If you’ve read my previous posts or the about page, you’ll probably know that I am a thrifting-enthusiast. To me, there really is no bigger joy than finding a product that is in stores for a price much lower than that!
Now, I must be very honest: you really have to know what you’re looking for – and really get lucky. I usually get very lucky, but also am really good at spotting good deals (much to the jealousy of my friends and family).
Today I want to share some of my interior favorites! I often go to second-hand stores and usually do not leave empty-handed! I will show some of my favorite room-items, room by room.
Living room (Items, purchase-location and price!)
The white photo-frame is from IKEA, the drawing of the plant is from AliExpress (link). The photoframe was approximately €2, and the image was €0.73.
Both the grape-shaped bottle and the whiskey bottle in the middle were €0.25, bought at the ‘kringloopwinkel Best Goed’ (Enkhuizen). The beautiful golden whiskey glasses were a gift from one of my best friends for our housewarming, but they can be bought at HEMA (link).
The marble candles are one of my favorite items in the house: I got them on clearance from a second-hand store chain, called Noppes. Grand total for these cute marble candles? €1 – yeah, that’s right!
The candle sticks were all purchased for a grand total of €2.00, at a store called Opnieuw&Co, in Rotterdam. I thought they were all a little too white together, so over the summer – when I was in my ‘spray-everything-gold’ mania – one of them became a victim, but I think it brings them nicely together.
Bedroom! (Items, purchase-location and price!)
Our entire bedroom, apart from our matresses and lamps, is second-hand – and I wouldn’t like it any other way.
One of the oldest things I own, is this jewelry box. As a ten-year old, this cost me most of my allowance back then – a whopping €7,50. I bought this at a store that later was taken over by Noppes, but used to be called Boedelraad (still miss that place so much!). I have no idea how old it is, but I just love how fancy & vintage it looks, don’t you?
The casted hand you see is something that my pre-school made for all the parents when I was approximately 3 years old. It used to be in my bedroom at my dad’s house, but as he’s moving my sister returned it to me – still considering what would be a good place for it!
This poster I got from my aunt when I was 15-ish. She used to have it in her bedroom, and I just adore the feel of it. It’s by Verkerke and from 1991.
The candles were a gift from my best friend, and I think they match the shelve nicely 🙂 The shelve is from IKEA, and was another victim of the gold-mania :’).
The hallway of our current house is a bit of a pain: the size is inconvenient, and nothing really feels matching – and it is indirectly connected to our hallway-meets-office space. I have recently upgraded it to match some Hemnes-benches (IKEA), so that makes it a little better. Still I have some favorites from this space that I think are worth sharing!
This really cute letterboard was purchased on a Kingsday flee-market, for only €2! I have always collected tiny things as keepsake from memorable events (high school camps, travels, childhood memento’s and such) , but never had a real good place to store them – and now I do! It’s a great conversation started, as people are curious what all these little things are about. The koala for example, is a gift that my third-grade teacher gave me for my birthday – every child was allowed to pick one gift, and I chose this. It’s a little chipped because of all the moving I’ve done, but I like the memories it holds.
The postcard is one of my most recent collected items! I was walking in my favorite second-hand store, the Kringloper in Naarden, when I noticed some postcards laying around. This one looked specifically old, and I thought it would look specifically nice on display in the hallway – next to my actual travel cards, and some old baby-photos.
Finally, there’s my desk! I got this wireless-charging lamp from IKEA in the clearance section for €12,50 – one of my best purchases of yet. My boyfriend and I custom-made this desk for the both of us (it stretches along the complete length of the hallway), so that we both have a space to work at. I decorated mine with quotes, an academic-year planning, old and new photo’s that bring joy – a real nice place to just sit down and work at.
So, now that you’ve worked your way through this article, what do you think? Any items you would put in your own home? Any other thoughts you’d like to share?