I’m such a collector at heart. Are you?
I love hunting for little treasures for our home. I get such a sense of coziness in a curated space. A space filled with items handed or hunted down totally sparks joy for me. I had the urge to change up my corner hutch in our dining room. That little switcheroo sparked the idea to share some things I’ve learned over the years while collecting goodies for our home. Today I wanted to share a few thoughts on collecting pieces and displaying them in your home.
What to Collect
This can be anything, and it can be super specific, or a little more broad. The beauty of your collection is that its yours! I personally love collecting items that have purpose. Items that I’m able to put to use in my home. Now not all of my collectibles serve a productive purpose. Some of them are just for looks and beauty, and that’s okay too!
Where to Shop
My favorite places to find new to me treasures are thrift stores, antique malls, flea markets, and yard sales. if I’m looking for something specific then I’ll head to Facebook Market Place or even Ebay or Etsy. There are also several small shops on Instagram that offer vintage treasures that I like to buy from from time to time. Generally though, I stick to second hand stores. Mainly because I like the feel of the hunt. Though I will say this, I do try my hardest to shop with intention. I’m sure I miss out of goodies often because I don’t thrift as often as I use to. But, I found the more often I went, the more often I bought items I didn’t really need or have a home for. These pieces ended up making their way back to the thrift store eventually. Now that my collections are established I will only occasionally add pieces I come across and truly love. If you’re just starting a collection then I suggest thrifting as often as you can since inventory is rotating and changing constantly.
Basically all of my thrifted, second hand, antiqued treasures get a good little cleaning when I bring them home. If they are washable such as kitchen items I soak them in the sink. Linens go straight to the washer and dryer, or line dried. If they are furniture pieces I give them a good vacuum and spray down with my thieves spray. They will also get a nice sun bath. The sun helps to rid pieces of any little critters that may have been living inside of it + everything feels fresher after spending some time in the sun, don’t you agree?
I like to live by the rule of buying with thought and using it with care and if I don’t have a home or purpose for a piece I leave it for someone else to find and love. When it comes to collecting pieces I love items that I can actually use in my home. Old crocks, stoneware bowls, vintage enamel.and old baskets are some favorites that come to mind. I do recommend using your thrifted items safely though. I know old kitchen items may not be safe for food use so just be sure to do your research first to make sure it’s safe before using it in that way.
Displaying your Treasures
Now comes the really funny part, displaying all of your goodies! I like to begin with a blank slate. Lay everything out on the table or the floor and stand back for a bit to decide where I want to begin and how I want it to feel. For this particular collection rather than having all of the exact same types of things I went with a more general theme of kitchen items and stayed within a color theme. I believe this helps everything to appear curated and cohesive, without being too matchy matchy. Try using your space to display both vertically and horizontally. I like stacking things and even setting things inside the different vessels. This makes is more visually interesting. I typically like to stick with groups of three (but not always) generally I just like things to feel symmetrical and well balanced. Sometimes I can throw it together quickly and other times it takes time and some fluffing, so don’t be discouraged if it doesn’t come together right away. Step back or step away and come back to it later with fresh eyes.
I hope this post was helpful! Thanks so much for stopping by today friends!
Blessings and happy treasure hunting,