Before you can say pumpkin spice latte, stores have packed away swimsuits and coolers to make way for everything fall, ya’ll. While fall is a great time to change up your decorations and add some new accessories to your home, you don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars at the local home décor store. Instead, spend a few hours thrifting and you might just be surprised by what you can find and how much you can save.
A fall favorite decoration that can go from September through Thanksgiving is pumpkins. You can throw them around anywhere to give your home a warm, earthy feel. A great way to display them is by finding an old serving tray or cake stand at a local thrift store and adding a mix of pumpkins and gourds to create a festive centerpiece that won’t break the bank.
Another fun idea is to make DIY pumpkins from old cable knit sweaters found at Community Thrift. To make these adorable decorations that will last year after year—unlike those real pumpkins rotting on your porch—you’ll just need a couple sweaters and some basic sewing materials such as a sewing needle, yarn, twine, and stuffing.
Another great way you can update your décor for fall is with festive throw pillows. But you don’t have to spend a lot of money if you have a little bit of ingenuity. Old sweaters or flannel shirts can make great throw pillow covers. Simply put the pillow inside the shirt, centering the pillow with buttons and pockets. Trim around the pillow leaving about an inch of fabric all around. Turn the fabric inside out and sew all the sides together. Once you’ve done this, turn the shirt right side out, unbutton, insert the pillow and re-button. Voila!
If you haven’t jumped on the Mason jar craft train yet, fall is a great time to hop aboard. These glass jars are so versatile and found in thrift stores everywhere. With some non-toxic paint, twine, and faux leaves you can have adorable “pumpkins” or vases in hours. These also make a great place to store Halloween candy and the seeds you roasted from your real pumpkins.