Budget-friendly Market Finds That Add Style
We’ve shared in this blog about our fantastic finds online and at various stores, and how we can create reproductions of high-end furniture. But we also have one more tool in our bag, and that is shopping at antique stores and flea markets. I love shopping at these stores, so here are a few tips on what to look for and what to avoid. Get ready to dig!
• If your décor is more of a vintage or country theme, you are likely to be more successful at these markets. However, you can also find older items that fit modern styles – such as a retro geometric 60s lamp that works well in a contemporary setting.
• My favorite find is old books. There is nothing like the look of colorful, slightly tattered books to fill a bookcase, and new hardback books are simply too expensive for that application so market finds are perfect. I also like to stack a few old books on a side table.
• People give away chandeliers a lot, and they end up at antique stores or markets. Did you know an electrician can easily rewire and refinish these? The result is a quaint light fixture for a fraction of what a new chandelier would cost. This is true of most broken items you see – fixing it is more economical than buying new.
• Just like you can have a chandelier repaired, you can also have furniture reupholstered to look like new. Wood items – such as dressers – can be painted for a fresh look.
• Vintage typewriters and cameras are terrific finds. These can be used as accessories in bookcases or on tabletops.
• If you’re a collector, look for additions to your set and incorporate them in your décor. I have a client who collects Lionel trains, for example, and those pieces make interesting accessories.
• Some other fun props to watch for that add character to your décor: bells, telescopes, picture frames, bicycles or bike parts, bookends, signs.
My only caution about visiting antique stores and flea markets is to tread lightly. While a few vintage pieces are fun and get attention, too many of them can turn your house into a museum. So don’t overdo it.
We love to shop for just the right accessories for our clients. Please contact us for an individual consultation about your design needs.