Thrifty Decorative Finds for the Holidays

Contributed by: Augutsine Pilon of Iamyrtille- Salvation Army Thrift Store Creative Expert.

Decorating my home is one of my favourite pastimes, especially during the holidays. In order to save money, I always go to the thrift stores to find unique and inexpensive decorative items. My last visit to The Salvation Army thrift store was very successful! I brought back a few little treasures which will be the perfect decorations in my kitchen for the holiday season.

I found a small piece of red fabric with white dots, for $2, which I folded into a loop shape to give it a nice look. I glued two pine cones to it to add a natural winter side, then attached branches that I also found at The Salvation Army thrift store for only $1.

I also bought this beautiful conical red vase for only $1. I think it was a flower vase, but putting little branches of fir in it guarantees the “Christmas” effect! All it takes is a little creativity to convey the magic of the holidays.

I fell in love with this magnificent real porcelain Christmas plate, “Made in England”. It could be perfect as a centrepiece decoration, but you could also hang it on a wall. I still can’t believe it was only $1! A great deal, because this type of plate usually costs about $20 in stores.


I also found this garland for $2, which I wound round a simple white ceramic cup. No need to think too hard! We can use items we already have, such as this cup, and add pretty accessories to evoke the Christmas spirit. I will probably place this cup either on my centrepiece or atop a cupboard.

Among my other finds, here is a set of six plates that I got for $6. I really like their minimalist vintage design which can also fit with the holidays’ spirit. They will most likely be used to serve slices of Yule log on New Year’s Eve.

Finally, here is my Christmas decor, created on a small budget. For a total of $13, I managed to find various decorations at The Salvation Army thrift store on St-Hubert Street in Montreal. These will certainly bring magic to my holiday season. I wish you all great finds!