Re-Think Your Decor: Repurposed Thrift Store Decor

Reader Contribution by Margie Monin Dombrowski
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Adding green decor to your home doesn’t always mean picking out the priciest organic item with a fair-trade label on it. Sometimes, your nearest thrift store is the easiest way to decorate greener because you’re saving something from the landfill and giving it a new purpose. That’s why I’ll share with you a few objects that you can always find at your local thrift store–and how you can repurpose them into something entirely different for your home.

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Glass canisters are plentiful at the thrift shop. If you find one in a style you like but don’t know what to do with it, try re-using it as a candleholder. Containers such as these in the picture above or even antique goblet-style glasses can hold small votive candles nicely.

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Oftentimes you will find cooking utensils and pans at the thrift store. You may not want to use, say, a muffin pan for its original purpose, but look at it in a whole new way and reuse it as an organizer for small items instead.

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Vintage tablecloths abound in thrift stores across the country. These pre-loved textiles may come with minor tears, imperfections and stains, but you can still enjoy those vintage designs if you cut out the salvageable parts and make patchwork curtains or a wall hanging by sewing them together.

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Old coffee cans or tins may be a dime a dozen, but they also make quirky pots for plants. Just be sure to poke holes in the bottom for drainage; any dilapidation that occurs after that just adds more charm.

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You can also find plenty of orphaned plates and mugs left behind at the thrift store. Pick dishes in your desired color scheme so you can break them into tiny tesserae and turn them into a beautiful, cohesive mosaic of your own design.