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Thrift Store Fall Decor

September 22, 2022

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Hello fall.

Please do come in.

I won't bite, I promise.

Yes, yes, I know, I'm usually all about summer, the girl who drags her feet when it comes to welcoming fall into her home.

However.

Multicolored Roses In A Ceramic Pumpkin

This year, after all the crazy outdoor renovations that started in April and are still not wholly complete, is it any wonder that I find myself running indoors to decorate? 😉

Well lucky me, this week I just happen to be participating in the Celebrate Fall Home Tour hosted by Leen from Sand Dollar Lane. Five days that are just bursting with autumn inspiration from 23 of my most creative blogging friends.

If you're here, on this very first day of fall, from The Roots of Home, hello and welcome! Isn't her mantel outstanding?

I'd love to tell you that I'd be sharing mine today, but remember those outdoor projects I mentioned? 

Yeah, the inside is no better. After 20 years in our charming beach cottage, everything needed to be updated. Again. 

Painted floors in the hallway and wallpaper in the family room are just two of the projects underway and none of the rooms are done. 

So today, I'll be sharing my fall kitchen decor. That room isn't in process.

And this season, I'm all about decorating with thrift store or yard sale finds. Secondhand, vintage. And cheap!

My favorite combination.

Decorating For Fall With Thrift Store Finds


I used to love browsing the aisles and loading my cart up at Homegoods and Tuesday Morning.

However, lately, I find that the merchandise all looks the same.

Exquisitely Unremarkable Fall Kitchen Tour Rose Filled Basket and Pumpkins

It's not unique at all and definitely doesn't fit the aged, collected, cottage style aesthetic in my home.

There's just no backstory or history either. Boring

I've also found that over the years, as my taste has matured, I've become a collector of sorts and what I'm looking for isn't available in stores.

And I kind of enjoy the thrill of the hunt.

This summer I found a ton of great treasure at thrift shops that I knew would add the perfect amount of fall flair. 

Brass candlesticks are my newest obsession. I picked up almost a dozen in recent months for just a few bucks.

I have them all over the house filled with these battery operated timer candles.

Every evening at 7pm they go on by themselves and light up the night. I dress many of them with tiny floral rings.

Candlelight In The Kitchen with pumpkins and roses

In the kitchen, I peppered them in between a yard sale basket and vintage dishes on my pine server. 

Another piece I thrifted years ago.

More of my plate collection sits above it...Johnson Brothers, Queens and Spode. Each one found in a different shop.

Decorating For Fall With Thrift Store Finds

Below the rack sits a tiny bathtub filled with baby boo pumpkins.

They're brand new, but aren't they adorable?

On the other side of the kitchen, I have a pumpkin cookie jar I scored years ago for a few bucks. It's filled with rainbow colored roses.

It makes an inexpensive and festive vase without having to carve an actual pumpkin.

Roses In A Pumpkin for Fall

I used to put it in the living room, in front of our stone fireplace, but since I've been doing a little updating in there, it's landed here.

Keeping my new rooster cookie jar company. Birds of a feather and all.

White Fall Decor rooster cookie jar, white pitcher and white pumpkins

He's hiding a rather large chip under some of those feathers, but for five bucks, I was ok with that.

The teeny plates were a quarter each, there are more candlesticks and that napkin was part of a lovely linen set I scored last week.

Because every vignette needs a little color.

And well, it's red.

As we make our way around the breakfast nook, you can peek at my online find. A footed wooden bowl from Poshmark. 

Now I can thrift without leaving the house. How fun!

And a wee bit dangerous.

Pumpkins and Apples In A Footed Wooden Bowl

I loaded it up with real and faux pumpkins and pears and placed a mercury glass lantern in the center. 

When I saw it, I reminded me of a pumpkin, so for two bucks, I grabbed it.

To add a some color, I placed candy corn inside.

Candy Corn In a Pumpkin Bowl

Clearly it's not for eating, although food does make a good looking decor accessory.

Especially with a little votive nestled between the sugar.

Candlelight and Pumpkins Fall Decor

It simply adds a drop of orange to the arrangement and I like the way it looks.

Even if it's not from a thrift store. 

Are you a thrifty decorator?

Celebrate Fall Collage

Hey before you go, you're going to want to peek at all the beautiful fall posts my friends have to share.

Lindsay from Aratari At Home is up next and you're not going to want to miss her fabulous fall decor. Plus, she's a fellow New Yorker. We are well acquainted with fall, so you know she's got the warm and cozy on tap.

And be sure to check back again tomorrow, since five more friends will be sharing their fall beautiful fall decor.

  1. I love all your pretty thrifty finds!
    That rooster is the cutest and your plate collection is fabulous!
    Thanks for being part of this fun tour!

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    1. Thanks for popping by to say hello and thanks for hosting, Leen! Happy fall!!

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  2. I love hunting for vintage treasures too. I'm admiring your brass candle sticks and the cute rooster cookie jar. Speaking of cookie jars, your fresh rose arrangement is just gorgeous! Happy fall!

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    1. Thanks so much!! Candlesticks are my latest collection obsession. I need to stop buying them or find a bigger house!! Happy Fall!!

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  3. Thrift store shopping is so fun. You never know what you’ll find. I love the pumpkin cookie jar and the way you used the mercury ware for vases.

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    1. Thanks Patti! I really did have a lot of fun hunting for treasure.

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  4. I too love decorated with thrifted treasures. You have created such a beautifully curated look in your home. Thanks for the tip about battery operated candles - such a grat idea!

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    1. Thank you so much!! Aren't those candles great? I love the fact that they just "light" themselves...and then "blow themselves out" a few hours later!!

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  5. Love it all Kim. I of course love the white pumpkin vignette with your sweet rooster find. Love those candles that have the timers. Happy First Day of Fall. Fall is in the air here in Illinois today. We went from 90 to 60 today. So crazy. Fall and summer are in a tug of war. Have a great day. xoxo Kris

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    1. Kris, there is literally a tug of war going on at my house...it's thundering here and humid. Apparently summer does not want to leave. I'm kind of ok with that!! Enjoy the day!! xo

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  6. Love your brass candlesticks with BOL. such a smart idea. I’m with you about buying from thrift stores. My favorite.The rooster cookie jar is a great find.

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    1. Thanks so much, Carol...and yes, aren't those candles great? I have so many of them around the house, if they were real it'd be a fire hazard! Now there's no limit to how many candlesticks I can thrift. Which may not be a good thing!! 😉

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  7. I love all your thrifted finds! Especially the rooster! He is so cute. And now I have a desire to hunt for brass candlesticks! I love the way you sprinkled them through your home. They make it feel so cozy!

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    1. Thanks Wendy! Everyone seems to love that rooster. I'm so glad I picked him up, even with that huge chip, he's still a pretty cute guy.

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  8. You found so many great thrifted finds. Thrift store shopping is one of my favorite pass times. Those brass candlesticks are stunning! Thank you for stopping in to our Home Imagined link party.
    Meagan-Decorative Inspirations

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    1. Thanks Meagan! I've become a very frequent visitor at the local thrift stores lately. I just can't get my fill of those second hand finds.

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  9. I don't think my comment went through....I love your fall decor, and I especially like your unique finds. :D

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    1. Thanks Ricki!! Blogger is bit fickle lately when it comes to comments. Thank you for trying again and for your kind words!! Happy fall!

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  10. So many good thrifted finds!

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    1. Thanks so much! It was a good shopping season.

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  11. Happy first day of fall Kim. I love all of your thrifted finds and how pretty the kitchen looks decorated for fall. The pumpkin cookie jar looks great filled with flowers. The large bowl is a great find and you can do a lot with it. Enjoy all of your thrifted items Kim.

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    1. Thanks so much, Julie. I had a fun decorating and playing with my new finds. Happy fall!!

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  12. Happy Autumn and I love how you added flowers, pumpkins and even candy corn to make your home ready for the season.

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    1. Thanks Carla! I'm glad that candy corn isn't in candy dish, because then I'd have definitely eaten it all by now!

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  13. If you aren't ready for Fall, you will be after reading ALL the creative and inspirtational crafters!
    I think your pumpkin with the rainbow roses, is a nice cross over to Fall without losing Summer.

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  14. I'm a Summer girl too, but Fall has arrived. Might as well decorate, right? Your finds look so good! I love your plate collection and that rooster is the cutest! That little mercury glass lantern does have a pumpkin look and fits on your footed ball perfect.
    I really like the idea of the battery operated candles too.

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    1. I agree, Mari, If you can’t beat ‘em then join ‘em…and fall decor is so pretty isn’t it? I don’t do much decorating in the summer, we’re always outside, so it is fun to play inside as the weather starts to turn. Thanks for the visit!

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  15. So fun finding your blog through this hop! I too love vintage, flea market finds. Such pretty Fall decor!

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    1. Thanks so much, Kelly and right back at you! It's always fun to find a friend who loves flea market finds as much as I do.

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  16. Kim,
    I just love how pretty everything looks and what really caught my eye are those battery operated taper candles...I have tons of the pillar ones and I do love them but I seriously need to look into the taper ones!! Thanks so much for sharing!!! Everything is so charming!!
    Hugs,
    Deb

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    1. Hi Deb! Thanks for the visit and yes, those tapers are awesome. I love that they don't have a remote to lose and they just go on and off without any intervention from me. Instant charm on cue every night at 7pm!! Haha!! Happy fall!!

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  17. You and I have similar interests Kim. As I have matured, my tastes have as well. Shopping for well-loved items in local thrift stores helps to add a different and unqiue look to our homes. I 100% agree with you! Pinning. 😊

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    1. Glad to hear I'm not alone, Cindy. The thrill of the hunt and the prospect of finding something truly unique is what makes me smile now.

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  18. I love thrifting and using vintage pieces! You have found some real treasures you put them together in such a charming way! (Dara from The Roots of Home, I had trouble signing in)

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  19. I love thrifting and using vintage finds. You have found some treasures and styled them beautifully for Fall!

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    1. Thank you, Dara! I love the weather in summertime, but fall is always the most fun when it comes to decorating.

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  20. Such a beautiful hutch! I'm in love with all of your vignettes. Beautiful way to welcome fall!

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  21. I am in love with that basket on the hutch...your hutch is simply stunning. All of the vignettes you have created are such a beautiful way to welcome fall.

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    1. Isn't that basket unique, Leslie? I just had to have it and it was a few cents..a total bargain! Thanks for the visit and the kind comment. I wish you a lovely fall!

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  22. Oh Kim! I need to go thrifting with Y-O-U! I love everything you found, especially those cookie jars! Oh my goodness--now I will be looking for those everywhere! Thank you so much for sharing!

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    1. Thank you so much, Melanie…and I’d shop with you anytime! I’ll take you out thrifting, if you take me to your dollar stores. I think that’d be a win-win. And tons of fun! Thanks for the visit and happy fall! ❤️

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  23. I completely agree with you about HomeGoods and Tuesday Morning, everything DOES look the same. Yard Sales, Estate Sales, and thrift stores are the way to go - always unique and much better prices! Your kitchen looks beautiful, Kim, and I love that rooster cookie jar!

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    1. Thanks so much, Ann! I had fun shopping in some new places. I do have to keep getting further and further away from home though. At this rate I might end up on your doorstep before the year is out. 😉

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  24. What beautiful thrifted finds you've scored! Just lovely for Fall. :)

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    1. Thank you so much. It was a good summer for thrifting, for sure!!

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  25. Kim, I feel the same way when I browse decor--everything looks the same, or I already have something comparable that I like better! I've been using what I have in different ways and adding some handmade accents this season. You've styled your thrifted decor beautifully! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm--pinned!

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    1. I’m glad to hear I’m not alone, my friend. You always decorate beautifully with your treasures, as well. And thank you for the feature today!!

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  26. What great finds for fall Kim! I love the plates, the pumpkin bowl, the brass candlesticks. There's something about that thrill of the hunt - and scoring a good bargain!

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    1. Thanks so much, Kate and I totally agree!!

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  27. AnnMarie | Simply2MomsSeptember 27, 2022 at 5:17 PM

    These are just lovely finds that are perfect for fall! Thrift shopping can be so fun when you find a good bargain! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks AnnMarie!! I don't know what I enjoy more, the thrift shopping or the decorating with my finds!!

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  28. I love the thrill of the hunt and finding a bargain! Now, there is one thing I don't understand. The candy corn is not for eating? I do no have the self control to leave it out there in the open, lol!

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    1. Haha...you're so funny, Amy and a girl after my own heart! It's a good thing that candy corn is an old beat up chipped bowl or I would eat it. All. In a matter of minutes.

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  29. I really enjoyed your post. I, too, am a thrifter. Partly because I need vintage stuff for my booth, partly it's caz it's what I love best. If I had a choice between Wal-Mart and a thrift, I'd go thrifting! I still haven't figured out why some of the things move me to collect them, but that's OK! Now that I'm retired, finding a bargain is even more important. Between stocking a booth and crafting, I have found great interests to keep me going! P.S.; Although I'd love to thrift with you, I'd bet we'd argue over who saw what first!!!!

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    1. Kathy, your PS made me giggle!! It would be fun to thrift together, but I'm sure I'd be getting the better end of that deal, since you own a booth and are an expert, I'd be learning a lot from you. I also agree, that I don't know what things move me to collect them or why I've been around brass candlesticks and milk glass my entire life, but have suddenly fallen in love. A mystery!! Thanks so much for your fun comment. I hope to chat again!!

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  30. I do like the Autumn and its glorious colours.
    Everything is looking very good, I particularly like the tiny bathtub filled with baby boo pumpkins.

    Enjoy this last day of September and have a happy October.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thanks so much, Jan!! That bathtub was sitting on a shelf at the thrift shop for two or three dollars and I grabbed it because I thought it was darling. I honestly had no idea what I was going to do with it, but turns out it's one of my favorite pieces.

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  31. You have found some great pieces and I love how you incorporated them into your home. Happy Fall.

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  32. I loved seeing all your pretty decor, Kim. I have so many battery operated candles, but I need some more tapers. One can never have too many cheerful glows around the house!

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  33. Kim, I love all of your great thrift finds. I also love Johnson Brothers and Spode in red and brown transferware. Love those red plates of yours. Everything looks so pretty in your home.

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