Going to antique stores is one of my favorite ways to spend a weekend. My girls and I will grab my mom and go around Chattanooga once or twice a month and hit all of our favorite spots. Here are 5 of my favorite things to pick up at antique stores.
Today I thought I’d share with you 5 of my favorite home decor pieces I love to pick up while I’m scavenging.
I love nothing more than a good quality basket. My mom collected Longaberger baskets years ago and filled our house with them. Once I got married and moved out, I did the same, using them to both decorate and store things away from sight.
Longaberger sadly went out of business a few years ago but I love to pick them up at great prices at antique stores and thrift shops.
If used baskets aren’t your thing, have no fear! A former Longaberger employee started a new basket company in Dresden, Ohio, and was able to hire many of the Longaberger employees back. So great, right?! I recently became a Dresden & Co. Proprietor and love that I get to spread the word about this amazing company, located right in the heart of Ohio.
I love a good MADE IN THE USA product!
If you’re interested in shopping for a new basket, shop on my Dresden & Company website HERE and my Longaberger website HERE!
2. Mason jars
When we built our current house, we went with countertops that had a hint of blue in them. After finding a few aqua mason jars at a shop, I knew I wanted to display them in the kitchen. Along with my teal Pyrex collection, they add the perfect pop of color. These can be on the pricy side but I only buy them when I find them under $5.
These are a great way to display things from artificial & dried flowers to using them to hold kitchen utensils.
These can be a little pricy so hold out until you find a good deal. I’ve never paid more than $20-30 for one.
4. Wood pieces such as frames, ladders, and windows
I’m a sucker for any old, chippy wood items. From tobacco baskets to old windows, I love to have earthly elements all around the house.
Here are some of my favorite pieces.
When I find architectural pieces in antique stores, I try to think out of the box on how to display and use them in my house. I found these old printer stamp drawers and decided to hang them in my laundry room to display all my essential oils.
I also found an old box with shelves that I use to keep my old magazines.
5. Old quilts
Now, this collector piece can be a little on the pricy side, as some quilts can be hundreds of dollars but now and then you can find a VERY well-loved one for a great price. I don’t mind pieces that have a little damage to them as I like to display my favorites in my old ladder, as seen below.
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At the time that I’m writing this, we’re currently on stay-at-home orders due to the Covid-19 (Corona virus) outbreak. Since we haven’t been able to leave our homes for non-essential trips in almost 6 weeks, I’ve been shopping in my attic for old decor pieces that haven’t been out in a while. I found another crock with artificial flowers, a wood display piece, and many other things that I can use to give my spaces a fresh look.
As always, feel free to leave questions or comments below! I’d love to chat with you!
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