Every week on Instagram, I do a series called “thrift store Thursday” where I go to a second hand store and share fun finds and how to up-cycle the items for modern decor. I LOVE it! This week, I thought I’d see what Anthropologie inspired items I could find. Or items that I could make over to look like the high end pieces. I call it Anthropologie style at the thrift store.
ANTHROPOLOGIE STYLE AT THE THRIFT STORE
Let’s start with the video so you can see the fun Anthropolologie looking items I found at the thrift store and how I transformed a few. Then, I’ll dive in with more details below:If the video doesn’t work here, you can watch it on YouTube here. P.s. I’m trying to build that page up, so if you’d subscribe, I’d really appreciate that!
A few weeks ago, I grabbed a flower vase from the thrift store for $2 and thought it’d look so cute painted pink (since orange isn’t my color). I painted it and a friend said it looked just like one from Anthropologie.
I checked online and she was right, it was super similar to this $28 version from Anthropologie!!! For my vase, I painted it and LOVED how it looked and thought it was so fun that I got the look for less.
I thought, maybe I could find more items that look like Anthro items or, with a few tweaks, could be easily made to look like them. Want to see what I found?!
First up, the pink flute for $0.50 that looks super similar to this $12 Anthro option. There was a set of 6 of these and fo $3 you could have a beautiful collection!
One thing I really like to look for at the thrift store is basic items with gold trim. I think it’s so classic! BUT if you wanted to make this $1 pitcher look more like the $58 Anthro one, you could add decals or paint it.
I found a really unfortunate looking duck pillow. BUT if you turn it around, it’s beige. I thought adding tassels and pom poms you could get the look of this pillow (that recently sold out at Anthropologie). It was $88! For a $4 pillow, adding a few things could transform it!
The colors and shape of the thrift store $3 canister reminded me of the $24 plant lady/ bloom planters! I thought you could take off the lid, make letters out of clay and glue them on. It’d look SO cute and you could write whatever you want.
My thrift store had the CUTEST classic Christmas plates in pastel colors! Each was $4 and reminded me of the whimsical Rifle Paper Co. plates that also just sold out at Anthropologie (these are similar). If they didn’t have the year on them, I would have gotten them.
The $1 Santa charger was cute, but I think you could print an image and decoupage it on! Or you could paint it to get the look of the $68 tiger decorative tray.
I grabbed this $1 vase from the thrift store because I loved the shape. I also thought I could paint it to look like these beautiful paint brush stroke vases. It seemed easy enough!
Secondly, I got this $3 blue teapot because I wanted to try to paint it to look somewhat like the $38 Rifle Paper Co. Anthropologie teapot.
For the teapot, I started by priming it (so the paint would stick on) and then painted it white and pink (I used chalk paint for this project, but craft paint would work too). I slowly added a few elements like leaves, polka dots, bows, and stars. Then I added a clear top coat to protect it. Here she is all finished!
Next, for the vase, I used a paint brush and just painted on strokes of different colors. I kept adding colors until it resembled the Anthro one. Personally, I LOVE how this one turned out! I think it’s simple and pretty. The one change I’d suggest is to paint the outside of the vase. I did the inside, which looks beautiful, but won’t be able to withstand water in the vase for long.
I’d love to hear what you thought of this little shopping trip. I hope it was inspiring that you CAN find high end looking items at the thrift store if you look hard enough! Is this something you’d like to see more of? Or do you prefer to watch it on stories on Instagram? Let me know in the comments.
p.s. here’s all the Anthropologie finds in case you just want to skip the thrift store 😉
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