ASK THE DESIGNER “Do You Decorate with Thrift Store and Flea Market Finds?”

This week our question comes from:

Denise Bryant @ My Thrifty House

“Do You Decorate with Thrift Store &

Flea Market Finds?”

I have been married for 27 years with 4 children and when my husband was in the Navy we moved a lot and we couldn’t afford to make new purchases every time something didn’t “work” or “fit” in our new household. I naturally had to get creative and make things work or find an affordable alternative and that is how my love affair with “junkin” started.

Flea markets and thrift stores are filled with treasures that others have cast off as trash. I can always take something old and make it new again by cleaning it up, painting it or repurposing it. Chairs, frames, wood furniture and lamps are my weakness when it comes to adding flea market and thrift store finds into my home. They are inexpensive, easy to paint and can add such an impact to any room for just a fraction of what you would pay in a retail store.


I love a good flea market find!!! Thanks for asking Denise. Be sure to check out all the designers answers, including mine at Denise’s link below.

Decorating With Thrift Store and Flea Market Finds


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  1. Durnasky, Farah

    I love to go old times antique store to find fun old things. Great post, tons of good advice too.

  2. Tanya Walberg

    I love to go thrifting and the things I can find. It is one of my favorite things to do. Especially if I can find a fixer upper or upcycle.

  3. Yolo Getter

    I am a big fan of antique hunting to find unique pieces for the home. Do you feel like what’s old is all new again, or do you think we are just searching for the happiness of yesterday?

  4. I think both are relevant to our current design climate. Some people really take comfort in older items while other just want to take old thing s a repurpose them to make them live on in a new capacity.

  5. p wagon

    I love to find old things at the thrift store, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure! I am a starving artist so I take lots of old things and make them new again. It is the only way to live for me, feeds my soul and restores old forgotten things.

  6. Loretta Barney

    I am looking for powerful and tough industrial shelving?

  7. What type of shelves? Metal for garage storage or interior decorative. I alway love the Container Store ELFA shelving which has both types.

  8. cours de theatre

    Great, thanks for sharing this post.Thanks Again. Will read on…

  9. Addison Wheeler

    Aw, this was a very nice post. The concept is great and I wanted to put in writing that I really like this idea. However taking time to actually do this is hard for me, I do not get to shop much. What can I say? I procrastinate alot and under no circumstances do I appear to get anything done.

  10. autumn summers

    I would like to get across my respect for your kindness giving support to readers who really need design help. Your amazing useful useful information implies so much to me and far more to my peers. Thank you, from all of us.

  11. Rush

    I found your blog website on google and examine a number of your early posts. Then proceed to read several of these posts. I just added your RSS feed to my MSN Information Reader.

  12. Dana Marie

    I’m impressed, that is all I need to say. Your concept is outstanding, I am very happy that I stumbled upon this post in my search for upcycling, thrift store projects.

  13. sunshine and daisies

    Thank you for your all your efforts on this site to get people to see the value of thrifting. It is a very green concept to reuse older items in a new way. I see you have several posts that upcycle items you found thrifting. I will check them out.

  14. golden goose

    I wish to thank you rescuing me from this matter. I go nuts at thrift store and thought I was the only one. My shameful obsessions are now cool and trendy. Yay, me I finally on track.

  15. Our Little Fox Hole

    I love to thrift and antique which you have a eye for, a great one that is for sure.

  16. NVMD

    Thanks a lot for providing these tips. This article is unequivocally the most impressive I have ever had seen on flea marketing.

  17. Wanda Floyd

    Thanks so much for providing individuals like me with an exceptionally great tips from this site. I also love to flea market find, and upcycle.

  18. April Helmsworth

    An fascinating dialogue I feel that it’s best to write more on this subject, it will be a well received. I am a avid thrift myself, Cheers

  19. Yeezy Boo

    Hi there! I just would like to give a huge thumbs up for the nice information you will have here on this post. I might be coming again to your blog for more soon.

  20. Tina

    I am often to running a antique store just to see what I can find. This blog is great and I really respect your content. The article has really peaks my interest. I’m going to bookmark your site and hold checking for brand new information.

  21. April Helmsworth

    I am a addvit shift shopper, I just love to see what new things I can find and repurpose into new items. There is something soothing about reworking items from our pasts.

  22. Terry Haide

    I love to thrift! Do it all the time! The main illustrations you made, the easy site navigation, will make it easier to foster a great following here. Thank you for all the great pieces of information!

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