When you are walking through a flea market
and you spot something in the corner of a booth just ahead.
Your palms start to get a little sweaty
Your heart starts to pound and your pace picks up just a bit
because in the corner of that booth just ahead
you found the treasure you have been searching for.
You may gently push past a couple folks in your frantic walk to get there and claim it before anyone else- it happens. And hey- I hear you. I have been there.
As you probably already know… I am a huge fan of vintage.
And while the thrill of the hunt and the unknown treasure you might stumble upon at a flea market is an amazing day- sometimes you are looking for something specific that you haven’t bumped into yet-or you don’t have a flea market on the calendar anytime soon.
So you shop online. And one of my favorite spots to shop vintage online is Craigslist.
Some of my most favorite big time LOVE finds-
have been on Craigslist.
antique French daybed…
An absolute treasure.
And this is kind of like the little settee that could-
as it made it onto the cover of my book.
Or what do you search?
Do you go pick them up on your own?
How do you know it is a good deal?
but sometimes, the price is so more than fair.
A good friend of mine who is an antique dealer is a believer in respecting the seller and the price they are asking- and if it is reasonable- she pays it rather than make a low offer
because she doesn’t want to offend anyone.
Of course she does negotiate and you can get some great deals by negotiating- especially if something has been listed for over a week.
Don’t dismiss a piece because it needs a little tinkering.
If you have the ability to tinker with it and fix it or know someone who can- use that to your advantage. Just remember to negotiate with respect and not tell the seller their piece is crappy haha.
But the price… can’t get around it.
And the seller wants more than I am willing to come up to and feel good about.
If you don’t hear from them after a week or two-
email them again and let them know you are still interested.
Surprisingly- craigslist isn’t just vintage haha. 😉
Of course – it isn’t- you can find allllll kinds of stuff there.
And sometimes- it is a new piece.
I have seen Restoration Hardware, Anthro etc on there- and sometimes those pieces are a steal- and sometimes- not so much.
You might see something you know you could get at the store for less.
There are some AMAZING reproductions out there- and those are great to bring home too.
But if you are looking for a legitimate antique and someone is charging a legitimate antique price for something made 15 years ago- you need to know what you are looking at.
Do your research and learn what to look for- and what to recognize as newer.
(until my dad decided to go into real estate/building) and with my family in the ‘family’-
Safety always came up.
When I am looking at thing – I generally go with my husband
The thrill of the hunt and then finding that piece that makes you swoon and knock 5 people over to claim as yours- well there is nothing like that when you are a junker at heart.
So have fun-peruse your search words often- or set up a search alert- yes- they will email you.
And consider shopping online for those treasures kind of like shopping a flea market.
Just in your jammies and fuzzy slippers on the sofa.