I’m so excited to share this month’s 9 irresistible antique bargains with you, which I found while Thrifting with the Gals. This is such an inspiring round-up!

9 Irresistible Antique Bargain Finds Thrifting with the Gals

Who is Thrifting with the Gals?

Thrifting with the Gals started with a group of friends who met on Instagram and formed a special relationship through a mutual love of home decorating. We share a passion for all things vintage, thrifty, and cozy.

Our styles are all unique, from Kristin’s log cabin in the Northwoods of Wisconsin, Rachel’s farmhouse in North Carolina, Robyn’s beautiful French Nest in Florida, and, of course, myself thrifting for our homes from Vermont to Coastal Maine.

Meet the Thrifting Gals

Ann | Dabbling & Decorating  Robyn | Robyn’s French Nest

Rachel | The Pond’s Farmhouse  Kristin | White Arrows Home

Also joining us this month is guest host Kelly from The Tattered Pew. If you are joining me from Kelly, welcome! Don’t you just love all of Kelly’s ideas for decorating with vintage flower frogs?

10 Irresistible Antique Bargains

Autumn is my favorite time of the year to go thrifting and antiquing. There’s just something about the season that is so inspiring. Maybe it’s because we start nesting for the winter months or it’s all the festivities of fall.

Well, whatever it is, let’s go thrifting!

1. Antique Silverware Flatware

Before I left Maine to return to Vermont for the fall, I made one last stop at one of my favorite shops, The Fabulous Find, in Kittery, Maine.

I found this sterling silver flatware set, which included the box, for just $45. I think the box itself was worth more than this.

9 Irresistible Antique Bargain Finds Thrifting with the Gals

And after a later visit to Vintage Market Days, Vermont I can tell you that silver flatware sets are in this year! And boy are they a bargain antique trend this year. At least around here.

9 Irresistible Antique Bargain Finds Thrifting with the Gals

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You may also enjoy the post, Vintage Booth Winter Window Display from my Vermont vintage window booth!

2. Restaurant Dishware Antique Bargains

I’ve been seeing a lot of great antique bargains on old restaurant dishwares. Just look at this collection displayed at another of my favorite shops, The Cottage by the Brook.

You may also enjoy the post, A Thrift Here, a Vintage There, and a Valentine.

3. Antique McCoy Vases and Pots

I never really had much of an eye for vintage McCoy truth be told, until just recently. And now I think I have a full-blown collection in every color.

If I find one for under $30 today I snag it!

You may also enjoy the 13 + Best-Loved Vintage Antiques and Uniques post.

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4. Stoneware

Antique stoneware is one of my favorites, and I could scroll through Etsy all day long admiring all the antique stoneware.

That is where I found this antique bargain stoneware bowl and I simply adore it on our porch with apples for the fall.

Now I think I need a blue one…

9 Irresistible Antique Bargain Finds Thrifting with the Gals

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5. Antique Cobbler Racks

I have admired these lovelies for a number of years now, but I always found them pricey and I wasn’t quite sure where I would use one.

But now as I see their prices decreasing, I picked up this bargain antique cobbler rack at Vintage Market Days, Vermont, and refinished it with my favorite Restor-A-Finish.

It now sits pretty in my vintage window booth down at The Vintage Soul as a display piece for other antique bargain wares.

6. Jack Jumper

Do you know what a Jack Jumper is?

It’s an antique type of sled, native to Vermont with competitions still being held to this day.

Check out my post, Vintage Market Days Fall 2022 Vermont to learn all about it.

I picked this one up for $50 and it’s going to be so cute on our porch this winter as a part of my Vintage Ski Lodge Decor Series. Jack Jumpers are very difficult to find, especially in good condition, and sell for as high as $350…

Vintage Jack Jumper

Here’s an example of one selling on Etsy.

You may also enjoy the post, How to Decorate with Old Musical Instruments.

9 Irresistible Antique Bargain Finds Thrifting with the Gals

7. Antique Bargain Linens

I found these blue-purplish linen napkins for $2.00 a piece.

This may seem obvious, but you can really find exquisite table and bedding linens at bargain prices at vintage markets and thrift shops.

I used these on our outdoor table in the post, Picturesque Table Setting with Autumn Mountain Views.

8. Antique Bargain Timers

Old alarm clocks and kitchen timers! I adore them all. You can find them as low as $12.00 like this antique bargain kitchen timer that I picked up at Vintage Market Days Vermont.

I think I’m going to start up a collection of these for our home in Maine.

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9. Transferware

Who doesn’t love antique bargain transferware? And I’ve been finding much of it has come way down in price.

Like this large, handsome blue and white platter that I picked up for just $39. Traditional brown and white transfer dishes are also perfect for the seasons.

10. Vintage Dress Forms

Another vintage item I’ve always admired from afar is old dress models.

But I’ve also found these too, to be on the pricey side.

See more in the post, Meet My Ol’ Gal, Miss Mannequin Dress Form.

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Until I found this one at Stone House Antique Center for under $100.

This vintage bargain dress model is now featured in my window booth also at The Vintage Soul.

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Well, that’s my 10 antique bargain ideas for you this month. I hope you enjoyed them and found some inspiration with me here today, “Thrifting with the Gals”.

In case you missed it, there’s a lot of fall foliage in Vermont right now. Check it all out in the post Vermont Fall Foliage Home Tour.

Vermont Fall Foliage Home Tour

A Vintage Affair

If you have any thoughts, comments, or suggestions, I’d love to hear from you. Please share in the comments below. And be sure to share this blog post link with your friends who are also vintage enthusiasts.

Do you have a flair for all things vintage, too? I would love to see and feature you in our Reader’s Showcase Series. A place for you to share and be recognized for your talents and passion for all things thrifting, vintage, and antique decor-related inspired by your time here with Dabbling & Decorating. Email me at annck@dabblinganddecorating.com

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Next up on today’s “Thrifting with the Gals” Tour is Robyn from Robyn’s French Nest. Robyn is sharing how to make a DIY light sconce. It’s so creative you won’t want to miss it!

Be sure to check out the other “Thrifting with the Gals” posts today, too!

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  1. I have collected silver since I was in my 30s. I kept 4 sets after I gave away a set to each child. I scored a set of antique glass candle holders and a stoneware bowl kast week. I love to hunt through the thrift stores, estate sales and tag sales.

    1. I love that idea so much, Patricia. How thoughtful and I bet your children cherish them!

  2. Oh that silverware at that price couldn’t possibly be STERLING.. it must be silver plated. Love your blog.

    1. Thank you Lana, some of it is sterling, and others are plated. But all so beautiful!

  3. Ann I really want to come thrifting with you in person! You found so many great items. I am loving all that stoneware and the vintage McCoy pieces too. SO fun and so thankful to join you and the gals this week!

    1. We were so happy to have you. Thanks Kelly!

  4. Gorgeous! You always find things that are so different than what I can find down here! It is fun to see! I love your choices!