Shopping secondhand is a fun and rewarding treasure hunt. Not only is it a sustainable choice that helps conserve resources and reduce waste, but it also saves you money and offers unique finds. Before you buy something new, consider checking out your local thrift store.

Here are items you should always try to thrift instead of buying new:

1. Small wood tables and stools

Thrift stores are filled with various wooden tables and stools perfect for adding a functional and stylish touch to your home. According to an article for Martha Stewart,  Taylor Jochim-Smoot, an expert on vintage sourcing and design, explains these pieces can be used as plant stands, side tables, or reading nooks. They’re versatile and can often be refinished or repainted to match your decor.

Small wood tables and stools


2. Gardening supplies

Starting a garden can be expensive, but you can cut costs by thrifting. Andi Jenkins, an interior stylist and vintage reseller, suggests looking for gardening tools and supplies at thrift stores. Items like trowels, rakes, and pots are built to last and can often be found in good condition.

3. Canning jars

Canning jars are versatile and eco-friendly. They can be used for storage, as drinking glasses, or as vases. Jenkins notes that many people donate their jars after a single season of use, so you can often find them in excellent condition at thrift stores.


4. Throw blankets

Thrift stores offer a wide variety of cosy throw blankets. Jenkins recommends looking for handmade afghans and other textiles, which are usually in great condition and much cheaper than buying new ones. Just be sure to check for any stains or holes before purchasing.


5. Quality rugs

A secondhand rug might seem like a risky purchase, but Taylor Jochim-Smoot assures that the craftsmanship of older rugs often surpasses newer options. If you find a rug with some surface dirt but no major damage, you can usually restore it to its former glory with a good cleaning.

6. Candles

Candles are a common thrift store find and can add a lovely ambiance to your home without the high price tag. Jenkins recommends looking for unused candles, from tapers to scented tins, to enjoy unique scents and vintage shapes.


7. Flower pots

Ceramic plant pots are plentiful at thrift stores and online marketplaces. Jochim-Smoot shares that these pots come in various sizes and styles, sometimes even with the original plant, offering a great way to add greenery to your home decor.

8. Decanters and glassware

Thrift stores often have a wide selection of unique glassware and decanters. Jochim-Smoot suggests using cut glass decanters for storing everyday items like mouthwash or olive oil, adding an elegant touch to your home. Remember to test any vintage glassware for lead to ensure it’s safe for food use.


Thrifting these items not only saves money but also supports sustainable living by giving new life to pre-loved treasures.


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