Your living space is like an extension of your personality, and nothing feels quite as nice as coming home after a long day to a homemade cozy and perfectly curated to your tastes.
You may have a long shopping list of things that will help to make your house feel like a home, but there's no need to spend hundreds of dollars on new stuff to achieve your interior design goals.
With a few thrift store shopping trips and a little patience as you browse, you'll go home with treasures that make your apartment feel homier than ever.
Here are 10 thrift store finds to keep your eyes peeled for.
An accent piece, like a funky chair or retro entrance table, can be great conversation starters and really tie a room together. Thrift shops are great places to look for furniture you love but would never find in modern stores.
What kind of style are you going for? Do you love simple mid-century pieces or want the room to feel a little more luxurious? Go online to get some inspiration and get shopping!
Art and prints can be really expensive, especially when you have a lot of wall space to fill. Thrift and consignment shops often are treasure troves for cheap decorations.
Whether you're more into concert posters, funky prints or an eclectic painting collection, you might find your new favorite piece at a Goodwill or local consignment store. You could even buy a bunch of old vinyls to pin to the wall for a very rock-and-roll vibe.
Doesn't that first sip of coffee in the morning taste even better when you're taking it out of a mug that gives you a little smile every time you pull it out of the cupboard?
Perfection is in the eye of the beholder, so spend a moment visualizing mornings with what mugs catch your eye at the thrift store and see how it feels. Your new favorite mug awaits!
While you're in the kitchen/dining section, take a moment to look for thrift cast-iron pans. Actually, cast-iron pans may be one of the best kitchen devices to thrift — after all, nothing says cozy quite like a home-cooked meal!
While brand new cast-iron pans can cost an arm and a leg, old ones are often still high quality and better seasoned. Keep an eye out for any cracks, pitting and warping on the pans before you purchase. If you need to re-season the pan, there are many articles and YouTube tutorials to help you do so.
Now that you want to get in the kitchen with your new cast-iron cookware, look for some cookbooks that can give you dinner time inspiration.
Oftentimes, thrift and consignment stores have book sections, so browse those aisles carefully and maybe you'll find your new favorite recipe rotation.
Give your newly added-to book collection a facelift with some vintage bookends to organize your shelves.
Feel free to get creative with what you define as a "bookend," because really any heavy small decoration can work!
Bring in the warmth of your favorite memories by filling your home with photos of your favorite people and places. You'll likely be able to find gorgeous, eclectic frames to display your pictures all around the house.
Adding some customized lighting to your living space can really change the mood of the room, especially if the majority of your lighting comes from harsh fluorescent overhead lights, like many apartments.
Consignment shops are great places to look for some table lamps for your nightstands, or even larger floor lighting that you can use to change the look of a living room or reading nook.
Inviting friends and family over for a shared meal and quality time is the best way to make your home feel more lived-in.
Head to the thrift shop for a bunch of cheap games and movies so you can host the ultimate game night. Just double-check that all the pieces are there before you buy anything!
Nothing says cozy quite as well as a dreamy, soft throw blanket. New ones can run up a bill of more than a hundred dollars, but consignment shops often have luxuriously knitted and throw blankets for a fraction of the price. Maybe you can find some matching pillows, too!
Hopefully, this list inspires you to beautify your home, even on a budget! Get your bedroom ready for you to relax and recharge, or your living room set for a party to rival no other. Just make sure you know you shouldn't thrift everything in your home. Some things are better left new!