Thrifty Decorating Ideas from Inspirational Op Shoppers

Wendy dropped me a brief message showing me her newly decorated bedroom which has been done on a thrifty op shop budget, I had to ask if she’d tell us more and share a few more photos.
“Hi, I thought I’d share this pic of our bedroom we finished last weekend with the help of my op shop finds
$20 vintage op shop mirror

$20 vintage op shop mirror

The white doona, cream crochet overlay, curtain on wall above bed and the hooks to drape either side of bed, linen toppers on chest all chests of draws, photo frames on bedsides and the lampshades (which I revamped with doilies) were all purchased from op shops, I’m really happy with how it’s all come together and thought I’d share with you, as you can achieve a lot from recycling, reusing and find wonderful things in op shops.
Revamped doily lamp from the op shop

Revamped doily lamp from the op shop

I am from North Yunderup ( situated half way between Mandurah and Pinjarra, Western Australia.
The op shops were in either Mandurah or Pinjarra, Vinnies, the Salvos, Anglicare, or our local Mayday op shops which we have 2 of and local church op shops. Even when we went away at the end of November for our anniversary to Margaret river we spent the weekend at op shops and some garage sales if we passed one, instead of all the wineries as you normally do, I just enjoy it more and it makes more sense to me.
I’m a regular op shopper as I sew handmade crafts which my sister and I attend The Smart Street Parties once a month over the summer months, I try to incorporate as much recycling and reusing as possible in my products I sell. “
op shop cushions with embellished doyley's

op shop cushions with embellished doyley’s

How long has the project taken you?

For my bedroom it’s only been over the last 6-12 mths I’ve picked up these in my op shopping.
In my home I would rather have vintage than new and most of my home is from the op shops, my New Years resolution was to be more environmentally friendly and to upcycle, reuse and recycle more, I really don’t see the point in buying new when op shops have so much for so little price, less landfill and waste, considering we live in such a throw away society today….
Many people enjoy a coffee and browsing shops spending a fortune….I Love browsing op shops and see so many things that give me inspiration and I know exactly what I’m going to use it for to make something or what I need in my home, clothes to wear for me or my family…. It’s never ending.
The mirror above tall chest was from an op shop cost $20 and cheval mirror was free in recycle depot at my mother in laws lifestyle village she lives in were they recycle unwanted items, the 2 scarves hanging on it were from op shop only a couple of dollars each, round cushion in centre of bed was from op shop $2,small vintage clock on bedside was from Polka Dot Vintage Markets held in Perth 4 times a year $30, lamps cost me $7 each and doilies that I’ve hand stitched to them were from an op shop which I never pay more than $2 for, hooks to drape curtain on cost me $2.50 each and painted them black, curtain above bed cost $5, doona was brand new from Opshop cost $8, crochet overlay was $15 at mayday Opshop in Mandurah, toppers on draws cost me $2 each, vintage frames on bedsides $1 each and rod to hang curtain I shortened and reused from the bedroom window which I had curtains hanging on before we did room.
Just to give you an idea of what I’ve recycled and prices….but everything I get is always a bargain compared to new….. I really am a thrift shopper and why not in my eyes it’s gorgeous!!!! It makes me happy to look at and know I’ve given new life to unwanted wonderful items, you just need imagination and I get inspiration from country magazines which yes I do get from op shop too.
Thrifty Decorating Inspiration

Thrifty Decorating Inspiration

Hope pics are ok and you can use them to inspire people to go op shopping, reuse, recycle and find wonderful things at op shops instead of high street, as well as helping the community and people whom they help by buying from op shops…. xx”
Thanks so much Wendy for sharing this with us, it’s a gorgeous room made even more special because of the thought you’ve put into it.

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