3 Ways to Find Fall Decor at the Thrift Store

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It’s no secret I love thrifty shopping. Everyone who knows me knows I love going to the thrift stores. If I could get paid to shop at thrift stores, I would so apply for the job. It’s like a great treasure hunt to me. I never know what I’m going to find.

One of the things I love about thrifty shopping is finding holiday decorations. I love finding unique and decor and it saves me A LOT of money!

Last weekend, I went to the Salvation Army in Rochester Hills, Michigan and I found an assortment of Fall and Halloween-themed decor. It was perfect because I was already planning on buying Fall decorations for my home.

I have a small box of Fall and Halloween decorations from last year, but I wanted to add on to my collection. I found some pieces for as little as 99 cents. I think the most I spent on a decoration was $4.99 plus tax. By purchasing my Fall decor at the thrift store, I ended up saving a great deal of money.



1. Check the holiday section. Most thrift stores have a holiday decor section. I usually find the holiday section near the back of the store. Many people want to get rid of their holiday decorations so they donate their decorations to stores like the Salvation Army and Goodwill.




2. Check the front of the store. From my experience of shopping at thrift stores, I have found that when it is a particular holiday season, such as Fall/Halloween, stores move the majority of their holiday decorations to the front of the store. This is because it is a popular item and they know their customers are looking for it. So when you go to a thrift store, as soon as you walk in the doors, look around the front of the store. You may find shelves with Fall/Halloween decorations near the cash registers.

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3. Check the art/pictures section. When I was looking through the art and picture section at Salvation Army, I found a few Fall-themed art on the shelves. Sometimes you can also find a piece of art that  just goes well with your Fall decor. For instance, I found a print of yellow flowers. It reminded me of the Fall and I had a few other pieces with sunflowers, so I thought it would go well with my Fall theme.

Picture of flower arrangement I found in the art section at Salvation Army.
Picture of flower arrangement I found in the art section at Salvation Army.




Do you have any money-saving tips on how to decorate for Fall?

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53 thoughts on “3 Ways to Find Fall Decor at the Thrift Store

  1. Great tips! I found a ton of adorable Halloween decor at the Goodwill in Dearborn last weekend. Plus I had a 50% off coupon! Woohoo! Nice to see a fellow Michigan thrifter 🙂

    1. Hi, Lauren! I didn’t know there’s a Goodwill in Dearborn!! I have to check it out. Goodwill is my favorite thrift store!! Awesome that you got such sweet deals on Halloween decor. And I’m so happy to connect with another Michigander! 🙂

  2. Awesome tips to save some big bucks this season! Super helpful!

  3. If I could get paid to thrift, I would, too! I love thrift shopping! My friends all know that I can snag some awesome deals at the thrift store! I’m not into décor very much, but most of what I do have I found at the thrift store. One of my favorite things to find there and use to decorate is baskets! Our thrift store has an entire wall of baskets!

    1. Hey, Suzanne! I haven’t tried decorating baskets. That’s a really good idea. I’m going to give that a try sometime. Thanks for sharing with me!

  4. Luz

    These are great tips Jennifer. Also, adorable selection of decor you got. I wish it was as cheap here in California. Last time I went to goodwill the decor was the cheapest at around $7 … I always like looking at smaller thrift stores though.

    1. Thank you, Luz! Oh wow, $7 is not cheap for a thrift store. I wonder why it costs a little more in Cali. Is it because the cost of living is higher? I love looking at smaller thrift stores, too. They always seem to have more unique finds.

  5. My mom loves going to the thrift stores too and her advice would be to really look closely at everything and under things because there’s always things hiding! 🙂

  6. I was just in goodwill last week and they had a great selection of really inexpensive items! Great advice!

  7. Great tips! Love going to thrift stores and finding unique stuff. Thank you for sharing!


  8. Liz

    Love Love Love thrift stores, but they don’t have them in South Africa. That is the first place I hit when I am home. Great tips!

  9. Wonderful creations all! Makes me to conclude Fall is the best season of all!

  10. I love fall décor thanks for sharing

  11. Lindsey

    I love going to the thrift store! Always such fun things to discover.

  12. Our thrift store never seems to have cute stuff! I think I need to find another one to frequent!

  13. So fun! And great ideas! I love thrifting… However, as much as I thought I’d enjoy decorating for the holidays… it is NOT my thing. LOL! I end up feeling like everything is cluttered and messy. haha. This is much to my 12yo’s dismay, so I let her decorate… as long as she puts it up and takes it down, I suck it up and deal (for a short period of time.. none of this months in advance stuff…). 😉

  14. I love fall but yep, it can be expensive to decorate. Thanks for the tips! I think I’ll be sharing your blog post on our FB page. I think my readers would love to see these tips.

    1. Thank you, Debbie! It really does get expensive, but there are many great ways to save money and still have great holiday decor!

  15. OMG. So cute! I love all the little goodies you put together. Happy fall season!

  16. oh it is so cute:) really great post

  17. Adorable! Good job scouting out all this good stuff. It feels so good to have decorations for the seasons up.

  18. Love fall decoration! These some great tips! Thanks for sharing!

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  19. Great finds! I need to check out our local thrift stores.

  20. I love fall decor period! The hay bales, pumpkins, scarecrows, turkeys, you name it! thanks for posting a good piece that will guide me to find some nice stuff for my place 😉

  21. Its a hit or miss for me when shoooing at a thrift store.

  22. Fall is my favorite season. I need to take a look into my thrift shop and see if I find some goodies. Love your finds!

  23. We love thrifting in our household! Great tips and we just started our Fall decorating:)

  24. Great tips! I’ve recently gotten more inspired to do some seasonal decorating but I definitely don’t want to spend too much money.

  25. I love thrifting for holiday decor! I keep my eyes peeled all year long!!

  26. I need to start looking for decorations!

  27. I do not decorate heavily and when I do, I go to super cheap shops and get simple and classy decorations. The simpler the better so that they don’t look cheap 🙂

  28. Sheila Jo

    Checking the thrift store is a great suggestion – you may find something unique!

  29. I always keep an eye out at our local thrift shop for home decor ideas! They have some creative people there who know how to showcase different household goods and turn them into really cute decorations!

  30. Andrea

    What a great idea! I forget about things like this, thanks!

  31. Ty

    I have no tips for Fall decorating but maybe I need to start? These are some great ideas. Maybe I need to check out my local thrift store to see what I can find

  32. Thrifting produces the best unique finds! Found some great stuff a my local Good Will!

  33. Love thrifting! It fits into my frugal nature and gets me to tap into my creative.

    1. Yes! I love creating new styles or crafts with my thrifty finds!!

  34. Tia

    I am all about frugal shopping and I love thrift stores. Unlike my mother, I rarely decorate for the seasons but I will consider the thrift store for affordable ways to incorporate seasonal touches into my decor.

    1. Hi, Tia! Thrift stores are great places to shop for holiday decor, especially if you don’t want to spend a lot of money. I used to not decorate for the Fall, either. But once I found out I could get inexpensive decor at the thrift store, I decided to give Fall decorating a try! Happy Fall!

  35. Good job finding deals. I like to get my Fall decor from the dollar store.

    1. I love shopping at the Dollar Tree for holiday decor, too!!

  36. I think of thrifting for a lot of things but I didn’t think decor. This is so freaking smart.

  37. I agree with Mimi! I never considered thrifting for this. Also, it is temporary/seasonal decor. Why spend a lot of money on something so short term? YOU ROCK for this post!!

  38. I love the idea of looking for these items at the thrift store. I have such a hard time paying full price on items I’ll only use seasonally, so I’ll def be looking into this.


  39. My mom is the thrifting queen. I think this a good place to get some good items for fall decor for super cheap!

  40. I’m not a thrift store shipper usually, but I do like discount stores. I will have to check out the thrift stores this season. We’re moving into a new home soon and decor is a must!

  41. Great tips! I love the Goodwill, unfortunately, the closest one is an hour away and I don’t always have time to get there. I am planning to go very soon though.

  42. I never shop at thrift stores, but I need to keep this in mind when decorating for the holidays.

  43. I love heading over to the thrift store to find things! I haven’t been in a while and it’s the perfect time to go right now! thanks for the reminder!

  44. Kim

    I wish I’d seen this sooner. I need all of those decorations.

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