Is there anything more simultaneously exciting and stressful as decorating your home?

You get bursts of ideas all the time, but often leave yourself wondering how the heck you’re going to accomplish it all. If the mere thought of home decor overwhelms you, then hello there, you are very much in the right place.


The good news is you don’t have to go all Extreme Makeover when decorating your home. Even adding some statement pieces to your living or family room can transform the entire space. The other good news is that you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to get some of the most beautiful pieces out there. All you have to do is–wait for it–shop vintage!


An antique store might call the picture of a dreary, baroque-style shop stuffed to the brim with unused bits and bobbles. While we’d bet that some vintage stores like that do exist, you can find lovely, unique pieces at other places. Check out estate sales, garage sales, and flea markets for some exciting finds. The beauty of vintage shopping is that you’re almost always guaranteed to find something you like.


Today we’re going to give you some tips on how to source the best vintage pieces without paying through the nose for them.


Check the condition


While vintage shopping, consider the condition of the pieces you’re browsing. Even if you stumble upon a gorgeous designer piece, any irreparable cracks or chips will devalue it, and therefore detract from its overall appeal. It’s especially important to check the condition of any furniture pieces you’re looking to buy. If you find any compromises in the piece’s structural integrity, it’s best to pass on it. Better to save your money then spend it on a piece that won’t last very long.


Be selective with electrical devices


Sure, that stained glass lamp is gorgeous, but how tempting does it look once you see frayed wires sticking out of its cord? Many vintage shoppers find that electrical pieces are hit and miss, so browse with caution. You’ll most likely be safe with more modern vintage pieces, but anything 40 years or older will need to be subject to a thorough examination before purchase. Moreover, if the piece looks like it will cost more to refurbish it than purchase it, put it back and continue on your way.


Weigh refurbishing costs


Speaking of refurbishing vintage pieces, keep this in mind when shopping, especially for more significant ticket items like house appliances and furniture. Some pieces are worth the investment, such as rare designer pieces, handmade items, and limited edition or misprint pieces. However, the rule of thumb is that if the cost to refurbish it is higher than the price itself, it’s wise to look elsewhere. In the end, you should go with your gut when it comes to these scenarios.


If you’re curious about what it takes to refurbish a piece of vintage furniture, see the process here at South West Upholstery’s website. Learn more about how to maintain and care for your vintage furniture as well as their upholstering services.

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