Thrift Store Finds and Tips

Thrift Store Finds and Tips - Value Village - Weekend Breakfast in Bed Tray

Today, I want to share a few thrift store finds and tips on styling them in your home. But wait, you must be wondering why I’m blogging about thrift store finds so randomly. Let’s rewind to a couple of weeks ago. I was invited to attend a sneak peek event for the grand re-opening of Value Village in Richmond Hill. Upon receiving this email, two thoughts quickly came to me, one being humbling and one being ecstatic. I felt humbled to receive this invite, and also humbled because it is something so close to my heart. When my family moved to Canada, we had our fair share of struggles so shopping at Value Village was the route we took on many occasions. I was instantly reminded of those memories and it was the main reason I accepted the gracious invite. My second feeling was absolute excitement because this was my first invite as a blogger to any event. I wanted to run around as soon as I finished reading the email! It might sound insignificant or a little over the top but these things are exciting. Think back to the first head nod you ever received from an industry that you are passionate about and you will understand exactly how I felt in this moment. Anyways, on to the thrift store finds and some tips on thrift store shopping and styling down below.

I was very eager leading up to the days of the event and when it finally arrived, I was overwhelmed. I stepped in to Value Village and could not believe the huge size of this location and how many amazing items were available. I did not know where to start but something within me just gravitated to the Home and Decor sections.

I saw a lot of really cute items and also some that had me feeling nostalgic. It was a while until I found my favourite item: a breakfast in bed tray. I had been looking for one for a very long time so I knew right away that it had to be mine. Plus for $6, it was definitely going to be mine.

Thrift Store Finds and Tips - Value Village - Breakfast In Bed Tray and Styling with Dragonfruit, Starfruit, Eggs, Avocado and a Succulent

It wasn’t perfect, there was a small paint mark on it and I noticed one part of the stand was slightly loose. But guess what? One of the store managers was kind enough to fix it for me. And the paint mark? It didn’t matter to me because sometimes you just have to look past the imperfections and see the real value. I could not wait to take it home and use it for a relaxing and luxurious breakfast in bed experience.

Thrift Store Finds and Tips - Value Village - Breakfast In Bed Tray and Styling with Dragonfruit, Starfruit, Eggs, Avocado and a Succulent

There will be many such mornings in the future with either my hubby or I treating one another to a beautiful breakfast in bed.

Thrift Store Finds - Pink Antique Telephone - Vanity Ideas

Another one of my favourite items was an antique telephone in a colour that would drive the little girl in any woman’s heart crazy – bubblegum pink! I have been on the hunt for some unique pieces to add to my vanity at home and this was just the perfect fit. I noticed it has a telephone jack in the back so I think this actually works too! It’s too bad I don’t have a home phone line to test it out. When I placed it on my vanity at home, it looked so perfect. I can’t wait for the spring season to arrive so I can accompany this beautiful vintage find with fresh peonies.


The last find I want to share with you today is a tea and sugar canister set. This was something I had been searching for (not super actively) for about a year now, but I did not come across one that pleased me enough. There were quite a few really nice options at Value Village but these simple white ones stole my heart. I have used them quite a bit already in the kitchen and I am loving it.

I am so glad to have found items at Value Village that I had been longing for quite some time. They are all a wonderful addition to our home and it feels as though they’ve always belonged here. I picked up a few clothes and a pair of shoes as well since they had such a great selection, but these home decor pieces definitely have my heart. Best part? I spent less than $50.

3 Key Tips:

1. Budget. It’s easy to lose yourself because items are so well priced so remember not to go overboard.

2. Fit. Items may look wonderful independently, but can they be paired with items in your wardrobe? Do the colours go with your home decor theme?

3. Patience. It is not very often that you will find an item you have been longing right away. Be methodical in browsing shelves. Also, consider coming back in a week or so to see if new items have arrived.

This experience reminded me of my childhood and the hardships we faced, like many immigrated families. We didn’t know much else so appreciating thrifted goods was a given. However, today this experience was different and it gave me the opportunity to appreciate our community and truly own and love things that are imperfect, pre-loved and not always branded.

If you are in the Toronto area, you might want to head over to the Richmond Hill location sooner than later. While I was chatting with a few folks there, I learned that while the store was closed for a year, they gathered a lot of really amazing items and worked hard to put out the best items for the grand re-opening.

I hope you liked having a peek into my thrift store finds and tips. Tell me about some of your favourite thrifted items in the comments section below.

Happy February!



  1. February 1, 2016 / 3:30 pm

    That pink phone!!!!!!!!! Seriously swooning over that. Great blog!! 😉

  2. February 1, 2016 / 4:41 pm

    Thrifting is my favorite past time and you end up finding the best pieces!! I love your canister and phone!! i’m actually looking at possible finding a vintage phone, the ones hollywood glamour actresses would have!! I know I’ll find one! Great choices!!

  3. February 1, 2016 / 6:17 pm

    I love to theft shop but my finds are mostly clothing and jewelry but you’ve definitely opened my eyes to the treasures in the home goods aisle! I love everything about this post!

  4. February 1, 2016 / 8:44 pm

    gunjan–thrift-ing is actually pretty fun!! your tips are very important things to keep in mind for sure. loved what you picked out and hey, it’s always about the little things!! PS–nailed the newspaper in bed shot. xoxo,

    janna |

  5. February 1, 2016 / 9:29 pm

    I love these tips and makes me want to go thrift store shopping! I haven’t gone to one in so long! I love that bubble gum pink phone!!!

    xoxo Emily

  6. February 3, 2016 / 9:45 am

    Okay honestly, my expectations were exceeded with this post. I LOVE what you found, your recap of tips at the end, and your personal story. That pink phone is so fabulous, but I love all of the items that you found. It’s so good to find something old and make it new again. I love the sentiment behind this.
    xo Annie

  7. Ruthie
    February 3, 2016 / 11:15 am

    These tips are really incredible!! You have a gift my dear! What awesome finds!!

  8. February 3, 2016 / 4:19 pm

    AH ! I need a good reminder that thrift stores are a great place to find awesome stuff. I know in LA there are great ones!

    Love this! + patience is definitely key! HA


  9. February 5, 2016 / 11:33 pm

    Girl, thrift shopping has to be one of my most favorite things to do. I love all of the items that you found. That pink telephone though!!!!


  10. payal
    April 15, 2016 / 5:23 am

    omg that pink phone!! loved the post! ps: it’s making me crave brekkie at lunch hour! ha! 🙂

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