Image above via: Albert and Grace
Hunting for hidden gems and diamonds in the rough at a flea market or in the plethora of vintage shops on Etsy.com can be a lot of fun, but it can also be daunting if you don’t know what to look for. I love vintage shopping for the home, so I’m sharing some secrets and tips for mastering the art of vintage shopping to help you find characteristic vintage pieces to add style to your home:
- Look for iconic designers
Etsy vintage sellers know their stuff – their shops have incredibly well curated collections of vintage treasures that are worth every penny. From Mid-Century and Romantic French decor to Industrial and Boho Chic, you can browse these vintage trends and maybe even score that Eames sofa you’ve always wished for.
- Look for something different
The beauty of vintage shopping is that you might find something that you’ve never seen before, something that surprises you, makes you laugh or just lights up your eyes. These are the pieces I recommend you buy. There’s nothing more fun than showing your friends and family that kooky brass turtle paperweight you picked up from a vintage store!
- Be creative
Vintage shopping gives you the chance to think outside the box and look beyond the obvious. You might not need more cutlery but how else could you use this bowl of tarnished vintage spoons? Props for styling, seat markers for my wedding or as craft supplies to upcycle into something new?
And, for those vintage hunters and sellers who are heading out into the world of flea and vintage markets, these 10 quick tips from an expert interview on NPR are very useful:
- Early bird gets the worm
- Get some gear — a small flashlight, magnet, a note pad, cell phone or smartphone
- Look for signs of age
- Talk to dealers — your local experts
- Develop your eye — and your ears and nose, too
- Do your homework
- Take a chance
- Cultivate patience
- Follow your heart. Buy what you love.
What’s been your best vintage find? I’d love to know what is was and where you found it!
For more vintage inspiration from Etsy.com you can shop our Editor’s Picks page for vintage, or read our previous vintage blog posts here.