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110 Innovative Ideas For Repurposing Thrifty Store Finds

How to repurpose thrift store finds or throwaway items into unique home decor.

Have you ever thrown anything away or taken an item to Goodwill only to think later, “Why didn’t I repurpose that piece?” Believe me. I’ve been there. I go to craft fairs or home decor shops and see items similar to things I’ve tossed out, and they were repurposed into something wonderful. 

110 Ways To Repurpose Thrift Store Finds And Throwaway Items

110 Trash To Treasure projects

Now I think twice before getting rid of anything. Take a look at what we have created from old junky items….

Recycled Pool Rack Succulent Display

Trash to treasure makeover with a pool ball rack and faux succulents from Petticoat Junktion
Trash To Treasure Home Decor Makeovers

The faux succulent hanging display I made earlier this year is really unique, and I still love it. Of course, you guys know I’m a big fan of succulents. I have a hard time keeping plants alive, and I always buy faux. You might be surprised to know that I’ve been able to keep the red-topped cactus alive I featured in my porch decor with all the thrifty pots.  I’m surprised!

Hardware Repurpose As A Necklace Holder

Hanging Necklace Holder | Upcycled Project
Necklace Hanger for the Wall

I enjoy putting bits and pieces of my found treasures together and this DIY necklace holder is one of my favorite repurpose projects. See it here…Hanging Necklace Holder | Upcycled Project

Recycling Trashed Items: Beer Can or Soda Can Vases

How to upcycle aluminum cans into vases
Upcycled Cans Make Cute Vases

The beer can vases are a knockoff of vases I saw on West Elm that costs $45 each. Of course, their vases were made out of concrete. Still can’t tell the difference. 

Book Recycle

Painting old books white

The “First Aid” book was also a fun project. I hate to see old books go to the dump. Saving a few might help. This is the perfect example of repurposing old items.

Thrift Store Tray Makeover

Painted tray by Domestically Speaking for thrift store decor day

The painted tray from Maryann showcases one of my favorite color combinations. I like this paint idea. They must have made a million bamboo trays because they are everywhere. That’s okay. I feel a project coming on.

Refrigerator Magnet Organizer

Vintage organizer from House of Hawthornes

Vintage anything speaks to me, and this vintage wall vase turned into an organizer in white is a fav. I like how Pam used it as an organizer on her frig instead of hanging it on the wall.

Spray Painted Horse Trophies

Spray painted Horse Trophies by Refresh Restyle

Here are the horse trophies I mentioned earlier. Collections are fun, but as Debbie mentions in her post, giving them a cohesive look is more fun. The turquoise spray paint color is soft yet flashy. I have never seen horse trophies at the thrift store, but if I do, I know what to do with them. 

Lazy Susan Makeover

Thrift store lazy susan makeover by Sadie Seasongoods


This lazy susan was badly scarred and stained. Sarah sanded it completely and restained it for this fresh look. A simple stencil around the inner edges classes it up.

Pedestal Bowl Makeover

Pedestal Bowl Makeover by Our Southern Home

The bit of gold stripes Christy painted around her bowl is an easy makeover, and this simple change makes a statement.

Accent Table Makeover

Accent Table Makeover by My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

I’ve never seen an accent table with a tabletop shaped like this one from Kristin. The blue color is perfect. See the accent table makeover here.

Wind Chime Refurbish

Refurbished Wind Chime from My Repurposed LIfe

The JTS and my Dad have both restrung wind chimes, but I don’t have the patience. Gail refurbished these wind chimes, and she has a great tutorial on the process.

110 Weird Ways To Repurpose Thrift Store Finds

110 Trash to Treasure Home Decor Makeovers

Thrift Store Decor Tour..

Maryann at Domestically Speaking

Gail at My Repurposed Life

Kathy at Petticoat Junktion ( you are here )

Debbie at Refresh Restyle

Christy at Our Southern Home

Kristin at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

Sarah at Sadie Seasongoods

Pam at House of Hawthornes

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As always, thanks for being here, Kathy

Kathy Owen founder of Petticoat Junktion
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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. So much inspiration from my fellow Thrift Store Decor Team gals – 2019 has been a great year! Can’t wait to see what kind of projects we all come up with next year. 🙂