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When you’re yearning for a new piece of furniture, décor, or lighting, it can be tempting to hop on your favorite website and enter your shipping details. However, responsible consumption and the desire to look outside the box when it comes to decorating your home makes vintage shopping an excellent option. If you’re interested but don’t know where to begin, we’re here to help.
Scope out Shops
Depending on where you live, you may be able to shop for antiques in person. Owners of thrift and vintage shops tend to be incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about their inventory. Check out your area and set aside an afternoon to visit a few local shops. Get to know the employees and enlist their help by explaining your vision for your space. They’ll be able to suggest unique pieces you may not have thought of on your own, and they can also keep you up to date about auctions and new inventory. If you’re unable to find a shop in your area, check out this helpful list of online vendors.
Don’t be Afraid to Mix and Match
You’ve found a vintage piece you love and you can’t wait to get it home, but you’re unsure of how it will fit into the mix with your more contemporary décor. Don’t be afraid to mix old and new, especially when it comes to artwork. Layering pieces from different time periods can add so much texture to your space and give your home a truly unique feel.
Group Objects Together
If you’re fearful of your home beginning to look like a museum of old belongings, concentrate your vintage pieces in one area. If you dedicate a space like the living room to housing your antique pieces, the room takes on a style and feel of its own. You can also group pieces by color for a more unified, organized look.
Do Your Research
When it comes to vintage shopping, prices vary widely. This particular issue comes into play when you’re shopping online and are unable to discuss pricing with an employee in person. Many vendors get away with charging too much for an item that’s not necessarily worth the price tag. Be sure to do your research if you have your eye on a piece and are unsure about its value. While some antique pieces are worth quite a bit and can be costly, there are many special items out there that are well within your budget.
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