I love the “collected” look, perfectly demonstrated by the talented Furlow Gatewood. I also love a good antique/thrift store. But look, COVID is still a thing. I’m not exactly clamoring to go spend a few hours in a store. And, aside from that, it’s cold out. That leaves me with getting my fix via online thrifting. I have some websites I habitually visit when hunting for something, and thought it would be fun to share a couple.
For this particular online thrifting adventure, I’m specifically looking for mantle decor. Our mantle is only about 5.5” deep- so I’m looking for fairly skinny things with some presence, preferably a pair of vases or jars.
First stop, Kaiyo. I found this site somewhat recently when I was looking for an armoire. I haven’t purchased from them, so I can’t vouch for that. I can say that I reached out to their customer service to ask a few questions about a piece I was eyeing, and they were SO NICE with quick response times. Make sure to check their delivery areas before buying to ensure they deliver to your area. Also note, all sales are final.
Five seconds into looking at Kaiyo and I got distracted by a Bunny Williams lamp for $419. I absolutely do not need another lamp. Which is good because if I did, I might actually consider that as a splurge item. I browsed through the decor section. While I didn’t see anything for my mantle, I did see some really great stuff. Sharing my favorites below.
My next stop in my online thrifting was Chairish. I’ve purchased a few things from this site, overall, I’ve had good experiences. My one bad experience involved having a large item be badly damaged in transit. Chairish customer service was very helpful in resolving the issue. My tip for this site is to open your item as soon as it arrives to make sure it’s as described. If it is damaged, make sure to hold on to the the packaging and contact Chairish immediately. Another thing about this site is that it has a HUGE variety at a lot of different price points. I would suggest using the filters to sort by price, style, etc. After literally an hour of just looking through pairs of vases and jars, I found a pair I think could work. As is typical, I’m going to sleep on it. If I still love what I found in the morning, I’ll purchase them. In the meantime, here are a few very pretty vases and jars I spotted during my hour long hunt.
My last site to visit is Everything But the House (EBTH), an auction site. I have purchased from here several times and have had good experiences. The only downside is that it is auction based, and I’m just a tiny bit competitive. As in, my family will no longer play Monopoly with me.
I didn’t see any jars or vases here, but did see a few framed maps. Naturally, the auction for one I really liked ended about 20 minutes before I saw it (picture below—little jealous of the person who won it). I made a mental note to revisit.
What are your favorite online sources for antique and thrifted finds? Share them with me in the comments!
Update 2/27: I MORE than slept on it. While I didn’t end up purchasing the vases I originally liked, I found a pair on Etsy I’m absolutely in love with. The ones I ended up with and my original pick are below. Per usual, I started looking with the idea of adding something red on the mantle, but ended up with something completely different. The jars I bought are predominately green. Go figure. The ones I originally liked are still available at a phenomenal price. I’m very tempted to scoop them up to use elsewhere in the house.