Ikea Duvet and Thrift Store Quilt in our Coastal Bedroom

Letter from the Editor: Thrift Store Decorating


I love decorating and I love shopping! Whether it’s a small boutique, IKEA, garage sale, antique store or Goodwill thrift store.  Okay, big box stores don’t thrill me very much but they have their purpose too.  One of the things I find most enjoyable about decorating my home is combining favorite finds from thrift stores with something purchased new.  Mix and match is my decorating style!  I find that it makes a room feel much more cozy and inviting than just purchasing everything that matches (no matchy-matchy here!).

My daughter, Liz, has the thrift store bug too and whenever she visits Seattle she heads to their large Goodwill store.  She fills up bins with tons of clothes, shoes and home decor and pays next to nothing (each bin is weighed and she pays a small fee per pound).  The dear girl brought me home a beautiful grey quilt from her last trip.  I happened to find the quilt listed on West Elm and low and behold it was for sale for $160 (Liz paid $3.00).

Thrift Store Quilt from West Elm


I combined my new Goodwill treasure with an IKEA duvet (which I’ve had my eye on for quite some time).  The two work wonderfully together and I couldn’t be happier with the outcome.  They are the perfect combo for Summer in the beach house!


Thrift Store & Ikea Combined in Bedroom


Note: the dark pillow shams are actually a lovely charcoal grey, not brown like they look in the photo.

Ikea Duvet and Thrift Store Quilt in our Coastal Bedroom


Memorial Day Weekend found the hubby and I driving around the Long Beach Peninsula for the annual “Longest Garage Sale” so we had to at least go out for a few hours to see what treasures we needed to have.  Two antique fans; a six-foot shabby chic mantel; like-new Pottery Barn duvet and various coffee table art books later … what fun, fun, fun!  Once the floors are finished in the living room I can get these new treasures displayed and photographed for you (seriously…I promise!).


How do you feel about combining garage sale items with new home goods?


Hope you have a beautiful week!



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11 thoughts on “Letter from the Editor: Thrift Store Decorating

  1. Reinaldo

    Havin read this I thought it was extremely enlightening.
    I appreciate you findiong the timee and effort too put this
    short article together. I once again find myself peersonally spending a lot of time both reading and commenting.
    But so what, it was still worthwhile!

  2. Ellen

    I agree “matchy-matchy” isn’t my thing either. I love mixing old & new and different styles. It makes thigs interesting and when you create little vignettes throughout the house, wherever your eye falls, it sees something pretty!

    I’m good at refurbishing things – painting, adding embellishments, refinishing wood, etc. It comes in handy when you buy something from a thrift store. You end up making it your own.

  3. Sandi Pressley

    We have many items in our home that we found at yard sales, thrift stores and estate sales. Some we use as it and some we upscale or repurpose for one of a kind objects.

  4. Kathryn De La Rosa

    I love mixing found treasures with my ocean pallet decor, especially special furniture finds that I can add my own colors like a beautiful china hutch I got for 100.00 & put a lovely waverly fabric to line the back instead of the horrible brown velvet that was there. All of my ocean dishes, glassware, charges & specialty pieces are shown off so great against that fabric- such an in expensive way to change the life of old worn furniture that now s one of y famouspurchases. Kathy

  5. carrie

    Our local Thrift shops here on the Eastern Shore are like a candy shop to me- and my home decorating! LOVE to mix the old with the new!

  6. Kathy

    Your room looks great. I have the same bug and love finding treasures at thrift stores. I think the two can work together!

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