us as we use our own thrifting finds to decorate our homes.

Each month, we invite a guest host and 2022 has been an amazing year!  Some of our guests are joining us today to put all of our favorites in one place for you!  With everything from thrifting for beginners to spying the diamonds in the rough to using your thrifting treasures to create character in your own home, this post is full of inspiration!

Plus, you will find so many home decor ideas as you see how everyone takes their thrifted treasures and mixes the old with the new in their home decorating.  Even though I am already excited about some thrifting plans for 2023, it is just SO FUN to look back and see all the treasures we found in 2022.  As I read each post again, I am even more inspired with decor ideas for my own home.

I know you’re going to love this list.  Make sure to save helpful tips, styling ideas, and thrifting tricks to refer back to the next time you go thrifting!

What are the best things to thrift?

It is impossible to fit it all into one post, so we are all sharing some of our favorites!  However, here are some ideas to get your thrifting finds list started.

  • bread boards
  • vintage milk glass
  • seasonal decor
  • trays
  • rattan baskets
  • ceramic pots
  • candlesticks
  • ironstone
  • collector dishes
  • frames
  • vintage art
  • vintage flower frogs
  • buckets
  • crocks
  • amber glass bottles
  • vintage books
  • architectural salvage
  • glass cloches
  • wooden boxes and crates
  • pretty linens
  • solid wood furniture
  • pitchers
  • terracotta pots
  • vases
  • brass figures
  • silver/pewter
  • pieces for collections
  • ceramic pots
  • wire baskets
  • birdcage
  • European antiques
  • decor for various holidays
  • functional items for the home
  • lamps
  • vintage tea cups

The Best Thrifting Finds of 2022: Thrifting with the Gals

1. Use thrifting finds to start your own business!

If you are thinking of how you can make some extra side income in 2023, don’t miss this post from my friend Ann at Dabbling and Decorating.

Have you ever thought about starting a vintage booth business?  Ann shares her experience and how you can use her tips to kick off your own business.  Here’s what you need to know to get started. It’s pretty easy and so much fun!

2. Use thrifting finds to mix the old and the new.

Kristin from White Arrows Home always finds amazing thrifted pieces.  Since she lives in such a different part of the country, it is always interesting to see the differences in the things she finds!  This month, she found some incredible thrifted items to mix into her winter decor.  Each one adds such a pretty touch and I love seeing how she styled them all in her incredibly unique and gorgeous Wisconsin home.

Check out her thrifting finds HERE and get inspired to style your own thrifting finds for winter decor!

3. Look for unique opportunities to shop for vintage and thrifted items too!

Do you love to follow along as someone shops in an amazing place?  I do, for sure!  Rachel from The Pond’s Farmhouse is taking us on an amazing tour.  I love all of the European antiques, great display and styling ideas, and of course, all of the seasonal Christmas charm.  You’ll love this tour as well as ideas you can use to inspire your own decorating with vintage pieces.

Follow along HERE as Rachel visits The French Farmer’s Wife Christmas Show. The barn is filled with rustic French Farmhouse Decor and European Antiques decorated for Christmas!

4. Thrifting finds are perfect to add to your favorite collections!

Decorating with vintage flower frogs is a great way to add a touch of personality to your home.  Kelly from The Tattered Pew has the cutest collection of vintage flower fronts that she has found while thrifting.  At the same time, I love all of the great decor ideas and tips she shares in THIS post!

These charming little frogs have been used for centuries to hold flowers in place, and they make a beautiful addition to any room.  You will love all of the charm in Kelly’s home and getting some great decor inspiration too!

5.  What thrifting item should you NEVER buy?

You’ll have to click over to THIS post from my friends Anne and AnnMarie at Simply 2 Moms to find out the item that I 1000% agree with them about.  It will not be coming home from the thrift store or antique mall with me, even if it’s free!  Haha!

In all seriousness, don’t miss this post.  You know if one of the first pictures is a trunk full of vintage thrifting finds, it’s going to be good.  Get Simply 2 Moms’ tips and tricks on finding their favorite items and how to style them in your home too!

6. Think outside the box for styling common thrifting finds.

Do you often see milk glass when you’re thrifting?  Even here in South Florida where we don’t have as many old, vintage finds at thrift stores, I still see quite a bit of milk glass!  Lora from Create and Ponder is offering some great ideas for how to use these more common and inexpensive thrifting finds to add charm and pretty touches throughout your home decor.

Get Lora’s beautiful tips and even some unexpected ideas on THIS post!

7.  Use thrifting finds to decorate for the different seasons.

On THIS post, Cindy from County Road 407 shares how she used 5 different vintage finds to create 20 different decor ideas for her summer home decorating!  I love finding pieces that can be used in multiple ways for budget-friendly decorating.  At the same time, these pieces could be styled differently for other seasons too.

Check out Cindy’s post HERE.  Do you have any of these same items?  You’re definitely going to get some great decor inspiration for using them around your home!

8. Use this great feature to find out what thrifting finds are really worth.

I learned something so fun and actually super helpful on THIS post from my friend Jennifer at Cottage on Bunker Hill.  Jennifer lives in New England and I always love seeing what thrifted and vintage finds she comes up with.  She styles them perfectly in her adorable New England cottage home too!

Anyway, it was fun to see what she found in this spring season thrifting haul.  At the same time, learn a tip that you can really use to help monetize your thrifting experience, or at least know if you’re getting a great deal!  Check it out HERE!

9. Thrifted and vintage pieces help tell the story of your home.

This beautiful Christmas tour from the talented Jessica at Old Barn Company highlights how her thrifted and vintage pieces help weave together the story of her family’s home.  At the same time, using old pieces creates connections and adds so much character to each space.

Christmas is all about family, so Jessica shares how she includes decor that invites connection and memory making! In this video, you’ll get a up close view inside and out of the Century Oak Farmhouse which has been decked out for the holidays.

10.  Thrifting finds can add timeless character to your home!

There is just something about mixing the old in with the new that helps a home have so much character.  Thrifting and going to vintage shops and antique malls are a perfect way to bring in that character in budget-friendly ways.  Renae from Peacock Ridge Farm is sharing some of her favorite thrifted finds and how she styled them in her home.  You’ll love these decor ideas and can definitely find great inspiration for your own home decor too!

Take a look at THESE gorgeous barn finds. They are the perfect way to add elegance and timelessness to your decor.  Can you guess which of Renae’s finds is my favorite?!

11. How do you mix old and new decorations?

Jen from Midwest Life and Style is sharing perfect tips today to help you decorate your home in a fun and budget-friendly way.  In fact, her home is full of thrifted items that she has beautifully mixed in with new pieces.  Over on THIS post, she is sharing tips and ideas to help you style your own thrifting finds for an equally effortless look.

Learn how to blend your new decor with vintage thrift store finds to create a cottage style vignette in THESE five easy steps.

12. How do I start thrifting?

If you’re reading this post and you like the idea of thrifting but haven’t really done a lot of it before, you won’t want to miss THIS post from Michele at Vintage Home Designs.  Not only does Michele have one of the most gorgeous homes…EVER…but she has used so many thrifted finds in her lovely styling.

On THIS post, Michele is sharing some important do’s and don’ts for thrifting.  At the same time, she offers some tips to help you get started in your own thrifting adventures!

Of course, you’ll love seeing how she has styled some of her recent vintage and thrifted finds too.  How about that whole set of transfer ware for $14.99?!

13. Use thrifted finds to create a base for decor…and know when to splurge on just the right piece.

Thrifting is one of my favorite things to do and I love to decorate with thrifted bread boards!  In this post, I’m sharing 9 of my favorite ways to use them around our home.  Not all of my antique bread boards were necessarily “cheap”.  However, most of them are true antiques.

At the same time, shopping thrift stores, flea markets, and vintage shops is a great way to find pieces at discounted prices.  I definitely have not paid full market value for any of my antique bread boards because that wouldn’t fit in my budget anyway!

Check out my post HERE for ideas to decorate with thrifted bread boards…and to see why they are a must-have in my home decorating too!

Are thrift shops worth it?

Well, if this post hasn’t convinced you that thrift store shopping is DEFINITELY worth it, thrifting maybe just isn’t for you. Haha!  In all seriousness, I know all of us would have similar responses…

Thrifting doesn’t create a home overnight but it does help create a budget-friendly home full of unique character, one-of-kind styling, and a look that is all your own.

For me, thrifting is 1000% worth it.  Is it sometimes hard, tiring, and even dirty?  Absolutely.  However, the thrill and joy of filling our home with unique pieces that we love and otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford is worth all the digging.  At the same time, it’s worth all of the thrifting stops that yielded absolutely nothing.

Thrifting requires patience but I’ve always found it to be totally worth it!

Now, it’s your turn!  What’s your favorite thrifted find of 2022?  How did you use it in your home?  Let me know in the comments!

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