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Learn how to find vintage treasures. Victoria of sfgirlbybay has mastered the art of thrift, and I think we could all pick up a tip or two from her. Her San Francisco flat is filled with an inspiring mix of flea market finds, iconic modern pieces and affordable basics.
Educate yourself about the styles you love and you will be able to home in on what you want much more quickly. Make a list of keywords describing what you are looking for (for instance, midcentury, Danish, teak) and use this to search sites such as Craigslist, eBay and Etsy.
Vintage hunting in person can be a satisfying pastime, and you never know what treasures you will come home with. If you decide to take a day trip to explore a flea market or antiques fair, it pays to be prepared.
Here are a few things you might want to bring along:
When shopping for vintage furniture, pay more attention to a great shape than condition of upholstery. Having an armchair or sofa reupholstered is pricey but can still be less than buying new. Plus, you can pick any fabric you like.
If reupholstering is not in the budget, you can simply layer textiles over worn areas for a quick update.
Know when to splurge and when to save. There are some basics that look good at any price point, so there is no reason to spend more.
Save your pennies and scoop up these basics from mass retailers: