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100 Updated And Repurposed Thrift Store Finds

How about creating unique home decor and saving money at the same time? That’s a win-win in my book, and that’s the focus of the Thrift Store Decor Team. We have been super busy this year, and you can find more than 100 of our best updated and repurposed thrift store finds here.

Wicker Wall Succulent Planter

succulent wreath in a round basket

This thrift store basket was a mess, but Sarah spruced it up with metallic paints and then added all those faux succulents. This plant filled basket of looks so much better than the original.

DIY Plaster Candle Holders

diy plaster candle holder

Here’s a DIY idea to transform a candle holder with a homemade faux plaster recipe. It’s a fun project that anyone can try at home.

Succulent Birdbath

artificial succulents bird bath display idea
artificial succulents bird bath display idea

I inherited this bird bath from my sweet neighbor. I wanted to do something different with it, and succulents were the answer. The birdbath sits below our den window, and I can see it every day.

Botanical Planter

Photo of an upcycled crock with spray paint & decor transfer displayed in a barn wood basket.

This is actually two projects in one. The wood tray just needed a good cleaning. The outdated crock with the apple design got a paint job and a new rub on design to bring it up to date.

Penny Covered Bowling Ball

How to make a penny bowling ball, fun and unique yard art for your garden. And some people say the copper pennies repel slugs!

Pam bought this bowling ball, bag, and a pair of old used bowling shoes at a church garage sale for just $1.00. The bowling ball by itself was worth $1.00. The new look with the shiny pennies is awesome.

Cork Covered Vase And Neutral Decor

DIY Cork Covered Vases and Spray Painted White Bowls
DIY Cork Home Decor Accessories

Make these cork-covered vases inspired by a trend report I read in Food Network Magazine. The article was about cork being the new MVP of kitchen materials and featured cork trivets and a cork teapot.

Upcycled Jewelry Art

This is the perfect project for the vintage lover who enjoys puzzles. And if you love mementos and reminders of the past, this project is for you. Grab your old jewelry, buttons and glue

Updated Wicker Basket

You can transform a dark wicker basket into a stunning light rattan masterpiece with Kristin’s step-by-step guide.

Decorating With Thrift Store Finds

landscape art

Christy shares tips for updating and decorating with thrift store art. She will have you decorating your home with eclectic style on a budget in no time!

Upcycled Magazine Rack


Old wood magazine racks can be customized in any color or style that makes you happy and matches your home decor. Gail did a great job on this one. You can never go wrong with white paint and a chalk couture transfer.

DIY Bird Feeder


Make a unique bird feeder using vintage teacups and an iron candle holder. This project was a lot of fun. The hanger is from Dollar Tree.

Updated Thrift Store Decor

updated thrift store finds

Thrift Store Decor Tour….
Thrifty Projects For Your Home – My Repurposed Life
Updated and Repurposed Thrift Store Finds – Petticoat Junktion (you are here)
Thrift Store Decor DIY Makeovers For The Home – Our Southern Home
Thrift Store Crafts and Upcycle Ideas – Sadie Seasongoods
Clever Upcycling Ideas For Your Thrift Store Treasures – House Of Hawthornes
Creative Thrift Store Makeovers – My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Upcycling And Repurposing Ideas – Organized Clutter
A Year Of Thrift Store Decor – Shop At Blu
Unique Thrift Store Projects – Domestically Speaking

Over 100 Thrift Store Projects


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Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com

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  1. Great selections from 2023! I am always blown away by the creativity of our group. Pinned to my thrift store board.

  2. What. A. Year! Thank you for everything you’ve introduced me to this year- can’t wait to see where we all go in 2024!