It's no secret that I absolutely love vintage stuff, and decorating my apartment with my favorite finds is the best. What I've realized over the last few years is that there are a lot of strategies you can use when finding one of a kind vintage items. So, I thought I'd share my tips and tricks for the best ways to shop and buy vintage decor.
>> Don't settle. On that note, don't be afraid to haggle with someone, especially at a flea market, yard sale, or smaller antique store. Often times the price on the tag isn't the lowest they accept, especially if it's later in the day at a flea market or yard sale.
|My Remington typewriter, and first edition Sylvia Plath books from the early 60s.|
|I got this mint condition Disney Cinderella (pre-movie) alarm clock from the early 60s today.|
>> You win some, you lose some. Sometimes you go to a thrift store or flea market and you find absolutely... nothing. Other times, you find so much stuff that you can't even carry it all. Understand that it's all, well, a crapshoot.
|I also found this amazing souvenir NYC pennant today for only $2.|
>> Do your research. If you see something you love, do a quick Google search on your phone to make sure you're not paying too much, especially if you think the price is a bit high.
|An old school Instamatic I got at a yard sale this summer for a quarter!|
>> Go wireless. In this day and age, there are a plethora of sites dedicated to selling vintage or second hand clothing, accessories, and other items, and not all of them are expensive if you know where to look. Sites like Nifty Thrifty, Vinted, Poshmark, and yes, even eBay can have great vintage finds if you're after clothing, shoes, bags, or jewelry.
|A Frank Sinatra album, vintage theatrical makeup container, Kodak Brownie camera, and a Big Ben tea pot.|
>> Take advantage of travel. If you know you're going to be in a new place, even if it's only a few towns over, take a moment to do a quick Google search of thrift stores and antique shops in the neighborhood. It's a great chance to visit some places that you wouldn't normally be able to, and you never know what you might find!
>> Take your time. Today, for instance, we went to an antique store that went on for ages and ages and ages. It took a while to make it through the entire place, of course, but I'm so glad I did, because my friends and I ended up finding some really great things (including an alarm clock from the 1960s, a Joni Mitchell 45, and some really great jewelry, collectively).
|I love this quirky little pineapple bowl, and I use it to store my jewelry, like these vintage rings I got from my great grandmother.|
What are your favorite vintage finds and tips for scoring great deals?