I don’t know about you but whenever I come home from thrift shopping, It’s always with a pile of random objects. Now I hate clutter, so how do I display all my new treasures, without ending up in a cluttered mess? First of all let me explain my rules. I have a one in one out policy. For every item I bring into the house, I donate an existing item to charity. This works in two ways. It helps stop me from drowning in possessions, and it also makes me think very hard before I purchase an item. I have to decide if it’s fabulous enough to sacrifice something I already own. I also try not to buy anything new. That way if I get tired of an item, I know it hasn’t cost me much from the thrift store, and I can move it on without too much fuss. Some things become very precious to me, and I keep them forever, others serve their purpose quickly then move on to their new home.
When I bring a thrift store haul into the house, it usually triggers a total redecoration of the entire place! My fabulous sisters-in-law will back me up on this. They always comment that every time they come over every thing is different. It can be a challenge to create displays with random items, so here are a few ideas on how I like to do it.
This side board display has a bit of an industrial feel. The wooden crate was a market find, and would be great for throwing keys, phone, sunglasses etc in at the end of the day. The amber glass bottles look great with the lamp and the little crochet flower picks up the colour in the lamp shade. I like to decorate a side board with a tall display down one end and a single, usually flat piece down the other end.
In this shot you can see the home made art work with the red reindeer and dictionary pages. The small canvas was a $5 find. The hints of red tie the items together. I usually have odd numbers of items together, starting with tall at the back and zig zagging forward with smaller items.
I’ve gone for a typography theme on this sideboard. The label on the gin bottle works well with all the lettering. The small wooden letters were inexpensive, and I love eye charts! This metal one was bought new but is made to have an aged effect. The art works on the wall are from a set bought at IKEA. I strayed from the formula a bit in this one and used a cluster of items at both ends of the side board, but one is still larger than the other.
I’ve used a lamp for height again in this display, with a framed post card and market find framed butterfly in the back ground. The clear vintage medicine bottles were a market find, and the amber glass cube vase was a thrift store find. The leaves in the bottles pick up the green in the artwork.
Mainly graphic black and white, this display again uses typographical elements and the striped vase ties in with that. The red crochet flower picks up the colour of the vintage lamp shade.
You don’t need a lamp to add height. Here, a piece of framed wrapping paper provides the backdrop. On an amber glass thrift store plate are repurposed herbal medicine bottles. The red flowers highlight the splashes of red in the artwork, and the vintage trophy adds an interesting contrast.
This is a more feminine display, although there’s no pink to be seen. The metal tray was a lucky road side find. I made the small blackboard with a $2 vintage frame and some blackboard paint. The water bottle and white thrift store bargain tea light holder display white roses. They are on a 50 cent doily, embroidered with red flowers, which gives a touch of girly glamour. I rarely use just one hit of colour. I usually have a large coloured item (lamp shade) plus a couple of smaller splashes (flowers on the doily and the apples). This balances the display. I have used my favourite colours here, but any colours can be used with success. I hope this helps you display all those fabulous thrift store finds. Don’t hide them away, get them out and give them some loving!