collections, we can scarcely say the word without being reminded of the home we grew up in. We learned a lot of things about collecting growing up, but most importantly? The price must be right. Some of the antiques in our home did in fact come from dealers and authentic antique shops; but the majority of these collectible finds come from the local thrift shop. It seems the best finds for thrifting are in small towns with older populations just looking to get rid of their decor gems. When you find steals on items (ten cents for one piece, a few bucks for another), it's even easier to decorate with a collection. The pictures above are some of the rotating collections back home, the work of my mother's hand. In the kitchen: vintage kitchen gadgets (scales, wooden spoons, and old glass jars) are grouped together on a shelf. On the patio: a small collection of miniature birdhouses accent a table made from reclaimed barn wood. In the bay window: a striking display of terrariums and miniature greenhouses growing mosses and ferns. Back to the patio: part of the vintage watering can collection takes up residence on an old iron stand. On the porch: old cobalt medicine bottles add a pop of color on a side table, enhancing the background collection of blue and white tiles and vintage cookware-turned-planters.