Are you looking for first-rate fall inspired vintage decor ideas? Here are some of my favorites from my time with “Thrifting with the Gals“.
Thrifting with the Gals
Today I’m joining the “Thrifting with the Gals” along with our guest hosts Anne and AnnMarie from Simply 2 Moms in sharing our monthly thrifting and vintage roundups. If you are joining me from Simply 2 Moms, welcome! Don’t you just love their recent vintage finds?
Fall Has Arrived
It’s now mid-September, that time of the year when I crave a few more beach days in Maine, yet can’t wait to get back to Vermont to bask in all the glories of autumn’s foliage season at our place in beautiful Vermont.
One more week and we’ll be back in the mountains.
“Autumn was her happiest season” ― Harper Lee, Go Set a Watchman.
10 Best Fall Inspired Vintage Decor Ideas
1. Olivia Dabbles
Olivia Dabbles ~ The Pig over the fireplace was my first find out “Thrifting with the Gals“. And one of your all-time favorites too! She was named Olivia Dabbles after all your Instagram submissions. Olivia was the first name so many of you loved, and one person came up with adding Dabbles from Dabbling & Decorating… Love you guys!
I can’t wait for fall mornings with a fire in the fireplace, sipping coffee, and enjoying a toasted Vermont cider donut with melted butter. Have you ever toasted a cider donut before? So yummy!
2. Vintage Grandmillenial Drapes
This time last year I picked up these fantastic coastal vintage style drapes while out “Thrifting with the Gals”. You may see more in the post, Leaning into Grandmillennial Style with Fabulous Drapes.
These drapes were custom-made for a boat in the ’70s. I realize they are not for everybody truly, but I simply adore them and the stories they could tell…
They matched beautifully too with September’s winterberry cuttings from the backyard in a vintage blue and white chamber pot on the coffee table.
3. A Long Lost Charm Bracelet
Not all things vintage inspired have to be found in a second-hand shop or be decor related. This time last year I found my mother’s long-lost charm bracelet at summer’s end. You can read more in the post, Embracing Summer’s End.
Search your own attic, basement, and drawers. You never know what you may find.
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SHOP CHARM BRACELETS AND START YOUR OWN TRADITION
4. Fall Inspired Vintage Dishes
Johnson and Johnson’s Autumn Delight
There is nothing like a full set or almost a full set of fall inspired vintage dishes for under $100. Oh my gosh, I was so excited to snag this old set of Johnson and Johnson’s Autumn’s Delight dishware set for the fall seasons. You may see and read more in the posts, All About Autumn’s Delight Johnson Brothers and Is Autumn a Season for Vintage?
SHOP VINTAGE JOHNSON & JOHNSON DISHES
Lynton | England Dish Set
I also found this dreamy set of blue and white antique dishes for under $100 at the Vermont Vintage Market Days last fall. They have become our everyday dishes and I couldn’t love them any more.
You may see more of these dishes on our fall porch in the post, How to Style a Table in October Blue.
SHOP VINTAGE BLUE AND WHITE DISHES
5. Bistro Chalkboard
This little bistro chalkboard was an OPEN sign at Breakaway Designs and Antiques in Wells, Maine, one of my favorite second-hand shops. You may see more of My Favorite Second-Hand Shops from Vermont to Maine here.
My husband drew the witch for me and I use the bistro chalkboard on our farmhouse porch year-round now.
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Fall in Vermont
Have you ever been to Vermont in the fall? It’s absolutely breathtaking.
Fog covers the mountain tops in the mornings and burns off throughout the day.
The gorgeous changing leave colors are absolutely heart-stopping.
The small Vermont towns are filled with vintage markets, craft fairs, outdoor music festivals, and brew festivals.
Pumpkins, cider donuts, apple cider, mums, cheese, ice cream, gourds, scarecrows, corn stalks, and so much more fill the crisp colorful days of the season.
Click on the photos to see more…
6. Vintage Brass Candlesticks
Last year this second-hand shop’s fall vintage brass candlestick window display inspired this Salvaged Windows & Brass Candlestick DIY Project.
SHOP VINTAGE BRASS CANDLESTICKS
7. Dried Hydrangeas Bouquets
As the beautiful summer hydrangeas shift into fall, their colors make for some amazing fall bouquets.
You may see more in the post, Sunroom Decor for the Off-Season and Vermont Foliage Home Tour.
8. Vintage Vermont Inspired Cheese Platter
The first thing I do when we return to Vermont in the fall is to shop at the local farmer’s markets and country stores for all the Vermont cheeses, maple syrups, candies, and dipping sauces.
Have you ever had Vermont Cheddar Cheese with Vermont Maple Syrup?
Oh my gosh, it’s amazing! Check out all my favorites in the post, How to Assemble the Perfect Cheese Platter | Vintage Style.
SHOP CHEESE BOARDS & PLATTERS
9. Vintage Wallpaper Table
One of my favorite thrifted and vintage finds has been this wallpaper table. We use it daily on our porch here in Vermont. See how I easily refinished it in the post, How to Refinish a Wood Table in Less Than 1 Hour.
And you may enjoy seeing all the ways we have used this table on the porch in these posts too:
Simple Vintage Americana Porch Table Ideas
Outdoor Table for 2 with Mountain Views
How to Style a Table in October Blue
Ski Lodge Inspired Christmas Decor
Is Autumn a Season for Vintage?
SHOP VINTAGE WALLPAPER TABLES
10. Vintage Styled Bookshelves
After my yearly trip to Vermont Vintage Market Days, I like to redecorate our built-in bookshelves with all the vintage finds. I look forward to this every year.
The restyling of the built-in bookshelves is my first attempt at creating a cozy and warm space around our pellet stove getting ready for the long cold winter months ahead.
You may see more in the post, Cozy Winter Neutral Built-Ins.
While visiting the Wells Reserve at the Laudholm craft fair last weekend, I found these fabulous handmade aprons, dresses, and clothing for people that do. Functional fashion. They are absolutely styling, made by Grace Napoleon and I thought you would love them too.
You can find Grace’s designs on Facebook and Instagram.
I bought this vintage, polished cotton, Schumacher, floral fabric apron. Love it!
I’m so glad you dropped by today and if you are new to my blog, welcome! I hope you were totally inspired!
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Thrifting with the Gals
Next up on today’s Thrifting with the Gals tour is Robyn from Robyn’s French Nest, who is sharing The Best Thrifted Vessels for Affordable Fall Flower Arrangements. So many beautiful ideas.
Don’t forget to stop by and visit with the other gals on today’s #thriftingwiththegals blog tour too.
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- 11 Creative Ideas to Display Your Vintage Collections
- A Vintage Christmas Haul and 3 Holiday Wreaths
- 32 Antique Christmas Decor Treasures to Look for in 2022
Kristin | White Arrrows Home says
I love all your finds! As I started reading I was going to try to pick a favorite, but I can’t! They are all so wonderful!
Rachel Harper says
Everything looks perfect for Fall.
Anne from Simply2Moms says
So many amazing finds over this past year! I’m not sure which I like best?! And I can’t wait to give the cheddar with maple syrup a try together for my next charcuterie board. Yum!
Omg the Vermont sentry with all these colors. Ive have always luv this time of year
Never been in this state but its in my bucket list to get there some day in the Fall
Season time. Thks for posting all these great ideas & places to visit.
I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Donna. I hope you can visit someday. Vermont is magical in the fall!
Kim | Shiplap and Shells says
Your home is full of beautiful fall-inspired vintage decor Ann. I will always love Olivia Dabbles the most.
Your homes are just so beautiful Ann! The northeast if filled with so many beautiful antique and thrifted finds 😊
Thank you so much, Cindy. I appreciate you dropping by!