I want to share the 10 best fall decor to thrift before you step one foot into Hobby Lobby. Believe it or not, the best fall decor you can buy is at the thrift store. Yes, you heard me right. I know a lot of people head to Hobby Lobby or Micheal’s for Fall decor. But, if you want unique and inexpensive fall decor, head to your local thrift store.
FFor me, Fall officially begins in August. I know, I know. That’s a little early for some, but I adore Fall and I want to enjoy it for as long as I can – even if it’s forced!
Here are my top 10 decor items for Fall that I like to thrift instead of buying new.
THE 10 BEST FALL DECOR ITEMS TO BUY AT THE THRIFT STORE
Mums are plentiful during the fall season and putting them in a metal basket or bucket can elevate the look since most come in a plastic container. Baskets also look beautiful next to a fireplace with blankets spilling out or even with a few logs nestled in them. Just be sure those logs aren’t harboring any critters before you bring them inside.
2. AMBER VASES AND JARS
I personally love any home decor that is amber, rust, or burnt orange and have these colors in my home year-round. But, for some, they only want these colors out during the fall. You can group amber jars and vases together in a vignette. Use them as vases and candle holders. Or, if you are doing a fall coffee bar, you can fill these bottles with coffee syrups, add a pump, and voila…an instant upgrade from the plastic bottle of which the syrups were originally housed.
3. BRASS CANDLESTICKS
Nothing evokes the essence of fall more beautifully than an old brass candelabra or brass candlesticks on a mantle or nestled into a fall tablescape. Pairing the brass with dark taper candlesticks gives a moody and cozy feel or you can pair them with traditional orange candles for a pop of color.
4. NAPKINS AND TABLECLOTHS
These are plentiful in the thrift stores I frequent and I have even found beautiful fabric that could easily be turned into a tablecloth or napkins. Most people only use linens during the holidays so save yourself some money by buying these secondhand. Give them a good wash, let them dry, then break out your iron to give them a good press.
Nothing screams fall more than a lantern filled with beautiful candles. Always check the bottom shelf in the thrift store for lanterns. Since most are a little heavy or large they will most likely be on the bottom shelf or floor of the thrift store. You can always group smaller ones at staggering heights on a bookcase or mantle to create a wow factor. Smaller lanterns look beautiful on a fall table setting or use them as place cards at a fall party and let your guests take them home at the end of the evening.
6. COFFEE MUGS
We all love a good coffee mug once colder months arrive, but save your money and buy these at the thrift store. Most mugs are very trendy and go out of style quickly and really aren’t worth spending more than a dollar. Of course, since you can get mugs extremely cheap at the thrift store, don’t be tempted to buy too many. I mean seriously – you only have one mouth; you don’t need 20 fall mugs in your cabinet.
7. CAKE STANDS
It may just be me, but I usually only bake once the weather starts to cool down and this is usually the only time I break out my cake stand. So, for seasonal items, I always turn to the thrift store first to find these. I found a gorgeous cake stand probably a couple of years ago and it has a beautiful fall theme to it. I picked it up for $8 and yes, the only time it sees the light of day is during the fall season. This is why I don’t like to invest a lot of money into items I only use seasonally.
Throughout the year, I use either my white plates or paper plates. But, I do enjoy a fall-themed plate or pop of color during the holidays. I am able to find holiday-themed plates all year long in thrift stores. And, since most people aren’t looking at these items during the spring and summer, you can usually find some great pieces that haven’t been picked over.
9. FALL/AUTUMN ARTWORK
II think you should enjoy your artwork all year round but I do know that some people like to change out their artwork with the seasons, so for artwork you’re only enjoying once a year, I say look for these items secondhand.
10. METAL ACCENTS
A fall tablescape or vignette is a great way to incorporate copper and silver metal accents. A silver teapot makes for a great vessel to hold beautiful fall florals. Copper mugs are also a great addition to a fall tablescape. You could also spray paint fall accents from the thrift store with a beautiful coat of copper, silver, or brass if you don’t find any in the metal accent you’re looking to find.
These are my top 10 fall decor items I like to thrift before I buy them brand new. Seasonal items are only used for a short season so save you money and shop the thrift store first.2