I love shopping for home decor as much as the next person, but there’s something in me that hates to pay more than I need to. That usually means scouring my favorite second hand sources. Not to say I’m against paying full price; Take my curtain search, for instance. That was a case of knowing exactly what I wanted, and doing plenty of research to make sure I was getting the best deal.

But that’s not what this is about. This is about my most common form of shopping — second hand! If you’re not new to second hand shopping, you might roll your eyes at some of my go tos (DUH, Amy!), but bear with me as we invite new people into our club. And stay for the pretty pictures 🙂

Thrift stores

I find myself in a thrift store probably at lease once a week. If I had it my way, it’d be much more often, but such is life.

Favorite finds include this bright blue lantern for a cool $5. Funnily enough, we saw the same one at the flea market a month or so later — selling for about $30!

I probably find myself at Goodwill more than any thrift store, but I also visit Salvation Army. My absolute favorites, though, are the small hometown thrift stores. Not only is the selection and pricing usually better, but I feel better knowing my money is staying within the community.


OfferUp has quickly become my preferred online destination for used items. In terms of inventory quality and quantity, I’d said it’s somewhere between Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace. But I love the way the interface looks, the messaging platform and sorting capabilities. Some of my favorite OfferUp finds include:

This FREE fan I turned into a DIY Industrial Fan.

This schoolhouse style floor lamp. I’d had my eye on this $50 Target lamp for months, but stuck it out and kept looking for a similar, cheaper option. As thrift luck would have it, I found the exact lamp I was looking for, but only spent $20.

This cheery table cloth from Target (came with a matching runner) for just $10. Love it — plus it perfectly matches my color scheme.

Lil Huey pup not from OfferUp, but from Hopeful Tails 🙂


Ah, the original. I’ve been using Craigslist for years — since high school to be exact, much to my dad’s dismay (always meet in public places, guys!).

Craigslist’s interface is definitely not as sharp as OfferUp’s, but I still find myself checking in there about once a day. My favorite finds include:

This Ikea Strandmon armchair and matching ottoman. Another one I had my eye on for months, but patiently searched for a used option. Saved us about $120!

And one of the best — this peacock blue club chair:

I had pinned this exact chair to my Pinterest board, hoping to find something similar. Not one month later, I found this gem on Craigslist. The nice woman I bought it from was moving to New York and desperate to get rid of the big stuff. She even threw in two throw pillows for free. It was a great deal at $60, considering it’s still selling on Joss & Main for over $200.

Facebook Marketplace

I love peeking into Facebook Marketplace once a day or so. It’s especially convenient if I’m already checking my Facebook page. I like that you’re able to view the seller’s Facebook profile — just to ensure it’s a real person and you’re not getting scammed.

My most favorite Facebook find so far is this fun galvanized farmhouse-style tray. I’d been on the lookout for something to hold decor on the coffee table, and this fit the bill. I was able to talk the seller down to $5 from $8 — though $8 would have been a steal in and of itself, since I can’t find anything online cheaper than $20.

Flea markets and vintage shops

Last but definitely not least! I love going to flea markets — as long as they’re well-stocked with real antiques and not junk. Our favorite is the Kane County Flea. As for vintage shops? I don’t have a favorite, but you can bet I pretty much pop into any I see. The large blue bottle above was a steal from a small shop in Kankakee for only $8.

And this ladder (last time I’ll use this picture — promise!) was a steal at $15. Perfect for holding blankets.

That’s is for my favorite places to by used. I’ll leave you with some more of my favorite finds!

Old books from a local thrift shop — I think I paid $2 or $3 each.
Gold ampersand was a $5 Craigslist find.
New Target stock pillow from Goodwill — I paid $7.


Where do you look for secondhand treasures?


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