Shopping Tips for Thrifters

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Antique shops, flea markets and thrift stores are all full of amazing treasures … if you know how to go about finding them. Whether you are a collector, an upcycler or just someone who loves finding a diamond in the rough, there are some tricks of the trade to keep in mind. 

Interior decorator and home design blogger Camila Pavone of Westbury, New York, provides her tips for making those visits less overwhelming and more productive in a recent blog on her site Effortless Style Design: Tips for How to Shop a Flea Market

Camila finds it fun to get out and walk around, even if you’re just window shopping. “I love having things that are different and have a story behind them. Going to a flea market and getting to find treasures that will get to live a whole new life in my house brings me so much joy!” she said.

When there are sometimes hundreds of vendors at a venue, it's easy to quickly become overwhelmed. Having a plan, being prepared and setting some clear expectations are just the start to a rewarding day searching for interesting relics. Make it a family affair, take a liked-minded friend along or go solo. At the end of the day, your tired tootsies will be worth it when you haul home your fabulous treasures. 

To ensure a successful, stress-free trip the next time you go thrifting, read Camila’s complete blog with her tried and true tips here.

You can also check out one of Camila’s DIY projects, featured here on Woodcraft.com: DIY Caned Headboard

You can find a lot of fun ideas on repurposing your vintage finds in Sue Whitney's book Junk Beautiful, available at your local Woodcraft store or online. 

We hope you'll be inspired!

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