The Ones That Got Away: Thrifting Finds I Regret Not Buying

A week or two ago I posted a blog about home decor I regretted buying. That blog was so well received, that I thought about another blog in the same format. This time it is thrifted home decor and furniture I regret nót buying. Because that’s the thing, you can’t just go back to the store and get it at a later time. Chances are, it’s already gone. That’s the downside of how unique and one off those things are. Now, let’s jump into it!

1. The perfect vintage teak nightstand


This one hurts my heart so bad *insert sad violin music*. The problem was, that there was no way of me buying it at all. I found it one day while causally scrolling through the Marktplaats app and it was already reserved for someone who was quicker than me. I did all I could, messaged the seller that I was interested if the buy fell through but to no avail. Until this day, I’m still searching for something similar.

2. Vintage rug of dreams that was just out of my budget

Blue and red stunner.

When I left my old place, I was so grossed out by all the mold and mice that invested the building, that I got rid of a lot of things. My orientals rugs included. Moving to my new place I had a specific budget in mind to get a new oriental rug. I found this amazing one with the perfect colours, it was however twice the price of the budget I had in mind. I put my bid in, but me and the seller couldn’t get to an agreement. It just wasn’t meant to be.

3. A set of Marcel Breuer Thonet style chairs

This is one, part of a set of two.

For ages I have been in love with these Marcel Breuer chairs. The wood and the webbing give it a really light feel, and the chrome base pairs amazing with my chrome lamp and the mirror I want to hang above my dining table. I put a bid in, which got accepted. However, the past two weeks I have not heard back from the seller. I messaged him a few times, but I think it’s just not going to happen. Honestly, the price was too high anyway.

4. This modern, minimalist marble topped coffee table

As some of you know, with the new space I had a bit of a new interior decor style in mind. I wanted a more minimal feel to the space, which is why I was looking for a new coffee table. I found this amazing rectangular coffee table about 5 kilometres away from my old home. I put in my bid, it got accepted, and then it became apparent that I had to pick it up by bike. Thinking this would be too much of a hassle, I retracted my bid.

5. Perfectly priced wooden cabinet that was asking for a make over

Near my parents place there is a really good thrift store where I found this black cabinet, which in Dutch we call a “meidenkast”. In my old place I had a IKEA BILLY bookcase, which I wanted to replace for a cabinet with shelves above it. This one was the perfect fit and was a really good price, but I wanted to sleep on it for a night. Returning the next day, it was already gone (obviously). Lesson learned, just fucking buy it and resell it if you don’t want it.

6. One super funky hand shaped accent chair

I follow @really_really_lizzy her Instagram account religiously and that way fell in love with her hand shaped chairs. They’re super funky and I coincidentally ran into a teak wooden one at a thrift store here in Amsterdam. I thought real hard about getting it, but I then decided not to because it would fill up too much space. In hindsight I should have bought it, because even if I after a while thought it would be too big, I could have easily sold it.

Crying time is over now

So let’s not get overly emotional. I can survive without all these things. It is however a good reminder to not think too much when thrifting. If the price is acceptable, and you want it: buy it. There is always the option of reselling it. That being said: I might soon be selling some of my thrifing finds. Stay tuned and follow me on Instagram!


  • Well this is the first time since a long time that I read your blog on my laptop. I must say it’s an improvement to the previous one. It was fun reading it and some points recognizable. I always think about thrift store finds that “it’s meant to be”. So if you walk away without buying it and the next day it’s gone….”it’s meant to be”. It also gives you a reason to visit other stores/sites and perhaps you’ll find the item that you didn’t know you were looking for 🙂

    • Thanks! I gave it a quick face lift! And that’s a good way to look at it! What’s meant to be, is meant to be 🙂

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