Looking to update your décor? Why not give Target a miss and head to your local op-shop for a fun day of bargain hunting? Today, I’m going to give you a look at some of the cool things I’ve thrifted for my home…
In my opinion crocheted rainbow nanna blankets are one of the best inventions in all of human history, and you will find a plethora of them at any op shop. Considering the time and money that goes into making these things (apparently all that wool is expensive!) paying about $5-$10 for such a snuggly blanky is a ridiculous bargain. Look out for ones that complement your colour scheme for a cosy and fun couch accessory.
Although books are great for reading, they can also be very pretty (as evidenced by my gorgeous Australia book, bird magazines and illustrated flower book)! Look out for quirky cover art and use them as a statement piece on your bookshelf or coffee table. Most books and magazines will be anywhere from 50c to $5.
Cute ornaments add a little character to your home, and you can even start a fun collection (but beware of becoming a hoarder, you have been warned!) As you can see, I have a thing for birds like these parrot and flamingo figurines. You’ll also find lots of horses, teddy bears and cars that kids will love to have lining their shelves.
I’ve found heaps of cool mirrors in op shops, many of them with interesting prints or logos painted onto them. These are perfect pieces to hang on the wall or prop up on your bedside table.
If you lean towards a retro kitschy aesthetic, you will love op shop art. The theme for my bedroom is ‘90s motel room’, so I’ve chosen some pastel prints along with these vintage postcards. You can usually find framed photos and paintings from $5 to $25.
I love a good second hand item, but I tend to draw the line at things like couches that can’t be washed. However, I’ve had a lot of luck with wooden furniture that can be easily wiped down and updated with a quick paint job if necessary. This blue coffee table was a steal at just $10, and it’s held up well despite being subject to the abuses of share house life. Older furniture is just so much sturdier and better constructed than anything you’ll find in Ikea, so I’d really recommend it to students or anyone moving out for the first time.
How about you, have you had any luck furnishing your home with op shop finds?