If you’re anything like me, you want to decorate your house as cheaply as possible. Especially when it comes to Christmas decorations. I just can’t justify spending 60 dollhairs on overpriced glitter greenery that I use for just 30 days out of the year. But $3.99 for the same thing at the Goodwill? With lights?! Much more my speed. (Am I the cheapest person in the world? Debatable.) Here are some of my favorite ideas for thrift store Christmas decor…because at Christmas who doesn’t want to save more? (Rhyming optional.)
Pretty sure this goes without saying, but ornaments are a Christmas staple. I got about 30 glass ornaments for just 99¢ aka I basically stole them. Use them on the tree, hot glue them to a wreath, use them as vase fillers — the options are endless. Don’t like the color? Spray paint is your best friend!
Thrift stores are loaded with Indiana Glass holiday bowls…and I feel the need to buy all of them.
Wreaths are totally having a moment in my house right now. I just bought two rustic Christmas wreaths for 2.99 each, and last year, I scored two plain greenery ones and now they’re all bowed up and sitting pretty on our front doors. (Sidenote: Making bows is just about the hardest thing I’ve ever done. I did not realize this. Props to all you crafty bow makers.)
This wreath cost me just $6 to make.
$2.99 wreath and 99¢ ‘M’
3. Ribbons and craft supplies
For some reason, I always expect the craft store to be as cheap as thrift stores, and let me tell ya, it most certainly is not. It all adds up so fast! Luckily you can find plenty of Hobby Lobby leftovers at the thrift store, like this bag of pinecones I got for just $1.99. And don’t forget to check the children’s section! I’ve found that craft supplies typically get sorted there if there’s not a designated section.
4. Vintage tins
Because you’ve got to have something to put those cookies in right? It doesn’t matter if your cookies taste like an old cardboard box, if you put them in a cute little tin, it adds at least three flavor points. What are flavor points? Who knows, but you need all of them to win.
Who needs stockings when you have baskets? (Bonus: I’m pretty sure they hold more stuff.) We don’t have a mantel, so I’m designating Christmas baskets for each of us instead of the usual sock (#trendalert). Baskets are also fabulous for creating little vignettes or table centerpieces with those thrifted ornaments you picked up.
6. Fabric & Tablecloths
I use the term “fabric” loosely because I have been known to buy clothes and use them as whatever fabric I need. (I find so many full-length skirts that work great for this.) I just recently made a garland out of kid’s buffalo check flannel PJs, and I’m working on Christmas pillow covers made from men’s flannels. Think outside the box! Curtains, sheets and tablecloths can also be repurposed. Just give ’em a wash and you’re good to go!
Christmas mugs are a must when drinking hot chocolate with the fam, and they also make your coffee sippin’ time way more cozy. I find these year-round for cheap. Vintage Santa mugs like these are big-sellers on Etsy too, if you’re into that sort of thing!
8. Candle Holders
There are only a handful of times when I actually want to use candleholders, and Christmas is one of them. Tis the season for decorative fire hazards!
Er, don’t mind the missing candles, but aren’t these 99¢ reindeer just perfect?
9. Holiday plates and dishes
Make your Christmas dinner tablescape epic for only a few bucks. I see full settings of holiday dishes all the time at thrift stores, so snatch up your own set. You can only use them once a year, so might as well get them cheap! Sure, you can get Christmas paper plates, but I prefer the real thing. We abide buy a strict no-paper-plates rule in this house because we are classy, darnit.
Salt and pepper shakers are basically a must on any good thrift store hoarder’s collecting list.
Reindeer, snowmen, scary little Santas and more: you gotta have these in your Christmas decor. I’ve also found lots of Lemax Village house sets, so you can totally start your own collection for a fraction of the price. And I so would be on top of this if I had room to collect anything else in this house. Such is life.
Speaking of the house, here’s some more of our decorating.