A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. I am alone, and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was create
This is such a fun topic for me to share because it’s become something I absolutely love to do, especially with my girls. If you’ve seen any of our home decor or furniture, you know that I love hand-me-downs, mixing old and rustic treasures, and finding things that are not only cute but serve a purpose.
I love showcasing my personal style and our western way of life inside our home through some of these things that have stories to tell themselves.
I’ve enjoyed finding these fun pieces so much so that I’ve added a Vintage Western Section to my shop where I do monthly updates with items I’ve personally picked and would decorate with myself.
Thrifting/antiquing is a budget friendly way to curate the cozy home of your dreams that is unique to you and emphasizes your style and individuality. I’d define thrifting as shopping for things, even if you don’t have a use for it right at that moment but will, as items you go ahead and get. Antiquing, by my definition, would be taking home pieces that might be a little more expensive but I can’t leave without. These will more likely be items that won’t leave our home until I’m gone. More heirloom, if you will.
As stated above, most of our home is decorated or made up of hand-me-downs, family heirloom pieces, vintage western finds, and thrifted gems I’ve picked throughout the years. It’s another reason why I love this activity because it’s a journey that never ends. There are obviously things we’ve bought new but never overlook or underestimate the kind of home you can make with secondhand.
Budgeting is obviously a big reason for thrifting for most but also the thrill of the hunt and joy of the find is fun. Finding beautiful, unique pieces at affordable prices is always a win in my book.
Most of the time, I’m not looking for anything in particular but it is good to keep a running list of things you need or may need on your phone so if you do come across it and it’s in your budget, you can grab it. Most of my favorite things I have found have been on a whim.
Back in 2021, Zack and I were in Sheridan, Wyoming and popped into one of my absolute favorite antique stores to date. Being in a cowboy town, I was bound to find some absolute gems. We came home with a few items but one of my favorite pieces was a beautiful vintage leather tooled purse for Scout. It was from the sixties, had a horse tooled on the flap, and is the cutest little bag. She still carries it to this day and will be something we keep to hand down to her girls.
We launched a podcast today over on Paintbrush Prairie, discussing all things thrifting and antiquing. We talked a little bit about having a “someday tote” or “hope chest” for finds that are for keeping but not yet displaying or using and it’s something I started years ago. Someday, I pray we get to build our forever home and I’ll get to pull out these little treasures and tell stories about each of them.
These boot glasses are one of my favorite things I collect. One of my signature pieces that I started early this summer is using my vintage boot glasses I’ve found as my wildflower/cut flower vases. Every week I’d share my new picks and arrangements on Instagram and it brought in so much happiness for me, in my office, and home. So much that I plan to make a little logo out of it for a project for next year.
I hope this helps and inspires you to take the time to slow down and treat yourself to some leisure shopping. It’s a fun way to shop, save, and collect items that bring joy and beauty into your home.
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