Where to Find Vintage Decor on A Budget

Anyone in the mood to talk about vintage and antiques goodies?! I hope so, because today’s post is all about where to find vintage decor on a budget. This is actually one of the questions I get all the time. Where do I find all my vintage decor? Well you might be surprised to know that I don’t typically shop at fancy boutiques or antique stores. Sure, it happens occasionally when I feel like splurging or I find something that I cannot pass by. But most of the time I’m working on a pretty tight budget and I have to get creative with where I shop–especially since vintage decor and antiques are becoming so popular and expensive these days. I know many of you decorate on a budget as well, so I thought it would be fun today to share a few of my best tips.

Where to Find Vintage Decor on A Budget. Practical tips to decorating your home with vintage decor on a budget.
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1. Ask your mom. And your grandma. And your great aunt.

Ok, I have to list this first because I’d say that at least 50% of my vintage decor has come from my family–primarily my mom. She’s always had a love for vintage, her house is literally like walking into an antique shop. Honestly, it’s hard to visit her and not sneak things into my suitcase. Fortunately for me, she’s been very generous with letting me “borrow” a lot of her antiques, which has been a great help when it comes to decorating on a budget. Now I realize your mom may not be an antique lover, but I’d be willing to guess that your grandma, your aunt, or someone in your family might have a few old things sitting around that they no longer use. I say go out on a limb and ask Granny if she’d be willing to part with that porcelain pitcher that’s been sitting in her kitchen cabinet for years. Or maybe that galvanized watering can that is sitting on the back porch collecting dust. I bet she’d be more than happy to gift it to you if she knows how much you’ll love it in your own home.

2. Yard Sales

Let’s take a moment to imagine a Saturday morning in June. It’s 7:00am, the sun is already high in the bright blue sky, and the air is starting to warm. The only sound you hear is coming from the birds off in the distance, happily singing and chirping. It’s a glorious, peaceful morning. All of a sudden you spot a crazy blonde, rushing to her car, with a long list in one hand and a large thermos of coffee in the other. You can tell she’s very excited, obviously in a hurry to get somewhere fast. She jumps in her SUV, throws on a pair of dark sunglasses, and speeds off down the road. Where could she be going, you wonder. YARD SALES. That crazy blonde (me!) ain’t no fool and she knows the best treasures are hidden away at yard sales on an early Saturday morning. I know this may not be everyone’s cup of tea and it can sometimes feel like finding a needle in a haystack–especially when you’re going from sale to sale with no luck, but it pays off. I’ve found some of very best vintage decor at yard sales for dirt cheap. This coke crate is a great example of that.

Where to Find Vintage Decor on A Budget. Practical tips to decorating your home with vintage decor on a budget.

Believe it or not I found this coke crate for just one dollar at a yard sale several years ago. Yep, one dollar. This easily goes for $20-$30 in most antique shops. Bargains like this are what keep me going back for more. I do suggest finding “older” neighborhoods. You know, neighborhoods that are full of retired folks and empty nesters. That will be your best bet for finding antiques–at least that’s been my experience. Either way, get out there and give it a shot. There are few things I enjoy more in this world than a Saturday morning spent on the junkin’ trail.

3. Auctions

This one is a little tricky because not everyone lives in an area that has auctions. I’d suggest Googling it to see if anyone does them in your area. If you do find one I’d highly suggest you make an appearance. You never know what treasure you’ll find. This past summer I scored an antique scale at an auction. And if I remember right I got it for $20. Sure, I had to stand there for two hours while I waited for the bid to come up, but it was worth it. Real, antique scales like this one are insanely expensive in most stores.

Where to Find Vintage Decor on A Budget. Practical tips to decorating your home with vintage decor on a budget.

4. Thrift Stores

You probably wouldn’t think that places like Goodwill and Salvation Army have vintage decor, but they definitely do. Now you’ll have to be picky about what you purchase, I always say there’s a difference between vintage and junk, but it’s definitely possible. And it will save you a ton of money. A few months back I came across this vintage tallboy dresser at my local Salvation Army.

Where to Find Vintage Decor on A Budget. Practical tips to decorating your home with vintage decor on a budget.

The price was $130, but the next day was “half-off day” for the entire store. You better believe I waited until the next day so I could get this baby for $65. A little paint and it’s now one of my favorite pieces of vintage furniture. (You can see the full project in this post.)

Where to Find Vintage Decor on A Budget. Practical tips to decorating your home with vintage decor on a budget.

5. Online

I can’t talk about finding vintage decor on a budget without mentioning a few online sources. First up is Amazon, where I’ve purchased a ton of vintage inspired items over the years. They seem to be adding more and more budget-friendly options everyday, which is awesome. Now obviously you aren’t going to find real, authentic antiques on Amazon, but you might be surprised to know that you can find some really amazing stuff that looks just like the real deal. In fact, I recently found this vintage tin letter box on Amazon last week and I’ve been completely obsessed ever since it arrived on my doorstep. Another great online source is Viyet, which is a really cool site where you can find pre-owned designer furniture and decor at a fraction of the retail price. This is awesome if you’re on the market for more high-end items that are really unique and rare, but you’re still trying to shop within a budget.

Where to Find Vintage Decor on A Budget. Practical tips to decorating your home with vintage decor on a budget.

Where to Find Vintage Decor on A Budget. Practical tips to decorating your home with vintage decor on a budget.

Where to Find Vintage Decor on A Budget. Practical tips to decorating your home with vintage decor on a budget.

Where to Find Vintage Decor on A Budget. Practical tips to decorating your home with vintage decor on a budget.

I mean, how adorable is this?! It looks like it belongs in an episode of Fixer Upper. Way to go Amazon, you nailed it with this one. I was so inspired by this find that I did a little digging and was able to find several other vintage inspired decor that truly looks like the real deal:

Vintage Inspired Decor from Amazon. Affordable decor for the modern farmhouse.

VINTAGE INSPIRED DECOR THAT LOOKS LIKE THE REAL-DEAL

1. Vintage Tin Letter Box

2. Enamelware White Pitcher

3. Ceramic Kitchen Canisters

4. Set of 2 Vintage Wood Serving Trays

5. Metal 2-Tier Tray

6. Large Vintage Wooden Tray

7. Rusty Watering Can

8. Metal Dust Pan Mailbox

9. Metal Vintage Laundry Basket

Well friends, those are my best tips for finding vintage decor on a budget. I think the big takeaway here is that finding bargains on antique decor is really all about the hunt. You have to be willing to put in the time and effort to track down those hidden treasures. So get out there and get busy on that junkin’ trail. It isn’t always easy, but I promise it is worth it in the end. I’ve saved a ton of money by doing the things I’ve mentioned in this post, so I hope it is helpful to you too.

Thanks a million for stopping by today! Let me know if you have any questions or tips of your own to share, I’d love to hear it! xoxo

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24 Comments

  1. Ellen wrote:

    Oh my gosh, this is probably my favorite topic right now! 😛 We are totally on a budget and I love hitting yard sales and second-hand shops to see what goodies I can find. I’ve been able to save time garage sale-ing as I’ve learned to focus on the older neighborhoods where empty-nesters might be starting to downsize (and not realize how awesome their stuff is!). I also like Hobby Lobby for “vintage” style decor when they have their 50% off sales. Now I wish I could keep perusing those Amazon links you shared instead of heading into work! Thanks for another great post!

    Posted 1.11.17 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      That’s such a good tip Ellen! I always make sure to hit up the “older” neighborhoods too, they are my favorite too. I’m going to go back in and add that into my post! 🙂

      Posted 1.11.17 Reply
      • Debi wrote:

        For myself and my resale business Thrift stores, Garages Sales & Flea Markets are my favorite places to shop. All are extremely Budget friendly. As the ole’ saying goes: “one persons trash is another’s treasure.”

        Posted 3.14.17 Reply
        • Sarah wrote:

          Amen to that Debi!

          Posted 3.15.17 Reply
  2. I’m with you. I’m always trying to decorate on a budget. Thanks for the ideas! I think my favorite way to find vintage decor is garage sales. Can’t wait for Spring for the garage sales to start up again.

    Posted 1.11.17 Reply
    • Joyce wrote:

      While you are waiting for Spring garage sales you can find some great items at your local Habitat for Humanity ReStore!

      Posted 1.16.17 Reply
  3. FernTrudeau wrote:

    I got a little carried away and after spending about 3 hours searching your suggestions on Amazon I am now ready to start my day. I can’t wait til they arrive. I was a little disappointed to find they will not ship certain items to Canada. Thanks for all your great suggestions!

    Posted 1.11.17 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      haha! Well I’m so happy you found some goodies, Amazon is really stepping up their game lately!

      Posted 1.12.17 Reply
  4. Sally wrote:

    I love sharing my old things with my children and grandchildren that have there own home. So neat to see the items in there home and know someone else loves them now.

    Posted 1.11.17 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      I’m sure they love it too Sally, you’re so sweet to do that!!

      Posted 1.12.17 Reply
  5. Denise @briermanor wrote:

    I had that exact Coca-Cola crate that I scored for free from a friend who moved into a new house and it was left behind in their garage. I wasn’t sure what to do with it so I set in on my back porch for a year and a half collecting, dirt, bugs, and trinkets. Now that I’m in full vintage decor mode, I drooled over your coke crate decorated at Christmas with the red bulbs and greens. That’s when I realized that in a moment of “getting rid of clutter” my spider-webbed-junk-trinket coke crate collector got sent to the goodwill pile. Ugh! I’ll never do that again!

    Posted 1.11.17 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Oh no!!! Well don’t beat yourself up, I just accidentally threw away a $60 giftcard to one of my favorite stores. GAH!! Not my best moment. It haunts me in my dreams actually. Anyway, I hope you can come across another coke crate soon Denise!

      Posted 1.12.17 Reply
  6. Doreen wrote:

    Thank you, Sarah, for all the great tips on purchasing vintage decor. On a weekend, I always find myself looking down side streets and signs for garage sales if i didn’t print any out or find in the Penny Saver. Thanks for the tip on the Good Will Stores or Salvation Army for vintage items. Never thought of that. Have a wonderful Thursday. You started mine on the right foot. oreen

    Posted 1.12.17 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Thanks Doreen! I can’t wait for Spring to roll around just so I can start hitting those yard sale again. It can’t come soon enough!

      Posted 1.12.17 Reply
  7. I love a good Saturday morning at yard sales too! That’s my jam! I can’t wait for the weather to warm up and the sales to start again. It was great when I was living in San Diego, we had yard sales almost all year long!!

    Posted 1.12.17 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Oh my, that would be SO awesome Chelsea. One day I want to move to some place that is warm and sunny all year round. Year-round yard sales would be amazing!

      Posted 1.13.17 Reply
  8. Rondell Konat wrote:

    Hi Sarah! Loved your post and can’t wait for spring to get here so the yard sales will get started around here! I also love especially ones without the new stuff! I have a Pepsi crate that I found at a antique/yardsale for $5.00, one year I put it outside and planted plants in the little cubby holes, so cute!
    Have a great day!

    Posted 1.20.17 Reply
    • Rondell Konat wrote:

      Between the words love/especially should be the word fleamarkets

      Posted 1.20.17 Reply
  9. Marge wrote:

    Love frequenting yard sales! These are great tips!

    Posted 8.7.17 Reply
  10. Tiffany wrote:

    Thrift shops are really the best! It’s like a surprise treasure hunt any time I go to one!

    Posted 8.14.17 Reply
  11. Katie wrote:

    I am absolutely obsessed with that coke crate! It looks great in that room and the fact that you found it for only $1…amazing!

    Posted 8.29.17 Reply

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