Sustainable living is having a moment these days. It is a responsible lifestyle where people are making conscious decisions. With celebrities supporting the trend and repeating their looks, it is here to stay. Apart from being environment-friendly, it is also easier on pockets. Due to this, thrift stores are becoming more popular by the day.

Although thrift shopping is not simple, you can get some fab items if you have the patience for it. The key is to know what and how to look.

Here is a list of things that you can buy at thrift stores without any concerns.


Wall decor

Are you planning to build a gallery wall in your home or looking for the right painting to glam your guest bedroom? Visit a thrift store, and you will be overwhelmed with the options. As opposed to the retail stores, you can buy such things for a few bucks in a thrift store. If you are lucky, you can get your hands on vintage and unique items.



If you want a fuss-free way to decorate your walls, mirrors can be your best friends. Apart from being decorative accents, mirrors can also give the illusion of a bigger space. You can hang them opposite a window or a light source to spread more light in a room.

Do hit up thrift stores if you are looking for one. You can get several interesting options like intricate or distressed borders. If you come across an interesting frame, you can customize it for your mirrors.



Buying brand new wooden furniture can be expensive. If you are looking for a reasonable option, do visit a few thrift shops. You may find the perfect vintage dresser or a distressed coffee table for your home. Even if you don’t find what you are looking for, you can use your artistic side and spruce up something with paint and new accessories. The only thing you must steer clear of are baby beds and cots. After all, you don’t want to risk your baby’s safety. Moreover, avoid all kinds of upholstered furniture.


Maternity clothes

Having been there, I understand if you don’t want to spend too much on maternity clothing. Most of such clothes are not usable after your baby comes. If you don’t mind using worn clothes, you can certainly hit thrift stores and save several hundred bucks.



Kids treat toys as use and throw items. They will literally beg you to buy a new toy and will dump it after a week. As a parent, you know how expensive it can be. Moreover, it is a challenge to store them in your house. A cost-effective way is to buy toys at the thrift stores. However, it is advisable to buy only those toys that can be washed.


Lamps, vases and decor accents

Are you in the mood to redo your home? Instead of going the expensive way of changing your upholstery or furniture, you can opt for a more affordable method. You can get little artifacts, vases, and lamps at thrift stores at a steal. You will be surprised at how these little things can change the look and feel of your home. If you are planning to buy a lamp or light fixtures, ensure that the wiring is not faulty.



Were you thinking of a new workout regime and zeroed-in on biking? If you are not certain about it, you can buy a bike from a thrift store. I would suggest buying a single-speed bike from such stores to avoid any inconvenience later. However, if you are a serious biker, I would not suggest buying a new bike from a retail store.

Apart from this list, you can buy almost anything that is not of personal use. You may have to visit a few thrift stores before you find the right item. However, it will be worth it.