I have grown up around beautiful vases, furniture, and knick-knacks- basically an antique/vintage heaven. My mother and Aunt introduced me to the wonders of thrifting. These two women know everything about the vintage and classic items the past has to offer. My first home had a beautiful apartment that looked like it came from an Anthropology showroom (result of years of accumulating), filled with the vintage, dainty, and beautiful. Not everything I have in my home is from the thrift store-but I promise- all of the conversation pieces are.
There is a sense of Romanticism associated with a thrift store (at least for me). Every item you touch has a story- it has lived a life with the people before you.