My Top 10 Favorite Items to Thrift

I love thrifting! There’s something about the thrill of the chase and not knowing what treasures you might find. However, I’m also aware that thrift stores can be overwhelming. If you’re not sure what to look for, you can miss out on hidden gems. I’ve made a list of some of my favorite items to shop for at thrift stores. I’ve also included pictures of items I love that I’ve found locally. 

My Top 10 Favorite Items to Thrift

1. Baskets/Trays 

To say I’m obsessed with baskets and trays would be an understatement. I use them for practically everything in my house. Clutter isn’t clutter if it’s in a basket, right? These are a few baskets and trays I’ve scored while thrifting that I use around the house:

thrift store tray thrift store basket thrift store basket

2. Candle Holders and Faux Candles 

Thrift stores are the best places to look for unique and vintage candle holders. It’s also a safe bet to assume they will have fake candles for less than half the cost of what you would pay elsewhere. These are a few candle holders and faux candles that I found at thrift stores: 

thrift store candle holders
thrift store candle holder

3. Picture Frames

If you’re in the market for unique picture frames to display photos around your house, thrifting should be your first stop. Most thrift stores have dozens of picture frames. I love this solid wood one! (I also purchased the shelf at a thrift store).

thrift store picture frames

4. Seasonal Dishes and Cookware 

I love checking out the dish section to search for seasonal bowls/saucers for charcuterie boards and spreads. I found this Christmas tree dish and this star-shaped dish (perfect for the Fourth of July) for $1. Or if you’re on the hunt for something specific (like a butter dish or gravy boat), you’re sure to find one at a thrift store (likely for $1). 

thrifted bowls

5. Kids’ Shoes & Clothes 

You HAVE to check out the kids’ clothing and shoe section at your local thrift store! I find very gently used name brand shoes and clothes every time I visit. I’ve bought tons of like-new shoes and clothing in name brands such as Vans, Converse, Toms, Natives, Crocs, Columbia, and Levi’s. Check out the price on those pink Vans: $4!

6. Vintage Decor/Pictures 

If you’re looking for unique decor, you’re sure to find it at your local thrift. Sometimes you have to do some digging, but I promise it’s worth it. I love this unique picture we have in our laundry room: 

7. Kids’ Books

Thrift stores always have TONS of books. Sometimes paperbacks are as cheap as 25 cents. I always keep an eye out for vintage or seasonal books for my kids. 

8. Toys

Thrift stores are like a gold mine when it comes to toys. Not only can you find like-new items, but they also have vintage toys you can no longer find in stores. I’m always on the hunt for wooden toys, and I’ve found many at our local thrift shops. Check out this full-sized Tonka truck! And how cute is this wooden baby bed?

thrift store toys

thrift store toys
thrift store toys

9. Maternity Clothes 

If you’re expecting or know someone who is, please check out the maternity section! They have such a great selection of all sizes in name brands. 

10. Hats/Bags/Pajamas

Of course, you can find great deals on women’s clothing at thrift stores, but I especially love to look for things like hats, bags, and pajamas. 


It’s true that thrifting can be overwhelming if you’re not sure what to look for, but if you go in with a plan, you’re bound to find something special. I hope this list inspires you to buy secondhand. While we’re on topic, check out this awesome comprehensive list of thrift stores in Collin county by my friend, Lauren Escobedo. 

Jennifer is a native Texan and has called Collin County home for the past seven years. She is a proud wife and mom to Lilah (2018) and Luca (2020). They live in northeast McKinney and love the small town vibe while still being within 10 miles of Target and Trader Joe’s. She graduated from Texas A&M with a bachelor’s in dental hygiene. When she’s not brightening smiles, she enjoys exercising, writing, a good cup of coffee, and her guilty pleasure — jamming 2000s pop punk. On the weekends, you can catch her and her family spending as much time as possible outdoors. She has a passion for helping and relating to other moms through humor and loves to share her favorite local adventure spots.