12 Things You Should Always Buy At A Thrift Store

The Top 12 things you should ALWAYS buy at a thrift store! 

Are you an avid thrifter looking for the best deals or a newbie interested in saving money? Either way, we have curated a list of the 12 best things to buy at a thrift store. These items are safe to reuse and will save you big time when redecorating your home! 

Here is a list of the 12 best items to buy at a thrift store: 

  • Books
  • Picture Frames
  • Seasonal Decorations 
  • Used furniture 
  • Leather belts
  • Purses
  • Baskets
  • Mirrors
  • Glasses and mugs
  • Plates and serving dishes 
  • Tools
  • Baby clothes 


Books are perfect because you can do so much with them. You can use them to read, add them to your library, use them as a secret container for important documents, as decoration, or you can use the pages for other DIY craft projects. The list goes on! Make sure to snag a book next time you visit a thrift store. 

Picture frames

This one is a no-brainer! Picture frames can be pricey, especially if you buy them in-store. Purchasing used picture frames is a great idea. Usually, you can find unique designs and even luck out with a high-end solid silver frame. You never know what treasures you might find while thrifting. 

Seasonal Decorations

While these bad boys don’t usually cost much upfront individually, a whole shopping cart of decorations can add up. Even during fall, you can find hardly-used decorations for summer, and vice-versa. Check our last blog post on seasonal decorations for fall you should look for when thrifting. 

Used furniture

Used furniture is one of the best things you can purchase. You can easily find solid wood furniture that just needs a little bit of TLC. It can be a fun project to refurbish a dresser or desk and doesn’t require much effort. When you refurbish furniture, you can make it fit any style or look imaginable! 

Leather belts 

Leather belts are a great, high-quality find. They can bring a look together, and hold up your pants! What a bonus. Leather belts are expensive and hard to come by the right one. Getting one that is slightly worn in can be more comfortable, especially if you consider how much you are saving. 


Finding a cute purse to match your #OOTD (outfit of the day, for those of us who are not millennials) is the best feeling ever. You could easily buy one at Target or some other overpriced store, but why bother when you can thrift one just as easily. When buying a used purse, make sure that it is not too worn out, and that the interior is clean. Most of the time, purses given away were hardly used, making them the perfect find! 


Baskets have so many uses, making them an easy item to decorate with or use as storage. Put one in your living room to hold blankets or find a small one to put on the countertop and fill with candy for Halloween! Read all about how to decorate for fall on our latest blog post


Mirror mirror on the wall… You are the finest purchase of all! Finding a mirror can be a big win. You can purchase smaller ones to glue together in a frame for outdoor decor, or find a luxurious full-length mirror for your bedroom. 

Glasses and mugs

Glasses and mugs should be at the top of your list. They are dishwasher safe and easy to clean. You can find fine crystal Italian wine glasses or unique mugs and cups which no one else will have! It can be a centerpiece for your kitchen or dining room and brightens up your space. 

Plates and serving dishes 

If you are afraid of your nice dishes getting ruined, buy some for cheap at Community Family Thrift, and use these for your next dinner party. Platters and serving dishes are also a great find and come in all sorts of shapes, designs, and sizes. 


Home depot has nothing on us. Find your next hammer or wrench at a thrift store for all of your DIY projects. Items such as pliers, ladders, and shovels can all be found at thrift stores if you are willing to look. 

Baby clothes

The problem with baby clothes is that they can only be worn for so long before the baby outgrows them, usually in the blink of an eye. Baby clothes are hardly used and can also be pricey. If you find a cute baby outfit, there is nothing wrong with buying it thrifted or second-hand. 

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