9 Thrift Shop Nursery Finds
"Poppin' Tags" can get you more than a wardrobe full of your grandma's style. It's a great way to inexpensively outfit your nursery with warmth and charm. Here are nine great thrift shop nursery finds:
Baskets and Crates
Nurseries have lots of small treasures that need to be contained–from powder and diaper cream to small rattles and teethers. Before you head to the store to spend full price on the same baskets and bins everyone else is using, check thrift shops for more unique finds like this colorful handmade basket I found at Goodwill.
I knew I wanted to create a wall gallery above the dresser in my kids’ room, but frames add up quickly. It took only a couple of trips to a thrift shop to stack up more than enough frames for a nice display. The bonus? The random selection of old and worn frames available on thrift store shelves offered the eclectic look I was trying to achieve. Don’t be afraid to mix it up!
Children's Books for Art
If you can’t find any books that look good on the outside to display in your nursery, don’t forget to check the inside of thrift shop books for beautiful illustrations that can be cut out and framed for nursery walls. To save on the expense of buying original art from some of my favorite children’s artists, I’ve searched eBay for inexpensive books that feature their illustrations.
Think beyond “things to play with” when looking at cast off toys at a thrift shop. Colorful old toys can bring character to a baby room when they’re mounted directly to the wall or displayed on a shelf. Look for toys with bright and bold colors, vintage Fisher Price pieces or finds that remind you of your own childhood–a nice sentimental addition to your child’s room.
I always make sure to check thrift shops for old luggage. Vintage suitcases hold far more than charm–they create extra storage space in a nursery for books, hats, shoes, toys, etc. This old typewriter case makes a great mini bookcase in our nursery, with easy floor access for little hands.
Vintage Children's Books for Display
The smell of yellowed pages and the weathered bindings on old books is enough reason alone to bring old children’s books into a nursery. The visual is pretty nice too though–a stack of old classics, that pop of color from their bindings bringing a certain warmth and happiness to a room that promises many days of reading to come.
Quilts and Blankets
Thrift shops, antique shops and eBay are great places to find nursery quilts and afghans. Whether you use them for your crib, to hang over a rocking chair or to display on a wall, colorful quilts and afghans bring character, warmth and visual interest to your baby’s room. For the most colorful finds, try searching eBay with keywords such as “patchwork” or “granny square” (the color block afghan shown in this photo).
Old Jars for Treasures
Looking to fill up some nursery shelf space? Old jars are inexpensive and can regularly be found in thrift shops and on eBay. When filled with childhood treasures such as crayons, jacks, dominoes or mini alphabet blocks, they create a meaningful visual element that adds a happy childhood tone to any room.
Look beyond a basic new lamp for your nursery and hunt for something with more unique charm. Don’t let an ugly lampshade steer you away from a good lighting find at a thrift shop–shades can easily be replaced. When shopping for my son and daughter’s shared nursery, I walked into a thrift shop and immediately found this beautiful milk glass lamp, in perfect condition and less expensive than even the cheapest new lamp I’d find in a regular store.
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