6. Learn to see potential. Oh, you’ll see items in various states of disrepair at the market, but they’re usually priced accordingly. Just because a tablecloth has a stain, a skirt is missing a button or a couch is in need of some TLC doesn't make it worthless. When something is offered for a tenth (or a hundredth) of its retail price, the time and effort to refurbish and reupholster is worth every penny. Plus, one of a kind is far better than run of the mill. Go the distance to make objects distinctly yours, either with a coat of bold-colored paint or brand-new hardware.