Recently, I made a trip to one of my favorite thrift shoppes in town on a mission to gather a few budget-friendly items for my Spring mantle. I didn’t want to go all out Easter-y with bright eggs and bunnies but did want a tasteful yet fresh look to my space. After browsing the store for about 30 minutes, which must have been a new record for me, I had a collection of vintage prints, old baskets, books and some faux euclyptus stems. I also bought a old chippy birdcage and a sofa table, but that’s a whole different thing. I’m kicking myself for not snapping a picture of my cart to show to the collections of goodies before I started styling them but I think you will find these items inspiring for your own thrifty mantle scape.
I started with the thrifted treasures I found as well as a pile of good styling pieces I already had. Glass vases, jugs, terra cotta pots, wreaths, and even this upcycled DRY SINK SHELF which I had a total of $5 invested in from the 400 Mile Yardsale a couple summers back. I shared this DIY on the blog previously. The basket and shelf took center stage in this arrangement. I simply turned the shelf upside down, and layered the magnolia on the thrifted basket I found for .25 a couple years ago also from the 400 mile sale. All three of my favorite things all wrapped up together for a nice, fresh, springy feel.
This hare picture was my absolute favorite find of the day! And the best part… I paid a whopping $3 and some change! Isn’t he handsome? He’s neutral so I think he could easily be incorporated into my everyday decor after Spring! What do you think?
This gal is actually a print on the top of a little $4 wooden box. I’m not sure if it’s original purpose but she is now on display. Why did I chose this for a Spring mantle? Well the green of course! I thought the colors would tie in perfectly!
This basket…I’m in LOVE with this basket! A .50 find from a previous thrift haul. Don’t ever ever pass up a good basket! You never know where and when you could use it!
Did I mention not passing up a good basket??? I found this amazing (and tall) wicker like vase for only $6!!! What you can’t see is I stuffed it with Walmart bags to boost the stems. Shhh…no one will ever know the difference.
And of course the faux eucalyptus stems… a big ole pack for $3, also a thrift from the same haul. I remember this style of stem from back in the early 90s. Honestly that’s probably how old these are too. Thank goodness for faux right??
Did I mention baskets?? Haha y’all only thought I was kidding! Seriously! The one sitting in the hearth $3 from you guessed it…a thrift store! And the old wooden theater seat, I couldn’t pass it up for only $15. Granted it’s not sturdy enough to sit but it holds a throw pillow nicely!
And there ya have it folks! Thrifty and beautiful if I must say so myself! I mingled in a few vases, old books and some vintage terra cotta I already had on hand to button up this look.
Don’t fret over what’s “trendy” for Spring. CREATE a Spring look that works for you and your budget!!
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