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thrift store decorating: Goodbye farmhouse, hello vintage


I’ve been missing again. I know I said I would get better about posting but life has gotten in the way. It’s a busy time for our business and you know how that goes; I have to work to pay the bills.  But I did manage while the crew was out of town to do an all-day thrifting trip, and here’s what I found.

Dinner plates; an 8-piece place setting (I also snagged the salad plates, bowls, cups, and saucers), ceramic owls, and hand-carved fish napkin rings and I only spent $10.50 for it all.

Decorating  With Vintage Finds

Theres no identification markings on the dinner plates so I googled them only to find others that were selling them calling them orange and brown dinner plates.  I got a good laugh out of that. If I had to guess they feel like vintage restaurant ware, they’re very heavy, and every piece is in pristine condition so they don’t look like they chip easily. I picked the entire setup for $5. If you have these or know anything about them please comment below.

The vintage ceramic owls still had the stickers on the bottom from a floral shop that went out of business when I was a kid. I actually remember it. I snagged the entire bag, 9 owls for 50 cents and I already had plans for them. I popped them into my planters to give them a little color and whimsy. Spying on them peeking out from the greenery makes me happy and puts a smile on my face. I know that may sound strange but I get excited by things like that. 

Decorating With Vintage Finds

I have a family member that’s crocheted and gifted me dish clothes, but I use them for hot pads, in beautiful colors to match my kitchen, and every time I used them they put a smile on my face. Shout out to Kay for bringing joy to my life. My favorite one I use as a coaster for my morning coffee. Now that’s a way to start the day off right. 

And lastly, I scored the hand-carved fish napkin rings from the Philippines. Look, they even have a nifty storage rack, which is quite clever. I love how each one is unique and slightly different from the others. That’s a good indication each is hand carved. I only paid $5 for these beauties. 

Vintage Orange and Brown Dinner Dishes

I’ve enjoyed my thrift store finds and if you missed my thrifted pottery collection you can see that here and here stayed tuned for more thrifted changes I’ve been making to the cabin. 

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  1. Love your style! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Love your style! Thanks for sharing.

  3. The new additions look just right in your cabin – I really like the colors you’ve been adding in. Those owls are adorable! 🦉

  4. I like having whimsical items peeking out of my plants too:) Anything for a smile! I think it’s great you’ve found an inexpensive and creative way to redecorate.

  5. Susan Cogan says:

    Hi, Dawn!
    I have not been getting your postings so I just renewed and hopefully can receive them again. Always a joy to read and learn!

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