I would say that both my mom and I lean toward the minimalist side when it comes to design. In our homes, you’ll see white space and a few accessories. With this being said, every time we tour a home we want to go treasure hunting for more vintage finds that will add character to our homes. I thought it’d be fun to show you our favorite treasure hunted finds in mom’s home and also have two other friends join us showing theirs as well.
I’ve teamed up with Michele Howell of Vintage Home Designs and Shannon Wilson of My Little While Barn for a Treasure Hunted Home Tour. All of us will be sharing our favorite thrifted, vintage and secondhand finds that add character to our homes. You’ll also find tips to treasure hunt for your own home. My goal here is to show that it doesn’t matter what style you lean towards, shopping vintage, antique or just second hand is a great way to add character to your home that shopping only at big box stores can’t do. After this post head over to the other tours linked below.
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TREASURE HUNTED FIND 1
Mom’s most recent treasure hunt was a vintage piano on Facebook Marketplace. My brother actually found it from a girl who was moving and didn’t have a place for it in her new home. I honestly didn’t have the highest expectation for this piano, but when I opened up the top and saw the “gold guts” as my mom says it, I knew we had a winner.
TREASURE HUNTING PRO TIP: DON’T WRITE-OFF FACEBOOK MARKETPLACE
As we toured the other ladies’ homes I was really inspired how much they had found on Facebook Marketplace. So many pieces look like they came out of an antique shop for a pretty penny when they really were purchased on Facebook for little to no money. If you’ve been like me and assumed Facebook Marketplace can’t be a honey hole, it’s time to change that mindset. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, am I right?
TREASURE HUNTED FIND 2
Our next treasure hunted find are the dishes hung on the wall over the piano. Each one is unique and has so much character. I love the idea of a dish wall because you can build on it as you collect. These were found from a local vendor mall called The Rustic Warehouse. If you’re like us and not very seasoned at shopping vintage or second hand, vendor malls are a great place to shop. The vendors do all the work for you plus you’re supporting local which is a win.
TREASURE HUNTING PRO TIP: RECRUIT A FRIEND
We actually hung these platters as Michele and Shannon were walking in the house to start the tour. It’s always good to have an extra set of eyes! The same goes for shopping. When thrifting, going to estate sales and shopping where you have to keep your eye out for the good stuff it’s helpful to bring a friend. Plus it makes it more fun! I’ve recruited Michele and Shannon because they’ve been shopping this way for a good while.
TREASURE HUNTED FIND 3
In our video tour, we also mention the dough bowl as one of our favorite finds. This was also found at our favorite local vendor mall, The Rustic Warehouse. I wanted to highlight the European Farmhouse look we’ve seen trending recently and how that leans towards that style. The best thing about this look is, even though it’s trending right now, it’ll never go out of style.
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The coffee table in the living room is the most asked about piece in the home. It was found at a local flea market and looks to be make out of an old door. The size and warmth in the wood is my favorite part of the table. Mom almost got rid of it when she moved to this home from her last. I’m so thankful she came to her senses 😉
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The final treasure hunted find in the mirror over the fireplace. We were inspired by the gold antique mirror look you see everywhere now. Sometimes you just have to give into the trend and this is one that we definitely did that for.
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The third treasure hunted find is also from The Rustic Warehouse. We wanted to highlight this piece because of how simple it is. The vendor that we purchased this piece from, painted it before we purchased which we loved. If you’re a DIYer and love taking on a project you could save money by painted a piece you find thrifted like this. Just keep your eye out for some good bones.
TREASURE HUNTING PRO TIP: DON’T DISCOUNT THE SIMPLE FINDS
I think people often think when they’re shopping vintage or second hand that they need something ornate, but this simple piece still carries a lot of character in the space plus it’ll last a lifetime compared to how furniture is built today.
Below is a full video tour of these finds along with Michele’s and Shannon’s homes as well! The video is great because it shows all the little details in their homes. I learned so much from these amazing women and I can’t wait for you to take in all their amazing tips.
Before you jump to the next home I wanted to share my favorite things from their homes.
FAVORITE TIP FROM MICHELE’S HOME
Michele thoughtfully shopped for things to add character to her new build Farmhouse. When you walk in you’d never guess that this home was recently built. She treasured hunted these beautiful barn doors in Round Top and they make a statement right when you walk in her front door. They’re also really great because they can close off her open floor plan if they ever needed to. She said she envisioned using the doors for when they host parties and if the guys wanted to watch TV in the living room they could close the barn doors and the ladies could enjoy conversation in the sitting room next to the kitchen. She said they rarely do this, but it’s a good option if you ever wanted to.
You’ll also see she treasure hunted for character with other doors in the home like the arched door in her kitchen that she found in the parking lot of a local store and the barn door to her laundry room. A few of her vanities in the bathrooms and the sink in her laundry room were also found thrifting and antiquing. The sink was so cool we had to take a picture of the babies in it. Michele has a granddaughter around the same age as my daughter Quinn 🤗
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FAVORITE TIP FROM SHANNON’S HOME
I love that Shannon finds things that can be brought back to life. The first item she mentioned in her home was her new dining room chairs that she painted and reupholstered recently. It’s so easy to not have vision for something in a dirty corner at a thrift store, when so often all it needs is a coat of paint. Pieces that you invest your time in are often the things you love the most.
Also, I loved how much she had moved around since I had last visited her home. She said in the video “My husband said he’s glad he’s not a drunk because otherwise, he would come home and not be able to find the couch because I shifted it again.” Sometimes the best way to refresh your home is to just move the things you already love! Shannon does this so well.
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I hope this post inspired you to find unique items for your own home no matter what your decorating style is! I’d love to know your favorite find. Leave your best thrifted find in the comments below. I love to hear your tips and finds. Remember for even more inspiration head over to see Shannon’s Home here and Michele’s Home here.