Deck the House with Thrifted Holiday Cheer

By Felicia Czochanski Bisaro

Winter is upon us, and with that the magical time of holiday festivities. There is so much joy that comes along with the holiday season, gatherings with family and friends, delicious food and fun decorations to keep your spirits up despite the colder days. That is why so many people choose to decorate for the holidays early. In fact, research has even shown that doing so can have a positive impact on your mental health!

Decorating with Goodwill Finds

With that in mind, it’s time to transform your home into a festive winter wonderland. ‘Tis the season, after all! If you shop at a second-hand store like Goodwill for your décor this year, you’ll be able to save more of your holiday budget for presents to gift to loved ones.

Second-hand items can have a special, whimsical look to them, bringing forward nostalgic memories of holidays past. They are also a wonderful way to end the year on a more sustainable and eco-conscious note. Holiday-themed items are one of the major categories that end up in landfills, making it even more important to leverage the magic of pre-loved items when possible.

Fortunately, as you’ll see in the décor inspiration from real Goodwill shoppers below, it is absolutely possible to create the perfect holiday décor set up for your home using items found second-hand.

Decorating Your Fireplace

Photo: @kaci_noellee

Especially if you celebrate Christmas, decorating the space around your fireplace can spark holiday joy among children and help make guests feel extra welcome. This fireplace décor is personalized with the family name initial, and includes whimsical gnomes, elves and pine needle greenery to create a festive atmosphere. I love how this was created using both holiday items and more versatile items that can be repurposed for any season, like the ladder and upcycled farmers market vase.

Thrifted Holiday Decorations for the Kitchen

Photo: @antiquesatsaras

For many, the kitchen is both the heart and hub of a holiday celebration. With so many family traditions centered around food, gathering together to both cook and eat is a wonderful way to make memories that will last a lifetime. Thus, decorating your kitchen is a great way to bring in the holiday spirit. I love how classic this kitchen décor is. Nothing is too overstated, but you get a cozy, festive feeling from the look. Not to mention, how cute are those Mr. and Mrs. Claus mugs on the counter!

Thrifted Holiday Attire

Photo: @carriecarlin126

When shopping at Goodwill, there are so many holiday treasures to uncover. Both in the home goods section and on the clothing racks! Not only can you find unique ornaments second-hand that will be perfect for your tree and for gifting to others, but you can find fun accessories as well. These ugly Christmas sweaters are iconic, as is the adorable puppy bandana! Be sure to check Goodwill for holiday items like these too — you never know what you might come across.