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5 Must-Have Secondhand Decor Items

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I don’t know about you, but I am more than ready for Spring. I’m ready for yard sale season to begin along with longer {and warmer} days, more green, more sunshine and extra pops of color in my home decor.

When I’m out thrifting or yard sale-ing, I am always on the look out for old items that I can use in my home. Decorating with second-hand pieces adds so much character, depth and texture as well. I’ve been asked in the past how I find neat items and the honest truth is that sometimes you just have to dig for it. Other times, it’s just a waiting game.

For example, after looking for Scrabble games at every thrift store I’ve been to for the last two or three years, I finally scored two sets yesterday. The victory was sweet!

Here are five must-have second hand decor items that I look for everywhere I go…

1. Metal Buckets & Containers

Buckets and containers are incredibly versatile. They can be used for organizing, for flowers or even to hold utensils for a party. One of my favorite metal bucket finds is seen above. It is an old minnow bucket. I love the bucket’s rusty patina. Beautiful!

2. Insulators & Aqua Glass

I am a sucker for the color aqua. Old electric line insulators used to be aqua, and I’ve probably collected enough for a small electric company. Just kidding. I also love aqua Ball jars because they are perfect for a centerpiece of wildflowers, or even just as stand alone decor.

3. Old Books

Never ever leave the thrift store without checking out the book section. I’ve found vintage Childcraft books that are so pretty as well as children’s books and other books that I’ve cut up for wreaths or taken apart for a DIY Book Stack. Books are also great as accessories themselves. And, they make great risers.

4. Wooden Crates

Vintage soda boxes and old milk crates are on my favorites list too because of the great wood texture, painted or embossed labels and the numerous way they can be used!

5. Art & Empty Frames

Over the past few years, I’ve found a lot of pretty frames {large and small} at thrift stores and yard sales. I’ve even found a few oil paintings. I’m sure they aren’t super special to anyone except me, but I love that they are unique and fun. Empty frames and cheap art are nice items to add to a gallery wall.

Do you enjoy shopping second hand?

What is your favorite second hand decorative item that you always look for?

Myra has a B.A. in Interior Design and is currently self-employed. When she’s not spending time with her little man, thrifting, creating, shopping or working on a project, Myra enjoys date nights with her husband and blogging at My Blessed Life.