Celebrate Fall with Thrifty Finds

September 22, 2016

GUEST POST | Talya Boerner of Grace, Grits and Gardening

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Fall has arrived bringing all my favorite things—turning leaves, harvest on the farm, and the promise of cooler weather.  I like to celebrate it, too, by enjoying supper outside. Something as easy as a change of scenery can feel cathartic after a long summer!

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Spiff up your tablescape up with a few “new to you” thrifty finds from your local Salvation Army store, and you’ll swear you’re on vacation.

Thrifting is a treasure hunt for me, and I can spend hours (okay, days) on the prowl for that next fun find. Come along with me as I share a few of my thrifting tips and recap my recent trip to the Salvation Army store in Rogers.

Go with a plan and a budget.
I knew I wanted to freshen up my fall dining decor so I focused on kitchenware and knickknacks with an autumn flair. And I limited myself to a $25 dollar budget.

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Keep a creative, open mind.
Channel your craftiest self. Can you paint it, clean it, or repurpose it in a unique way?

Take your time and leave no stone unturned.
Go when you have lots of time to browse. Make several passes through the store. Be sure to hit the craft area. Look under tables and in boxes. Jewels have a tendency to hide.

Research items.
If you find something you want to know more about, Google it. You have your smartphone with you, right? You never know when you may uncover a valuable antique.

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So what did I buy??

2 stoneware dinner plates $1.00 each

2 green salad plates $1.00 each

2 mismatched saucers (Homer Laughlin) $0.80 each

Small pitcher $1.00

Vintage glass mug $1.00

Large round platter with flower patterned motif $3.00

Ceramic owl bank (unpainted) $1.00

Turkey (made from feathers and leaves) $2.00

2 candlesticks $1.00

Fabric scrap (great colors!) $1.00

Small piece of granite $2.00 (cheeseboard or candle base?)

Bag of brown leather-ish flowers $1.00

Roll of ribbon $1.00

Heavy acorn $2.00

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I wasn’t sure what I would do with the flowers or ribbon, but I decided to make garland with it. The bag contained LOTS of flowers, and when I ran out of my new ribbon, I dug into my own stash. Stringing garland makes any party more festive, don’t you think?

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I’m a sucker for mismatched plates, and I love these!!!

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The ceramic owl? He’s technically a piggy bank with a slot in the back. I spray painted him using leftover paint I had in the garage, placed him on my $3.00 platter, added a little cotton (from our farm), and topped the vignette with a glass cloche. Instant centerpiece!

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My before table on our side porch looked plain and boring after a serious case of end-of-summer neglect…

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Afterwards, I’m ready to ring in fall!

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I’m always surprised at how far my money will go when I buy second-chance items.
Happy Fall, y’all!

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Talya draws inspiration from nature and appreciates the history behind food, family, places and vintage things. She blogs at Grace, Grits and Gardening and has been published in Arkansas Review, Front Porch Magazine, Delta Crossroads and several on-line publications including Deep South Magazine. Talya believes most any dish can be improved with a side of collard greens. Her award-winning debut novel, The Accidental Salvation of Gracie Lee, is available at Barnes & Noble, via Amazon, and at certain indie bookstores.

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  • Gina September 22, 2016 at 5:45 pm

    Your fall decor looks great. That acorn- what a fun find!

    • Talya Tate Boerner September 26, 2016 at 4:01 pm

      I agree! I’ll be using it year round, probably as a door stop. It’s heavy duty.

  • Sherri Bennett September 22, 2016 at 5:57 pm

    Love it! You have a great flair for casual elegance. I’m now inspired to transition seasons and to plan a thrift shop visit. Thanks for the great ideas!

    • Talya Tate Boerner September 26, 2016 at 4:00 pm

      Thanks, Sherri! And today we (finally!) have cooler weather. I’m definitely inspired.

  • Dorothy Johnson September 22, 2016 at 7:41 pm

    Love your haul! I like to prowl around thrift stores, too. That turkey is a head turner.