Do you like looking through other people’s stuff? Sorting through a friend’s closet? Taking a peek in someone else’s medicine cabinet? (No shame!)
Lucky for you, I am giving you a sneak peek into my closet, kitchen, and apartment. I am sharing photos of items that I have purchased at thrift shops (along with a few garage sale items). I hope this inspires you to start shopping at thrift shops – instead of buying all of your items at full price. Trust me: you will save a ton of money in the long run!
I always look for pretty scarves at the thrift shop. Wearing scarves is an easy way to change the look of an outfit, and a cheap way to make yourself look more pulled-together.
Just a fraction of the clothing I have purchased over the years at thrift shops. The latest additions come from my personal stylist session at Arc’s Value Village.
A few pieces of jewelry bought at thrift shops.
Most of the cookbooks I find at thrift shops are older, but I have found a few new gems, including Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi. I also love Color Me Vegan, from which I made this yummy green pea guacamole.
I buy all sorts of food props and kitchen items at thrift shops. This plate, with a 3-D bird, is one of my favorites! So unique. And I think I paid $2 for it.
When I bought this end table, it wasn’t in great condition. But my dad helped me strip it and revarnish it, and now it looks great. I also love the painting, which I found at a thrift shop in Red Wing, Minnesota.
This chair is in my entry and serves many purposes: A place to put on shoes, a place to hold my bag, a place to display all the pillows I’ve accumulated, and much more!
I just love this photo, taken of U.S. Naval Training School students in Minneapolis back in 1943. I like studying the faces of these young men, curious to know what became of them and what kind of lives they lived after this photo was taken.
These are some more prints that I picked up at a thrift shop, highlighting old-time scenes in Minneapolis.
Probably my favorite painting of all – for less than $5. Score!
This adorable green coffee table/TV stand was only $7.49
My Favorite Thrift Shops In The Twin Cities
- Arc’s Value Village in Richfield (this place is a jackpot for high quality items!)
- Arc’s Value Village in St. Paul/White Bear Avenue
- Blessed Bee in Chaska
- Valu Thrift Shop in St. Paul
I recently had a personal styling session with Arc’s Value Village, along with Alice, Nikki, and the Nellie Bellie girls. After filling out a style profile, Michelle, the Thrift Stylist, hand-picked several outfits for each of us. I had a blast trying on clothes – even the items that were outside of my fashion comfort zone. I ended up buying some unique pieces that I may not have otherwise considered. And I love them all!
Best of all, the service is completely free! Be sure to follow the Thrift Stylist on Instagram to get notified of upcoming personal styling session openings.
And don’t forget to follow me on Instagram, where I routinely post photos of items I have purchased at thrift shops.