Lately I've been really pumped about thrifting. I've gone on and off over the years but usually never had luck finding unique finds. I still have trouble finding clothing but my purchases have been better in the past year.
I always gravitate to the book aisles first. I love finding books for dirt cheap. I then usually look at the home stuff--glasses, coffee mugs, bowls, home decor. I have found some great stuff recently and wanted to share.
MUGS and BOWLS: I try to find ones that are interesting in shape and pattern. Most have gone on to hold succulents and it's a good idea to get a few sizes in case your plant grows. This plant actually grew a lot more than I expected it to. Our new apartment has really great windowsills and they get light all day long. As far as pricing, I won't pay more than $5 for a good bowl and coffee mugs can be as low as $.50. The stuff you find at thrift stores has more personality than anything you can find where things are sold brand new. My apartment has a kind-of nature-y theme going on so I gravitate towards mugs like this Crater Lake National Park design (right) or the bowl that is brown with organic shapes (below). It's just my personal style and really isn't as limiting as one would think when looking on thrift store shelves.
Not pictured, but, I always try to search for mason jars because they are sold so much cheaper in thrift stores than at places like World Market (up to $3.99 each!) or Target. Mason jars at thrift stores can be as low as $.25 and there's usually a bunch available. I enjoy the ones with the handles but there are also some unique ones with patterns you don't see on newer jars being sold.
HOME DECOR: As far as home decor, I enjoy finding pieces that will look nice on surfaces like dressers, bookshelves and windowsills. I'm always on the lookout for anything related to animals, vintage medical or the color orange. I was going to post my (slowly growing) taxidermy collection but I'll save that for another day. Here are a few of my favorite non-taxidermy home decor finds: