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Nov 27, 2023

How To Style A Space With Op Shop Finds

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Filling your home or cabin with Op Shop finds can be a fun and budget-friendly way to decorate.

But, it is unlikely that you’ll walk into your local Op Shop and discover the exact item that you need.

So, we’ve put together our best tips on how to style a space with your Op Shop finds and make sure they fit in with your existing decor. Here they are:


Know Your Look


Before you head into the Op Shop and start spending up large, it’s essential to have an idea of the style or theme you want for your space. This can help you to focus your energy on items that fit with your aesthetic, whether they be vintage, modern, eclectic or bohemian.


Multi-Function Pieces


In any home, but especially small spaces, versatility is essential. So, when you are out op shopping, look for furniture or decor items that can serve multiple purposes. For example, you might utilise an ottoman for both seating and storage, or a small table could be a desk or dining space.



Consider Upcycling

Found a piece you love, but it has seen better days? Then, consider if there is a way you could upcycle it to fit in your home. You could make it a really unique feature by repainting, reupholstering or repurposing. This goes for chairs, dressers, shelves or any other furniture piece.


Mix and Match


Shopping at an Op Shop is not like going to a store that has a set range of products in various colours and styles. So, be open to mixing and matching what you find into your home. You might end up pairing vintage with modern or complementary colours. Let your imagination guide you!


Shop Often


As we just mentioned, an Op Shop is not like a chain store. Every time you go in, there might be different items available. So, pop into your local op shop regularly to find their most unique treasures. Keep an open mind and be willing to envision how certain things could fit into your space. And if you see something you like, buy it on the spot as it might not stick around for long!


Feel Good Shopping


Remember, buying second hand items is a great choice as it stops them from going into landfills. And often, your local op shop will be supporting a good cause or charity. So, any money you spend there contributes back to your community in a meaningful way.

 Think About Texture


The op shop is a fantastic place to find affordable textiles like throw pillows, rugs, curtains and tablecloths. After a good wash, they can add colour, texture, and coziness to your space in a beautiful and practical way.



Don't Forget Lighting

Good lighting can make a space look larger and more inviting. While op shopping, look for lamps or light fixtures that suit your decor and provide good lighting. Think about how you can layer your lighting from above and even on surfaces like a side table to create a lovely ambience.



Think Practically

It can be overwhelming when you first step into your local op shop as there can be a lot of different things in there. So go with a list in mind and shop practically. Look for items that you will use and that serve the right purpose. You will always be able to find functional items like dishes, glasses, pots and pans, so be selective about what you actually need or what fits your style.


Have A Place In Mind

It can be tempting to buy ALL the things because they are affordable. But, make sure you only buy what you need and have a place where you will put anything in mind. This will help you to avoid unnecessary purchases.


Devising a plan for how to style a space with Op Shop finds can be really fun. Approach the task with creativity and imagination, but also exercise patience and a keen eye for what you actually need. You can discover wonderful pieces to transform your spaces in an affordable and sustainable way.

For more great ideas on how to style a space that’s small yet inviting, check out our Just Cabins blog.