I’m still new to the whole thrifting world (just started about 6 months ago), but I think I’ve definitely made up for lost time! I’m fortunate enough to have 3 different Goodwill locations all within a 10 mile radius of my house. The first time I stepped foot in a Goodwill store, I was actually just trying to waste time until the Anthropologie down the road opened up. I was shocked at the crazy low prices and the amount of cute (and great quality) baskets + other decorative items they had! Every time I go browse a Goodwill now, I always try to bring at least one bag of giveaway clothes.

Thrift shopping is definitely hit or miss. I seriously lucked out on my first 3 or 4 trips, I thought it was normal to always find a cartload of awesome decor! There are a few things I keep in mind when thrifting, and I can usually find at least one or two things to add to my collection! Before I get into the items I always look for, I want to give a quick thrifting tip: try and stick to a particular color palette with everything you buy. As you can see in the photo above, I pretty much never stray from neutrals (tans, browns, black, white). I do this because it allows me to mix and match my different finds, and they always look good together!

Now here are a few things I always buy when I see them….

pottery + vases
I always scoop up any pottery that looks handmade or unique vases that I come across! Something might not look very special in the store, but it could be the last little detail your shelf needs to look complete!

brass accents + wooden bowls
Always, always, always buy brass candlestick holders when you find them! They are so versatile- I’ve used mine on my dining table, credenza, coffee table, and open shelves! I also think you can never go wrong with a vintage brass figurine. Wooden bowls + trays are also incredibly versatile (and functional). I have one by our entryway to hold our keys, and on both nightstands. They also look great as shelf decor!


unique decor , art , + books
Unique accents like this mini peacock chair and the metallic tray are always good to have on hand. Items like these really bring character into a space. Anytime I find a small piece of art that has fairly neutral colors (like these two seascapes), I always buy them. I’ve used these as both shelf decor, and wall decor! The last thing I looove getting at Goodwill is books! I love using books as decor, but new books can be pretty pricey. All of the books I’ve bought at Goodwill have been under $3! I look for books that have black, gray, white, or brown covers, and it’s a bonus if they’re about a topic I’m interested in! I’ve even bought books just because I liked some of the pictures inside and wanted to tear them out to frame as art.

So there are my latest tips for your next thrifting adventure! Be sure to follow me on Instagram to keep up with any new treasures I come across! I’ll leave you all with my favorite view of my thrifting finds collection…

5 Tips for Shopping at Goodwill

I just recently discovered how amazing Goodwill can be, so I’m definitely no expert… YET! But I have picked up some techniques that make my shopping trips a little more efficient, so I decided to share those with you!

I mostly go to Goodwill expecting to find random decor items- baskets, pottery, etc. There have been a couple times where I’ve scored some great pieces of furniture which is a huge bonus! Most decorative items are priced between $1-$5, I remember my first time at one I really thought everything had been priced wrong!

Before I get into my tips, I’ll share some photos of my finds (I put black rectangles around the pieces I found at a Goodwill)!

This vintage MCM dresser is BY FAR the best thing I’ve ever found! It was only $15!!

This vintage MCM dresser is BY FAR the best thing I’ve ever found! It was only $15!!

This chair was also only $15, and in fantastic shape!

This chair was also only $15, and in fantastic shape!

A closer view of the decor on my dresser. That mini peacock chair was only $2 or $3!

A closer view of the decor on my dresser. That mini peacock chair was only $2 or $3!

Mixing in Goodwill finds with newer items is so fun, and gives your space a collected look!

Mixing in Goodwill finds with newer items is so fun, and gives your space a collected look!

With all of the unique pieces I’ve found, Goodwill has quickly become my go-to whenever I need some new shelf decor! Here are the tips I’ve put together for making the most out of your shopping trips!

1.) TRY TO GET THERE WHEN IT OPENS. Since I work full time during the week, most of my trips happen on Saturday or Sunday. The aisles in some of the stores are pretty narrow and it can be tough to navigate when it gets too crowded. I also like having first pick over the inventory!

2.) HAVE SHELF STYLING PHOTOS SAVED ON YOUR PHONE. Goodwill shelves are usually packed to the brim with tons and tons of stuff! There is a lot of JUNK surrounding all of the good stuff. Everything can be pretty overwhelming and sometimes it makes it harder for me to decide if something is actually cool or not. That’s when I look at pictures of my favorite “shelfies” I have saved on my phone or in Pinterest to help me remember what types of decor items I’m looking for.

3.) ALWAYS GET A CART. I always get a cart when I first walk in- whether I’m planning to get a lot of stuff or not. In addition to getting a cart, I recommend to put anything in your cart that catches your eye. If you like something but don’t grab it, you could decide after shopping around that you do and it might be gone! I always fill my cart up then edit it down before checking out.

4.) FIND OUT ABOUT OTHER GOODWILL STORES IN YOUR AREA. After my first trip to a local Goodwill, I asked the cashier if there were any others nearby that had more furniture. He told me about another one about 15 minutes away that is larger- I went the next day and scored that awesome Mid-Century Modern dresser! I’m lucky to live in an area that has several all within a 10 mile radius. I’ve found that they’re all good for different things. One is better for shelf decor, the other is great for furniture, and the third one has a ton of great decorative books and baskets.

5.) SIGN UP FOR A REWARDS CARD. Their rewards card is quick to sign up for and every day different items are 25% off. It also makes you eligible for any random sales they might have. One time I went in and everything was 50% off for card holders.

Hope these tips are helpful! If you have any of your own, feel free to share!!

Creating a Unique Design on a BUDGET

I’ve always loved finding a good deal but since starting my first One Room Challenge, I’ve learned so much about not only finding the most affordable decor; but how to find affordable decor while also creating a unique & collected looking design.


I love Target as much as the next girl (probably even more) but I’ve found that whenever I find awesome Target clearance decor, there’s a very good chance that every other person on Instagram has also found it! And suddenly my space starts feeling less and less unique. (Totally not saying that I’ll ever quit Target clearance or Target in general— just making more of an effort to mix it in with other things!) Keep scrolling for some tips on how to decorate on a budget!


Instead of going to a big box store for shelf decor or baskets, I’ve started beginning my search at Goodwill! It has definitely become my go to spot for random shelf accessories and nice baskets. Almost all of the pieces I’ve found were under $5!

If you need solid colored pillow covers, definitely go to IKEA! They have so many different color options for under $10— also their down pillow inserts are amazing! I also always go to IKEA for curtains. They’re usually about $20-$30 for a pair AND they’re long enough to hang high! I always end up cutting a couple inches off the bottoms and then using hem tape to give it a finished edge.


I broke down the stores I’ve been going to the most and what I go to them for:

-Shelf styling accents (pottery, bowls, vases)
-Furniture (VERY hit or miss but when you do find something, it’s usually less than $20)

-Solid colored pillow covers
-Pillow inserts
-Light fixtures
-Wall frames
-Wall hooks
-Wall shelves
-Plant pots

HomeGoods / TJ Maxx
-Throw pillows (definitely your best bet to find cool, patterned pillows)
-Throw blankets
-Kitchen decor (wood cutting boards, dish towels, little bowls, etc)
-Big artificial plants

I love stores like HomeGoods because their inventory is constantly changing and you’re less likely to see your decor in everyone else’s home. Another thing I’ve been doing is going through the furniture and decor we have stored away in the basement and selling things on Facebook Marketplace. Clearing out clutter AND getting some extra spending cash?? WIN/WIN!

I haven’t been to any estate sales yet, but I know that they can be another great resource for budget decorating! You can find upcoming estate sales in your area by googling “estate sales + your zip code”. They usually have photos of everything that will be for sale, so you’re not going in blind.

Those are all my latest secrets for decorating on a budget! I’d love to hear of any other places you guys love, let me know in the comments!