Something Old, Something Borrowed…and Some Things Salvaged at Thrift Stores

I am a sucker for all things vintage. OK, I should clarify: I am a sucker for the soft pastel color palettes, Victorian furniture, old travel posters, milk glass, and Depression-era trinkets. Back in high school, I was the only one who liked reading Tender Is the Night in English class. Now, I am channeling these things into our wedding theme. With the aide of Pinterest and heaps of wedding blogs, I drew up some inspiration for our wedding decor. Here are some of my favorite finds:


Vintage furniture from Archive Vintage Rentals / Photo by Studio Castillero


Vintage vases medicine bottles / Photo by Minnow Park via Style Me Pretty


A vintage-inspired altar / Photo by Benj Haisch via Ruffled Blog


Vintage croquet on the lawn / Photo by Brad Claypool via Ruffled Blog

Since we became engaged, I have been making pilgrimages to several consignment stores near my home every few weeks, and I have amassed a pretty impressive collection of old vases and trinkets and, yes, a vintage croquet set. (Photos to come, I promise!)

I plan to arrange small clusters of the vintage vases and medicine bottles for our centerpieces, like the inspiration picture above. This style of centerpieces is saving us a lot of money on florals—I found a florist who will arrange a few big beautiful flowers with some greenery in the vases for pretty cheap. I think this look isn’t too ostentatious and suits Mr. Wallaby’s and my personalities. :)

Meanwhile, all of this wedding stuff has been growing into a small mountain in one of the guest bedrooms of Mr. Wallaby’s house. Wedding planning at its craziest. Our florist is allowing us to drop off the vases and table numbers in advance, so that is one less thing to worry about transporting to our venue the weekend of the wedding.


Our messy “wedding room” / Personal photo


Part of my growing collection of vintage vases and glassware / Personal photo

Have you bought any thrift-store finds for your wedding? How have you stayed organized while gathering up supplies and decorations for your wedding?


Mrs. Wallaby

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November 2012
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  1. sunhat Member
    sunhat 1453 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:33 am

    You have some great finds there! I def have caught the thrifting / antiquing bug and love the hunt. Your centerpieces will be beautiful!

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    miss narwhal 1297 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:50 am

    That is so great! We are using books for our wedding so we have bought several books from the thrift shops around our house.

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    blonde17jess 1290 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:32 pm

    Pretty! I also love the vintage look, and I’m dreading trying to find space to house all the DIY and wedding collections!

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 1:07 pm

    I love all things old, so I can’t wait to see how you pull off the vintage look for your wedding!

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    Highness 82 posts, Worker bee @ 1:12 pm

    We def do thrift when we can pretty much all the time. My mom rocks the thrift stores for random amazing finds. As for the packing…we have boxes and tubs around the house for me to sort things into for the wedding. I’ll be so nice to walk around normally in a month.

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    painauchocolat 2298 posts, Buzzing bee @ 5:05 pm

    Our rear bedroom became the wedding room. It was a relief to drop off our boxes of wine bottle centerpieces at the florist’s. One less thing to store and remember to transport. If we’d have gone with a vintage theme, I *know* I would have gone overboard and hoarded, I mean collected, lots of decor items.

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    john, Guest @ 2:18 pm

    Delicious divan. Very pretty

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    mswallaby 2070 posts, Buzzing bee @ 10:36 am

    @miss narwhal: I love old books!!! I will blog soon about books in our wedding, because they make a few appearances in the ceremony and decor.
    @Blonde17Jess: Yeah, these things can take up a lot of space… I’ve tried to keep everything packed up well in boxes, but it’s hard to avoid wedding clutter at home. Can’t wait to clean everything out after the wedding!
    @Highness: Nice!!
    @Mrs. Pain au Chocolat: Omg I bet. I dropped off the vases at the florist’s house this past Wednesday and it was suchhh a relief.
    @john: Thanks! I now really really want one for our home haha.

  9. panda Member
    Mrs. Panda 1359 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:43 am

    you have some really great finds. I just started going to thrift stores looking for small vases and stuff and I never seem to find anything remotely as pretty as the stuff you find. very jealous.

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    jacofblues 1468 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:53 am

    Wow that look like a good pile of awesome vases!

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    cookie, Guest @ 7:34 am

    Absolutely! I picked up all the containers for our candy buffet from the Salvation Army. I also picked up the tray we used for our beach inspired escort cards from SA. These were things I had no intention of keeping since our wedding was in Florida and we live in Michigan but since all the containers cost me $20, I wasn’t too broken hearted at leaving them with our venue for the next lucky bride to use! We were also incredibly lucky to receive wedding gifts from Crate & Barrel and used those boxes and their packing contents when it came time to ship things from MI to FL!

  12. mswallaby Member
    mswallaby 2070 posts, Buzzing bee @ 11:48 am

    @Miss Panda: It takes patience and determination haha. And also the right thrift stores… I found consignment stores to be much more helpful than Good Will and the thrift stores.
    @Jacofblues: Thansk! Haha it definitely doubled or tripled since I took that picture. We’re going to have a lot of vases leftover to decorate our new home :)
    @cookie: Nice!!!

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