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Designer decor look at thrift shop prices

November 26, 2012 5:34:37 AM PST
Christmas trees, linens, and bags full of ornaments. You never know what you'll find for just a couple of dollars at your local thrift shop. And with a a little creativity, these bargain finds can be turned into fancy-looking holiday home decor.

Avid thrift-shopper Rebecca Peck scoured the shelves at the Liberty Thrift in Collegeville, Pa., and shared her tips for creating two unique tablescapes.

The first, an elegant gold, silver and white display. Her inspiration started with a metal and marble table.

Peck explains, "It's a beautiful, kind of a mixed-metal-looking table, so I thought, we'll do a lot of silver and gold, that way it could be an elegant table for New Year's or a romantic holiday dinner for two."

She used ornaments and bows, which sell for about $2.00 a bag, as napkin rings and chair decorations. Fabric, which sells for $.50 a yard, is bunched in the middle and enhanced with a golden rope curtain tie. The candlesticks, plates and goblets sell for $.50 to just a couple of dollars each.

"My candlesticks don't match at all," Peck explains. "The christmas balls don't match, but they all kind of go together because they're all the same metallic look."

The other tablescape Peck created at the thrift store had a much cozier vibe.

She explains, "i saw the vintage tablecloth -- and I thought, 'Ooh, it would be cute to have kind of a farmhouse brunch or a vintage-y holiday open house.' And I just kind of went from there. That's easy to do wtih this because there's lots of vintage stuff at the thrift store.

She chose accessories that blend with the red and green accents in the tablecloth and added white and off-white cake plates to create different levels for food displays.

Most of the items were well under $20 each.

Peck says she looks at home decor magazines for ideas and inspirations and will often bring photos from those magazines with her into the thrift shop to find items that are similar to what's pictured.

For mor information on Liberty Thrift, click here.


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