by Ryan Renner
on Thursday, January 20th, 2022 at 12:39pm.
In an effort to move towards sustainability and to save money, many homeowners have been embracing thrifting for both furniture and décor alike. Not only can thrifted wares be a lovely addition to a home, but they also tend to be more affordable than many new options. The city of Omaha offers plenty in terms of re-purposed decor, furniture, and beyond. Here are some excellent options to inspire a thrifty journey.
Goodwill has multiple area locations, from Papillion to West Omaha to Council Bluffs. In fact, Goodwill has 17 area locations for shopping and donations, making it convenient from anywhere in the metro. While they mostly provide low-cost clothing, Goodwill also stocks area rugs, small appliances, furniture, books, lamps, and kitchen items. Don’t be afraid to go often, as new treasures show up every day.
Another charity-run thrift spot is Habitat for Humanity’s Restore. With both a West Omaha and South Omaha locale, the ReStore is a unique thrifting option. Shoppers can peruse the usual things like furniture, lamps, and artwork, but also harder to find carpet, blinds, wood, plumbing, doors, windows, hardware, appliances, and tools, among others. A ReStore E-store makes shopping from home easy too.
Midtown’s Junk N Treasure is an ideal location to find thrifted artwork, furniture, tchotchkes, and more. This small shop gets 500-1,000 new items each week, so it’s worth visiting a time or two. Pro tip: Remember, if you find a frame you love, you can always replace the art inside, or if you find a print you can’t live without but with a junky frame, it can be re-framed; somewhere local like Visions Custom Framing is your best bet.
Estate sales are another great way to locate gently used items for the home. There are numerous companies that specialize in putting on sales, including longtime favorite Hidden Treasures, one of the oldest tag sale companies in the city. Check the Omaha World Herald for other listings too!
The Benson neighborhood is home to Found Vintage Market, a used furniture store, and more. With a focus on rustic, reclaimed, and repurposed goods, Found helps to round out the thrifted options in Omaha. It is also the largest purely vintage indoor shopping space in the area and even offers paint and supplies too.
Instagram thrifting has been a growing segment of the business. In Omaha, follow Jillian at Baird & Co for thrifted baskets, antique glassware, and handpicked vintage goodness. Weekly sales are the norm, so be on the lookout for posts with new items regularly.
Yearland is an Instagram account and beyond curated by Joshua Foo and Lauren Abell; the pair run an online store that and handpick unique vintage and antique items. Old Dutch ovens, lamps, handwoven baskets, mic century modern chair sets, hand-painted ceramics, and decorative dishes are just some of what shoppers can expect from Yearland.
Special events can provide an excellent thrift adventure. Though they generally happen only once or twice a year, gatherings like Junkstock or the Junior League of Omaha’s Bargain Bash can be optimal sources for great deals on thrifted decor and homewares. Add them to your calendar every year!
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul boasts five Omaha area thrift-focused stores. These locations include Papillion, West Center, Northwest Omaha, Downtown Omaha, and South Omaha, making it an approachable destination for nearly everyone in the metro. Besides clothing, St. Vincent de Paul shops stock kitchen items like flatware, glasses, small appliances, and dishes, as well as major appliances like washers and dryers. Additionally, artwork, rugs, linens, mirrors, lighting, electronics, books, and more can be found in area shops.
Little Bohemia’s woman-owned Dusk Goods & Gifts is another valuable source for vintage items for the bespoke home. Thrifted pieces like art, pillows, linens, vases, glassware and beyond are sprinkled throughout the sunny shelves of Dusk. Stop in often since the inventory is ever-rotating.
One of the best spots for thrifted furniture is Dundee Flea in Dundee. Located right on Dodge Street, this shop has excellent antique and vintage pieces, like hutches, dressers, tables, desks, lamps, artwork, chairs, and rugs. They call their style a blend of old, new, and vintage, so there’s sure to be something for every type of homeowner.
These are just some of the excellent thrifting and used décor sourcing spots in and around Omaha. What are your favorites?