Decorating on a Budget: Thrift Store Finds

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In this insightful blog, we’ll explore the world of second-hand stores as a treasure trove for budget-friendly home decor. Our very own Brooklyn-based interior designer Jarret Yoshida sifts through thrift stores for an array of hidden gems that can elevate living spaces without breaking the bank. These unique vintage and antique items possess a charm and character that mass-produced products simply cannot replicate. Prepare to embark on a journey of adding personality and interest to your home through the world of thrifted finds. Jarret has two essential items in mind that will transform your budget decorating game. 

First, we have art. Adding art to a room is one of the easiest ways to infuse it with personality and character. Contrary to popular belief, quality art doesn’t have to come with a hefty price tag. As Jarret wisely points out, thrift stores often harbor an abundance of visually stunning yet affordable art. You don’t need to be an art expert to find something that resonates with you. Keep an eye out for graphic prints from the ’70s and ’80s, which still hold high demand among collectors. These prints can inject a splash of color and intrigue into any space. Embrace your inner explorer as you navigate through thrift stores, knowing that some of the best art treasures are hidden behind piles of dust and debris.

For the second must-have item, Jarret suggests adding a touch of luxury to your dining experience with vintage Limoges porcelain. And what a brilliant suggestion it is! Limoges porcelain is renowned for its exquisite craftsmanship and intricate designs. You’ll often find these treasures in second-hand stores at a fraction of the price of new porcelain. Seek out pieces with simple gold edges, ornate floral motifs, vibrant geometrics, or elegant white designs. Each piece tells a unique story, often hand-painted and truly one-of-a-kind. To ensure the authenticity of Limoges porcelain, be sure to check for the manufacturer’s stamp on the bottom of the piece.

By following Jarret’s expert advice, you not only infuse style and charm into your home but also embark on the exciting role of an afternoon explorer. Thrift stores anywhere around the country offer an unparalleled opportunity to discover affordable and distinctive items that enhance your home decor. When searching for art and vintage porcelain, keep an open mind and be prepared to dig through piles of items in pursuit of that perfect piece (let the explorer within you shine!). With a little patience and a stroke of luck, you can transform your home into a captivating and uniquely adorned space while staying true to your budget.

About Jarret Yoshida

Jarret Yoshida has worked in the New York interior design world for more than two decades. With a varied portfolio of projects including residential and commercial spaces, he draws inspiration from his Asian interior designer heritage to create stylish, welcoming, and sophisticated design solutions.

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