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  • Writer's pictureKara Richardson

Need some quick Thanksgiving decorating ideas? Run to your nearest thrift store TODAY!


We are officially two days away from Thanksgiving, and while you might have been more focused on finding a turkey and getting your groceries for the big day, you're realizing that your home needs a little bit of sprucing up. Don't worry! You don't have to spend an arm and a leg to make things a little bit more festive. Here is a list of 5 things you can find at almost any local thrift store that will instantly add style to your Thanksgiving spread.

  1. Vases Most thrift stores have an over abundance of these diamonds in the rough. Spray paint them, or, even easier, tie a cute ribbon around them and fill them with something fun, like flowers, pine cones, or neutral ornaments (since it's not Christmas just yet).

  2. Candles Candles make any space feel warm, cozy and inviting. If you plan on having little ones in your home, put them up in high spaces and always (ALWAYS) keep track of them.

  3. Sheets Most thrift stores don't have a lot of tablecloths, but you can almost always find a sheet. Simply find a cute pattern in a queen or king size and cut it at least a foot bigger than the size of your tabletop. It's okay if the edges are frayed-that just makes it look rustic. And don't worry if you can't find a big sheet. A twin sized sheet makes a great table runner!

  4. Costume Jewelry I know this one seems a little odd, but hear me out. Costume jewelry makes a great table embellishment. You can use small hoops with open clasps as wine glass charms. You can even use some larger hoops and rings for napkin holders. Get creative! The possibilities are endless.

  5. Glasses and plates There is almost never a shortage of tableware at a thrift store. It might not all match, but does it really have to? If you're looking for a formal service of either 4, 6 or 8, find pieces that have a coordinating theme, like lines, flowers, etc. Making sure they have something cohesive to tie them together makes it look like you planned it. You can do the same with glassware, even going as far as mixing heights (short and tall) and styles (teacups with juice glasses). Plus, if you need more containers to serve your dish with, big plates and bowls are easier to find than platters.

Once the holiday is over, make sure you pack up anything that you don't plan on using again and donate it back to a thrift store. Keeping good things out of our landfills ensures that we will have many more Thanksgivings in the future. HAPPY TURKEY DAY!

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